Lorraine Braccio is an Academy Award and Emmy-nominated actress best known for her roles in films like The Sopranos, Goodfellas and Rizzoli & Isles.
On October 2, 1954, she was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and raised in Hicksville, New York. Of Italian and French descent, her heritage is truly exceptional.
Martin Scorsese’s mob classic Goodfellas is widely considered his finest film and one of the greatest mob films ever made. Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s novel Wiseguy, this tale follows gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) from his days as a teenage criminal to his eventual downfall and arrest.
This tale is intricate and intricate, depicting the power and loss of it, double crossing and violence among mobster families. It also exposes the dysfunctionality within these institutions where men are treated as members of a family with their actions dictated by tradition and values.
There are many memorable performances here, particularly those by Ray Liotta as Henry and Robert De Niro as Paulie Geppo. However, Lorraine Bracco’s Karen, Henry’s wife and mistress, may be the standout performance.
The Sopranos (1999-2001)
Lorraine Bracco is an acclaimed former fashion model who has enjoyed a storied acting career. In 1979 she made her screen debut in Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and went on to star in various gangster dramas such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Rizzoli & Isles.
The Sopranos is an HBO series that ran from 1999 to 2007 and followed North Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano as he built his empire. As head of his family, Tony oversees several crime families in New York City while maintaining control of North Jersey.
David Chase wrote the series, which was inspired by his experiences with therapists and his relationship with his mother. Other writers included Frank Renzulli and Todd A. Kessler (co-creator of Damages).
Rizzoli & Isles (2001-2009)
Rizzoli & Isles, TNT’s latest crime drama, is an impressive upgrade over Law & Order in terms of plot development and character interaction. Not only that but its characters also possess a sophisticated sense of humour which adds to their entertaining conversations.
Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles’ relationship is believable; their mutual admiration for one another is evident throughout the series. While disagreements will occur, both characters show respect for each other’s opinions while accepting that respect does not necessitate agreement on everything.
Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, police detectives from Boston with a medical background, are targeting young women with the intention of dismembering them and leaving them missing an internal body part. It appears this serial killer may be copycatting previous Georgia murders after investigating similar forensic clues several years prior.
My Big Italian Adventure (2015-present)
An Australian woman discovers the beauty of her Italian heritage and experiences living in her ancestral home. This experience reinvigorates her passion for Italy, inspiring her to write about it.
My Big Italian Adventure is a three-episode series that premiered on HGTV in 2020 and follows Lorraine Bracco’s first book, My Big Italian Adventure: A Year of Love and Living in Italy.
This book is an engaging blend of travel writing and memoir, making it essential reading for anyone with aspirations of living or visiting Italy. Additionally, the authors explore Italy’s history and culture – from food and traditions to architecture – with passion.
Set in the 1920s, Studio Ghibli’s animated classic is a timeless classic with their signature visual flair and surreal imagery. It also explores themes of war and mercenary romance.