Marianne Leone is an actress, screenwriter and essayist. She had a recurring role on HBO’s “Sopranos” as Joanne Moltisanti, (Christopher’s mother) and has appeared in films by John Sayles, Martin Scorsese, the Farrelly Brothers, and Larry David, among others. She can be seen currently in David O. Russell’s film JOY. Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Post Road, Solstice, Coastal Living, Bark Magazine and WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog. She is married to Chris Cooper, an academy-award winning actor. Jesse, A Mother’s Story (Simon & Schuster 2010), is a chronicle of the remarkable life and untimely death of her son, and was described by Tom Perrotta as “an incandescent memoir, glowing with a mother’s love for her disabled son.” The Jesse Cooper Foundation supports inclusion via the Federation for Children with Special Needs, and AccesSportAmerica, which provides sports for disabled kids and adults.