Born and raised in 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 following in the footsteps of her cousin and mentor, 50s superstar, Frankie Avalon
Throughout her 30-plus years as a filmmaker, Suzanne has been involved with over one hundred feature films 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, and in 2003 the Palm Beach International Film Festival presented her with The Distinguished Founders Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.
In 2006, Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions independently produced the award winning, 10th & Wolf, a drama based on the investigations of mob informant Joe Pistone, aka Donnie Brasco. Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the film starred James Marsden, Giovanni Ribisi, Brad Renfro, Brian Dennehy, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Lesley Ann Warren, Tommy Lee, Piper Perabo and Dash Mihok.
In early 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.
Suzanne has been the recipient of several proclamations from the mayors of major cities throughout the United States for bringing quality film projects, as well as tens of millions of dollars to the cities' economies.
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.
She is currently in pre-production for "Bloodlines", 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.
She will begin production in 2015 on a civil rights feature film called "Freedom Summer", written by Mark Bacci, scheduled to shoot in Mississippi.
Suzanne devotes much of her spare time to philanthropic efforts, raising money for numerous worthy causes including veterans' charities; she was Honored With Civilian Medal From The United States Military for her Operation Hollywood Program. She also supports the American Cancer Society, Big Brothers and Sisters, Cops for Causes, the Boggy Creek Gang, the Lupus Foundation, and the Multi-cultural Youth Foundation.