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Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco
(born October 2, 1954)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her performances as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Jennifer Melfi
on the HBO series The Sopranos, and as Karen Friedman Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film Goodfellas, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 Bibliography 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit]

Bracco as a senior in high school in 1972

Bracco was born in the Brooklyn
Brooklyn
neighborhood of Bay Ridge. She is the daughter of Eileen (née Molyneux 1926–2010) and Salvatore Bracco, Sr. She has a sister, Elizabeth Bracco, and brother, Salvatore Jr. Her mother was from England
England
and met her father during World War II. Eileen came with Salvatore to the United States as a war bride.[2][3] Bracco grew up in Westbury, on Maxwell 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
England
to French parents.[4][5] 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. She lived there for about a decade.[6] While still modeling, Bracco was approached by Marc Camoletti who offered her one a major role in the film adaptation of one of his plays, Duos sur canapé (1979). Bracco did not imagine that she could be an actress and initially refused. She eventually made the film, but found the experience "boring" and her performance "terrible". Nevertheless, she played supporting roles in two other French films "for the money". After a friend of hers had suggested that she might enjoy acting if she took some training, she followed seminars with John Strasberg. Although she loved the lessons, she was still unsure of her talents.[7] During the 1980s, she also 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. Eventually, Italian director and novelist Lina Wertmüller
Lina Wertmüller
gave Bracco a small part in the film 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
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 a 2007 interview. The experience inspired Bracco to pursue acting.[6] 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 a Golden Globe nomination 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. Bracco is the owner of Bracco Wines, with association of Straight-Up Brands LLC.[8] Her line of wines was featured on the Season 1 finale of Bravo's show Top Chef
Top Chef
in 2006. She appeared as a guest judge for the two-episode finale.[9] 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.[10] Bracco appeared on a season 6 episode of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay as a guest judge for the ravioli throwdown.[11] 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.[12] It netted her three consecutive nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards
in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and at the Golden Globe
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
Emmy Awards
for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, thus being pitted against The Sopranos
The Sopranos
co-star Aida Turturro for the award. In October 2015, it was announced that Bracco would guest star opposite Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
on the upcoming Showtime comedy series Dice.[13] Personal life[edit] Bracco married Daniel Guerard in 1979, divorcing in 1982. They have one daughter, Margaux Guerard.[14] She was in a 12-year relationship with actor Harvey Keitel, whom she met while living in Paris. They have one daughter, Stella Keitel (b. 1985). Bracco and Keitel fought a lengthy custody battle over Stella, resulting in Bracco's depression, a loss of acting roles, and $2 million in legal fees.[15][16] She married Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos
in 1994, divorcing in 2002.[14] Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco
is a practitioner of Shotokan Karate.[16] In 2015, she authored a self help book To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate, and Be the Best You Can Be.[17] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1979 Duos sur canapé Bubble

1980 What Did I Ever Do to the Good Lord to Deserve a Wife Who Drinks in Cafes with Men? (Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai fait au bon Dieu pour avoir une femme qui boit dans les cafés avec les hommes ?) Barbara

1981 Fais gaffe à la gaffe! Margaux

1985 Camorra (Un complicato intrigo di donne, vicoli e delitti) (uncredited)

1987 Pick-Up Artist, TheThe Pick-Up Artist Carla

Someone to Watch Over Me Ellie Keegan

1989 Sing Miss Lombardo

Dream Team, TheThe Dream Team Riley

Up to Date Sheila

Sea of Love Denice Gruber Scenes deleted

1990 Goodfellas Karen Friedman Hill Chicago 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
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress Nominated— Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

1991 Talent for the Game Bobbie

Switch Sheila Faxton

1992 Medicine Man Dr. Rae Crane Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress

Radio Flyer Mary

Traces of Red Ellen Schofield Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress

1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Delores Del Ruby

1994 Being Human Anna

1995 Basketball Diaries, TheThe Basketball Diaries Mrs. Carroll

Hackers Margo Wallace

1996 Liars, TheThe Liars (Les Menteurs) Helene Miller

1997 Silent Cradle Helen Greg

2000 Ladies Room Gemma

2001 Riding in Cars with Boys Mrs. Teresa Donofrio

Tangled Det. Anne Andersle

2003 Death of a Dynasty Enchante R&B Singer #2

2005 Crazy for Love Sheila

2011 Son of Morning Leda

2012 Bensonhurst Spelling Bee, TheThe Bensonhurst Spelling Bee Unknown Short film

2016 Monday Nights at Seven Damian Robertson

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1980 Commissaire Moulin Jenny Episode: "Le transfuge"

1986 Crime Story Hostage Episode: "Hide and Go Thief"

1993 Scam Maggie Rohrer Television movie

1994 Getting Gotti Diane Giacalone Television movie

1996 Reckoning Kits Maitland Television movie

1998 Taking of Pelham One Two Three, TheThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three Det. Ray Television movie

1999–2007 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Dr. Jennifer Melfi 69 episodes Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000, 2008) Nominated— Golden Globe
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)

2001 Sex in Our Century Narrator Television movie

2003 Custody of the Heart Claire Raphael Television movie

2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Karla Grizano Episode: "Vigilante"

2007 Snowglobe Rose Moreno Television movie

2008 Long Island
Long Island
Confidential Norah Larkin Television movie

Lipstick Jungle Janice Lasher 2 episodes

2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Halfway House Matron Episode: "Disciple"

2010–2016 Rizzoli & Isles Angela Rizzoli 101 episodes

2011 I Married a Mobster Narrator 10 episodes

2011 Top Chef Herself/Guest Judge 1 episode

2014 Mulaney Vaughn Episode: "Sweet Jane"

2016 Dice Toni 2 episodes

BoJack Horseman Dr. Janet (voice) 2 episodes

2017-2018 Blue Bloods Mayor Margaret Dutton 6 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result

1990 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Goodfellas Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated

1991 Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress Won

Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated

1993 Razzie Awards Worst Actress Medicine Man Nominated

Traces of Red Nominated

1999 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series The Sopranos Nominated

2000 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Satellite Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won

2001 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated

Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

2002 Golden Globe
Golden Globe
Awards Best Actress – Television Series Drama Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

2003 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Nominated

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

2005 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated

2008 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actress – Drama Series Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won

Bibliography[edit]

On the Couch (Putnam Adult, 2006) ISBN 0-399-15356-X To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate, and Be the Best You Can Be (Rodale Books, 2015) ISBN 0399199608

See also[edit]

List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards

References[edit]

^ Bracco On the Couch, p. 38. ^ "Eileen Bracco Obituary – NJ, NJ The Record". legacy.com. 28 November 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2015.  ^ "Obituaries: Bracco, Salvatore Sr". The Journal News. March 19, 2013. Archived from the original on March 19, 2013. Retrieved April 15, 2017.  ^ Jay Carr (October 15, 1987). " Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco
Savors Her Big Break As A Hollywood Strong Woman". Chicago Tribune.  ^ Witchel, Alex (September 27, 1990). "A Mafia Wife Makes Lorraine Bracco a Princess". The New York Times.  ^ a b Daniel Simone (December 14, 2007). "Who's Here: Lorraine Bracco – Actor". Dan's Papers. Archived from the original on December 1, 2008.  ^ Bracco, On the Couch ^ "Straight Up Brands, Inc. (STRU) Acquires Wine and Spirits Venture". CNNMoney.com. Market Wire. August 24, 2006. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ Top Chef: The Cookbook: Original Interviews and Recipes from Bravo's Hit Show. Chronicle Books. October 21, 2011. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-8118-7522-6.  ^ "An Offer They Can't Refuse". Top Chef. Season 8. February 2, 2011. Bravo. Retrieved 2014-03-06.  ^ "Ravioli". Throwdown! with Bobby Flay. Season 6. March 25, 2009. Food.  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ Bracco On the Couch[page needed] ^ " Adrien Brody
Adrien Brody
and Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco
to Guest Star on New Showtime(R) Comedy Series "Dice"". October 13, 2015.  ^ a b Geraldine Fabrikant, Bankruptcy? Tougher Than Counseling a Soprano, January 1, 2006 ^ John Lombardi (January 12, 1998). "Scenes From a Bad Movie Marriage". New York Magazine.  ^ a b Bracco On the Couch, p. 129. ^ " Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco
Explains How To Stop Your 60s From Being 'The Beginning Of The End'". April 7, 2015. 

External links[edit]

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Awards for Lorraine Bracco

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress

Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1977) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
/ Mona Washbourne
Mona Washbourne
(1978) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1979) Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen
(1980) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1981) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1982) Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
(1983) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1984) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(1985) Cathy Tyson / Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1986) Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis
(1987) Geneviève Bujold
Geneviève Bujold
(1988) Brenda Fricker
Brenda Fricker
(1989) Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Bracco
(1990) Jane Horrocks (1991) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1992) Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin
/ Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez
(1993) Dianne Wiest
Dianne Wiest
(1994) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1995) Barbara Hershey
Barbara Hershey
(1996) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(1999) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2000) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2001) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2002) Shohreh Aghdashloo
Shohreh Aghdashloo
(2003) Virginia Madsen
Virginia Madsen
(2004) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(2005) Luminița Gheorghiu (2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz
(2008) Mo'Nique
Mo'Nique
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2011) Amy Adams
Amy Adams
(2012) Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o
(2013) Agata Kulesza
Agata Kulesza
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Lily Gladstone (2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf
(2017)

v t e

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

1994: NYPD Blue, season 1/season 2

Clapp Franz Lawrence McDaniel O'Grady Smits Turturro

1995: ER, season 1/season 2

Clooney Edwards La Salle Margulies Reuben Stringfield Wyle

1996: ER, season 2/season 3

Clooney Edwards Innes La Salle Margulies Reuben Stringfield Wyle

1997: ER, season 3/season 4

Bello Clooney Edwards Innes Kingston La Salle Margulies Reuben Wyle

1998: ER, season 4/season 5

Clooney Edwards Innes Kingston La Salle Margulies Martin McCrane Reuben Wyle

1999: The Sopranos, season 1

Bracco Chianese Falco Gandolfini Iler Imperioli Marchand Pastore Sigler Sirico Van Zandt

Complete list (1994–1999) (2000–2009) (2010–present)

v t e

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

2000: The West Wing, season 1/season 2

Hill Janney Kelly Lowe Moloney Schiff Sheen Spencer Whitford

2001: The West Wing, season 2/season 3

Hill Janney Lowe Moloney Schiff Sheen Spencer Whitford

2002: Six Feet Under, season 2

Ambrose Conroy Griffiths Hall Krause Rodríguez St. Patrick

2003: Six Feet Under, season 3

Ambrose Conroy Foster Griffiths Hall Krause Macdissi Machado Rodríguez St. Patrick Taylor Wilson

2004: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, season 4/season 5

Dourdan Eads Fox Guilfoyle Hall Helgenberger Petersen Szmanda

2005: Lost, season 1/season 2

Akinnuoye-Agbaje Andrews de Ravin Fox Garcia Grace Holloway Kelley D. D. Kim Y. Kim Lilly Monaghan O'Quinn Perrineau Rodriguez Somerhalder Watros

2006: Grey's Anatomy, season 2/season 3

Chambers Dane Dempsey Heigl Knight Oh Pickens Pompeo Ramirez Walsh Washington Wilson

2007: The Sopranos, season 6, part II

Antonacci Bracco Falco Gandolfini Grimaldi Iler Imperioli Nascarella Schirripa Servitto Sigler Sirico Turturro Van Zandt Vincent

2008: Mad Men, season 2

Batt Brie Gladis Hamm Hart Hendricks Jones Kartheiser Moses Moss Shipka Slattery Sommer Staton

2009: Mad Men, season 3

Alemanni Batt Gilmore Gladis Hamm Harris Hendricks Jones Kartheiser Morse Moss Shipka Slattery Sommer Stanley Staton

Complete list (1994–1999) (2000–2009) (2010–present)

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