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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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o-starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore as a child abduction activist in Joe Roth's "Freedomland" (2006). Meanwhile, HBO announced that the 2006-07 season of "The Sopranos" would be its last. Following the highly anticipated, over-analyzed, and frustratingly ambiguous series finale in June of 2007, Falco showed TV audiences her comedic side with a string of guest appearances as a congresswoman and love interest of TV executive Alec Baldwin on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006- ). At the close of 2007, Falco received her final round of accolades for her work on "The Sopranos," receiving Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations.Falco returned to the regular primetime lineup with "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009- ), a moody, stylish dark comedy that effectively showcased Falco as a rather abrasive urban hospital worker whose troubling personal life includes a workplace affair and a prescription drug habit. The series was well-received following its debut in the spring of 2009, even amid outcry by some healthcare professionals over the title character's illegal activities. Despite the small amount of controversy, Falco found herself back in awards contention later that year...

o-starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore as a child abduction activist in Joe Roth's "Freedomland" (2006). Meanwhile, HBO announced that the 2006-07 season of "The Sopranos" would be its last. Following the highly anticipated, over-analyzed, and frustratingly ambiguous series finale in June of 2007, Falco showed TV audiences her comedic side with a string of guest appearances as a congresswoman and love interest of TV executive Alec Baldwin on the NBC sitcom "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006- ). At the close of 2007, Falco received her final round of accolades for her work on "The Sopranos," receiving Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations.

Falco returned to the regular primetime lineup with "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009- ), a moody, stylish dark comedy that effectively showcased Falco as a rather abrasive urban hospital worker whose troubling personal life includes a workplace affair and a prescription drug habit. The series was well-received following its debut in the spring of 2009, even amid outcry by some healthcare professionals over the title character's illegal activities. Despite the small amount of controversy, Falco found herself back in awards contention later that year when she earned nominations at both the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. In 2010, the role put Falco back into Emmy Award contention with a nod for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, which she promptly won and accepted with the humble but amusing declaration that she "wasn't funny." Her year ended on a high note when she was again nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards, before getting the chance for a second Emmy following a nomination in 2011. Between seasons of "Nurse Jackie," Falco reappeared on the big screen in the indie comedy "Gods Behaving Badly" (2013), as Artemis, one of several Greek gods intervening for sport in the romance of a young couple played by Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach; however, although the film played the festival circuit, it was never given a general release.

g roles and even discouraged from pursuing an acting career by professors who were hung up on what they thought were her unremarkable looks and the sibilance in her speech. Bowed but unbroken, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986 and followed her instincts to the New York stage.

Living in a tiny, kitchenless apartment downtown, Falco held down the requisite waitressing and retail jobs while embarking on a long journey towards professional acting. Off-off Broadway plays were seen by few audiences other than the participants' friends and roommates, while independent film ventures with fellow SUNY alums offered a bit of rent money and some festival attention. Her appealing, naturalistic style was notable from the start, playing a Long Island townie waitress in Hal Hartley's directorial debut "The Unbelievable Truth" (1989). The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, as was Hartley's follow-up, "Trust" (1990), in which Falco enjoyed a larger supporting role that showcased her talents. In 1992, Falco co-starred in SUNY buddy Nick Gomez's gritty, Brooklyn-set crime drama "Laws of Gravity," before landing her first recurring TV role as the strong-willed wife of an injured officer on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street."

Falco's film career gained momentum with a small role in Woody Allen's theatrical send-up "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) and Abel Ferrara's striking if uneven vampire film "The Addiction" (1995). She had a bit part in his post-Depression-era crime drama "The Funeral" (1996), and the following year, re-teamed with Nick Gomez in "Cost of Living" (1997), for which she earned a Best Actress Award from at the AFI Film Festival. Emerging as a recognizable character actress who brought a multi-dimensionality to her frequently typecast "no-nonsense" women, Falco began to appear in higher-profile fare including Morgan Freeman's "Hurricane" (1997), James Mangold's "Cop Land" (1997), and the TV pilot for "Fargo," an unrealized series based on The Coen brothers film in which Falco played lead Marge Gunderson.

That same year, when "Homicide" producer Tom Fontana launched the HBO prison drama "Oz," he invited Falco to join the cast, where she aptly played an overworked and understanding corrections officer for the duration of the series. Falco's rise in the big and small screen ranks coincided with increasing success onstage, and in 1996, she originated the role of the alcoholic, mentally unstable wife of a jazz musician in Warren Leight's semi-autobiographical "Side Man." After 15 years in the acting trenches, Falco truly broke through with widespread acclaim and financial stability in 1999. "Side Man" was promoted to Broadway, and Falco's challenging portrayal of a woman aging 40 years was recognized with a Theater World Award. She also landed her first major role in a mainstream Hollywood picture, supporting Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas in the disappointing drama, "Random Hearts" (1999). Continuing to score work, she played the title character ¿ a disarming would-be movie star ¿ in Eric Mendelsohn's acclaimed "Judy Berlin," which was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Buried somewhere in that work schedule were two weeks spent shooting a pilot for HBO's "The Sopranos." Given her prior experience and knowledge of the astronomical odds against pilots going to series, Falco remained cautiously aloof about the outcome. But against those odds, David Chase's series was the breakout hit of the year, widely praised for its textured, thematic writing style and film-quality production style that raised the expectations of what a TV show could accomplish. In keeping with the show's high standards, the cast was among the most respected on television and Falco stood out as a new breed of prime time actress. For six seasons, Falco navigated mafia wife Carmela Soprano through a lifestyle at odds with her religious beliefs, consistent marital infidelity from her husband, and the ever-present possibility of becoming a widow. Her naturalistic acting style helped the show's intimate, personal tone that propelled it beyond prior mafia portrait efforts. Falco was honored with an Emmy Award for the show's debut season and went on to earn a total of five Emmy nominations and three wins, six Golden Globe nominations and two wins, and six Screen Actors Guild nominations and two wins.

After enjoying 15 years of anonymity on New York streets, Falco's sudden fame took some getting used to, though the steady paycheck relieved a great deal of the pressure and her shooting schedule allowed her time to continue the stage work she loved. In 2000, she took "Side Man" to the London stage for five months, and the following year, returned to the West End to perform in Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." In 2002, she and Stanley Tucci co-starred in Broadway's "Frankie & Johnny at the Claire de Lune," which broke box office records and was one of the most successful productions of the season. Another gift that fame afforded was the attention of acclaimed filmmaker John Sayles, who handpicked Falco to play a former aspiring actress sliding into despair as a coffee shop waitress in "Sunshine State" (2002). The Los Angeles Film Critics Association recognized her performance with a Best Supporting Actress award.

In 2004, Falco enjoyed an acclaimed starring role on Broadway in "'Night Mother," playing opposite Brenda Blethyn as a woman preparing her household affairs for her impending suicide. The same year the 41-year-old actress adopted a son, Anderson, she was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer. Falco was successfully treated for the illness and kept the news quiet until she had made a full recovery. She then returned to the indie film fold with Hal Hartley's "The Girl From Monday" (2005) and Jamie Babbit's disturbing "The Quiet" (2005). In 2006, Falco c

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Comedian, The (2017)
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 3 Backyards (2010)
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 Freedomland (2006) Cast
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 Frozen Angels (2005)
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 Quiet, The (2005)
9.
 Sunshine State (2002) Marly Temple
10.
 Jenifer Estess Story, The (2001) Wheelchair Salesperson
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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.

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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.

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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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