Played by Lorraine Bracco
Lorraine Braccoís multifaceted performances in all arenas have earned her a global fanbase. She is perhaps best known for her role as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi, who treated New Jersey Mafia heavyweight Tony Soprano on HBO's hit series, THE SOPRANOS. Her concise, understated portrayal earned her multiple Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. Additionally, Bracco is an Academy Award nominee for her performance as a mobsterís wife in Martin Scorseseís GOODFELLAS and the author of a best-selling memoir, ON THE COUCH and a diet and nutrition book, TO THE FULLEST, published by Rodale Books in Winter 2015. Bracco also launched Liv4Mor, a cleanse that was inspired by her journey as an out of shape woman in her 50ís seeking good mental, physical, and spiritual help. In addition to film and television, Bracco starred on Broadway as Mrs. Robinson in Terry Johnsonís adaptation of THE GRADUATE. She currently stars in TNTís smash hit, RIZZOLI & ISLES.
Bracco was born in Brooklyn to an Italian-American father and an English mother. Though she was voted the ugliest girl in sixth grade, she nonetheless became a Paris fashion model represented by the Wilhelmina Agency.
Bracco worked as a disc jockey for Radio Luxembourg and began to act in film. She appeared in several French comedies and worked with Italian film director Lina Wertmuller. Returning to the US, she studied at The Stella Adler Studio and the Actors Studio in New York City.
Bracco made her American feature film debut in Ridley Scottís 1987 thriller, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME. Other film credits include RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS, THE PICK-UP ARTIST, SWITCH, RADIO FLYER, MEDICINE MAN, EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES, HACKERS and BASKETBALL DIARIES.
Bracco lives in New York. She is on the board of The Felix Organization/Adoptees For Children, which provides opportunities and experiences for kids growing up in the foster care system. Additionally, she works with the Center for Discovery.
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