The actress best known for playing the mother of the sitcom Jerry Seinfeld has died – just two weeks after one of the show’s cast died.
Actress Liz Sheridan, best known for playing the mother of the sitcom Jerry Seinfeld and telling all about being James Dean’s lover in the 1950s, has died at the age of 93.
The star died of natural causes around 2:30 p.m. on Friday, TMZ reported.
Sheridan plays overprotective mother Helen Seinfeld in 21 episodes Seinfeld from 1990 to 1998.
She is the only one Seinfeld star — apart from the four main cast — to be featured in all nine seasons of the hit sitcom.
Her death came less than two weeks after the death of Estelle Harris—the other famous “Seinfeld” star, who played George Costanza’s mother. Like Sheridan, Harris is also 93 years old.
The actress also has a recurring role as Raquel Ochmonek in the sitcom thesmash ALFwhich lasted from 1986 – 1990.
Sheridan, who was born in New York, first started his career working as a dancer at the Big Apple nightclub, where he met Dean in his early twenties – shortly before the fame of his films “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant” big.
He claimed the pair enjoyed a short-lived romance in 1952, which Sheridan later recorded in his 2000 memoir: Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story.
Back in 1996, Sheridan described his relationship with East Eden Dean was thrilled in an interview with People magazine as “just kind of magical.”
“It was our first love,” he continued, adding that they lived together in an apartment on New York’s Upper West Side.
The actress even claimed she was briefly engaged to the doomed Hollywood man, before his astronomical fame sparked the end of their relationship. Dean died in a car crash less than three years later.
Sheridan then turned to Broadway, where he appeared opposite Meryl Streep in a 1977 production A happy ending.
After that, she moved to Los Angeles where she set her sights on a screen career.
Throughout the 1980s, he had cameo roles in TV hits such as St. Elsewhere, Moonlighting and Who’s the boss. From 1986 – 1990, he also appeared in 34 episodes ALF.
Then, in 1990, she scored the role of the overprotective Helen in a new show called Seinfeld — which later became his most famous role.
Despite gaining international acclaim for his role in the iconic series, Sheridan later complained that he couldn’t get a job, telling Entertainment Weekly in 1998 that he had become “highly associated” with Seinfeld.
In 2000, she published her book about her romance with Dean, which she was determined to turn into a film.
Back in 2008, he told Page Six that he wanted to contact Seinfeld to “ask him to help me raise money for the film.”
“I don’t even know how to contact him,” he said. “He’s got so many ‘people’ in front of him, you can’t get close to him. And I don’t have his number.”
After his romance with Dean, Sheridan later found lasting love with jazz musician William Dale Wales.
The couple married in 1985, and were married until his death in 2003. Sheridan is survived by their daughter.
This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.