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Raffaella Julia Theresa Abruzzo, known as Rae Allen, has died. The American actress was 95 when she took her last breath. She was best known for her role as Quintina Blundetto in The Sopranos. According to reports, the Tony Award-winning actor died on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The ‘Damn Yankees’ actor’s rep has confirmed the actress’ death. The actor said they had the pleasure of portraying Allen for over 20 years and she was one of the most gifted actresses they had the pleasure of working with. Let’s find out what happened to Rae Allen.
The Damn Yankees actor’s rep says they will be forever grateful to have been a part of his incredible journey. Needless to say, the actress’ death saddened her fans, family and co-actors. At this time, Rae Allen’s cause of death has not been released. However, she is expected to pass away due to health issues related to old age. Allen was an accomplished stage and screen performer who was born in Brooklyn as Rae Julia Theresa Abruzzo.
Who was Rae Allen?
In 1948, Allen made his Broadway debut as a member of the ensemble in “Where’s Charley?” directed and written by George Abbott. Abbott’s musicals featured Rae in roles such as “Call Me Madam” in 1950 and “The Pajama Game” in 1954. The actress began her acting career in 1958 in the Oscar-nominated musical ” Damn Yankees”. She played the character of Gloria Thorpe. Apart from that, Rae has also starred in several TV series including ‘Profiles in Courage’ and ‘The Untouchables’.
In the 1992 sports comedy feature “A League of Their Own,” Rae appeared as Ma Keller. On ‘Seinfield’, the role of Ms. Sokol is also tried out. Later, Rae took the place of Aunt Quintina Blundetto in “The Sopranos”. The actress’ credits also include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “NYPD Blue.” She went to appear in “And Miss Reardon drinks a little”. Allen won the 1971 Tony Award for Best Actor (Female) for the series.
Rae Allen was described as a force of nature by many who knew her and is said to have had a highly successful acting career that spanned several decades. Reportedly, the legendary actress’ latest projects include comedy series ‘Vampire Mob’ and Mike Binder’s drama ‘Reign Over Me’ starring Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler. Rae Allen is survived by his adoptive family friends, Lisa Ann Gold and April Webster, and his nieces Laura and Betty Cosgrove. That his soul rests in peace!