Paul Sorvino's wife tells of her husband's last days (2022)

Late Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino's wife is opening up about the actor's final days singing opera and entertaining nurses at a Florida hospital as his health deteriorated.

Fun-loving, warm-hearted Sorvino kept his kidney issues and pneumonia struggles quiet to 'not upset' close friends in his final year, his wife Dee Dee revealed during a tribute to her late husband.

In an emotional admission, Dee Dee revealed how Sorvino was the entertainment for staff and patients while bedridden at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, singing opera tunes and telling stories about his career in Tinseltown. Dee Dee reminisced how 'pretty nurses' lined up to speak with her famous husband.

She opened up about how the 83-year-old never complained about his diminishing health, which left him wheelchair-bound during the pandemic.

'At the end it was kind of tough for him. We were at Jacksonville Mayo Clinic,' she said.'That whole hospital fell in love with Paul. Of course everywhere Paul went, everybody fell in love with Big Paulie.

'When you are sick it is tough to entertain or to be chipper, but he did.'

Dee Dee honored her late husband Paul Sorvino on stage at a Celebration Of Life ceremony at The Hollywood Museum

Sorvino died of natural causes last month at age 83 with his wife Dee Dee by his side. Paul and Dee Dee married in 2014

Dee Dee said that her husband sang opera and entertained nurses in his final days at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida

The New Yorker's brave and cheery outlook was revealed as Dee Dee spoke at the Celebration Of Life event last week at The Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building in Hollywood.

'Here is Paul in a hospital bed singing opera and everybody hears it all the way down the hall. And everybody comes running. And he is telling stories and all the hot nurses were in the room. No surprise,' Dee Dee said.

She recalled how 'every nurse was prettier than the next,' adding, 'That is the way it was with Paul. I have no problem with that. It was family there.'

'He loved his family, wife, the world, fans, art – this man was the epitome of love. There will never ever be another Paul Sorvino,' his wife Dee Dee said

Speaking to the crowd of family and friends, Dee Dee said, 'Knowing how strong he was at the end, I have to tell you, you all would be proud of him and you would understand the love of the man.

'He loved his family, wife, the world, fans, art – this man was the epitome of love. There will never ever be another Paul Sorvino.'

Dee Dee, 55, was Sorvino's third wife. They married in 2014. She revealed that the Hollywood star, who played Paulie Cicero in the Martin Scorsese film, did not want fans, friends and wider family to worry about him.

'He did not want anyone to feel bad for him. He wanted to make you feel good. He wanted to make you happy – that was Paul. As he was suffering he would not complain. He didn't want anybody to know.'

Sorvino embraced a move to rural Madison, Indiana, during the pandemic, where he was treated like royalty, Dee Dee explained.

'Madison is this little town which is beautiful and he loved it. At that time Paul was in a wheelchair.

'He did not want anybody to know he was sick or had any problems and he had to get dialysis. That was really a tough thing to do.

She explained that after he got his second dose of the Covid vaccine, he had adverse side effects and would get pneumonia on and off for a year.

During that time he was cast inGodfather Of Harlem.

'Like a trooper, he went [to film]and they let him do it in a wheelchair. Big Paulie could sit in a chair,' Dee Dee said.

'There was no problem with his acting, tough to get around and maybe he wasn't feeling well, but nobody knew it. I knew it. That was the great Paul Sorvino,' she said.

The star was best known for his role as Paulie Cicero in the 1990 smash hit mobster movie Goodfellas with Ray Liotta, who also died this year, and Robert De Niro. From left, Liotta, De Niro, Sorvino and Joe Pesci

Paul and Ray Liotta in their 1990 film Goodfellas. Liotta passed away in May

Sorvino waswas cast in Godfather Of Harlem while suffering from medical issues.'Like a trooper, he went [to film] and they let him do it in a wheelchair. Big Paulie could sit in a chair,' Dee Dee said

Opera-loving Sorvino, famed for bursting into song on film and TV sets, passed away on July 25.

Goodfellas co-star Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese gave touching tributes via video during the event at The Hollywood Museum.

De Niro said: 'I want to say my goodbyes to Paul. He was someone I met in my mid-20s when every actor in New York was reading for the Godfather 1. Paul and I read for the casting director.

We did an improv and I was so impressed with what he had done after we did it I told him ''You were great'' and he said ''You were great.''

'We were a mutual complimenting society. But he was [great].

'It made such an impression on me all those years ago.

'Then we finally worked together on Goodfellas. We didn't really have any scenes together, but we did the poster.

'Paul was a great guy. It is always very sad when someone like him leaves us. See you up there Paul,' De Niro said.

Goodfellas co-star Robert De Nirogave a touching tribute via video during the event at The Hollywood Museum

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese praised 'wonderful man' Sorvino in a video tribute at the event.'I must say working with him, Paul never settled for less than the deeper emotional truth. I learned a lot from him,' he said

Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese praised 'wonderful man' Sorvino, adding he's upset at not having worked with him on other projects.

'How to talk about Paul? He is a consummate actor who brought something so precious and irreplaceable to my film Goodfellas and actually taught me a great deal in the process,' Scorcese said.

'It seemed a natural connection for Paulie in Goodfellas and I remember begging him to do the part.

Paul and Dee Dee moved to historic Madison, Indiana, during the pandemic and he was 'treated like royalty'

'I must say working with him, Paul never settled for less than the deeper emotional truth. I learned a lot from him.

'At that point it was 1989 and we were just getting used to video assist.

'Sometimes, because it was such a crazy schedule, I found myself seated behind that video monitor and he was doing one scene with Ray Liotta in which he had to reject him.

'I said ''just a little more emotion'' and we tried it again and a third time. And finally he came up to me and said, ''Come and watch me, come to where the camera is, don't watch the video and you will see.''

'And sure enough, looking directly at him, you could see the emotion in his eyes, tears welling up. I realized he had the scene down.

'It was a great lesson that contact, emotion and creative contact, (was important) and not relying on the technology.

'Actors like Paul are few and far between. He was a consummate actor. I'll never forget you.'

The foyer of the Hollywood Museum features a tribute to Sorvino, with his costumes from hit movies and photos throughout his stellar career

Dee Dee also spoke about a raft of her husband's achievements from writing a best selling book, inspiring children to read, and loving being 'a chick magnet'

Actor Joe Mantegna attended and spoke in front of 300 friends, family and colleagues

During the moving event the American Legion honored Sorvino and prayers were given by Fr. Darren Malino

The foyer of the Hollywood Museum featured a tribute to Sorvino.

Actor Joe Mantegna attended and spoke in front of 300 friends, family and colleagues.

Dee Dee presented miniature urns to Paul's three children, five grandchildren, and brother.

The main urn with Paul's ashes will be interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.

Dee Dee also spoke about a raft of her husband's achievements from writing a best selling book, inspiring children to read, and loving being 'a chick magnet.'

During visits to Italy, Dee Dee laughed at how locals saw him as a home grown hero: 'You would have thought Elvis came back to life. Everywhere we went people ran after Paulie.'

MC Roger Neal recalled how Sorvino told him that he knew Dee Dee was the 'one' when on their first meeting an orb of light shone from above her head.

During the moving event, the American Legion honored Sorvino and prayers were given by Fr. Darren Malino.

Artist Mario Della Casa presented to Dee Dee a one-of-a-kind painting of Paul.

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Late Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino’s wife is opening up about the actor’s final days singing opera and entertaining nurses at a Florida hospital as his health deteriorated. Fun-loving, warm-hearted Sorvino kept his kidney issues and pneumonia struggles quiet to ‘not upset’ close friends in his final year, his wife Dee Dee revealed during a tribute […]

Fun-loving, warm-hearted Sorvino kept his kidney issues and pneumonia struggles quiet to ‘not upset’ close friends in his final year, his wife Dee Dee revealed during a tribute to her late husband.. In an emotional admission, Dee Dee revealed how Sorvino was the entertainment for staff and patients while bedridden at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, singing opera tunes and telling stories about his career in Tinseltown.. Dee Dee Benkie honored her late husband Paul Sorvino on stage at a Celebration Of Life ceremony at The Hollywood Museum. Sorvino died of natural causes last month at age 83 with his wife Dee Dee by his side.. Paul and Dee Dee married in 2014. Dee Dee said that her husband sang opera and entertained nurses in his final days at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. There will never ever be another Paul Sorvino,’ his wife Dee Dee said. Dee Dee, 55, was Sorvino’s third wife.. Paul and Dee Dee moved to historic Madison, Indiana, during the pandemic and he was ‘treated like royalty’. Dee Dee presented miniature urns to Paul’s three children, five grandchildren, and brother.

Paul Sorvino and wife Dee Dee Sorvino had a \

Paul Sorvino’s wife Dee Dee Sorvino recalled falling in love with the late "Goodfellas" actor who died on Monday of natural causes at the age of 83.. "We were so happy every day, every single day of our lives together," she exclusively told Fox News Digital.. He loved life.. "Italians really love life," Dee Dee said.. "Paul taught me the appreciation of living life and living life well, and eating well, because Paul ate well.. Dee Dee said after they saw "Top Gun: Maverick" starring his former "The Firm" co-star, Tom Cruise, Sorvino was "so happy because he saw the movie industry is back.". Their shared love for their country and the industry was not lost on Dee Dee, who added that her late husband rarely ever thought of himself and was always concerned about other people.. "He was so happy about a patriotic movie coming through, that America is back, the industry is back and everybody can be together," she said.

The actress and her family honored the Goodfellas actor, who died on July 25 at the age of 83

Nancy Ostertag/Getty Paul and Mira Sorvino. Mira captioned a post on Twitter , alongside photos of the gathering.. "All were touched by grace-hope & light filled us as we expressed our love for our beloved father as he now dwells in the heart of Our Father.. In his retweet of her post , Michael, 44, wrote, "Father Salvo truly did: enlightening, hopeful, supportive, reverent—such an immensely emotional day was no doubt filled with many a heavy heart; but being in that grandest of grand American cathedrals, @StPatsNYC , was transcendentally spiritual, and his & Mira's words lifting!🙏". Earlier this month, the Oscar -winning actress posted in a series of tweets that she was still mourning her father after his death.. Mira wrote in a first tweet .. She continued in another post , "I have been dreading the death of my parents my whole life.

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