Tucci was born on February 8, 1960 in Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA as Lin Petrucci.
Tucci is known for her performance as Henrietta "Mama" Bazoom in the critical and box office bomb film Showgirls (1995). She was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress for her performance in film.
She also performed in the number of theatre productions, and co-starred in several films. In 2013, Tucci began appearing in a recurring role in the Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black.