Lorraine Bracco

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Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco.jpg
Lorraine Bracco, 2007
Born(1954-10-02) October 2, 1954 (age 59)
New York, NY, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Guerard (m. 1979–82)
Edward James Olmos (m. 1994–2002)
Partner(s)Harvey Keitel (1982–1993)
 
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Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco.jpg
Lorraine Bracco, 2007
Born(1954-10-02) October 2, 1954 (age 59)
New York, NY, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Guerard (m. 1979–82)
Edward James Olmos (m. 1994–2002)
Partner(s)Harvey Keitel (1982–1993)

Lorraine Bracco (born October 2, 1954)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos and as Karen Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas. She currently appears as Angela Rizzoli on the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles.

Early life[edit]

Bracco as a senior in high school, 1972.

Bracco was born in the Brooklyn, New York City neighborhood of Bay Ridge. She is the daughter of Eileen (née Molyneux) and Salvatore Bracco, Sr.[2] Bracco grew up in Westbury, on Barry Drive on Long Island. She graduated from Hicksville High School in 1972. Her father was of Italian descent, while her mother was born in England, to French parents.[3][4] Bracco is fluent in English, French, and Italian.

Career[edit]

In 1974 Bracco moved to France, where she became a fashion model for Jean-Paul Gaultier. While there, she was introduced to the director and novelist Lina Wertmüller. In the early 1970s, Wertmuller recruited Bracco in a new film production titled Camorra. "She dressed me up like an Italian woman of no means. A street woman clad in disheveled clothes, hair unkempt and all that, and threw me on the set. She was so creative. I mean, Lina accentuated my eyes with dark make-up, the way Sophia Loren used to appear in those epic roles in the '60s. And talk about talent. She's so bright and perceptive. I mean, she's just fantastic. And yes, I learned a lot from her. She's a master of her profession, and I've been blessed not only with her, but also with so many masters," recounted Bracco to Daniel Simone during an interview, which was published in the December 14, 2007 issue of Dan's Papers.[5]

Bracco acted in several French-language films. She also once worked as a disc jockey for Radio Luxembourg. She appeared as Paul Guilfoyle's hostage in the first season Crime Story episode "Hide and Go Thief". Her sister Elizabeth played a hostage in the series pilot. Her other films include Someone to Watch Over Me, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Basketball Diaries, Medicine Man, Radio Flyer and Hackers.

Bracco received her big career break when offered the role as the mobster-wife Karen Hill in Goodfellas, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture. She won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress.

During the audition process for The Sopranos, David Chase wanted her to read for the lead female role of Carmela Soprano. However, Bracco had read the script and was drawn to the part of psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Bracco felt strongly enough about her ability and desire to play this part that she arranged a meeting with David Chase and talked him into letting her have a chance as Dr. Melfi.[6] It netted her three consecutive nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and at the Golden Globe awards for Best TV Actress in a Drama in 2000, 2001 and 2002. She lost out at the Emmys in 1999 and 2001 and at the Golden Globes in 2000 to her co-star Edie Falco. She was nominated again at the 2007 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, thus being pitted against The Sopranos co-star Aida Turturro for the award.

Personal life[edit]

Bracco has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was to Daniel Guerard from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, and they have one daughter, Margaux Guerard. She was in a 12-year relationship with actor Harvey Keitel, and they have one daughter, Stella Keitel (1985). Bracco and Keitel had a lengthy custody battle over Stella; it caused her depression, cost her acting roles, and $2 million in legal fees [7][8] Following a subsequent breakup with Keitel, she then married Edward James Olmos in 1994. Their marriage ended in 2002.

She is the owner of Bracco Wines, with association of Straight-Up Brands LLC.[9][10] Her line of wines was featured on the Season 1 finale of Bravo's show Top Chef in 2006. She appeared as a guest judge for the two-episode finale.[11] She also appeared as a special judge on Top Chef: All Stars in the episode titled, "An Offer They Can't Refuse" which featured Italian cuisine.

Bracco appeared on a season 6 episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay as a guest judge for the ravioli Throwdown.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979Duos sur canapéBubble
1980What Did I Ever Do to the Good Lord to Deserve
a Wife Who Drinks in Cafes with Men?
Barbara
1981Fais gaffe à la gaffe!Margaux
1985Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti(uncredited)
1987Pick-Up Artist, TheThe Pick-Up ArtistCarla
1987Someone to Watch Over MeEllie Keegan
1989SingMiss Lombardo
1989Dream Team, TheThe Dream TeamRiley
1989Up to DateSheila
1989Sea of LoveDenice Gruberscenes deleted
1990GoodfellasKaren HillChicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1991Talent for the GameBobbie
1991SwitchSheila Faxton
1992Medicine ManDr. Rae CraneNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1992Radio FlyerMary
1992Traces of RedEllen SchofieldNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
1993Even Cowgirls Get the BluesDelores Del Ruby
1993ScamMaggie RohrerTelevision movie
1994Being HumanAnna
1994Getting GottiDiane GiacaloneTelevision movie
1995Basketball Diaries, TheThe Basketball DiariesJim's Mother
1995HackersMargo
1996Liars, TheThe LiarsHelene Miller
1996ReckoningKits MaitlandTelevision movie
1997Silent CradleHelen Greg
1998Taking of Pelham One Two Three, TheThe Taking of Pelham One Two ThreeDet. RayTelevision movie
2000Ladies RoomGemma
2001Riding in Cars with BoysMrs. Teresa Donofrio
2001TangledDet. Anne Andersle
2001Sex in Our CenturyNarratorTelevision movie
2003Custody of the HeartClaire RaphaelTelevision movie
2003Death of a DynastyEnchante R&B Singer #2
2005Crazy for LoveSheila
2007SnowglobeRose MorenoTelevision movie
2008Long Island ConfidentialNorah LarkinTelevision movie
2011Son of MorningLeda
2012Bensonhurst Spelling Bee, TheThe Bensonhurst Spelling BeeUnknownShort film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1980Commissaire MoulinJennyEpisode: "Le transfuge"
1986Crime StoryHostageEpisode: "Hide and Go Thief"
1999–2007Sopranos, TheThe SopranosDr. Jennifer Melfi69 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000, 2008)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2000–02)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2000–02)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (2000, 2002–03)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2001–03, 2005, 2007)
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryKarla GrizanoEpisode: "Vigilante"
2008Lipstick JungleJanice Lasher2 episodes
2010Law & Order: Criminal IntentHalfway House MatronEpisode "Disciple"
2010–presentRizzoli & IslesAngela Rizzoli42 episodes
2011-2012I Married a MobsterNarrator22 episodes

Bibliography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lorraine Bracco, On the Couch, p. 38
  2. ^ http://www.nyjnews.com/obits/Obit1.php?pid=3103578
  3. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-10-15/features/8703170821_1_lorraine-bracco-gun-cops
  4. ^ Witchel, Alex (September 27, 1990). "A Mafia Wife Makes Lorraine Bracco a Princess". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ On the Couch, Lorraine Bracco
  7. ^ http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/features/1983/#print Scenes From a Bad Movie Marriage John Lombardi Jan 12 1998 NY Mag
  8. ^ Lorraine Bracco, On the Couch, p. 129
  9. ^ "Bracco Wines". 
  10. ^ "Straight up brands". 
  11. ^ "Episode 12: The Challenge". BravoTV.com. 

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