Actress Carol Ann Susi, best known as the voice of Howard's mother, Mrs. Wolowitz, on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," died on Tuesday after a battle with cancer. She was 62.
Susi’s character was rarely seen on the show -- caught once during Season 5 -- but her off-screen screaming at Howard from another room in their home made her a staple in the series, which is now in its eighth season. CBS and "Big Bang Theory" producers Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro and Bill Prady released the following statement:
“The 'Big Bang Theory' family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz. Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann was a constant source of joy and kindness to all. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with her family during this time, and we will miss her greatly.”
Susi moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in the 1970s and appeared on “Night Stalker,” “Cheers,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Mad About You,” “Just Shoot Me,” “Seinfeld” and “Six Feet Under,” among other TV series and films. She was an award-winning cook and a fan of both “Doctor Who” and Hollywood's Magic Castle (a nightclub for magicians and magic enthusiasts), according to a press release from her representatives.
Some of “The Big Bang Theory” cast members and producers immediately took to Twitter to mourn Susi:
Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler)
Beloved Carol Ann Susi passed away, yes. The voice of Mrs wolowitz. Oh Carol Ann. http://t.co/cx8h9pUQ7s
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) November 12, 2014
Kunal Nayyar (Raj Koothrappali)
My heart is broken. I will miss your smile. Your spirit is forever with us. http://t.co/AOmLTEV0ZF
— Kunal Nayyar (@kunalnayyar) November 12, 2014
Bill Prady (executive producer)
We will truly miss our sweet wonderful and funny friend Carol Ann.
— Bill Prady (@billprady) November 12, 2014
Will Wheaton (frequent guest star)
I only got to talk with Carol Ann a few times, but she was so kind, and so talented, and so incredibly funny. We lost a good person today.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) November 12, 2014
John Ross Bowie (Barry Kripke)
Photo: Over the next few days, you’re gonna hear a lot about what a sweet, kind, funny woman Carol Ann Susi... http://t.co/U4JoUe5GBX
— John Ross Bowie (@JohnRossBowie) November 12, 2014
Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski)
So grateful to have known Carol Ann Susi who brought laughter & light with her always. She'll forever be in my heart. http://t.co/ecSsW7buPQ
— Melissa Rauch (@MelissaRauch) November 12, 2014