Liz Sheridan, Jerry Seinfeld’s TV mom, has died at the age of 93

Liz Sheridan, the famous actress who played Jerry Seinfeld’s mother on his eponymous sitcom, has died at the age of 93.

The star died of natural causes around 2:30 a.m. Friday, reports TMZ.

Sheridan played the overprotective mother Helen Seinfeld in 21 episodes of “Seinfeld” from 1990 to 1998.

She is the only “Seinfeld” star – aside from the four leads – to appear in all nine seasons of the hit sitcom.

Her death comes less than two weeks after the death of Estelle Harris – another famous “Seinfeld” star who played George Costanza’s mother. Like Sheridan, Harris was 93 years old.

The actress also had a recurring role as Raquel Ochmonek on the NBC smash sitcom ALF, which ran from 1986-1990.

Born in New York, Sheridan began her career as a dancer in Big Apple nightclubs, where she met James Dean in her early twenties.

Liz Sheridan, Barney Martin, Julia Louis Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld.
Liz Sheridan, Barney Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld all star in an episode of the hit sitcom.
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The couple had a short-lived romance in 1952, which Sheridan later chronicled in her book, Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story.

Back in 1996, Sheridan described her relationship with Dean as “just magical” in an interview with People magazine.

“It was first love for both of us,” she continued, adding that they lived together in an apartment on the Upper West Side.

The actress even claimed she was briefly engaged to the “Rebel Without A Cause” hunk before his astronomical rise to fame prompted the end of their relationship. Dean died in a car accident less than three years later.

Liz Sheridan
Liz Sheridan was 93.

Sheridan later switched to Broadway, where she appeared in the 1977 production of Happy Ending opposite Meryl Streep.

She then moved to Los Angeles where she pursued a screen career.

In the 1980s, she had cameo roles in TV hits like “St. Elsewhere”, “Moonlighting” and “Who’s The Boss”. She also appeared in 34 episodes of “ALF” from 1986-1990.

Then, in 1990, she played the role of the overprotective Helen in a new show called “Seinfeld” — which would go on to become her most famous role.

Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer and Liz Sheridan as Helen Seinfeld in "His field" episode season 1 "The stakeout."
Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer and Liz Sheridan as Helen Seinfeld in “Seinfeld” season 1 episode “The Stakeout”.
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Although she received international acclaim for her role on the cult series, Sheridan later complained that she couldn’t secure work, telling Entertainment Weekly in 1998 that she had become “so connected” to “Seinfeld.”

In 2000, she published her book about her romance with Dean, which she was determined to make into a film.

In 2008, she told Page Six that she wanted to get in touch with Seinfeld to “ask him to help me raise the money for the film.”

“I don’t even know how to reach him,” she explained. “He has so many ‘people’ in front of him that you can’t reach him. And I don’t have his phone number.”

Following her romance with Dean, Sheridan found lasting love with jazz musician William Dale Wales.

The couple married in 1985 and remained married until his death in 2003. Sheridan is survived by her daughter. Liz Sheridan, Jerry Seinfeld’s TV mom, has died at the age of 93

Dustin Huang

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