'Goodfellas' actor Suzanne Shepherd passes away at 89

'Goodfellas' actor Suzanne Shepherd passes away at 89
Suzanne Shepherd, an actor from "Goodfellas," passed away at the age of 89.
She died early on Friday morning in her New York City flat, her representative confirmed to the US media outlet Variety.

Shepherd, who was born on October 31, 1934, made her screen debut opposite Julia Roberts in the 1988 romantic comedy "Mystic Pizza." She later acted in films like "Working Girl," "Uncle Buck," and "Second Sight" before contributing to Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas."

Shepherd not only acted but also directed in theatres all over the United States and spent more than 40 years coaching actors at her own New York studio. Variety reports that the upcoming documentary "A Gift of Fire" will follow her career as an acting instructor.
She portrayed the role of Mary DeAngelis, the mother of Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco), in HBO's crime drama series 'The Sopranos,' as well as the mother of Lorraine Bracco's character Karen Hill in 1990's 'Goodfellas.' She also had roles in 'Jacob's Ladder' (1990), 'Trees Lounge' (1996), 'Lolita' (1997), 'American Cuisine' (1998), 'Living Out Loud' (1998), 'Requiem for a Dream' (2000), 'A Dirty Shame' (2004), 'Harold' (2008), 'The Week Of' (2018) and 'The Performance' (2023), among other films, as per Variety.

She is survived by her daughter Kate Shepherd, son-in-law Miles McManus and granddaughter Isabelle Shepherd.