Stage and screen actress Carol Ann Susi passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday after a brief battle with terminal cancer. She was 62.
Susi was best known for her work on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, voicing the unseen Mrs. Wolowitz – the domineering mother of Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg.)
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The news was confirmed by Susi's reps, who released their own statement regarding the actress' passing. It reads in part:
"A spunky Italian gal from Brooklyn whose passionate interests included Doctor Who, Halloween horror mazes, cooking and the Magic Castle, Carol Ann drew fervent circles of followers. She was a force of nature who didn’t suffer fools and was fiercely loyal to her friends. Known only to a very lucky few, she was a world-class culinary genius who frequently scored blue ribbons at the very competitive cooking competitions at the Los Angeles County Fair…. Carol Ann used to call herself "the one and only," and there's no better epithet."
Susi's first break came in 1974 when she landed a recurring role on the popular supernatural drama Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Susi guest starred on scores of beloved sitcoms during her 40-year career, including roles on Murphy Brown, Seinfeld, Mad About You, Married With Children, Just Shoot Me!, The King Of Queens and That '70s Show, among many others.
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Warner Bros. TV, along with Big Bang Theory producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, and Bill Rush, released their own statement expressing their condolences:
"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. 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."
Her Big Bang co-stars also tweeted:
According to her reps, Susi is survived by her brother Michael Susi, his wife Connie, and "the multitudes of friends who truly were Carol Ann's other family."