Biography

Although born in Brooklyn, Bracco first found success as a fashion model on the runways of Paris in the 1970s. She had just a handful of European film appearances on her résumé when she embarked on her Hollywood career. With her handsome beauty and pronounced Noo Yawk accent, the actress often portrayed tough, long-suffering wives (Someone to Watch Over Me, her flashy, Oscar-nominated turn in Goodfellas). In 1999, she accepted her first regular TV role on The Sopranos, earning multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nods — and legions of new fans — for her layered portrayal of a mobster's psychiatrist. Although the acclaimed series ended in 2007, she continued to work on the small screen and joined the cast of the TNT police procedural Rizzoli & Isles in 2010. In real life, Bracco owns a wine label, a business decision she credits to living in France for 10 years.

Fast Facts

  • Although she was voted the ugliest girl in sixth grade, in the 1970s she moved to Paris and became a fashion model for the Wilhelmina Agency.
  • Early in her modeling career, turned down an offer to pose nude for surrealist artist Salvador Dali.
  • Studied acting at the Actors Studio in New York City.
  • In her breakthrough 1990 movie, director Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas, her daughters, Stella Keitel and Margaux Guerard, portrayed Judy Hill (her character's daughter) at different ages.
  • Was originally offered the role of Carmela Soprano on The Sopranos, but wanted instead to play Dr. Jennifer Melfi.
  • Made her Broadway debut in 2002, playing Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate.
  • Launched her own wine label in 2005.

Awards

  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Margaux Guerard — Daughter
  • Sal Bracco — Father
  • Harvey Keitel — Ex-husband
  • Elizabeth Bracco — Sister
  • Sal Bracco Jr. — Brother
  • Daniel Guerard — Ex-husband
  • Stella Keitel — Daughter
  • Edward James Olmos — Ex-husband
  • Sheila Bracco — Mother

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Details

  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Birthday: October 2, 1954, Libra
  • Profession: Actor, Model

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