Marianne Leone Cooper

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Marianne Leone Cooper
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Marianne Leone Cooper at the Tribeca Film Festival
Born Marianne Leone
(1952-01-02) January 2, 1952 (age 65)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Other names Maryanne Leone
Occupation Actress, writer
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Chris Cooper (1983-present)
(1 child)

Marianne Leone Cooper (born January 2, 1952) is an American film and television actress, screenwriter and essayist. Her longest-running recurring role was playing Christopher Moltisanti's mother on The Sopranos.

Personal life[edit]

Cooper was born Marianne Leone in Boston, Massachusetts, to Italian immigrants.[1] She married actor Chris Cooper in 1983. In 1987, their son, Jesse Lanier Cooper, was born. Three months premature, Jesse developed a cerebral hemorrhage and cerebral palsy. After searching for the best schools for children with special needs, Cooper and Leone moved to Kingston, Massachusetts, where they became strong advocates for disabled children.[2]

On January 3, 2005, Jesse Cooper died from SUDEP. A memorial fund was set up in his name, the Jesse Cooper Foundation. Leone's memoir, Knowing Jesse: A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss, was published in September 2010 by Simon & Schuster.[3]



Leone has had roles in several films, including The Thin Blue Line (1988), True Love (1989), Goodfellas (1990), Household Saints (1993) and The Three Stooges (2012). She has also acted in a small number of television series, including Kate & Allie (1985) and Brotherhood (2007). Her longest-running recurring role was playing Christopher Moltisanti's mother in nine episodes of The Sopranos from 2002 to 2007.


Leone's essays have appeared in The Boston Globe.[4] Her essay "Knitting: Epic Fail" appears in the anthology Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2013.

Her screenplay, Hurricane Mary, is a true life story of a mother's struggles to have her disabled twin daughters integrated into the public school system. It is being made into a movie starring Chris Cooper, William H. Macy and Meryl Streep.


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  2. ^ Sweeny, Emily (2007-09-02). "See the stars in your backyard". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Marianne Leone - Author Profile and Information". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  4. ^ "Marianne Leone -". Retrieved 2010-01-26. 

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