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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 25, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, cleaning woman

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

New York actress Aida Turturro paid her dues with dozens of small but memorable character parts for over a decade before landing the role of a lifetime on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) in 2000. In 2007, she was honored with an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tony Soprano's soul-searching, emotionally unpredictable sister for the show's heavily publicized final season. A cousin of actors and brothers John and Nicholas Turturro, the actress also earned her stripes on the big screen, appearing in his films "Mac" (1990), "Illuminata" (1998) and "Romance and Cigarettes" (2005), but it was as Janice Soprano that Turturro truly mesmerized - holding her own, two-to-two opposite the intense James Gandolfini.

New York actress Aida Turturro paid her dues with dozens of small but memorable character parts for over a decade before landing the role of a lifetime on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) in 2000. In 2007, she was honored with an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tony Soprano's soul-searching, emotionally unpredictable sister for the show's heavily publicized final season. A cousin of actors and brothers John and Nicholas Turturro, the actress also earned her stripes on the big screen, appearing in his films "Mac" (1990), "Illuminata" (1998) and "Romance and Cigarettes" (2005), but it was as Janice Soprano that Turturro truly mesmerized - holding her own, two-to-two opposite the intense James Gandolfini.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rob the Mob (2014)
2.
 Little Help, A (2010)
3.
 24 Nights (2007)
5.
 2 B Perfectly Honest (2004) Emily/Clara
6.
 Sidewalks of New York (2001) Shari
7.
 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001) Jean Ferraro
8.
 Joe Gould's Secret (2000) Waitress
9.
 Deep Blue Sea (1999) Brenda Kerns
10.
 Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) Waitress
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised by her father and stepmother on Manhattan's Lower East Side
:
Played a bridesmaid stood up by her date in the audience interactive Off-Broadway play "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding"
1989:
Made film debut in "True Love," Nancy Savoca's romantic portrait of a working class Italian-American couple
1990:
Debut TV guest role on NBC's NYC-filmed series "Law & Order"
1991:
Had a cameo as a prostitute in Frank Oz's comedy "What About Bob?"
1992:
Featured alongside Jami Gertz in the romantic comedy "Jersey Girl"
1992:
Appeared in cousin John Turturro's moving directorial debut "Mac"
1992:
Featured in the Broadway revival "A Streetcar Named Desire," co-starring James Gandolfini
1993:
Played guest role as a manicurist on the Robert De Niro-produced Fox series "Tribeca"
1994:
Co-starred as the Bensonhurst-dwelling best friend of Geena Davis' willful single mother "Angie"
1994:
Returned to "Law & Order" with another brief but colorful guest stint
1996:
Played the wacky Madame Esther in "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy"
1997:
Returned for another stint on NBC's "Law & Order"
1998:
Featured along with Gandolfini in "Fallen"
1998:
Re-united with Savoca and John Turturro in "The 24 Hour Woman" and "Illuminata"
1999:
Played a doomed communications tower engineer in Renny Harlin's "Deep Blue Sea"
1999:
Co-starred in the independent gay romance "24 Nights"
2000:
Landed a regular role on HBO's acclaimed mob series "The Sopranos," playing Janice Soprano, aging hippie and opportunistic elder sister of Tony; earned an Emmy (2007) nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2000:
Featured in the Slamdance-screened comedy "Home Sweet Hoboken"
2000:
Made cameo appearance in the Stanley Tucci-directed biopic "Joe Gould's Secret"
2001:
Cast in the ensemble comedy "Sidewalks of New York" helmed by Edward Burns
2005:
Re-united with Gandolfini and Turturro for "Romance & Cigarettes" (film released theatrically in 2007)
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Education

State University of New York, New Paltz: New Paltz , New York - 1980 - 1984

Notes

"A Streetcar Named Desire" director Gregory Mosher on Turturro's pivotal role in the revival: "The curtain goes up and here are these people waiting for Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange, and here you are. You need guts and charm to carry that opening off." --quoted in Vanity Fair, March 1994

Turturro displaying her love of work in a 2000 interview with HBO.com about joining the cast of "The Sopranos": "It feels great to be part of a family. It feels great to have a job that you go to that you really enjoy on a whole, the work and the people. And so coming into a bunch of people that already were together, it was really easy. You're always scared to start a job. You're nervous. Everybody's nervous. You know, it's like the first day of school. But I was so lucky. I feel very, very lucky and it's exciting. It's one of the happiest times of my life. I love it, I love my job, I love the people, I love the crew, I love the actors and everybody's really normal. Hang out, really nice, fun, you know, hard-working. And good work, there's a lot of good work and that's a real blessing, I find to be able to be an actor and be part of a show or project that has quality, which is pretty rare. Not rare-rare, but, that quality, you don't get it a lot."

"Sometimes the way she acts belies how smart she really is. She's all over the place sometimes when you're talking to her, but she's incredibly smart about people. The way they act, their emotions." --co-star James Gandolfini on Turturro, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 7, 2000

Turturro explaining that she isn't interested in wearing the many hats that her cousin John does: "I'm an actress I'm not a director. And I'm definately not a writer. People say, 'Why don't you write?' Because I can't write!" --quoted to E! Online in their feature "Who the Hell Is This?", February 6, 2000

"Every night I had to pick up a guy. Now I'm basically one of the best flirts around." --Turturro on playing a stood-up bridesmaid in the audience-interactive play "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding", quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 13, 2000

Turturro on Janice Soprano, her character on the hit HBO drama: "There are a lot of things in Janice that are not like me. I don't have a darker side, so it was hard to go there." --quoted to People, April 17, 2000

Family close complete family listing

father:
Domenick Turturro. Artist. Born c. 1936; divorced from Turturro's mother c. 1965; remarried c. 1966 to Joan Turturro and divorced in 1979.
father:
Domenick Turturro. Survived him.
mother:
Dorothy Turturro. Homemaker. Born c. 1937.
mother:
Dorothy Turturro. Had at least two.
step-mother:
Joan Turturro. Film editor. Born c. 1941; married Domenick Turturro c. 1966; divorced c. 1977.
step-mother:
Joan Turturro. Survived him.
sister:
Olinda Turturro. Survived him.
sister:
Olinda Turturro. Actor.
cousin:
John Turturro. Died of cancer.
cousin:
John Turturro. Actor, director. Directed Aida in "Mac" (1992) and "Illuminata" (1999).
cousin:
Nicholas Turturro. Actor. Was a regular on the ABC cop show "NYPD Blue".
cousin:
Nicholas Turturro. Mother, Maria Ewing.
half-brother:
Summer Turturro. Born c. 1969.
half-brother:
Summer Turturro. Survived her.
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