Mad About You star Cynthia Harris dead at 87 as family mourns 'great loss to the dramatic arts’

MAD About You actress Cynthia Harris died on Sunday at the age of 87.

She was best known for portraying Paul Reiser’s mother on the NBC sitcom, as well as an American socialite on the miniseries Edward & Mrs. Simpson.


Cynthia’s family announced her passing with an obituary on Wednesday, writing: “In addition to having devoted her life to the theater she was active in many philanthropic causes.

“Cynthia is survived by her loving partner Nathan Silverstein, her devoted assistant Terrence Mintern, her brother Dr. Matthew Harris (Frances), her sister-in-law Maryjane Harris (brother David predeceased her) and many nieces and nephews. 

“Cynthia's passing is a great loss for the dramatic arts and for all of us.”

Further details surrounding her passing and the cause of death have not yet been shared.

A New York native, she was born in 1934 and became interesting in acting from an early age.

The late star began studying theater when she was 12, before going on to earn a degree in theater and literature from Smith College.

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