Currently alive, at 61 years of age.
1954 – Lorraine Bracco, born on the 2nd of October and raised in a working-class neighborhood of New York City, but her twenties were not as predictable. Relocating to Europe, she spent several years living in France as a fashion model and working in radio, TV commercials, and films.
1973 – At 19 she was working in Paris. She says she was approached by Salvador Dali, who wanted to paint her nude, but she refused.
1979 – She began appearing in French movies, and made her film debut in Duos sur canapé (literally, Duets on a Love Seat).
1987 – The Pick-Up Artist (also with Keitel) and later starred as a Queens housewife in Ridley Scott’s Someone to Watch Over Me.
1989 – After a couple roles in Sing and The Dream Team, she received an Oscar nomination for her work as a mobster’s wife in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas.
1992 – She continued working in features, most notably opposite Sean Connery in Medicine Man.
1993 – Starred as the whip-cracking Delores Del Rio in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.
1995 – As Leonardo DiCaprio’s long-suffering mother in The Basketball Diaries.
1999 – She briefly turned to TV movies, when she got the stellar role of Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the hit HBO series The Sopranos. As the understated psychiatrist of mob boss Tony Soprano, Bracco won several Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards.
2001 – She played a nervous mother in Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars With Boys before ending her marriage to actor Edward James Olmos.
2003 – She finished work on the comedy drama Max & Grace, starring fellow New York native Natasha Lyonne.