Television veteran Carol Ann Susi has died at the age of 62. A rep for the actress confirms to Zap2it that Susi passed away Tuesday (Nov. 11) after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer.
Working on TV for four decades, Susi has most recently become known as the voice of the unseen Debbie Wolowitz, Howard’s mom, on “The Big Bang Theory.” Her other recent credits include “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ugly Betty” and the movie “Just Go With It.”
As a teen, Susi studied acting HB Studio in New York and came to Los Angeles in the 1970s. Soon after, she was cast as Kolchak’s secretary Monique Marmelstein on the hit ABC series “The Night Stalker.” Dozens of TV appearances followed, including memorable turns on “Cheers,” “Married … With Children,” “Seinfeld” and “Six Feet Under.”
“‘The Big Bang Theory’ family has lost a beloved member today with
the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the
role of Mrs. Wolowitz,” say Warner Bros. Television and “Big Bang
Theory” producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady in a
statement. “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.”
Susi’s rep also says that the Brooklyn native enjoyed “Doctor Who,” Halloween horror mazes and the Magic Castle. She also frequently won blue ribbons for her culinary creations at the Los Angeles County Fair.
Susi is survived by her brother Michael and sister-in-law Connie.