Lorraine Bracco was born on the 2nd October 1954, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York City USA, of French, English, Italian and American descent. She is an actress who has been nominated for awards including Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy, and winning the Award Actors Guild. She is mainly known for her roles in the award–winning production, the biographical crime film “Goodfellas” (1990) and HBO crime drama series “The Sopranos” (1999–2007). Bracco has been active in the entertainment industry since 1979.
How much is the net worth of Lorraine Bracco? As authoritative sources estimate, her wealth stands at $19 million, as of the data given in 2016. Her assets include the line of wines, “Bracco Wines”.
Lorraine Bracco Net Worth $19 Million
To begin with, Bracco was born to Eileen and Salvatore Bracco, Sr. and grew up in Westbury in Long Island. In 1972, she matriculated from Hicksville High School, and two years later moved to France, where she worked as a model for Jean-Paul Gaultier. There she also became acquainted with the director and writer Lina Wertmüller.
In the early 1970s, Lina Wertmüller selected Lorraine for a role in the Italian film “Camorra”. Later, she appeared in some French language films, as well as worked on Radio Luxembourg as a DJ. She played a hostage in an episode of the series “The Crime Story” by Paul Guilfoyle with her sister, Elizabeth in a similar role. She experienced a big career boost after landing the supporting role of Karen Hill in “Goodfellas” (1990) directed by Martin Scorsese. and was nominated for Academy and Golden Globe Awards. Moreover, she won Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and New York Film Critics Circle Awards as the Best Supporting Actress. Afterwards, Bracco appeared in many films including “Medicine Man” (1992) , “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” (1993), “The Basketball Diaries” (1995), “The Liars” (1996), “Riding in Cars with Boys” (2001), “Crazy For Love” (2003) and other films. All added considerably to her net worth.
Concerning her career on television, the most important role she landed was in the series “The Sopranos” (1999-2007). David Chase originally wanted Lorraine to play the part of Carmela Soprano, but Lorraine knew the script and decided that she was best suited for the psychiatrist role of Dr. Jennifer Melfi. As an Outstanding Supporting Actress she was nominated for many awards including Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, Satellite and Emmy Awards. Later, she landed episodic roles in popular television series “Law & Order: Trial by Jury” (2005), “Lipstick Jungle” (2008) and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2010). Bracco has now been in the main cast of the television series “Rizzoli & Isles” since 2010, and at the end of 2015, it was announced that she will star alongside Adrien Brody in the comedy series “Dice”.
Finally, in the personal life of the actress, Bracco has been married and divorced twice. Her first marriage was with Daniel Guerard (1979–1982) then began a relationship with actor Harvey Keitel which lasted for twelve years. After parting from Keitel, she married Edward James Olmos (1994 – 2002). She has two children, Stella Keitel and Margaux Guerard.
Her oldest daughter is named Margaux, and was born in 1979.
[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.
[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'.
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.