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Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco

Lorraine Bracco (Italian: [ˈbrakko]; born October 2, 1954) is an American film and television actress. Known for her distinct husky voice and Brooklyn accent, Bracco has been nominated for an Academy Award, four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Born in New York City, Bracco began her career modelling in France and began appearing in Italian-language films around the turn of the 1980s, including Lina Wertmüller's Camorra (1986), which featured her then partner Harvey Keitel. Her English-language debut came in The Pick-Up Artist (1987), which was followed by roles in Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), Sing (1989), and The Dream Team (1989). Her breakthrough role came playing Karen Hill, wife of mob boss Henry Hill, in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas (1990), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture. On television, she is best known for portraying Dr. Jennifer Melfi, the psychiatrist of Tony Soprano, on the HBO series The Sopranos (1999-2007). As part of what is regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama for her performance across the show's first three seasons. Beginning with the fourth season, her role began to decline slightly, though by the end of the series, at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
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