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‘Mad About You’ mom, Broadway star Cynthia Harris dead at 87

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Broadway and TV star Cynthia Harris has died at the age of 87.

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The co-founder of The Actors Company Theatre is most famous for her roles as the mother of Paul Reiser’s character in TV comedy Mad About You and as Wallis Simpson in the 1979 TV mini-series Edward & Mrs. Simpson, which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination.

Harris scored her big Broadway break when she replaced Barbara Barrie in the original 1970 Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company. She also starred in Terrence McNally’s Bad Habits in 1974 and Lost in Yonkers.

She made her movie debut in 1968’s Isadora and her big screen credits include Up the Sandbox and Three Men and a Baby, while she appeared on a string of TV hits, including Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, L.A. Law, Law & Order, and daytime soap All My Children.

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But her biggest role came in 1993, when she joined the cast of comedy hit Mad About You for the sitcom’s second season as Sylvia Buchman.

She reprised the role for the 2019 series reboot.

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