Actress Carol Ann Susi has sadly passed away at the young age of 62 on Tuesday Nov. 11. Susi, most recently known and recognized for her voice role of Mrs. Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory, lost her battle to an aggressive cancer in which she was only recently diagnosed with.
Susi, whose face was never seen on The Big Bang Theory, played the voice of Howard’s mother. Fans know how distinct and humorous her character was, and no one could replace her.
Executive producers of the show Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Bill Prady released a statement on Susi’s behalf. "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."
Wil Wheaton, who has a recurring role as himself on The Big Bang Theory, told WomensForum that Susi would be missed by him and others of the cast in two ways: as a coworker they loved to work with and as a character they adored.
Besides acting, Susi spent her time enjoying life and indulging in pleasantries.
"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," Susi’s rep said in a statement Tuesday night.
"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."
From Brooklyn, Susi moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s and was then discovered by the Universal Studios casting department. Her past roles include Monique Marmelstein in ABC’s The Night Stalker and other television appearances in Cheers, Doogie Howser, M.D., Mad About You, Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld and Six Feet Under.
Susi leaves behind her brother, Michael.