Liz Sheridan, who played Jerry’s doting mother on Seinfeld, has died at 93


Liz Sheridan, who played Jerry Seinfeld’s doting mother on his hit sitcom, died early Friday. She was 93 years old.

Sheridan died in her sleep of natural causes, five days after her birthday on April 10, said Amanda Hendon, her representative and longtime friend. She did not provide further details, including where Sheridan lived.

His Seinfeld The role of Helen was her best-known but followed decades of work on stage and screen. In the 1970s, Sheridan appeared on Broadway in plays and musicals, the latter including Happy ending with Meryl Streep and Ballroom.

“She has always been so grateful to her fans and felt blessed to have enjoyed decades of work in the entertainment industry,” including starring in her solo show, Ms. Seinfeld singsHendon said in a statement.

Another Seinfeld mom, Estelle Harris, died two weeks ago on April 2. Harris, who played the hot-tempered parent of Jason Alexander’s George Costanza, was also 93.

Sheridan has had guest roles on television series including kojak, Cagney and Lacey and Family tiesand played pesky neighbor Raquel Ochmonek on ALF from 1986 to 1990. She was on Seinfeld for the series from 1990 to 1998, starring alongside Barney Martin as her husband, Morty.

“How could anyone not love him?” Helen said of her beloved Jerry.

“Liz has always been the sweetest, kindest TV mom a son could ever wish for,” Seinfeld tweeted Friday. “Every time she came on our show, it was the most comfortable feeling for me. How lucky to have known her.”

In a 1998 interview with the Associated Press, Sheridan opened up about how smitten she had become with the comedian.

“I’m going to hug him goodbye, and I’m going to hug him goodbye,” she said. “I told him I loved him like he was my son. He said, ‘I know. I love you and Barney like you’re my mom and dad.'”

The actor has appeared in films including legal eagles, Forget Paris and wedding bell blues. The 2010 TV movie The Rooneys was among his last credits.

In his book Dizzy and Jimmy, Sheridan recounted an early 1950s romance with a then-unknown James Dean. Sheridan, nicknamed Dizzy, was a young nightclub dancer in New York when she met Dean. After their separation, he became a star with films including rebel without a cause. He died in a car accident in 1955, aged 24.

Born Elizabeth Ann Sheridan, the New York native was married to jazz musician William Dale Wales, who died in 2003. Sheridan is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, according to Hendon.