Marianne Leone

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Marianne Leone is an actress who appeared in The Sopranos, a screenwriter, and an essayist published in The Boston Globe. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, actor Chris Cooper, and two rescue dogs.

The Jesse Cooper Foundation funds inclusion and adapted sports for children with special needs, and supports disabled orphans in Romania.

Photograph by Kerry Brett

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Originally published as Knowing Jesse, this “fine and moving” memoir (Los Angeles Times) by actress Marianne Leone tells the uplifting story of her son’s life.Jesse Cooper was an honor-roll student who loved to windsurf and write poetry. He also had severe cerebral palsy and was quadriplegic, unable to speak, and wracked by seizures. He died suddenly at age seventeen. In fiercely honest, surprisingly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking prose, Jesse’s mother, Marianne Leone,...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. illigetimi non carborundum

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Kindness, generosity, truthfulness

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to sing an aria, specifically "Sempre Libera" from Verdi's La Traviata

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Acting

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Opera Diva

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