Marianne Leone

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.

  • Knowing Jesse

    By Marianne Leone

    Read by Marianne Leone

    A Mother's Story of Grief, Grace, and Everyday Bliss

    "In her fine and moving book, Leone enables us to know a boy who was well worth knowing." - LA Times

    "A mother's passion-filled memoir of her fight to give her disabled son the life he deserved...Love for her son and rage at those who did not see him as worthwhile permeate the narrative, which surprises with its humor and frankness...Leone's character sketches are deft and humorous, and included throughout are selections of Jesse's poetry and photographs of the boy with family and friends, attesting to a life that, though short and often painful, was filled with accomplishment, love and joy. Heartwarming." - Kirkus Reviews

    Released Tue Dec 14 00:00:00 UTC 2010
    English, Unabridged

  • Ma Speaks Up

    By Marianne Leone

    Read by Marianne Leone

    And a First-Generation Daughter Talks Back

    An admired actress tells the story of her outspoken, frequently outrageous Italian immigrant mother.

    Released Mon Nov 06 00:00:00 UTC 2017
    English, Unabridged