She was an unseen character on the top-rating comedy series “The Big Bang Theory" on CBS, but Carol Ann Susi was an integral part of the show as the voice of Mrs. Wolowitz, the overbearing mother of Howard (Simon Helberg). Deadline reported that the character actress has passed away after a short battle with cancer. Susi was 62 years old. Read on for more details.
Susi had her start as an actress in the 1970s and was in the hit series “The Night Stalker,” which aired on ABC. In her long career, she has appeared on several TV shows including “Cheers,” “Ugly Betty,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Seinfeld.” She was also active on stage and was one of the original performers in Robin Schiff’s “Ladies’ Room.”
The younger generation, however, will most probably remember her for her voice on “The Big Bang Theory.” As Howard Wolowitz’s mother, Debbie, her presence has always been a mystery. The show never had Susi in front of the camera, and the plan has always been this way. Her voice, however, was a huge element to the series, as time and again, viewers would hear her blasting voice, calling for her son to serve her.
Upon her death, the producers of “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS and Warner Brothers released the following statement:
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.
It’s still not clear how the actress’ death will affect the series.
In the latest season, the show has actually featured a central storyline for Debbie with Stewart (Kevin Sussman), her son’s friend, moving in with her and with Howard growing jealous of this new arrangement.
Susi was a native of Brooklyn, New York but moved to Los Angeles for work.
She has one brother, Michael, and a sister-in-law, Connie.
Meanwhile, some of the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" took to Twitter to express their grief upon learning of their co-star's death.
So grateful to have known Carol Ann Susi who brought laughter & light with her always. She'll forever be in my heart. http://t.co/ecSsW7buPQ
— Melissa Rauch (@MelissaRauch) November 12, 2014
Beloved Carol Ann Susi passed away, yes. The voice of Mrs wolowitz. Oh Carol Ann. http://t.co/cx8h9pUQ7s
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) November 12, 2014
My heart is broken. I will miss your smile. Your spirit is forever with us. http://t.co/AOmLTEV0ZF
— Kunal Nayyar (@kunalnayyar) November 12, 2014
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