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.
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 .
- 1980: Commissioner Moulin (TV series, an episode)
- 1987: The man in the background (Someone to Watch Over Me)
- 1989: The Dream Team (The Dream Team)
- 1990: Good Fellas - Three decades in the Mafia (Goodfellas)
- 1991: Switch - The woman in the man (Switch)
- 1992: Medicine Man - The Last Days of Eden (Medicine Man)
- 1992: Traces of Red (Traces of Red)
- 1992: Flight into Adventure (Radio Flyer)
- 1993: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
- 1994: Getting Gotti
- 1995: Hackers - On the FBI's network (Hackers)
- 1995: Jim Carroll - In the Streets of New York (The Basketball Diaries)
- 1999–2007: Die Sopranos ( The Sopranos , TV series, 86 episodes)
- 2001: Tangled
- 2001: Riding in Cars with Boys (Riding in Cars with Boys)
- 2005: Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV series, episode 1 × 03 vigilante )
- 2007: The Snow Globe ( Snowglobe , TV movie)
- 2010–2016: Rizzoli & Isles (TV series)
- 2017: Blue Bloods (TV series)
- 2020: AJ and the Queen (Netflix series)
- Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (GoodFellas)
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (GoodFellas)
- New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (third place) (GoodFellas)
- Nominated: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (GoodFellas)
- Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (GoodFellas)
- Nominated: Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in Medicine Man
- Nominated: Golden Raspberry Award for worst actress in Traces of Red
- Screen Actors Guild Award best ensemble (2000, 2008) (The Sopranos)
- Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (2000-02)
- Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress (2000-02) (The Sopranos)
- Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress - Supporting Role (The Sopranos)
- Nominated: Satellite Award Best Actress (The Sopranos)
- Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for best actress (2000, 2002–03) (The Sopranos)
- Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award best ensemble (2001–03, 2005, 2007) (The Sopranos)
- Lorraine Bracco in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Lorraine Bracco in the Internet Broadway Database (English)
- Lorraine Bracco at filmreference.com (English)
- Lorraine Bracco in the German dubbing file
- Jay Carr: Lorraine Bracco Savors Her Big Break As A Hollywood Strong Woman . In: Chicago Tribune , October 15, 1987.
- Alex Witchel: A Mafia Wife Makes Lorraine Bracco a Princess . In: The New York Times , September 27, 1990.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||US-american actress|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 2, 1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Brooklyn , New York , United States|