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Carol Ann Susi (February 2, 1952 – November 11, 2014) was an American actress. She was best known for providing the voice of recurring unseen character Mrs. Wolowitz, mother of Howard Wolowitz, on the television series The Big Bang Theory.[3][4][5]

Carol Ann Susi
Born(1952-02-02)February 2, 1952
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.[1]
DiedNovember 11, 2014(2014-11-11) (aged 62)
Resting placeSaint Charles Cemetery
Years active1974–2014


Susi made her first screen appearance in Kolchak: The Night Stalker, where she played the recurring role of intern Monique Marmelstein. Other television and film credits included: McMillan & Wife, Coyote Ugly, Just Go with It, The Big Bang Theory, Cheers, Becker, Grey's Anatomy, That '70s Show, Out of Practice, Cats & Dogs, Just Shoot Me, Married... with Children, Night Court, The King of Queens, Death Becomes Her, NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, The Secret of My Success, My Blue Heaven, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.[6] She also had extensive experience in live theatre[7][8] and voiced a character on the video game installment of CSI: NY.

Personal lifeEdit

Carol Ann Susi was born in Brooklyn,[1] of Italian descent.[9] She studied acting at HB Studio in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s.[1]


Susi died of cancer on November 11, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, at age 62.[2][10] She is interred at the Saint Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale, New York.[11]

As a sign of respect from her colleagues, her death was also recognised in the season 8 episode of The Big Bang Theory, "The Comic Book Store Regeneration", broadcast on February 19, 2015. As part of the plot, her character of Mrs Wolowitz died in her sleep while visiting Florida. The characters of the show toast her during the last scene of the episode.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1974 Kolchak: Crackle of Death Monique Marmelstein TV movie, Segment: "Firefall"
1981 Leave 'em Laughing Gina TV movie
1984 Love Scenes Susan
1987 Outrageous Fortune Receptionist
The Secret of My Succe$s Jean as Carol-Ann Susi
1989 Married to the Mob Marilyn TV movie
Blood Red Segestra Daughter #1
Wedding Band Angela
Sea of Love Additional voice
1990 My Blue Heaven Filomena
Masters of Menace Candy Colletti
Doner Berlinetti TV movie
1992 Death Becomes Her Psychiatric Patient
1993 Under Investigation Neighbor
1994 Big Daddy's Barbeque Deirdre TV movie
1996 Qiana Waitress Short film
Edie & Pen Irma
Wedding Bell Blues Aunt Anash
The Cottonwood
1997 Eat Your Heart Out Cynthia
1998 Mafia! Clamato's Wife
Waiting for Woody Short film
2000 The Amati Girls Ticket Seller
Tempest Eye Monique
2001 Cats & Dogs Sophie's Sister
2002 Duty Dating Seminar Woman
2004 Just Desserts Mrs. Guzzi TV movie
2005 McBride: It's Murder, Madam Helen
2006 Coffee Date Diana's Assistant
2008 Red Velvet Mother
2011 Just Go with It Mrs. Maccabee
2014 A Life, Taken Ms. Mancuso Short film, final film role


Year Title Role Notes
1974 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Monique Marmelstein 3 episodes
1975 McCoy 1 episode
McMillan & Wife Luana
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Waitress
1987 My Sister Sam Marsha Hammer
Simon & Simon Doreen
Jake and the Fatman Sally
1989 Who's the Boss? Ginger
1990 Growing Pains Norma
Night Court Mara Bernstein
Head of the Class Nurse Lemas
The New Adam-12 Vicki
Married People Gloria
1990–1993 Murphy Brown Woman Checker/Secretary #37 2 episodes
1991 Cheers Angeline 1 episode
Doogie Howser, M.D. Psychic
1992 Seinfeld Carrie 2 episodes
Bob Debra 1 episode
A Different World Desk Sergeant
Mad About You Female Passenger
1993 Blossom Nun
Good Advice Patient
1994 NYPD Blue Connie
1995 Pointman Miss Sloane/Pageant Director
1995–1996 Married... with Children Frannie 3 episodes
1996 The Home Court Connie 1 episode
ER Pregnant Alien-Abductee
1996–1997 Someone So Right Gracie/Grace 8 episodes
1997 Fired Up Meat Selling Woman 1 episode
1998 Just Shoot Me! Mrs. Boukidis
Oh Baby Felicia
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Doris
Becker Mrs. Marino
USA High Mrs. Lazzarini
1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Third Pigeon
2000 City Guys Surly Woman
The King of Queens Service Counter Manager/Mrs. Deluca 2 episodes
2001 Rude Awakening Brandy 1 episode
That's Life Tessie Dalton
Six Feet Under Pauline Romano
2004 The Drew Carey Show Doris
2005 Out of Practice Susy 2 episodes
2006 Love, Inc. Gwen 1 episode
That '70s Show Receptionist 2 episodes
2007 Journeyman 1 episode
Celebrity Deathmatch Danica Patrick 1 episode
2007–2014; 2017 The Big Bang Theory Debbie Wolowitz 40 episodes
2008 Ugly Betty Mrs. Galeano 1 episode
Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Borsokowski
2010 'Til Death Marjorie Putnam
2014 Sleepover with Dan & Lauren Herself
2019 Young Sheldon Debbie Wolowitz 1 episode, archived recording

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2008 CSI: NY Doris Brown
Pamela Ross
2010 Mafia II Cleaning Lady
Maria Agnello


  1. ^ a b c Hughes, Jason (November 11, 2014). "Carol Ann Susi, 'Big Bang Theory's' Mrs. Wolowitz, Dead at 62". The Wrap. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Big Bang Theory actress dies at 62". The Globe and Mail. November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  3. ^ Morris, Joan (March 14, 2009). "Who's the Voice of 'Big Bang' Mother?". Contra Costa Times. p. 2A. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  4. ^ Salem, Rob (January 24, 2009). "Nerd herd doing a bang-up job". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  5. ^ Owen, Rob (March 16, 2012). "TV Q&A with Rob Owen". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  6. ^ Robinson, Johnny (September 27, 1974). "Radio and TV plus Video Versions". Lewiston Evening Journal. p. 21. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  7. ^ Drake, Sylvie (September 16, 1988). "'Ladies' Room' Lives Up to Expectations of Racy Domain". Los Angeles Times. p. C6. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  8. ^ Collins, Scott (December 19, 1995). "Ollstein's 'Pot Roast' Is Rich in Flavor". Los Angeles Times. p. F8. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 11, 2014). "Carol Ann Susi, 'Big Bang Theory's Mrs. Wolowitz, Dead". Deadline. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Swift, Andy (November 11, 2014). "Carol Ann Susi, Voice Behind Big Bang Theory's Mrs. Wolowitz, Dead at 62". TV Line. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  11. ^ Wilson, Scott (22 August 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set)". McFarland. Retrieved 2 November 2018 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ "The Big Bang Theory @ IMDB". IMDB.

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