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Also Known As: Edith Falco Died:
Born: July 5, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, waitress, cashier

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An outstanding cast member on one of the most highly acclaimed television series of all time, "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), Edie Falco earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards for creating the iconic Carmela Soprano, a suburban New Jersey mother and conflicted wife of an organized crime boss. Prior to her powerhouse portrayal of the Mafia don's manicured wife, Falco had appeared regularly on the gritty prison series "Oz" (HBO, 1997-99) and police dramas including "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99), where she displayed a naturalistic acting style that was world-weary and independent, yet vulnerable. Hardly an overnight sensation, the actress had spent over a dozen years as a player in the independent films of Hal Hartley and Nick Gomez and appeared on countless New York stages. Unlike her lower profile co-stars from "The Sopranos," Falco stayed in the spotlight, taking on the lead role of "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009- ), a dark comedy centered on a brilliant, but drug-addicted emergency room nurse that once again put her back into awards contention and allowed Falco to demonstrate her considerable acting prowess.

An outstanding cast member on one of the most highly acclaimed television series of all time, "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), Edie Falco earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards for creating the iconic Carmela Soprano, a suburban New Jersey mother and conflicted wife of an organized crime boss. Prior to her powerhouse portrayal of the Mafia don's manicured wife, Falco had appeared regularly on the gritty prison series "Oz" (HBO, 1997-99) and police dramas including "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99), where she displayed a naturalistic acting style that was world-weary and independent, yet vulnerable. Hardly an overnight sensation, the actress had spent over a dozen years as a player in the independent films of Hal Hartley and Nick Gomez and appeared on countless New York stages. Unlike her lower profile co-stars from "The Sopranos," Falco stayed in the spotlight, taking on the lead role of "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009- ), a dark comedy centered on a brilliant, but drug-addicted emergency room nurse that once again put her back into awards contention and allowed Falco to demonstrate her considerable acting prowess.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 3 Backyards (2010)
3.
4.
 Freedomland (2006) Cast
5.
 Frozen Angels (2005)
7.
 Quiet, The (2005)
8.
 Blind Light (2003) Diana
9.
 Sunshine State (2002) Marly Temple
10.
 Jenifer Estess Story, The (2001) Wheelchair Salesperson
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Islip, New York
1989:
Film debut in Hal Hartley's "The Unbelievable Truth"
1991:
Reteamed with Hartley for a memorable turn in "Trust"
1992:
Co-starred in Nick Gomez's Brooklyn-set drama "Laws of Gravity"
1993:
Had recurring role as the wife of a blinded police officer on NBC's acclaimed drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"
1995:
Featured in a two-part guest starring role as a police sergeant on "New York Undercover" (Fox)
1995:
Starred alongside Lili Taylor and Christopher Walken in Abel Ferrara's "The Addiction"
1996:
Made brief appearance in Ferrara's "The Funeral"
1996:
Starred in the crime-themed comedy "Layin' Low"
1996:
Originated the role of the alcoholic mother in Warren Leight's semi-autobiographical play "Side Man"
1997:
Played Sheriff Marge Gunderson in a failed pilot based on the 1996 hit film "Fargo"; directed by Kathy Bates
1997:
Featured in James Mangold's "Cop Land"
1997:
Had featured role as prison guard Diane Wittlesey in the HBO drama "Oz"
1998:
Won the Los Angeles AFI Film Festival Best Actress award for her performance in "Cost of Living"
1998:
Starred in "Side Man" at the CSC Theater in New York; was unable to recreate role when it moved to the Roundabout Theater
1999:
Portrayed Mafia wife Carmela Soprano in the acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos"
1999:
Played title role in the independent feature "Judy Berlin"; directed by Purchase classmate Eric Mendelsohn (released theatrically in 2000)
1999:
Broadway debut replacing Wendy Makkena as Terry in "Side Man"
2000:
Reprised stage role in "Side Man" in the London production, co-starring Jason Priestley
2001:
Acted in "The Vagina Monologues" in London
2002:
Featured in the John Sayles drama "Sunshine State"
2002:
Returned to the NYC stage opposite Stanley Tucci in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"
2004:
Guest-starred on an episode of "Will & Grace," as a lesbian real-estate speculator
2006:
Cast in "Freedomland," a drama based on Richard Price's acclaimed novel of the same name and directed by Joe Roth
2007:
Guest-starred in three episodes of "30 Rock" (NBC)
2009:
Played the title character, a flawed emergency room nurse, in Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"
2011:
Co-starred on Broadway in "The House of Blue Leaves," with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Jason Leigh; earned a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
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Education

Northport High School: Northport , New York - 1981
State University of New York at Purchase: Purchase , New York - 1986

Notes

Falco on juggling her career while still maintaining a separate home life: "Early on, I got pretty consumed by [roles] to the point where it got dangerous ... But I learned in time that it's not the noblest thing in the world to lose yourself in the character. It's my job to know who I am in that role and how she does that she does and where it ends." --quoted in Newsday, April 1, 1999.

"She's an actress who's unadorned by any embroidery. She does everything with such simplicity and honesty, it's breathtaking." --Tom Fontana, executive producer and writer of "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Oz" on Falco, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 15, 1999.

"It's a little nerve-racking to be getting all this mail and everybody thinking I'm this overnight sensation. I've been working for 15 years now!" --Falco quoted in Newsday, April 1, 1999.

In 2004, Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer, which was treated successfully.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
John Devlin. Actor, director. Together from c. 1996 to c. 2000.
companion:
Stanley Tucci. Actor. Dating since 2002; met while appearing together in "Frankie and Johnny"; no longer together as of March 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Frankie Falco. Jazz drummer. Married Falco's mother in 1960; divorced.
mother:
Judith Loney. Graphic design production coordinator, waitress, actor. Married Falco's father in 1960; divorced.
brother:
Joe Falco. Born c. 1961.
brother:
Paul Falco. Younger.
sister:
Ruth Falco. Born c. 1967; engaged to Tony Pappas.
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