The Emmy-nominated actress Barbara Bosson, best known for playing Fay Furillo on “Hill Street Blues,” passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles. Age-wise, she was 83.
Her son, Jesse Bochco, verified Bosson’s passing.
“There’s more zest and spirit than you can shake a stick at. You could always tell when she loved you, according to Bochco, who paid tribute to her on Instagram. “You might have also known it if she hadn’t, too. In our hearts forever. I cherish you, Mother.
Bosson starred in “Hill Street Blues” from 1981 to 1986 as Fay Furillo, the ex-wife of police captain Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti). During her time on the show, she was nominated five times for best supporting actress in a drama series at the Emmys. In 1995, Bosson’s performance as Miriam Grasso in the film “Murder One,” which depicts the life of renowned lawyer Theodore Hoffman in a Los Angeles practice, earned her a nomination in the same category.
As a co-creator of three well-known ABC series, including Hooperman, Cop Rock, and Murder One, the actress was also well-known for her work on those shows.
She was nominated for an Emmy for her work in the ABC drama Murder One as prosecutor Miriam Grasso.
Bosson grew up in Belle Vernon after being born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, on November 1, 1939.
In 1957, she relocated to Florida with her family.
After being accepted into Carnegie-theatre Mellon’s program, she couldn’t afford the tuition and decided to relocate to New York, where she worked as a Playboy bunny and the secretary for the American Conservatory Theater while still enrolling in acting classes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bosson told the St. Petersburg Times in 1990, “I put up with a lot of leering men to be able to learn acting.”
In the 1960s, Barbara and Steven connected at a university.
From 1970 until their divorce in 1997, the pair was wed. Bochco battled leukemia until his death in April 2018 at the age of 74.
Bullitt, a Steve McQueen movie, and Mannix, a CBS police series, were Bosson’s first acting roles.
Her most well-known appearance was as the dependent ex-wife of Capt. Frank Furrillo (played by Daniel J. Travanti) on the NBC drama Hill Street Blues, which ran from 1981 to 1987. She then appeared on NBC’s Richie Brockelman, Private Investigator.
Throughout its existence, the sitcom received 98 nominations and eight Emmy awards. She stayed on the program from 1981 through 1986.
Her most recent appearances were in Scattered Dad, Total Security, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Bosson said that her association with Bochco helped her land her well-known Hill Street Blues part in an interview with the Los Angeles Times from 1985.
She said, “It kills me to think that maybe everything nice was due of Steven.”
She is survived by her son Jesse, her daughter Melissa from her marriage to Bochco, and two grandkids.