Lorraine Bracco

Actor, Model, Producer
A husky-voiced New York native who enjoyed an early career as a popular model in France, Lorraine Bracco went on to build an enviable rsum as an actress in film and television. After having appeared with future husband ... Read more »
Born: 10/01/1954 in Bay Ridge-Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Rizzoli & Isles 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Mulaney 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Son of Mourning 2014 (Movie)

Leda (Actor)

2013 CMT Music Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Gourmet Adventures With Ruth 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lipstick Jungle 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Death of a Dynasty 2005 (Movie)

R&B Singer 2 (Actor)

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Suicidal Sweetheart 2004 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Sex in Our Century 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tangled 2002 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart's Christmas Dream 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Donofrio (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ladies Room 1999 (Movie)

Gemma (Actor)

The Taking of Pelham 123 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hackers 1995 (Movie)

Margo (Actor)

Les Menteurs 1995 (Movie)

Helene (Actor)

The Basketball Diaries 1995 (Movie)

Jim's Mother (Actor)

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues 1994 (Movie)

Delores Del Ruby (Actor)

Scam 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Medicine Man 1992 (Movie)

Dr Rae Crane (Actor)

Radio Flyer 1992 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Traces of Red 1992 (Movie)

Ellen Schofield (Actor)

Switch 1991 (Movie)

Sheila Faxton (Actor)

Talent for the Game 1991 (Movie)

Bobbie Henderson (Actor)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

Karen Hill (Actor)

Sing 1989 (Movie)

Miss Lombardo (Actor)

The Dream Team 1989 (Movie)

Riley (Actor)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

Ellie Keegan (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Carla (Actor)

Duos sur Canape 1978 (Movie)

Bubble (Actor)

Custody of the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Gotti (TV Show)

Actor

Lifeline (TV Show)

Actor

Scam (Movie)

(Actor)

Silent Cradle (TV Show)

Actor

Snowglobe (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A husky-voiced New York native who enjoyed an early career as a popular model in France, Lorraine Bracco went on to build an enviable résumé as an actress in film and television. After having appeared with future husband Harvey Keitel in the Italian crime-drama "Camorra" (1986), Bracco made her U.S. feature debut in Ridley Scott's modern noir, "Someone to Watch Over Me" (1987). A few years later, she delivered a memorable supporting performance in director Martin Scorsese's iconic mob drama, "Goodfellas" (1990), opposite Ray Liotta. She went on to star alongside Sean Connery in the jungle-adventure, "Medicine Man" (1992), followed by a turn as Elijah Wood's mother in the fantasy-drama, "Radio Flyer" (1992). Bracco later played the despairing mother of troubled teen Tom Carroll (Leonardo DiCaprio) in the gritty biopic "The Basketball Diaries" (1995), prior to taking on the most indelible role of her career, that of psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the groundbreaking crime family drama "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007). Following her acclaimed tenure on the revered series, she picked up another regular cast role on the police-procedural, "Rizzoli & Isles" (TNT, 2010- ), as the mother of Detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon). In role after role as complex, intelligent women, Bracco continued to play against convention and demonstrated a range initially belied by her beauty and defiantly undisguised Brooklyn accent.

Relationships

Sal Bracco

Father

Sheila Bracco

Mother

Elizabeth Bracco Actor

Sister
Born Nov. 5, 1957 Appeared with sister on HBO's "The Sopranos"

Sal Bracco

Brother

Jason Cipolla Actor

Companion

Daniel Guerard

Husband
Married in January 1979 Divorced in 1982

Margaux Guerard Actor

Daughter
Born in 1979; father, Daniel Guerard Appeared in "Goodfellas" (1990) with mother

Harvey Keitel Actor

Husband
Met in a Paris cafe Married in 1982 Separated in 1991 when Bracco left Keitel for Edward James Olmos Divorced in 1993 Engaged in a five-year legal battle for custody of her daughter Stella that ended in 1999

Stella Keitel Actor

Daughter
Born Dec. 10, 1985; father, Harvey Keitel Appeared in "Goodfellas" (1990) with mother Parents were involved in a custody dispute from the time they separated in 1991; her mother was eventually awarded full custody

Edward James Olmos Actor

Husband
Met in 1990 while co-starring in "Talent for the Game" (1991) Married Jan. 28, 1994 Bracco filed for divorce in January 2002 after five years of separation Divorced on March 4, 2002

Aidan Quinn Actor

Brother-In-Law

EDUCATION

Actors Studio

New York , New York
Studied there after returning from Paris

Studied acting in Paris with John Strasberg

Studied with Stella Adler

Milestones

2002

Starred on Broadway as 'Mrs. Robinson' in Terry Johnson's adaptation of "The Graduate"

2001

Cast as Drew Barrymore's mom in the comedy "Riding in Cars with Boys"

2000

Portrayed a woman who returns to the work force and is then faced with a bitter divorce in "Custody of the Heart" (Lifetime)

1999

Co-starred in the HBO acclaimed mob series "The Sopranos," as Dr. Melfi, a psychiatrist treating a mob boss; received Emmy (1999, 2000, 2001), Golden Globe (2000, 2001, 2002) and SAG (2000, 2002, 2003) nominations for Best Actress and a 2007 Emmy nominati

1996

Played the mother of a missing child in the Lifetime TV-movie "Lifeline"

1996

Acted in the French-language "Les Menteurs/The Liars"

1995

Portrayed Jim Carroll's (Leonardo DiCaprio) mother in "The Basketball Diaries"

1994

Had lead role as a US prosecutor in the CBS TV-movie "Getting Gotti"

1992

Starred opposite Sean Connery in "Medicine Man"

1991

Appeared in "Talent for the Game" opposite Edward James Olmos

1987

Made her American feature film debut in the Ridley Scott thriller, "Someone to Watch Over Me"

1986

Starred in Lincoln Center Workshop performance, "Goose and Tom Tom" opposite Keitel

1985

Appeared in the Lina Wertmuller film, "A Complex Plot About Women, Alleys and Crimes" starring Harvey Keitel

1983

Produced TV special on fashion and music

1979

Film debut (as Bubbles) in "Duos sur Canape"

1974

Moved to Paris at age 19; worked as model and made TV commercials

1970

Began modeling for Wilhelmina Agency at age 16

Raised on Long Island

Became deejay for Radio Luxembourg, Paris

Returned to USA

Bonus Trivia

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In June 1999, Bracco filed for bankruptcy citing the costs of her nearly eight-year custody battle with Harvey Keitel over their daughter Stella.

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"One of the things that attracted me to Jennifer Melfi is that she's an educated Italian-American. We get Italian women everywhere, and we get sexy and we can cook and we can fool around and we can get passion galore, but educated? I don't see it, and I love her for it." - Bracco to the Boston Herald, Jan. 30, 1999

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Asked if acting is a form of therapy, Lorraine Bracco told The Daily Telegraph (Sep. 18, 2000): "No, it's different. It's an expression, and also it's like stealing from people's lives. It's make-believe. Psychiatry is real life, real issues. It's different."

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Bracco launched "Bracco Wines" in 2006, offering eight selections she hand-picked from Italy.

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In 2007, Bracco wrote On The Couch, a book discussing how she conquered clinical depression.

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