Liz Sheridan, actress who played Jerry Seinfeld’s TV mom, dead at 93


Liz Sheridan, the actress who famously played Jerry Seinfeld’s mom in his eponymous sitcom, has died at the age of 93.

The star passed away from natural causes around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, TMZ reports.

Sheridan starred as overprotective mom Helen Seinfeld in 21 episodes of “Seinfeld” from 1990 to 1998.

Her death comes less than two weeks after the passing of Estelle Harris — another famous “Seinfeld” star, famous for playing George Costanza’s mom. Like Sheridan, Harris was also 93.

Sheridan, who was born in New York, first began her career working as a dancer in Big Apple nightclubs, where she met James Dean while in her early twenties. 

Liz Sheridan, Barney Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld.
Liz Sheridan, Barney Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld are pictured in an episode of the hit sitcom.
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The pair enjoyed a short-lived romance in 1952, which Sheridan later chronicled in her book: “Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story.”

Sheridan described her relationship with “just kind of magical. It was the first love for both of us.”


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