Liz Sheridan, the actress who famously played Jerry Seinfeld’s mom in his eponymous sitcom, has died at the age of 93.
The star passed away from natural causes around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, TMZ reports.
Sheridan starred as overprotective mom Helen Seinfeld in 21 episodes of “Seinfeld” from 1990 to 1998.
She is the only “Seinfeld” star — apart from the four main leads — to be featured in all nine seasons of the hit sitcom.
Her death comes less than two weeks after the passing of Estelle Harris — another famous “Seinfeld” star, who played George Costanza’s mom. Like Sheridan, Harris was also 93.
The actress also had a recurring role as Raquel Ochmonek in the NBC smash sitcom “ALF,” which ran from 1986 – 1990.
Sheridan, who was born in New York, first began her career working as a dancer in Big Apple nightclubs, where she met James Dean in her early twenties.
Liz Sheridan, Barney Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld are pictured in an episode of the hit sitcom.Castle Rock Ent/Everett CollectionThe pair enjoyed a short-lived romance in 1952, which Sheridan later chronicled in her book: “Dizzy & Jimmy: My Life with James Dean: A Love Story.”
Back in 1996, Sheridan described her relationship with Dean in an interview with People magazine as “just kind of magical.”
“It was the first love for both of us,” she further stated, adding that they lived together in an apartment on the Upper West Side.
The actress even claimed she was briefly engaged to the “Rebel Without A Cause” hunk, before his astronomical rise to fame sparked the end of their relationship. Dean died in a car crash less than three years later.
Liz Sheridan was 93.WireImageSheridan later transitioned to Broadway, where she appeared opposite Meryl Streep in the 1977 production of “Happy End.”
Afterward, she relocated to Los Angeles where she set her sights on a screen career.
Throughout the 1980s, she had cameo roles on TV hits such as “St. Elsewhere,” “Moonlighting” and “Who’s The Boss.” From 1986 – 1990, she also appeared in 34 episode of “ALF.”
Then, in 1990, she scored the role of overprotective Helen in a new show named “Seinfeld” — which would go on to become her most famous role.
Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer and Liz Sheridan as Helen Seinfeld in “Seinfeld” Season 1 episode “The Stakeout.”NBCUniversal via Getty ImagesDespite earning international recognition for her part in the iconic series, Sheridan later complained that she was unable to secure work, telling Entertainment Weekly in 1998 that she had become “so associated” with “Seinfeld.”
In 2000, she published a