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Mad About You actress Cynthia Harris dies at age 87: The actress played Paul Reiser’s mom

Mad About You actress Cynthia Harris dies at age 87: The New York theater actress played Paul Reiser’s mom for six years and also worked on Law & Order as well as Three Men And A Baby

  • Longtime stage and TV actress Cynthia Harris died in New York on Sunday 
  • The cause of death has not yet been revealed, her family announced on Legacy 
  • ‘Cynthia’s passing is a great loss for the dramatic arts and for all of us,’ it stated
  •  The actress is best known for playing Paul Reiser’s mother Sylvia Buchman
  • The role was opposite Helen Hunt as well on the hit sitcom Mad About You   
  • Cynthia also worked in the same role on the 2019 revival of the series
  • The Smith College graduate first worked in plays that were on and off Broadway
  • The red-headed star’s first play was Natural Affection in 1963
  • Some of her highlights were Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, Terrence McNally’s Bad Habits and The Tribute Artist
  • In 1979 she played the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, in the 1979 miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson which won her a BAFTA Award
  •  In the 80s she was in the movies Three Men And A Baby and Reuben, Reuben
  • Later she worked on the crime show Law & Order and All My Children 


Longtime stage and TV actress Cynthia Harris died in Greenwich Village, New York City on Sunday at the age of 87, it was shared on Wednesday.

The cause of death has not yet been revealed, her family announced on Legacy. ‘Cynthia’s passing is a great loss for the dramatic arts and for all of us,’ it was added.

The actress is best known for playing Paul Reiser’s mother Sylvia Buchman on the hit sitcom Mad About You which also starred Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt.

Cynthia also worked on the 2019 revival of the series.

And she was a fixture on 1970s TV shows such as Three’s Company and Laverne & Shirley.

One of her more notable roles was as Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson in the 1979 miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson.

A sad loss for entertainment: Longtime stage and TV actress Cynthia Harris died in New York on Sunday at the age of 87, it was shared on Wednesday. The cause of death has not yet been revealed, her family announced on Legacy. Seen in 2014

Harris was on a total of 71 episodes of Mad About You.

The popular show was about a married New York couple (Reiser and Hunt) who trade barbs while trying to keep their marriage in tact.

Cynthia’s roots were in New York theater.

The Smith College graduate first worked in plays that were both on and off Broadway.

So mad! On Mad About You with (l-r) Louis Zorich as Burt Buchman, Paul Reiser as Paul Buchman, Helen Hunt as Jamie Stemple Buchman, Ed Asner as Zigmund Klarik

So mad! On Mad About You with (l-r) Louis Zorich as Burt Buchman, Paul Reiser as Paul Buchman, Helen Hunt as Jamie Stemple Buchman, Ed Asner as Zigmund Klarik

Mad for these stars: A look at the episode titled The Feud with (l-r) Harris as Sylvia Buchman, Reiser, Hunt and Carol Burnett as Theresa Stemple

Mad for these stars: A look at the episode titled The Feud with (l-r) Harris as Sylvia Buchman, Reiser, Hunt and Carol Burnett as Theresa Stemple

Her first was the play Natural Affection in 1963. 

Some of her highlights were Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company, Terrence McNally’s Bad Habits and The Tribute Artist. 

Guest starring roles on TV shows followed as she popped up on the beloved The Bob Newhart Show, and worked with Penny Marshall on Laverne & Shirley.

She was also seen with John Ritter on the slapstick 70s series Three’s Company as well as the black comedy Archie Bunker’s Place with Carroll O’Connor.

Royal duty: In 1979 she played the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, in the 1979 miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson which won her a BAFTA Award. Edward Fox is seen right

Royal duty: In 1979 she played the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, in the 1979 miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson which won her a BAFTA Award. Edward Fox is seen right

In 1979 she played the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, opposite Edward Fox in the 1979 miniseries Edward & Mrs Simpson which won her a BAFTA Award. 

In the 1980s she was seen in the movies Three Men And A Baby and Reuben, Reuben. 

And she popped up opposite Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers an episode of Hart To Hart. 

Later she worked on several episodes as Iris Hubbard of the crime show Law & Order and was also seen on the soap opera All My Children.

The show must go on: Charles Busch, left, and Harris, right, during the curtain call for The Tribute Artist at Primary Stages in New York City in 2014

The show must go on: Charles Busch, left, and Harris, right, during the curtain call for The Tribute Artist at Primary Stages in New York City in 2014

She became the artistic director and co-founder of the Actors Company Theater in 1993.

The performer was married to theater producer Eugene Wolsk from 1961 until their divorce in 1972.

Harris was survived by her partner Nathan Silverstein, her assistant Terrence Mintern, her brother Dr. Matthew Harris, her sister-in-law Maryjane Harris and several nieces and nephews.

Om Legacy it says, ‘To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.’ 

The ones left behind: Harris was survived by her partner Nathan Silverstein, her assistant Terrence Mintern, her brother Dr. Matthew Harris, her sister-in-law Maryjane Harris and several nieces and nephews. Seen in 2015 in NYC

The ones left behind: Harris was survived by her partner Nathan Silverstein, her assistant Terrence Mintern, her brother Dr. Matthew Harris, her sister-in-law Maryjane Harris and several nieces and nephews. Seen in 2015 in NYC

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