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Filmmaker Jo Andres, wife of actor Steve Buscemi, dies aged 65

The star couple were married for more than 30 years

Steve Buscemi with his wife Jo Andres, who passed away January 13, 2019. AP
Steve Buscemi with his wife Jo Andres, who passed away January 13, 2019. AP

Jo Andres, a filmmaker and choreographer married to actor Steve Buscemi, has died. She was 65.

Buscemi's representative, Staci Wolfe, confirmed Andres' death to The Associated Press on Sunday (January 13). Wolfe did not respond to questions about the date or cause of her death.

Andres was best known for her 1996 short film, Black Kites, which won several film festival awards. She and Buscemi married in 1987 and had one child together, Lucian, born in 1990.

Buscemi has starred in several films including Reservoir Dogs, Big Fish and The Big Lebowski. He also starred in the HBO TV series, The Sopranos, and the critically acclaimed Boardwalk Empire.

Tributes poured in on Twitter. "She was absolutely one of the loveliest people, and she and Steve had a real love story," wrote Roger Friedman. Perez Hilton added: "She was so young still! My heart goes out to Steve Buscemi and all of Jo Andres' loved ones."

Andres was married to Buscemi for more than three decades.

In a 2009 interview with the Independent, Steve Buscemi was asked what his favourite work of art was. He replied: "Probably something by my wife Jo Andres. She paints, she makes films, she has done performance."


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Updated: January 14, 2019 11:24 AM