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Carol Ann Susi

Carol Ann Susi (February 2, 1952 – November 11, 2014) was an American actress, and provided the off-screen voice of Howard Wolowitz's mother, Mrs. Debbie Wolowitz. She had only been portrayed as yelling from another room or as an off-camera voice, the character being hidden behind a curtain or other object, and was never seen, except in quick glimpses or body parts -- such as an arm or walking by the kitchen door.

Susi's other screen credits include Just Go with It, Becker, CSI: NY - The Game, Grey's Anatomy, That '70s Show, Out of Practice, Cats & Dogs, Just Shoot Me, Married... with Children, Death Becomes Her, Seinfeld, The Secret of My Success, The King of Queens, My Blue Heaven}} (Filomena), Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker, her first screen appearance, which has a cult following and the geeks in TBBT probably follow the series. In "Coyote Ugly", she can be seen hanging onto the bar next to John Goodman (Another Roseanne-TBBT connection. Susi also had extensive experience in live theater.

Susi also introduced off-stage the Big Bang Theory panel at Comic-Con 2011 as Debbie Wolowitz.

She lost her battle with cancer on November 11th, 2014. As a tribute to her, the producers added a small photo of her to the audience-facing side of the refrigerator in Leonard and Sheldon's apartment "so that she would always remain with them."

On set memorial in Sheldon's kitchen.

"RIP, Funny Lady."


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Episodes Carol appeared as Mrs. Wolowitz's voice:

It was rumored that Mrs. Wolowitz would be fully revealed in Season 6, and that the role had been given to Betty White; however, that turned out not to be the case, and Carol Ann Susi stated that Chuck Lorre had decided to never show Mrs. Wolowitz on-screen. With Ms. Susi's death, it was unknown for a time what the fate of the character would be, though Bill Prady stated that recasting the role was unlikely. After "The Septum Deviation" and after the preview for "The Champagne Reflection", Chuck Lorre's vanity card was a tribute to her. It said "In Loving Memory of Carol Ann Susi: "Mrs. Wolowitz". Every time you spoke, we laughed. You're in our hearts forever." The Comic Book Store Regeneration" resolved the issue when it revealed that Mrs. Wolowitz had died in her sleep while visiting relatives in Florida.

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Characters, Cast & Crew
Characters Main Leonard Hofstadter  ‧  Sheldon Cooper  ‧  Penny Hofstadter  ‧  Howard Wolowitz  ‧  Rajesh Koothrappali  ‧  Amy Farrah Fowler  ‧ 
Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz  ‧  Stuart Bloom  ‧  Emily Sweeney  ‧  Leslie Winkle    The Social Group
Recurring Debbie Wolowitz  ‧  Barry Kripke  ‧  Priya Koothrappali  ‧  Dr. V. M. Koothrappali  ‧  Mrs. Koothrappali  ‧  Lucy  ‧  Mary Cooper  ‧  Zack Johnson  ‧  Beverly Hofstadter  ‧  Mike Rostenkowski  ‧  Alex Jensen  ‧  Professor Proton  ‧  Althea  ‧  Cinnamon
Cast Regulars Johnny Galecki  ‧  Jim Parsons  ‧  Kaley Cuoco  ‧  Simon Helberg  ‧  Kunal Nayyar  ‧  Mayim Bialik  ‧  Melissa Rauch  ‧  Kevin Sussman  ‧ 
Laura Spencer  ‧  Sara Gilbert
As Selves Wil Wheaton  ‧  Mike Massimino  ‧  Stephen Hawking  ‧  Katee Sackhoff  ‧ Steve Wozniak  ‧ Buzz Aldrin  ‧ Summer Glau  ‧ James Earl Jones  ‧ Carrie Fisher  ‧ Brent Spiner  ‧ Bill Nye  ‧ George Smoot  ‧ George Takei  ‧ LeVar Burton  ‧ Neil deGrasse Tyson  ‧ Brian Greene  ‧ Charlie Sheen  ‧ Stan Lee
Crew Writers Chuck Lorre * (Creator)  ‧  Bill Prady * (Creator)  ‧  Steven Molaro *  ‧  Steve Holland *  ‧  Maria Ferrari *  ‧  Jim Reynolds *  ‧  Eric Kaplan *  ‧  Anthony Del Broccolo  ‧  Lee Aronsohn *  ‧  Dave Goetsch *  ‧  Tara Hernandez  ‧  Richard Rosenstock *
Directors Mark Cendrowski  ‧  Peter Chakos * (mainly as Editor)  ‧  Anthony Rich  ‧  James Burrows
Science consultant : David Saltzberg Director of photography : Steven V. Silver
Costume designer : Mary T. Quigley * Unit production manager : Kelly-Anne Lee *
Theme composer / performer : Barenaked Ladies Chuck Lorre Productions
also as Producer The Big Bang Theory : Full cast & crew on IMDb

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