April 15 (UPI) — Liz Sheridan, best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld’s mother on the hit eponymous sitcom, died just days after celebrating her 93rd birthday.
The veteran actress died in her sleep overnight of natural causes in New York City, her longtime friend and manager Amanda Hendon told Deadline and NBC News.
His death was confirmed by Jerry Seinfeld in a tweet who called Sheridan “still the sweetest, kindest TV mom a son could wish for”. “Every time she came on our show, it was the most comfortable feeling for me. How lucky to have known her,” the comedian said.
The TV show’s Twitter account post “How could anyone not love you,” quoting one of his iconic lines from the show, after news of his death was announced.
Sheridan was already a seasoned actress by the time she first appeared as Helen Seinfeld on the nihilistic NBC series in 1990. She would appear as Seinfeld’s overprotective mother in 21 episodes of the hit series until its conclusion. in 1998.
Prior to her successful Hollywood career, Sheridan got her start as a dancer in the 1950s and had a romantic relationship with James Dean chronicled in her 2000 book. Dizzy and Jimmy: My Life with James Dean.
She went on to star in Broadway plays and musicals, such as Happy End with Christopher Lloyd and Meryl Streep in 1977 – the same year she landed her first television role as a guest on Kojak.
Sheridan went on to land dozens of other roles in television series and made-for-TV movies before beginning her recurring role as Raquel Ochmonek on Alf in 1986.
His death comes after the death of Estelle Harris, who played Estelle, George Costanza’s mother, last week.
Sheridan also voiced the character Mrs. Stillman in seven episodes of the animated series Mrs. Stillman, featuring comedian Louie Anderson who died in January.