The daughter of an Italian-American fish vendor from Brooklyn, she began her career as a high fashion model, moving to France while still just a teenager in the 1970s. A prince dined with her in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Salvador Dali asked her to pose nude for a painting (she declined). She had a long-time relationship with Harvey Keitel, and was forced to file for personal bankruptcy after a legal battle with Keitel for custody of their child. She was also married to Edward James Olmos.
Until "The Sopranos" came along, Bracco was best-known for playing Ray Liotta's boisterous wife in Martin Scorcese's "Goodfellas" in 1991, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.
For those who wonder whether she can leave behind the psychiatrist now that the hit HBO series has come to an end, her memoir published in May - which includes details of her triumph over clinical depression - was entitled "On The Couch."