Jo Andres, Wife of Steve Buscemi, Dead at 65
Jo Andres, the director of the 1996 festival circuit hit Black Kites and wife of over 31 years to actor Steve Buscemi, has died from causes unknown.
She was 65 years old.
The award-winning actor – known for his roles on Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Fargo and The Big Lebowski – married Andres in 1987.
They welcomed one child together, a son named Lucian, in 1990.
No date of death has been disclosed, but a memorial service reportedly was held last Tuesday at the couple’s home in Brooklyn.
The sad news has only just gone public now.
Andres, who posed on the red carpet with Buscemi seven months ago, rose to prominence within the 1980s art world through what is described on her website as “film/dance/light performances.”
She made her directorial debut with the aforementioned Black Kites.
Black Kites is a 26-minute short film based on the 1992 journals and drawing of Sarajevan visual artist Alma Hajric.
It was was written and directed by Andres and it starred Mimi Goese and Buscemi.
Lucian Buscemi, the then-six-year-old son of the actor and Andres, also appeared in the movie.
According to Andres’ website, she worked at various times as an artist in residence at numerous universities, museums and art colonies; including Yaddo and The Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.
Andres’ other big screen resume includes the 2012 short Liquid Tara, along with videos of her performance pieces.
She directed the 2013 music video When The Curtain Comes Down for Diana Krall, which featured Buscemi and which was played during the singer-pianist’s international tour.
In a 2009 Q&A with The Independent, Buscemi said his favorite work of art is “something by my wife Jo Andres. She paints, she makes films, she has done performance.”
“Condolences to Steve Buscemi and loved ones on his loss,” tweeted actor James Woods on Saturday, adding:
“This fine family was so supportive of first responders during 9/11 tragedy.”
Our thoughts go out to Andres’ friends, family members and loved ones at this time.
May she rest in peace.