Lorraine Bracco

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Lorraine Bracco (2007)

Lorraine Bracco (born October 2, 1954 in New York City ) is an American actress .


Early life

Lorraine Bracco (1972) in her high school yearbook

Bracco was born in Brooklyn to Eileen (née Molyneux, 1926-2010) and Salvatore Bracco, Sr., and grew up in adjacent Westbury on Long Island . Her mother was French by origin and grew up in England. Her father was an Italian American who served as a soldier in Europe during World War II , where he met and took Eileen to the United States. In 1972 she graduated from Hicksville High School. Two years later, in 1974, Bracco moved to France, where she worked as a model for Jean-Paul Gaultier. There she made the acquaintance of the director and author Lina Wertmüller , whom she hired for a film production. Her sister Elizabeth Bracco , who was three years younger than her , also became an actress. She also has a brother, Salvatore Jr.


The US-American then worked in several French films, she also hired herself as a disc jockey at Radio Luxembourg . The portrayal of mafia wife Karen Hill in Martin Scorsese's Good Fellas (1990) earned her both an Oscar and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1991 .

Lorraine Bracco was also part of the regular cast of the successful Mafia series The Sopranos . Originally she should have played Tony Soprano's wife Carmella. This role was eventually taken on by Edie Falco . Bracco then played the psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, with whom Tony Soprano has a special relationship. Because of this role, she received numerous television award nominations and several awards.

Private life

Bracco has been married twice: her first marriage was with Daniel Guerard in the late 1970s and early 1980s. A daughter comes from this marriage. She has another daughter from a relationship with Harvey Keitel . After separating from Keitel, Bracco was married to director and actor Edward James Olmos from 1994 to 2002 .

Filmography (selection)


Web links

Commons : Lorraine Bracco  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Jay Carr: Lorraine Bracco Savors Her Big Break As A Hollywood Strong Woman . In: Chicago Tribune , October 15, 1987. 
  2. Alex Witchel: A Mafia Wife Makes Lorraine Bracco a Princess . In: The New York Times , September 27, 1990.