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June 19, 2019

Emmy Award-winning actor Steve Buscemi’s wife Jo Andres dead at 64

January 12, 2019
Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi last March. (John Lamparski / Getty Images)

Actor Steve Buscemi has lost his leading lady.

Jo Andres, a prominent choreographer, artist and filmmaker, was married to the Emmy-winning star of “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire” for 31 years before her death earlier this week.


A source confirmed to E! News that Andres died at the age of 64. The cause of death has not been made public.

Andres rose to prominence during the 1980s with her artistic self-described “film/dance/light performances.”

She made her directorial debut with 1996’s “Black Kites,” a drama based on the journals of Bosnian artist Alma Hajric surviving the siege of Sarajevo. It starred her son Lucian Buscemi and was featured at the Toronto Film Festival and Sundance, reported the website heavy.

Buscemi had previously stated that he penned love songs about Andres in his youth and became inspired after she left him to travel around Europe with an ex-boyfriend for a month.

“Things headed up against us,” Buscemi had said after her return before adding, “If she ever leaves me, maybe I’ll start writing songs again. But I’d much rather be happy with her than writing sad songs about her.”

Andres’ death coincided with the 20-year anniversary of the premiere of “The Sopranos,” which Buscemi co-starred during the fifth season. In a memorable role, he portrayed James Gandolfini’s cousin Tony Blundetto.

Around the time of her death, Aida Turturro (from “The Sopranos”) and her cousin John Turturro (who co-starred with Buscemi in “The Big Lebowski”) were spotted exiting the couple’s Park Slope brownstone.

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