Emmy nominated actress, Barbara Bosson dead aged 83

Barbara Bosson

The Emmy-nominated actress Barbara Bosson, best remembered for her part on Hill Street Blues, passed away over the weekend. She was 83.

Jesse Bochco, the son of Bosson, announced the news on Sunday in an Instagram post.

“More spirit and zest than you could shake a stick at,” he wrote in the caption. “When she loved you, you felt it without a doubt. If she didn’t, you may well have also known that too. Forever in our hearts. I love you Mama.”

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Bosson, who was born on November 1st, 1939, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, always knew she wanted to be an actress.

After graduating from high school, she relocated to New York City to begin her profession.

Before enrolling in theatrical classes at the institution that is now known as Carnegie-Mellon in 1965, one of her first jobs was as a Bunny at the Playboy Club.

A few years later, in Steve McQueen’s 1968 crime drama Bullitt, she received her first significant acting break.

Bosson continued her acting career a decade later, starring as Miriam Grasso in the ABC thriller Murder One in the 1990s, for which she received a second Emmy nomination.

Before divorcing in 1997, Bosson and the late Bochco—who passed away in 2018 at the age of 74—were married for 27 years.

They collaborated on several series, including the Rockford Files spinoff Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, Hooperman, and Cop Rock.

Bosson leaves behind her daughter Melissa, son Jesse, and two grandchildren.

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