Liz Sheridanthe actress who played Jerry Seinfeld’s mother in the hit comedy His field and has had an eventful career on both stage and screen, has died aged 93, according to her agent and good friend Amanda Hendon. She reportedly died in her sleep of natural causes shortly after her birthday. She leaves behind a daughter and a son-in-law.
Sheridan’s on-screen work spans an absurd number of appearances, dating back to a 1977 appearance on the hit crime drama kojak. While her work is diverse, including many dramas such as St Elsewhere and sins of the fathershe was in an incredible number of sitcoms from the 80’s and 90’s, including the The company of three spin off Three is a crowd, neuhart, One day at a timeand Archie Bunkers Place. Her first major recurring role, however, was as grumpy Raquel Ochmonek, the Tanner family’s acrimonious neighbor in the alien comedy ALF.
However, most of the love she received on television was for her time as Seinfeld’s mother, Helen. As a returning member of His field Cast, she regularly emerged to love and protect her darling Jerry, all with her signature catchphrase, “How could anyone not like him?” She’s as overprotective as it gets, spying on Jerry’s phone conversations with his dad and being incredulous given the fact that someone might be after him. Furthermore, Sheridan defined the role by making Helen truly the spitting image of Jerry in terms of personality, to the point of irrationally hating Newman. In terms of actors, she was the last survivor His field Parent and importantly the only character outside of the main cast to appear in each season.
Defining Sheridan as a recurring television actress with some notable roles in sitcoms and dramas sells her diverse talents incredibly short. She is also a trained dancer with Broadway experience beginning with a performance in 1971 Frank Merriwell. Before she switched to television, she also performed on the side Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd in the 1977s Happy end. She also wrote an autobiography entitled Dizzy & Jimmy who opened up about their bond before the star james dean.
Her last roles were marked by appearances in the Seth McFarlane comedy American dad! and Trimalthough she got one last chance to rub shoulders with older stars in 2009 play the game. There, she ruffled a few feathers with her performance when she saw her character had ties to her Andy Griffith‘s main character Grandpa Joe. She hasn’t appeared on screen since 2010.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sheridan’s family and friends.
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