Lorraine Bracco had her beginnings in the late ’70s in France. She also landed a minor role in an Italian film. In 1987, she made her Hollywood debut in the film The Pick-Up Artist. She next had performances in the films Someone to Watch Over Me, Sing, The Dream Team, and Sea of Love. In 1990, her performance as Karen Friedman Hill in the crime movie Goodfellas was acclaimed.
For her work, she gained Academy and Golden Globe nominations in the Supporting Actress category. The rest of the ’90s saw her perform in the movies Talent for the Game, Switch, Medicine Man, Radio Flyer, and Traces of Red. She next appeared in the Gus Van Sant movie Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. She continued her big screen career with roles in Being Human, The Basketball Diaries, Hackers, and The Liars. She gained wider recognition for starring as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos.
Her work on the show had also earned her Primetime and Golden Globe nominations. In the 2010s, she continued her work on television as Angela Rizzoli on Rizzoli & Isles. She also narrated the documentary I Married a Mobster. From 2017 to 2018, she played Mayor Margaret Dutton on Blue Bloods. Meanwhile, on cinema, her latest work was in the 2016 film Monday Nights at Seven.
Years ago, the actress gained 35 pounds. Ultimately, she sought the help of a health coach, which has since helped her lose the weight and consistently stick to a healthier lifestyle. Of course, this includes following a regular workout routine. Although she’s doesn’t take her exercise regimen to the extreme, she continues to do the basic. “I’m not an exercise freak, but I know when I walk, when I work out, when I do something, I feel better. I feel more powerful and I feel strong—and I want to feel strong,” said the actress.