– Actress Suzanne Shepherd has passed away at the age of 77
– Shepherd was best known for her role as Mary DeAngelis on HBO‘s The Sopranos
– She also appeared in films such as Goodfellas, Requiem for a Dream, and Uncle Buck
Suzanne Shepherd, a talented actress who gained fame for her portrayal of Mary DeAngelis on the hit HBO series The Sopranos, has died at the age of 77. Her family confirmed her passing and although the cause of death was not immediately disclosed, it was reported as being from natural causes.
Born on September 24, 1944, Shepherd began her career as a stage actress before transitioning to television and film roles. In The Sopranos, she played the role of Mary DeAngelis, mother of Rosalie Aprile (Sharon Angela) and mother-in-law to the late mob boss, Jackie Aprile Sr. (Michael Rispoli). “Going to work was never sweeter and funnier than when Suzanne played the mother,” Angela shared on social media in remembrance of her on-screen parent.
In addition to her role on The Sopranos, Shepherd appeared in several critically acclaimed films. This includes her memorable role as Mrs. DeVito in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 classic, Goodfellas. She also acted in the films Requiem for a Dream (2000), where she played the role of Sara’s mother, and Uncle Buck (1989), in which she portrayed Aunt Leslie.
Throughout her career, Shepherd also appeared on numerous television shows, such as Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Mad About You. Her most recent role was in a theatrical production of Horton Foote’s The Traveling Lady at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2017.
Suzanne Shepherd will be remembered as a talented actress who brought life to the characters she portrayed, leaving a lasting impact on her audience.