Lorraine Bracco: Poster child for the Realtor racket?

Lately I’ve been in the market for a home and, inevitably, I’ve been become positively addicted to Realtor.com. So much so that I’m actually reading the articles archived on their site. One of which was an interview with Sneden’s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco.

Now, I think it’s great that Bracco says Realtors are boss in the Q&A, but her optimism about housing as an investment struck me as a little odd. After all, the home she’s trying to sell in Rockland has been on the market for four years. She’s dropped the price from $4.4 million to $2.9 mil. (Incidentally, it’s still listed on the Mason Sammett site, if you’re interested.)

Yet she still says, “I’ve never had a bad experience with real estate or a real estate professional.” A few other incongruous excerpts from the interview after the break.

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Bracco’s suggested therapy for ‘Sopranos’ junkies: ‘Go cry to HBO’

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For those of you who get the print edition of The Journal News, you may have noticed that our “People of the Year” list is a little out of sync with our blog version at the moment (course, that’s ok, we kind of like being a few days ahead of the curve). Still, for all those people who saw Ismael’s snazzy illustration of Lorraine Bracco in today’s paper and loaded up their browser right to the blog, I wanted to have something for ya.

To wit, here’s a weird story from the “World Entertainment News Network” stating that Bracco is “tired” of fans blaming her for the end of “The Sopranos.” The piece quoted the Sneden’s Landing homeowner as saying …

<blockquote><div>It’s no longer amusing. I’m sick of it. It now p**ses me off. Hundreds of people cry to me on the street, when I’m walking my dog, in the grocery while I’m pushing a cart, which is so chic. I tell them, `Hey, what do I know? Not my fault. Go cry to HBO. I’m hired help.'</div></blockquote>

Say it, sistah. If I were to run into Bracco, though, I’d volley up a much different series of questions. Namely, what’s the story with you and Steve Shirripa? Anything going on there — outside of you supporting his new cooking show, “Steve Shirripa’s Hungry”? And, on a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate his cannoli and meatballs?

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(Top: AP Photo/Stuart Ramson; bottom: AP Photo/Lifeskool TV, Diane Bondareff)

People of the Year — 18. Lorraine Bracco

rm_people13.jpgNobody felt the bursting of the local real-estate bubble quite like Bracco, a.k.a. the shrink from The Sopranos. While the mob series was wrapping up its final season, she tried unloading her two-acre Sneden’s Landing estate. Yet over the course of 2007, the asking price was hacked away like Richie Aprile’s corpse in the butcher shop—as of September, the initial asking price of $4.4 mil has been lowered to $2.9 (call Mason Sammett at 359-4940, if you’re interested). Bracco also lost the Best Supporting Actress race at the Emmys to New Caanan’s Katherine Heigl. But there is some good news: Late in the year she was cast in a pilot for Lifetime; she got a chance to appear on Oprah (albeit to talk about her infidelity to Harvey Keitel); and her brand of vino, Bracco Wines, is already selling tens of thousands of cases. Salud!

Prediction for 2008: Long Island Confidential, the new Lifetime show, doesn’t promise to be nearly as edgy as The Sopranos, but the wine business will continue to boom. Two-Buck Bracco, anyone?

Adapted from “People of the Year,� Rockland Magazine, December 2007

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

Bracco coming back to TV

tjndc5-5b5oqvauioobzu6jezi_layout.jpgLongtime Sneden’s Landing homeowner and former “Sopranos” shrink Lorraine Bracco may be coming back to your television soon thanks to a new Lifetime show called “Long Island Confidential.”

Variety reports that she’s been cast in the show’s pilot, which will revolve around a female homicide detective (Alison Elliott) trying to balance work and family when she returns to her childhood home in Long Island. Bracco will play the Elliot character’s mother.

While I would have preferred if the show was set in Rockland, rather than Long Island — Bracco has homes in both areas — it’s great to see Lorraine back on the air, no matter what the setting.

(AP Photo/ Pfizer,Sante D’Orazio)

Lower Hudson Valley lays claim to at least 3 Emmys; Katherine Heigl’s LoHud membership status under review

emmy-award.jpgLate last week, Ted Mann and I made our picks for who, among our Lower Hudson Valley celebrities, would and should win Emmys. Now it’s time for our scorecard, granting a point for correct guesses as well as Lower Hudson Valley victories.

•SERIES (DRAMA): “The Sopranos” (parts filmed in LoHud; starred Sneden’s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco, Purchase College grad Edie Falco and Mount Vernon- and Brewster-raised Michael Imperioli.)

Ted and I thought “The Sopranos” would and should win. And with Bracco also sharing in this victory, everyone gets a point. Ted 1, Chris 1, Lower Hudson Valley 1.

•SERIES (COMEDY): “30 Rock”

While both Ted and I wanted “30 Rock” to win, I thought “Ugly Betty” would take the trophy, while Ted picked “The Office” to claim it. Unlike “Entourage,” which stars Mamaroneck native Kevin Dillon and “Ugly Betty,” which stars Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams, “30 Rock” has no obvious connection to the Lower Hudson Valley, but we’re all winners in another sense because “30 Rock” is a fantastic show. Let’s hope it’s not doomed with the “Arrested Development” Emmy curse. Ted 1, Chris 1, Lower Hudson Valley, 1.

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Suburbarazzi gauges chances of LoHud’s Emmy nominees

emmy-award.jpgEarlier this week, Ted Mann and I chatted with RNN’s Stacy-Ann Gooden about a few of the Emmy nominees with connections to the Lower Hudson Valley. Given time constraints, we only had so much time to debate a few of the candidates, but thanks to the good ol’-fashioned(?) blog, we can offer our takes on which LoHud celebs we think, and hope, will win at Sunday’s ceremony.

Keep in mind that a couple of celebs with a local connection already had their fates decided at “ceremonies held earlier.” North Salem resident Stanley Tucci won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on “Monk.” (My gripe: Why wasn’t Paul Reubens’ hilarious performance as Gerhardt on “30 Rock” even nominated?) And while Suffern native Tim Daly didn’t win Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for his appearance on “The Sopranos,” the winner in that category — John Goodman — appeared on “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” created by Scarsdale native Aaron Sorkin.

Ted found legit connections to the Lower Hudson Valley in eight major categories. We’ll give you a couple of teasers before the break. Check out the rest of our predictions and rooting interests after the break.

1. SERIES (DRAMA)
•”Boston Legal”
•“Grey’s Anatomy” (stars Katherine Heigl from nearby New Canaan)
•“Heroes” (stars Palisades native Hayden Panettiere)
•”House”
•“The Sopranos” (parts filmed in LoHud; starred Sneden’s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco)

CHRIS: Thinks “The Sopranos” will win and wants “The Sopranos” to win.
TED: Thinks “The Sopranos” will win and wants “The Sopranos” to win.

2. SERIES (COMEDY)
•“Entourage” (stars Mamaroneck’s Kevin Dillon)
•”The Office”
•”30 Rock”
•”Two and a Half Men”
•“Ugly Betty” (stars Chappaqua’s Vanessa Williams)

CHRIS: Thinks “Ugly Betty” will win but wants “30 Rock” to win.
TED: Thinks “The Office” will win but wants “30 Rock” to win.

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Bracco slashes the price of her Sneden’s Landing home

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Need evidence that the high-end housing market is in turnaround? (We were certainly debating this point around our office earlier this week.)

Well, the news that Lorraine Bracco has dropped the price of her 2-acre Sneden’s  Landing estate to $2.9 million pretty well proves the point.

The home, you might remember, was first listed all the way back in 2004 — right around the time the air first started leaking out of the real-estate bubble — at $4.4 mil.  She had bought the home with her former boyfriend Harvey Keitel (before home-wrecker Edward James Olmos came along) from fellow local celebrity Ellen Burstyn. Now the website of her broker, Mason Sammett, shows the “Actor’s Hudson River Estate” has dropped more than a third in price.

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Bracco ‘conflicted’ about Paris Hilton, ready to booze in South Beach

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After she appeared on “The View” yesterday, we cleared up one thing about Sneden’s Landing homeowner Lorraine Bracco: No way will she ever take Rosie’s place on the gabfest. When dealt with one of the most gossipy stories of the year — Paris Hilton getting released from jail early — nobody on the show had a single Rosie-caliber colorful remark. Hasselbeck had the good sense to at least call it “disgusting,” but all Bracco could muster was an “I’m so conflicted.” Ohhhh K. Thanks for that, Lorraine.

But even if Bracco is of a dullard on ABC daytime, the “Sopranos” star is well suited to another activity: making wine. And on June 12 next week, she’ll be out promoting her own line of vino, Bracco Wines, at The Las Olas River House in Miami. And if you happen to be in the Miami area this coming weekend, you can catch her and the rest of the Soprano’s cast going into the Devito South Beach, where they’ll be on hand for a big dinner to watch the finale. Cent’anni!

“Dr. Melfi offers taste of the good life” [Miami Herald]

(AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Dr. Melfi to take Rosie’s seat on ‘The View’ tomorrow

tjndc5-5b5oqvauioobzu6jezi_layout.jpgIt’s just what the yentas on “The View” need — some good, old fashioned psychotherapy. And who better to help heal the wounded ids of Elisabeth, Joy, and Babwa than Lorraine Bracco?

Of course, the Sneden’s Landing homeowner is mainly appearing there to promote the June 10 finale of “The Sopranos.” The obvious question I have: Is she even going to be in the HBO show’s last episode? Last week Melfi officially cut Tony loose, although it was kind of a premature, sudden split. Will we get to finally see the two have the blow-out fight — ala Rosielbeck ’07 — that we’re still owed this Sunday?

Tune in tomorrow to see if Bracco tips her hand.

(AP Photo/ Pfizer,Sante D’Orazio)

Why did Lorraine Bracco cheat on Harvey Keitel?

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Three words: Edward James Olmos.

I was catching up on some back-episodes of Oprah last night (hey, lay off, the wife is working night and there’s nothing else on TV right now), and I caught an from last week in which the Sopranos star talked about her own battle with depression — a depression, she said, thatgrew mostly out of her messy split with Harvey Keitel and the custody battle over their daughter, Stella. I already knew that Bracco had put out a memoir, “On the Couch,” about the whole ordeal, but what I didn’t know is that the breakup was largely driven by her own infidelity … with Edward James Olmos.

“Eddie was a lovely man,” she said on the show, “And, in all retrospect, Harvey is a good man… It was an immature choice. I was on that river in Egypt, called denial! And I wasn’t mature enough or smart enough or willing to accept that I was unhappy in that relationship.”

Stella was also on the show, talking about how unstable her mom — who still owns a home in Sneden’s Landing — had been while growing up. The topic of how Stella has been seen smooching mom’s costar Robert Iler (aka A.J.), sadly, did not come up.

(Bracco: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin; Keitel: AP Photo/Louis Lanzano; Olmos: AP Photo/Lisa Rose)

A.J. and Melfi’s kid sitting in a tree

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A.J. may have lost his on-screen paramour on “The Sopranos,” but in real life actor Robert Iler is reportedly dating his co-star Lorraine Bracco’s daughter, Stella Keitel.

Bracco, who used to live in Sneden’s Landing, told the NY Daily News that the two are just friends, but they sure do make a cute couple and the News adds that the two were spotted making out at Tenjune in NYC. Let’s just hope that Iler makes a good impression on Stella’s dad, Harvey Keitel. If you thought Tony Soprano was tough on Meadow’s boyfriends, I wouldn’t like to see what Mr. White does if you bring his little girl home after midnight.

(Iler: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin; Keitel: AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

The Sopranos’ local connections

I’m sure everyone is excited for the premiere next Sunday of the last nine episodes of The Sopranos’ final season! To get you in the mood, here are a few Lohud links to the show:

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Jamie Lynn Sigler has a number of cousins who live in Scarsdale, which means you’re likely to see her around town every few weeks (at least, that’s what the actress told me last year).

Lorraine Bracco lived in Sneden’s Landing with her boyfriend, Harvey Keitel from 1989 up until last year. The two are trying to sell their $3.2 million townhouse, which they bought from Ellen Burstyn.
Edie Falco—honed her acting chops as a student at Purchase College with the likes of Wesley Snipes and Stanley Tucci.
Now you can enjoy the show even more!

(AP Photos/Stephen Chernin)