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Cynthia Harris (1934–2021), actress known for “Mad About You”

by Linnea Crowther

Cynthia Harris was an actress best known for playing Sylvia Buchman, the mother of Paul Reiser’s character, on “Mad About You.”

Acting career

An early notable role for Harris came in the 1978 TV miniseries “Edward and Mrs. Simpson,” in which she played Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor. Harris was BAFTA nominated for her performance. She appeared in her recurring “Mad About You” role both in the show’s original run in the 1990s and again in the 2019 reboot. Robinson made many other TV appearances, including “Laverne & Shirley,” “L.A. Law,” “Law & Order,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “Rescue Me.” Also a stage actress, she appeared on Broadway in productions including “Company” and “Any Wednesday,” as well as in the controversial Off-Broadway show “America Hurrah.”

Tributes to Cynthia Harris

Full obituary: The Hollywood Reporter

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