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Lorraine Bracco Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 2 October 1954Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lorraine was voted the "ugliest girl in the 6th grade" at her Long Island grade school. She moved to France in 1974 where she became a fashion superstar for Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her sister is Elizabeth Bracco. Has two daughters, Stella Keitel by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel and Margaux Guerard by ex-husband Daniel Guerard.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

Spouse (2)

Edward James Olmos (28 January 1994 - 4 March 2002) (divorced)
Daniel Guerard (January 1979 - 1982) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (26)

Her oldest daughter is named Margaux, and was born in 1979.
Her daughters, Stella Keitel (fathered by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel) and Margaux Guerard, played her daughter at different ages in Goodfellas (1990).
Older sister of Elizabeth Bracco.
Raised in Hicksville, New York.
Filed for bankruptcy due to legal fees spent on custody battle with Harvey Keitel. [June 1999]
Former Wilhelmina model.
Her father was of Italian descent. Her mother was born in England, and had French ancestry.
Announced she is finally divorcing estranged husband, Edward James Olmos. [January 2002]
Sister-in-law of actor Aidan Quinn
While modeling as a young woman in Europe, was once asked to posed nude for the late, eccentric, Spanish surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí. She refused.
Her 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.
Is spokesperson on behalf of Pfizer's anti-depressant Zoloft, having suffered a bout of clinical depression, then having it treated.
Ex-stepmother of Mico Olmos and Bodie Olmos.
Played Paul Guilfoyle's hostage in the Crime Story (1986) episode "Hide and Go Thief." Her sister, Elizabeth Bracco, played a hostage in the series' pilot.
Was the first choice for the role of "Mona Lisa Vito" in My Cousin Vinny (1992), but she turned down the role.
Received an honorary fellowship from Yale in February 2002.
Was awarded by the American Psycho-Analytical Association for her portrayal of Dr. Melfi.
Men have tried the "I need help" pick-up line. She tells them she's busy and to call Dr. Phil.
While she was a model, she appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire.
Favorite actresses are Bette Davis and Jodie Foster.
Favorite actors are Montgomery Clift, Al Pacino and Marlon Brando.
Performed almost all of her own stunts in Medicine Man (1992).
Those glasses her character Dr. Melfi wears are really hers; she needs either them or her contacts to be able to see clearly.
Is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French.
Aunt of Ava Eileen Quinn and Mia Quinn.
Released her memoirs, "On the Couch". [June 2006]

Personal Quotes (3)

I 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.
[on joining the 'Sopranos' cast] After doing 'GoodFellas', 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'.
[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.

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