Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthOctober 2, 1954
SpouseEdward James Olmos, Daniel Guerard
FactWas the first choice for the role of "Mona Lisa Vito" in My Cousin Vinny (1992), but she turned down the role.


Lorraine Bracco is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She has also appeared in such films as Goodfellas, Casino, The Basketball Diaries, and Riding in Cars with Boys.

Bracco was born on October 2, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Eileen (née Molyneux), a homemaker, and Salvatore Bracco, Sr., a pharmacist. She has two sisters, Elizabeth and Mary. She has Italian ancestry. Bracco was raised in Westbury, on Maxwell Drive on Long Island. She graduated from Hicksville High School in 1972. Her father died of a heart attack when she was 19.

Bracco began her career as a model in the 1970s. She appeared on the cover of French Vogue and in ad campaigns for Lancôme and Clairol. In the 1980s, she transitioned to acting, appearing in such films as Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Someone to Watch Over Me.

In 1999, Bracco began appearing as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on The Sopranos. She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the show.

Bracco has been married and divorced twice. She has two daughters, Stella and Lily.

Bracco is 5’7″ tall and has brown hair and eyes.

General Info

Full NameLorraine Bracco
Date Of BirthOctober 2, 1954
Height1.7 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Film director, Actor, Model
EducationHicksville High School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseEdward James Olmos, Daniel Guerard
ChildrenStella Keitel, Margaux Guerard
ParentsSalvatore Bracco, Sr., Eileen Bracco
SiblingsElizabeth Bracco, Salvatore Jr. Bracco
PartnerHarvey Keitel

Accomplishments

AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Golden Globe Awar...
MoviesGoodfellas, Medicine Man, The Basketball Diaries, Someone to Watch Over Me, Radio Flyer, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Hackers, Riding in Cars with Boys, Traces of Red, The Dream Team, Talent for the Game, Son of Morning, Getting Gotti, The Pick-up Artist, Death of a Dynasty, Silent Cradle, Snowglobe...
TV ShowsRizzoli & Isles, I Married a Mobster, The Sopranos

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Quotes

#Quote
1[on James Gandolfini] I'll always smile remembering that big lug with the cheeky grin squeezed into that tiny chair, and I'll always cherish the love and gentleness he showed me.
2[on joining The Sopranos (1999) cast] After doing Goodfellas (1990), I was offered every Mafia girl, wife, mistress, daughter available. And I said to them, 'No, I don't want to do that. I did it. Can't do it better'. I called up my agent the day before I'm going to meet David [Chase], and I go, 'I don't want Carmela - I want Dr. Melfi'.
3I was not ready for how fucking difficult Dr. Melfi was to play. I am an explosive girl. I am loud. I am full of life and full of all kinds of bullshit, and I have to sit on every emotion, every word, everything, to play this character. I mean, I had to suck the life out of myself to play her. I mean, I don't think Dr. Melfi ever smiled. I wanted her repressed and sad. And she also had to pay attention to not give an inch with Tony, because he would have eaten her up. I wasn't going to let that happen. So I had that strength, but emotionally I suffered.

Facts

#Fact
1Was considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Batman Returns (1992).
2Is a practitioner of Shotokan Karate.
3Released her memoirs, "On the Couch". [June 2006]
4Aunt of Ava Eileen Quinn and Mia Quinn.
5Is fluent in Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, & Japanese.
6Those glasses her character Dr. Melfi wears are really hers; she needs either them or her contacts to be able to see clearly.
7Performed almost all of her own stunts in Medicine Man (1992).
8Favorite actors are Montgomery Clift, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando.
9Favorite actresses are Bette Davis and Jodie Foster.
10While she was a model, she appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire.
11Men have tried the "I need help" pick-up line. She tells them she's busy and to call Dr. Phil.
12Was awarded by the American Psycho-Analytical Association for her portrayal of Dr. Melfi.
13Received an honorary fellowship from Yale in February 2002.
14Was the first choice for the role of "Mona Lisa Vito" in My Cousin Vinny (1992), but she turned down the role.
15Played Paul Guilfoyle's hostage in Crime Story: Hide and Go Thief (1986). Her sister, Elizabeth Bracco, played a hostage in the series' pilot.
16Ex-stepmother of Mico Olmos and Bodie Olmos.
17Is spokesperson on behalf of Pfizer's anti-depressant Zoloft, having suffered a bout of clinical depression, then having it treated.
18Her first marriage, to Frenchman Daniel Guerard, a salon owner and sometimes actor, lasted approximately between 1979-1983, after she became pregnant, although she says it was a very unhappy marriage.
19While modeling as a young woman in Europe, was once asked to posed nude for the late, eccentric, Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí. She refused.
20Sister-in-law of actor Aidan Quinn
21Announced she is finally divorcing estranged husband, Edward James Olmos. [January 2002]
22Her father was of Italian descent. Her mother was born in England, and had French ancestry.
23Former Wilhelmina model.
24Filed for bankruptcy due to legal fees spent on custody battle with Harvey Keitel. [June 1999]
25Raised in Hicksville, New York.
26Older sister of Elizabeth Bracco.
27Her daughters, Stella Keitel (fathered by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel) and Margaux Guerard, played her daughter at different ages in Goodfellas (1990).
28Her oldest daughter is named Margaux, and was born in 1979.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monday Nights at Seven2016Damian Robertson
Rizzoli & Isles2010-2016TV SeriesAngela Rizzoli
BoJack Horseman2016TV SeriesDr. Janet
Level Up Norge2016TV SeriesDr. Jennifer Melfi
Dice2016TV SeriesToni
Dissonance2014/IIShortElise
Mulaney2014TV SeriesVaughn
The Bensonhurst Spelling Bee2012Short
I Married a Mobster2011TV SeriesNarrator
Son of Morning2011Leda Katz
Women Without Men2010TV MovieElaine
Law & Order: Criminal Intent2010TV SeriesHalfway House Matron
Long Island Confidential2008TV MovieNorah Larkin
Lipstick Jungle2008TV SeriesJanice Lasher
Snowglobe2007TV MovieRose Moreno
The Sopranos1999-2007TV SeriesDr. Jennifer Melfi
Law & Order: Trial by Jury2005TV SeriesKarla Grizano
Crazy for Love2005Sheila
Death of a Dynasty2003Enchante, R&B Singer #2
Sex in Our Century2001TV MovieNarrator
Tangled2001Det. Anne Andersle
Riding in Cars with Boys2001Mrs. Teresa Donofrio
Custody of the Heart2000TV MovieClaire Raphael
Ladies Room1999/IIGemma
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three1998TV MovieDet. Ray
Silent Cradle1997Helen Greg
Reckoning1996TV MovieKits Maitland
Les menteurs1996Helene Miller
Hackers1995Margo
The Basketball Diaries1995Jim's Mother
Getting Gotti1994TV MovieDiane Giacalone
Being Human1994Anna
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues1993Delores Del Ruby
Scam1993TV MovieMaggie Rohrer
Traces of Red1992Ellen Schofield
Radio Flyer1992Mary
Medicine Man1992Dr. Rae Crane
Switch1991Sheila Faxton
Talent for the Game1991Bobbie
Stranger in the House1990
Goodfellas1990Karen Hill
Sea of Love1989Denice Gruber (scenes deleted)
Up to Date1989Sheila
The Dream Team1989Riley
Sing1989Miss Lombardo
Someone to Watch Over Me1987Ellie Keegan
The Pick-up Artist1987Carla
Crime Story1986TV SeriesHostage
Camorra (A Story of Streets, Women and Crime)1985uncredited
Fais gaffe à la gaffe!1981Margaux
Commissaire Moulin1980TV SeriesJenny
Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai fait au Bon Dieu pour avoir une femme qui boit dans les cafés avec les hommes?1980Barbara
Duos sur canapé1979Bubble

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Married a Mobster2011TV Series executive producer - 10 episodes

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love & Distrust2010Video segment "Auto Motives" short film"
Auto Motives2000Short

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Getting Made: The Making of 'GoodFellas'2004Video documentary short special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wendy Williams Show2015TV SeriesHerself - Author, To the Fullest
The View2004-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Guest Co-Hostess / Herself - Co-Host
Scorsese's Goodfellas2015Video documentaryHerself
The Dr. Oz Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Today2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Talk2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend2013TV Special documentaryHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 37th Annual Gracie Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Live with Kelly and Ryan2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Top Chef2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Throwdown with Bobby Flay2009TV SeriesHerself - Judge
Paula's Party2008TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2008TV SeriesHerself
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards2007TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
TCM Guest Programmer2007TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
We Are Together (Thina Simunye)2006DocumentaryHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2001-2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Colbert Report2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
In Debt We Trust: America Before the Bubble Bursts2006DocumentaryHerself
Fashion News Live2005TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
Getting Made: The Making of 'GoodFellas'2004Video documentary shortHerself / Karen Hill
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Last Call with Carson Daly2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Primetime Glick2003TV SeriesHerself
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
The Daily Show2001-2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2000-2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards2002TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV Series Drama
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Co-Presenter: Outstanding Made for Television Movie
HBO First Look2001TV Series documentary shortHerself
VH1 Divas Live: The One and Only Aretha Franklin2001TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2000-2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Dennis Miller Live2001TV SeriesHerself
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Drama
Christmas Dream2000TV MovieHerself
The 52nd Annual Directors Guild Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards2000TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series Drama & Presenter: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Home Show1992TV SeriesHerself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Supporting Actresss
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHerself
Dinner with the FoodFellasTV Movie completedHerself
Ok! TV2017TV SeriesHerself
Ripple of Hope Awards2016VideoHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chroma2017TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Author, On the Couch
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
America's Book of Secrets2013TV Series documentaryDr. Jennifer Melfi
El último golpe de Tony Soprano2008TV Movie documentaryHerself / Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Reinventando Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Sopranos: A Sitdown2007TV Short documentaryDr. Jennifer Melfi

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1991CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressGoodfellas (1990)
1990LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressGoodfellas (1990)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2008Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actress - Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2001Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2000Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Series, DramaThe Sopranos (1999)
2000ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a New Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Cable SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
1993Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressMedicine Man (1992)
1991OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleGoodfellas (1990)
1991Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureGoodfellas (1990)

3rd Place Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
1990NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressGoodfellas (1990)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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