By Linda O’Flanagan
Olinda Turturro — a member of the Turturro acting family otherwise know as the Barrymores of Brooklyn — has joined the ranks of A.C. Lawrence.
She will serve as recruitment director for the growing bokerage led by Larry Friedman.
Turturro — sister to Sopranos star Aida and cousin to John — has worked in brokerage for 30 years while taking acting gigs in movies like Ballad of Little Jo with Oscar Winner, Ian McKellan.
“I am thrilled to work in a capacity where I am able to encompass my skills as an associate broker, recruiting director and sprinkle a touch of my creative ability, which may add a bit of difference, to ‘business as usual,’” said Turturro, who said she has been getting the “star treatment” since arriving at AC Lawrence.
“Olinda is not only experienced, but also possesses the charisma and drive essential to building our agent ranks, with individuals who are human, personal, kind and ‘do the work’ of matching clients with properties and closing deals,” said Friedman.
Turturro has worked in New York City real estate for more than 30 years, first as a broker and most recently as director of recruiting for BOND New York.
Turturro initially turned to real estate as a means to supplement her acting career, first joining J.I. Sopher & Co. as an agent; then working as an on-site sales agent at The America, The Highpoint and 65 Cooper Square; before serving as a listing director for Benjamin James, and as the sales manager for three of Citi-Habitats’ offices.
After developing her own sales training manual, Turturro founded the sales division of City Connections, Anchor Associates and Joseph Gregory, taught sales training seminars and trained and consulted with agents at Tungsten Properties and Metropolitan Property Group.
She and her husband, Enzo, own The Turturro Acting Studio in Greenwich Village, currently on hiatus, and she has taught acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.