Lorraine Bracco choked as she remembered her beloved late co-stars Ray Liotta, Tony Sirico and James Gandolfini.
The 67-year-old actor starred alongside Liotta in the 1990 drama film Goodfellas, followed by her role in the six-season crime drama The sopranosalongside Sirico and Gandfolini.
During an appearance on Friday (September 16) at the Rachel Ray DemonstrateBracco and host celebrity chef Ray and her husband John Cusimano offered “a toast” to the legendary actors.
“To Ray and Tony,” Ray said, echoing Cusimano.
“And to Jimmy [James] Gandolfini,” added Bracco. “We can’t forget Jim.”
Liotta, 67, died in her sleep in May this year and Sirico, 79, who had been diagnosed with dementia, died a few months later in July. Gandolfini died of a heart attack in 2013 at the age of 51.
“It was a strange time,” Bracco admitted. “Look, Tony Sirico was older and I get it. As sad as I am, I understand. But Ray and Jimmy?”
Ray agreed, admitting she was also “shocked” by the deaths of Liotta and Gandolfini, adding that the latter died “while on vacation with his child.”
When asked how she dealt with it, Bracco said in a trembling voice: “It tells me to live so well and so much every day and to give, give, give.
“I adored all three.”