11:43pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Big Bang Theory' Honors Carol Ann Susi
CBS' The Big Bang Theory paid tribute to the late Carol Ann Susi during Thursday's original episode.
Instead of co-creator Chuck Lorre's typical post-episode vanity card, the series paused for a photo of Susi, who voiced the unseen role of Howard's unseen mother, Debbie Wolowitz.
"In loving memory of Carol Ann Susi. 'Mrs. Wolowitz.' Every time you spoke, we laughed. You're in our hearts forever," the card read.
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Susi died early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles of cancer. She was 62.
"The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today with the passing of Carol Ann Susi, who hilariously and memorably voiced the role of Mrs. Wolowitz," read a statement from Warner Bros. Television and Big Bang Theory producers Chuck Lorre, Steve Molaro and Bill Prady. "Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show's eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann's immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance. In addition to her talent, Carol Ann was a constant source of joy and kindness to all. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with her family during this time, and we will miss her greatly."
Her co-stars previously mourned her on social media. Mrs. Wolowitz was rarely seen onscreen — though eagle-eyed viewers caught a glimpse of the pink-clad parent at Howard's (Simon Helberg) wedding in the fifth season finale.