Emmy-nominated actor Barbara Bosson, best known for her role as Fay Furillo on “Hill Street Blues,” died Saturday in Los Angeles at the age of 83. Bosson’s death was confirmed by her son, Jesse Bochco who posted on Instagram: “More spirit and zest than you could shake a stick at. 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. Barbara “Babs” Bosson Bochco 1939-2023 ”
Bosson was a main cast member on “Hill Street Blues” from 1981 to 1986, portraying Fay Furillo, the ex-wife to police captain Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti). Bosson received five Emmy nominations for best supporting actress in a drama series throughout her tenure on the series, and was nominated in the same category in 1995 for “Murder One,” which shows the life of prominent attorney Theodore Hoffman at a Los Angeles firm, in which Bosson played Miriam Grasso. Bosson’s other acting credits include “Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours,” “Richie Brockelman, Private Eye,” “Hooperman,” “Cop Rock” and “The Last Starfighter.”
In 1970, Bosson married writer-producer Steven Bochco (“Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Murder One”), with whom she had two children. The two divorced in 1997, and Bochco died in 2018. Bosson is survived by her son, daughter, granddaughter and grandson.
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