MAD About You actress Cynthia Harris died on Sunday at the age of 87.
She was best known for portraying Paul Reiser’s mother on the NBC sitcom, as well as an American socialite on the miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson.
Cynthia’s family announced her passing with an obituary on Wednesday, writing: “In addition to having devoted her life to the theater she was active in many philanthropic causes.
“Cynthia is survived by her loving partner Nathan Silverstein, her devoted assistant Terrence Mintern, her brother Dr. Matthew Harris (Frances), her sister-in-law Maryjane Harris (brother David predeceased her) and many nieces and nephews.
“Cynthia’s passing is a great loss for the dramatic arts and for all of us.”
Further details surrounding her passing and the cause of death have not yet been shared.
A New York native, she was born in 1934 and became interesting in acting from an early age.
The late star began studying theater when she was 12, before going on to earn a degree in theater and literature from Smith College.
Throughout her career, Cynthia starred in many Broadway and off-Broadway productions, inccluding The Best Laid Plans, The White House Murder Case, Company, and Lost in Yonkers.
Her most recent theater credit was for her performance in the Mint Theater Company’s 2017 revival of The Lucky One.
Along with her stage work, she had an extensive resume when it came to screen work, as well.
Cynthia starred on shows like Sirota’s Court, Edward & Mrs. Simpson, and Husbands, Wives & Lovers in the 1970s.
The following decade, she appeared as a guest on various series and worked on a few movies, including Three Men and a Baby, before joining L.A. Law for a recurring role as Iris Hubbard, McKenzie’s secretary and intern.
At the start of the ‘90s, she worked on a couple of episodes of Murder, She Wrote and a few of Law & Order, as well as on the movie Mannequin: On the Move.
Then, she landed her major role as Sylvia Buchman on NBC’s popular sitcom, Mad About You, in 1993.
The star’s final acting work before her passing saw her reprise her role as Sylvia for Spectrum Originals’ short revival of the series in 2019.
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