Producer, director, writer, and philanthropist Suzanne DeLaurentiis first entered the industry as an opera singer and actress, studying at Carnegie Hall, and performing in various Broadway and off-Broadway productions as well as television and film. She then spent the next thirty-five years in the industry shepherding the development of over a hundred feature films, television features, and documentaries. She is best known for her work on the award-winning mafia drama, “10th and Wolf,” written and directed by Oscar Winner Bobby Moresco. The film starred James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi, and the late Dennis Hopper.
Some of her other feature credits include: “The Dark Tourist,” starring Melanie Griffith and Michel Cudlitz, “How Sweet It Is,” a musical comedy with Joe Piscopo, Paul Sorvino, and Erich Bergen, “A Month of Sundays,” a compelling drama starring the late Rod Steiger, and “Area 407,” the cult classic released by IFC Films.
She has been honored with many prestigious awards including: the Terry Scarlett Award for Filmmaking from the Marco Island Film Festival, the Distinguished Founders Award for Excellence in Filmmaking from the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and the Opal Award from Women in Film. She was honored for Lifetime Achievement for Music in independent films by The Hollywood Fame Awards.
She is in pre-production for the horror/thiller feature titled, “D-Railed,” and in development for a bio-pic feature about the infamous Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo, as well as a Latin television series titled “Vasquez,” in conjunction with Columbia and Mexico. She is also developing a feature based on the controversial Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911 that killed over 145 people in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
Suzanne devotes much of her spare time to raising money and awareness for veterans charities and developed a program that trains wounded veterans to work successfully in the film/television industry. In 2010, Suzanne Delaurentiis received a Commendation Medal from the United States Military for her support to the mental and financial well-being of veterans. This award is rarely given to civilians who are recognized for their significant and meritorious achievement.