Suzanne Shepherd, ‘Sopranos’ and ‘Goodfellas’ actress, dead at 89

Suzanne Shepherd, best known for portraying key female characters in “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas,” died on Friday. She was 89.

The actress played the mother of Karen Hill (Lorraine Bracco) in 1990’s “Goodfellas” and the mother of Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) in “The Sopranos.”

Shepherd’s death was announced via Facebook by actor and real estate agent Tom Titone on Saturday. He revealed that Shepherd, who lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, “passed away peacefully” early Friday morning.

“I studied with Suzanne as a young actor. She saw in me what I could not yet see in myself,” Titone captioned a series of photos he had taken of Shepherd.

“She introduced me to my husband. She was the officiant to our marriage under a beautiful gazebo in Central Park with a gathering of family and friends. For this, I will always be grateful.”

Suzanne Shepherd, best known for her roles in “The Sopranos” and “Goodfellas,” has died. She was 89.
Shepherd played Edie Falco’s mother in “The Sopranos.”
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He added, ”She was a huge presence. A BIG personality. She roared with life and at it. May she rest now.”

“She was a powerful actress she was a force to act with,” Bracco emailed Page Six exclusively. “May she rest in peace.”

Shepherd was also known for roles in movies like “Requiem for a Dream,” “A Dirty Shame,” “Uncle Buck,” and “Mystic Pizza.”

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She also made guest appearances on the TV shows “Ed,” “Law & Order” and “Blue Bloods.”

She was also memorable as Lorraine Braco’s mother in “Goodfellas.”

Ray Abruzzo, who played Little Carmine Lupertazzi in “The Sopranos,” paid tribute to Shepherd on Instagram over the weekend.

“Sad to hear of the passing of Suzanne Shepherd. A force of nature. Actress, teacher. Played Carmella’s mother on Sopranos and Karen’s mother in Goodfellas,” he wrote Saturday.

Shepherd, a longtime regional theater director and Sanford Meisner-trained acting coach, is survived by her daughter, the artist Kate Shepherd; her son-in-law, Miles; daughter-in-law Joyce; and granddaughter Isabelle, according to The Sun.

Titone added that shivas will be held for Shepherd on Monday and Tuesday.

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