LA Times; THR, YouTube

Sad Day: The Actress Who Brought Us Lots of Laughs Playing Howard’s Mother on “The Big Bang Theory” – Carol Ann Susi – Dies at 62

Nov 12, 2014  •  Post A Comment

“Actress Carol Ann Susi, best known for her recurring role as Mrs. Wolowitz on CBS’ ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ has died, her agent, Pam Ellis-Evenas, confirmed to the Los Angeles Times. Susi died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after a ‘brief battle with an aggressive cancer,’ Ellis-Evenas said. She was 62.”

The Times adds, “Although the character is never seen on screen, Susi’s voice [as Howard’s mother, Mrs. Wolowitz]– always yelling — often set up fantastic jokes, most of the time at her nerdy son’s expense.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “a statement from Warner Bros. Television and ‘Big Bang Theory’ producers Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Bill Prady [said, in part]: “Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann was a constant source of joy and kindness to all. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with her family during this time, and we will miss her greatly.”

THR also says that, “Susi grew up in Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s. Shortly after, she earned a spot as Kolchak’s secretary, Monique Marmelstein, on ABC’s ‘The Night Stalker.’ Other credits include guest appearances on ‘Cheers,’ ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’, ‘Mad About You,’ ‘Just Shoot Me,’ ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Six Feet Under.’”

The Times notes that “Susi is survived by brother, Michael Susi, and his wife, Connie, according to agent Ellis-Evenas.”

From YouTube, this very funny highlight reel features Susi as Mrs. Wolowitz for the first four seasons of “The Big Bang Theory:”

Carol Ann Susi carrie-sokol-the-boyfriend-seinfeldCarol  Ann Susi on an episode of “Seinfeld.”

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