Friday, May 17, 2024

Liz Sheridan, aka Mrs. Seinfeld, Dies at 93 2 Weeks After Estelle Harris, aka Mrs. Constanza


RIP Liz Sheridan, who played Jerry Seinfeld’s mom memorably on Seinfeld, has passed away at age 93. This follows the death of Estelle Harris, who played George’s mother.

With the deaths of Jerry Stiller and Barney, all the parents from “Seinfeld” have gone on to their great reward. They were a devastating quad of veteran actors who gave us lots of laughs.

Sheridan had a long resume even by the time she got to “Seinfeld.” Her other unusual claim to fame was an early romance with James Dean whom she wrote about in a memoir, “Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story.” Ironically, her story sort of mirrored a “Seinfeld” plot of Susan’s father having a youthful romance with John Cheever. Sheridan was also great pals with “Bewitched” star Elizabeth Montgomery.

The beauty of Liz Sheridan’s performance as Mrs. Seinfeld was that she played it seriously, not for laughs, and like Harris, she was hilarious. This wasn’t easy considering the men they played with in scenes. Barney Martin’s fuming over Cadillacs and stolen pens at Del Boca Vista only made Sheridan more intransigent in her delivery — not to mention her dealing with Uncle Leo. She made all the wild stories believable.

RIP Liz Sheridan, Estelle Harris, and all these great character actors.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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