Born in 1962 and raised in southern New Jersey, Suzanne DeLaurentiis was a singer, dancer and actress from an early age. She worked on and off Broadway and studied Opera at Carnegie Hall with the famous Carlo Menotti. She established a successful singing career in her teens, following in the footsteps of her cousin and mentor, 50’s superstar, Frankie Avalon.
In her early 20’s, Suzanne opened her own production company, writing, producing and directing feature films and television. Throughout her 30-plus years as a filmmaker, Suzanne has been involved with over one hundred productions, and has been honored with many prestigious awards. In 2002, the Marco Island Film Festival honored Ms. DeLaurentiis with their esteemed Terry Scarlett Award for Filmmaking, in 2003 the Palm Beach International Film Festival presented her with The Distinguished Founders Award for Excellence in Filmmaking, in 2007, Suzanne received the prestigious Opal Award from Women in Film and in 2008, The Hollywood Fame Awards honored her for her lifetime achievement for music in independent films.
In addition to her numerous awards and productions, Ms. DeLaurentiis has also taken part in historical litigation in cases relating to both union issues and distribution. She has fought successfully, protecting the rights of independent filmmakers.
In 2006, Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions independently produced the award winning, 10th & Wolf, a $15 million mafia drama based on the investigations of mob informant Joe Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco. Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the film starred James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi, Brian Dennehy, Val Kilmer, Lesley Ann Warren, Tommy Lee, Piper Perabo, Dash Mihok, and the late Brad Renfro, and Dennis Hopper.
Some of her other independent film titles include A Month of Sundays, Shut Up and Kiss Me, Lost Revolution, The Dark Tourist, Black Gold, Area 407, Stone Markers, How Sweet It Is, and Buried Lies.
Suzanne is currently producing Pet Doctors of Atlanta, airing on Discovery Family Channel in 2016. Her television credits also include Wrangling Reptiles, Hound Hero, Soul Fire Rising, The Great American Sports Challenge, and Stone Markers. She is currently in pre-production for Vendetta, a historical mafia-based television series created by John Gotti Jr., and written by Mark Bacci. The series will be produced with Don Carmody Television, Sony Pictures and Triplicity Entertainment.
Suzanne devotes much of her spare time to veteran charities raising money and awareness. She founded the Operation Hollywood program that trains and employs returning veterans for careers in the entertainment business. In 2010, Suzanne received a Commendation Metal from the United States military in recognition of her services to veterans.