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Falco's most recent and noteable role is as "Carmela Soprano" on HBO's acclaimed series "The Sopranos." Known as part of "the Purchase Mafia" thanks to her status as one of the many illustrious alumni of the State University of New York at Purchase, Edie Falco is one of America's most well-respected television and film actresses. A native of Long Island, Falco, who is of Sicilian heritage, was born in 1954. She got her professional start acting in fellow-Purchase alum Hal Hartley's films, most notably Trust (1991), which cast her as the unrepentantly trampy older sister of a pregnant cheerleader (Adrienne Shelly). Falco spent the 1990s dividing her time and talent between TV and film, doing recurring work on such series as Homicide: Life on the Street and Law and Order, and appearing in a slew of diverse films that included Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway (1994) and The Addiction (1995). In 1997, Falco began earning kudos for her performance as Officer Diane Whittlesey on the HBO prison drama Oz; she stayed with the show for two years, after which she garnered even greater acclaim for her work on another HBO series, The Sopranos. Cast as Carmela Soprano, wife of Mafioso Tony Soprano, Falco won both a 1999 Emmy and a 2000 Golden Globe for her work on the show. The growing respect and recognition she garnered for her television work was ably complemented by the acclaim she was increasingly receiving for her work on the big screen; after winning an Independent Spirit Award for her role in the noirish Cost of Living (1997), she gave a strong portrayal of a jailed mother in Morgan J. Freeman's Hurricane Streets (1997). In 1999, Falco earned her strongest screen notices to date for her title role in Eric Mendelsohn's Judy Berlin, portraying an aspiring actress trying to break out of her small Long Island town.
Edie Falco's Baby Boy
Sopranos star Edie Falco found one way to keep herself busy during the show's lengthy hiatus--diaper duty.
The Emmy-winning actor adopted a baby boy in December, just days after his birth, her agent, Richie Jackson, confirmed Wednesday. Apparently, playing tough-love mob mom Carmela Soprano has not soured Falco on the joys of parenting.
She named her new son Anderson, which was her mother's maiden name.
Over the years, Falco has picked up three Emmys, two Golden Globes and a SAG Award for her individual work on HBO's The Sopranos, on top of the show's many shared accolades.
In addition to her toils as a mafia wife, Falco proved her mettle on Broadway this past December, starring in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'night, Mother.
Falco also appears in a clutch of upcoming indie films, including The Quiet, opposite Elisha Cuthbert, and The Great New Wonderful with Maggie Gyllenhaal.
She'll also be seen in 2006's Freedomland, a drama starring Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore.
Last summer, Falco announced that she had successfully undergone treatment for breast cancer.
The actor and her Sopranos cast mates were slated to begin shooting episodes for the sixth and final season of The Sopranos early this year.
The mob drama's swan song season will premiere on an as-yet unannounced date in 2006.
More fun facts about Edie Falco
Birth name: Edith Falco
5' 5" (1.65 m)
Graduated from SUNY Purchase whose alumni are known collectively as "The Purchase Mafia".
Is the daughter of art director Frank Falco and actress Judith Anderson.
Edie graduated from the acting program at the State University of New York at Purchase. After graduation, she worked as a clown and other similar roles at weddings and birthday parties.
Is of Swedish and Italian heritage.
She is the first actress to ever sweep the top three television awards. In 2000, she received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, The Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series, and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, all in the same year for her performance as "Carmela Soprano" in the hit HBO series "The Sopranos" (1999).
Her uncle is renowned fiction writer Ed Falco, who teaches at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Has a dog named Marley.
In the last year, has fully recovered from breast cancer.
Has been sober for thirteen years.
One of her earlier roles was in "The King's Creampuffs" at aged 6.
Falco's Secret Triumph Over Breast Cancer
The Sopranos star Edie Falco has secretly battled breast cancer since February , but is delighted she's now received the "all-clear". The actress was diagnosed with the disease earlier this year and was concerned her short hair would raise suspicions she'd had cancer treatment. But Falco is now celebrating her triumph over the illness by rehearsing for her next Broadway show, Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Night, Mother which opens in New York in October. Falco's representative tells Pagesix.Com, "Edie was diagnosed, treated and she's fine. More than five months have gone by since her last treatment and she's very healthy."
HBO Once Again Dominates the Emmys, Led by Angels in America and The Sopranos
Round up the usual suspects – it's this year's Emmys. Few surprises if any were in store for yesterday's announcements, which were dominated by heavy HBO favorites Angels in America and The Sopranos. The highly acclaimed miniseries grabbed a field-best 21 nominations, including nods for all its principal cast members, while the mob drama did what it does best and dominated all TV series with 20 nominations, including perennial mentions for leads James Gandolfini and Edie Falco. A number of ending series – Frasier, Friends and Sex and the City – also made a strong showing, taking home mainly nominations for acting (only Sex made the Comedy Series cut), and favorites like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, 24 (still awake?), Will & Grace, and The West Wing took home multiple nominations as well. What was missing from the major categories were new series and actors, though a couple did manage to sneak in. Fox's Arrested Development was a surprise (though deserving) nominee for Best Comedy Series, while both Deadwood and Joan of Arcadia made small splashes in the Drama categories, the latter getting a Drama Series nomination. In the TV movie categories, HBO once again ruled with both And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself and Something the Lord Made, each winning nine nominations. Meanwhile, prepare for one long wait: this year's awards, hosted by Garry Shandling, will be handed out on September 19th at the Shrine Auditorium. See you in two months!
Falco and Tucci Split
Acting couple Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci have split - just weeks after friends described them as "inseparable". The pair - who met while starring in Broadway, New York production Frankie And Johnny In The Claire De Lune - have been dating since April but called time on their romance recently. Even those close to the Sopranos actress didn't discover the news until Falco arrived at the show's premiere party alone. Tucci's representative Jennifer Plante told American website Page Six, "They're not together." Falco and Tucci started dating just a month after the Sidewalks Of New York actor announced his split from wife Kate last year.
Falco and Sevigny Go Gay
Actresses Edie Falco and Chloe Sevigny will appear in hit sitcom Will & Grace next month - as a pair of lesbian real estate moguls. The guest spots will mark sitcom debuts for both screen stars. In the same episode, which will air in America on March 11, psychic John Edward will make an appearance as himself, offering guidance to Megan Mullally's character Karen.
Rosie Objected To Magazine Cover on "Lesbian" Grounds
Rosie O'Donnell objected to a cover of her now-defunct magazine showing her with her arms around two women on grounds of her being a lesbian, according to the magazine's former editor. Susan Toepfer was formerly editor-in-chief of Rosie magazine, and testified in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday that O'Donnell started a fight over the proposed cover for September 2002 that led to the publication's demise. The aborted cover showed former chat-show host O'Donnell standing in between two Sopranos stars - Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco - with an arm around each of them. Toepfer says that O'Donnell angrily called her after seeing the photo. She says, "(Rosie) said, 'You're about to hear a Rosie you've never heard before.' She proceeded to scream and yell at me. She was screaming obscenities at me. She wouldn't listen to me. She said, 'As a lesbian, I'm uncomfortable being on a magazine cover holding another woman or touching another woman.' I said, 'You know Rosie, that would never have occurred to me in a thousand years.'" Toepfer was testifying in court as part of the multi-million dollar lawsuit between O'Donnell and publishers Gruner + Jahr Usa, who are both suing each other for breach of contract. She continues, "(Rosie) said, 'I've been the boss of a TV show for six years. If I'm not going to be the boss of this, then I'll shut it down.'" O'Donnell's lawyer, Lorna Schofield says that part of her client's objection to the photo was that it was unflattering, and that Toepfer's near-insistence on the photo made O'Donnell feel she did not have control of her image. The case continues.
Rivers Slams Smelly Crowe and Falco
Comedienne Joan Rivers is more than happy that Russell Crowe avoids chatting to her when she's interviewing stars on the red carpet at award shows - because he stinks. Rivers' bitchy events coverage, during which she critiques what the stars are wearing, has become famous at Hollywood events like the Oscars and the Golden Globes. But a handful of stars always refuse to be part of her pre-show routine - and she's glad to say Crowe is one, because she claims he has an odor problem. Rivers says, "You gotta sit downwind from Russell Crowe. Phew!" But the comedienne is upset that The Sopranos star Edie Falco is another celebrity who avoids her. She adds, "I knew her in New York when she was a hot little cookie. But now she's 'an actor.' I mean she's got her resume tattooed on her a**."
Edie Falco in Lewinsky Bag Scandal
The Sopranos star Edie Falco was stunned when a fan complimented her on her handbag - only to scold her when she discovered it was designed by former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Falco was leaving Tavern On The Green in New York's Central Park when the woman told her how much she liked the accessory. But the woman was appalled to learn that the bag was a creation of brunette Lewinsky and barked at Edie to find a better cause to support. American tabloid the Globe quotes Falco as firing back, "Buying her purses has nothing to do with supporting Monica. I love this purse and I'd never part with it. In fact, I've got a second one of hers at home. As for Monica's personal life, I'm just glad she found a new day job."
'Sopranos' Star Falco Battled with Mental Illness
Award-winning Sopranos actress Edie Falco has spoken for the first time about her long battle with mental illness. The blonde star, who plays mob wife Carmela in the popular Home Box Office drama, admits she has suffered a nervous breakdown and had regular panic attacks. Edie says, "There were some horrible years. I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown." The 39-year-old says her health problems began when she was in between acting jobs. Edie explains, "Somebody got me a job at a hardware store and I started having terrible anxiety attacks. I actually went up to the person in charge and said, 'I have to leave - something's wrong.' I walked to the rail station in a full blown panic attack and I didn't know what else to do, so I went home to Long Island. My mother was so great. She talked me through it. Anxiety attacks run in my family. We are a high strung bunch. I've been in therapy a zillion years."
Sopranos End in Sight?
The end is in sight for hit TV mob series The Sopranos following creator David Chase's announcement he plans to quit the show after the fifth season. Chase, who is promoting the long-awaited fourth season of the HBO hit, confirmed he won't stay on the show beyond the fifth season - and the series' stars Edie Falco and James Gandolfini are planning to follow him out the door. Gandolfini, who plays troubled mob boss Tony Soprano in the series, says, "I started with David and I'd like to finish it with him." Chase says the fourth season will concentrate on Tony Soprano and his wife Carmela's roles as parents.
Edie Acts Up The Family Role
The Sopranos star Edie Falco insists she's no homemaker like her mob wife character Carmella in the hit show - in fact friends are amazed at how well she acts the role. The still single 38-year-old claims walking onto the set of The Sopranos is a "Pavlovian experience" and she forgets she's a bad cook who has no experience of being a wife or mother. She explains, "I can get on the set and there's Tony Soprano and my kids and my fingernails and the jewellery and the hair and all the outfits, and I am suddenly a different person. My biggest fear in the beginning was being the mother of two teenagers, but something very organic happens. Something bigger than me takes place."
The Sopranos' Crazy Fan Problems
The stars of TV hit show "The Sopranos" (1999) get many benefits from their celebrity status - but insist the crazy fans drive them wild. Stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco reap the rewards when it comes to getting good tables in restaurants, but say they pay for these benefits with the response they get from fans. Gandolfini explains, "The recognition gets you the best tables in restaurants and people are nice to you." He adds, "There have been one or two who want to get tough, but I worked in bars a long time and I learned to talk my way out of situations." Co-star Falco adds, "It's in the parking lots and malls at home on Long Island that I get the most outrageous reaction. People will come up, arms wide, and give me hugs and kisses and say, 'We want you to come to our pajama party.'"