Carol Ann Susi -- one of the central characters on "The Big Bang Theory" -- died Tuesday after battling cancer ... according to execs on the hit show.
Susi played Howard Wolowitz's mom who almost NEVER appeared on camera -- but whose voice was heard in just about every episode.
'Big Bang' executive producer Chuck Lorre said ... "The Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of mystery throughout the show's eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann's immense talent and comedic timing."
Susi's rep described her cancer as "aggressive" ... and added it was a brief battle.
Wolowitz's mother was only seen once on 'Big Bang' -- and it was just a quick glimpse during Howard's wedding. It's unclear how Lorre and producers will handle Susi's death on the show. Her character's had a central plot line this season.
Carol Ann Susi was 62.
Finally Dumps Divorce House
... For HUGE Profit
1/25/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian's divorce isn't all bad -- TMZ has learned, she and Lamar Odom just dumped their massive marital mansion for a HUGE profit ... and now it's a "Big Bang Theory" star's problem.
As we first reported, Khloe and Lamar listed the 7-bedroom 8,000 sq. ft. Tarzana home last year for $4 million ... shortly before Khloe filed for divorce. They bought the house for $3.95 million in 2009.
Now, sources tell us, the home has sold for $5.49 million ... nearly $1.5 million more than the asking price. We're told Khloe's now looking for a new place near her mom in Hidden Hills.
According to sources, the house was purchased by "Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco and her new husband ... who obviously don't believe in curses.
Sues Over Car Accident
I Nearly Lost a Hand!
10/18/2013 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Bang Theory" actress Mayim Bialik has just sued over her serious car accident last year -- claiming it nearly cost her a hand.
As we reported, Bialik was driving in her white Volvo last August when it was struck by a 2013 Mustang in a Hollywood intersection. The other car was filled with Chilean tourists.
At the time, a source told us there was blood everywhere at the crash scene, stemming from major damage to Mayim's hand. Another source said "her finger was almost completely severed ... it was just hanging there."
Now the former "Blossom" star has filed a lawsuit against the other driver as well as Hertz Rent-a-Car -- presumably because the other car was a rental -- claiming she suffered injuries to her right hand, right thumb, and nerve damage.
She's suing for unspecified damages, but that includes lost wages -- and since she earns a reported 5 figures per episode on "Big Bang," it could really add up.
The Valley Divided!
5/26/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik and her ex-hubby took the high road in finalizing their divorce -- splitting their real-estate evenly -- but upon further inspection it's clear, Mayim was the real winner.
According to docs, as part of Mayim's divorce settlement from non-famous person Michael Stone ... she scored the couple's 1,400-square-foot, 1-bedroom pad in Studio City.
Her ex got the couple's 1,300-square-foot, 3-bedroom casa in nearby Sherman Oaks.
While they're both similar in size, Mayim's pad is up in the hills -- views, mountains, wildlife.
Stone's pad is down in the flatlands -- Target, Costco, Zankou Chicken.
FYI -- The couple married in 2003 and filed for divorce in Nov. 2012. They have two sons together.
It's unclear why they only bought houses in The Valley.
Officially Files for Divorce
11/29/2012 4:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mayim Bialik has filed for divorce, TMZ has learned.
The "Big Bang Theory" star filed the docs in L.A. County Superior Court against her husband Michael Stone, citing "irreconcilable differences."
They have two minor sons -- aged 7 and 4 -- and Mayim wants joint legal and physical custody.
Mayim and Michael were married in 2003.
The divorce docs were filed on November 21st -- the same day Mayim announced the couple's split -- but they were just released by the courts today.
In her announcement, Mayim -- who famously allows her kids to sleep in the same bed with her -- wrote, "The hands-on style of parenting we practice played no role in the changes that led to this decision."
She added, "Relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose."
'Big Bang Theory' Star
Accused of Screwing Agent
Out of 'Big Bang' Cash
11/26/2012 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ain't no party like a Koothra-party! Especially for "Big Bang Theory" star Kunal Nayyar -- who plays Raj Koothrappali on the show -- because according to a new lawsuit ... he's been living it up big time without paying his agent.
Diverse Talent Group filed docs in L.A. County Superior Court last week ... claiming Kunal owes his agency $100,000 in unpaid commissions for getting him the acting gig -- a bill that goes back to September 2011.
The lawyer for DTG tells TMZ, the agency repped Kunal when he got the job in 2007 -- and the actor faithfully paid the piper ever since, but for some reason ... he stopped coughing up dough last year.
Now, DTG is suing for its money, which it believes exceeds $100k.
Now here's a twist ... Kunal is currently repped by a different agency -- Innovative Artists -- so it's bound to get messy.
Calls to Kunal's reps were not returned.
Mayim Bialik and Husband
11/21/2012 1:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mayim Bialik and her husband are getting divorced.
Mayim, who stars in "The Big Bang Theory," cites "irreconcilable differences" in her 9 year marriage to Michael Stone.
The couple has 2 kids. They've talked about how they allow their kids to sleep in the same bed with them.
Mayim, who previously starred in "Blossom," released a statement on her website saying, "The hands-on style of parenting we practice played no role in the changes that led to this decision," adding, "relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose."
And she says, "The main priority for us now is to make the transition to two loving homes as smooth and painless as possible. Our sons deserve parents committed to their growth and health and that's what we are focusing on."