Academy Award-nominated actress Lorraine Bracco was born on October 2, 1954. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Long Island, the part Italian, part British Bracco relocated to France in 1974 and became a model for fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier. She has two failed marriages, first with Harvey Keitel, then with Edward James Olmos. When she was in the sixth grade, she was voted ugliest girl, only to grow up as a Paris fashion model represented by the Wilhelmina Agency. Still, according to her, she was “never glamorous, more the girl-next door type."
Growing up, Bracco worked as a disc jockey for Radio Luxembourg until she decided to give acting in films a try. She ended up appearing in several French comedies. When she returned to the US, she studed at the prestigious Stella Adler and the Actors Studio in New York City.
Bracco is best known for her role as Tony Soprano’s therapist on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos. The role earned him several Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Actress in a Drama. This is other than the Academy Award nomination she bagged as a mobster’s wife in Martin Scorsese’s Godfellas. Moreover, she appeared on NBC’s Law and Order: Trial by Jury. She is also recognizable for appearing as Drew Barrymore’s mother in Riding in Cars with Boys. However, her Hollywood debut was in the 1987 Ridley Scott thriller Someone to Watch Over Me.
Bracco’s other film credits include The Pick-Up Artist, Switch, Radio Flyer, Medicine Man, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Hackers, and Basketball Diaries. She made these films in a span of five years from 1991 to 1995. She currently stars in the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles.
Other than acting, Bracco is also active in some causes, as she is in the Board of Directors of an environmental organization called Riverkeeper.
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, NY
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, Best Supporting Actress, 1990 (for Goodfellas)
- Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Best Supporting Actress, 1991 (for Goodfellas)
- Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2000 (for The Sopranos)
- Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, 2008 (for The Sopranos)
- Duos sur canap? (1979)
- What Did I Ever Do to the Good Lord to Deserve a Wife Who Drinks in Cafes with Men? (1980)
- Fais gaffe ? la gaffe! (1981)
- The Pick-up Artist (1987)
- Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
- Sing (1989)
- The Dream Team (1989)
- Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, As Long As It's Love (1989)
- Goodfellas (1990)
- Talent for the Game (1991)
- Switch (1991)
- Medicine Man (1992)
- Radio Flyer (1992)
- Traces of Red (1992)
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
- Being Human (1994)
- The Basketball Diaries (1995)
- Hackers (1995)
- Les menteurs (1996)
- Silent Cradle (1997)
- Ladies Room (2000)
- Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
- Tangled (2001)
- Death of a Dynasty (2003)
- Crazy for Love (2005)
- The Sopranos (regular, 1999-2007)
- Rizzoli & Isles (regular, 2010-present)