Edith Falco (/ˈiːdi/; born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film, and stage actress, known for her roles as Diane Whittlesey in the HBO series Oz (1997–2000) and Carmela Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos (1999–2007), for which she received six Emmy nominations, winning three for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series as well as winning two Golden Globes and five Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Falco portrayed the eponymous role on the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009–15), earning six further Emmy nominations and winning once for an Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. In 2016, she played Sylvia Wittel on the Louis C.K. web series, Horace and Pete. In 2017, Falco portrayed real life defense attorney Leslie Abramson in the first season of the true crime anthology series Law & Order True Crime, for which she garnered her 14th Emmy nomination, this one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.
Falco's film roles include lead roles in Laws of Gravity (1992), for which she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and Judy Berlin (1999), and supporting roles in films including Sunshine State (2002), Freedomland (2006) and The Comedian (2016). For her role in the 2011 Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves, Falco earned a nomination for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Falco at Drama League Benefit Gala honoring Angela Lansbury on February 8, 2010
July 5, 1963
|Alma mater||SUNY Purchase|
Falco was born in New York City’s Brooklyn borough, to Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer who later worked for an advertising agency. Her father was of Italian descent and her mother's ancestry was Swedish and English. Falco's siblings are Joseph, Paul, and Ruth. Her uncle is novelist, playwright, and poet Edward Falco, an English professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
From the age of four, she was raised on Long Island, moving with her family to Hicksville, followed by North Babylon, then West Islip. As a child she acted in plays at the Arena Players Repertory Theater in East Farmingdale, where her mother also performed.
Her family eventually moved to Northport, where she attended high school and played Eliza Doolittle in a production of My Fair Lady during her senior year. Falco graduated from Northport High School in 1981. She attended the acting program at SUNY Purchase, along with fellow actors Stanley Tucci, Paul Schulze and Ving Rhames. She graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting.
Early in her career, Falco made appearances on television shows like Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street. Tom Fontana, executive producer of Homicide, cast Falco as Eva Thormann, the wife of an injured police officer, after watching Falco's performance in Laws of Gravity, a 1992 film directed by Nick Gomez. Fontana said of her, "She's an actress who's unadorned by any embroidery. She does everything with such simplicity and honesty, it's breathtaking." A struggling actress at the time, Falco said her salary from these television episodes paid for one month's worth of rent.
Her first big break in films was a small speaking role in the 1994 Woody Allen film Bullets over Broadway. Her friendship with former SUNY Purchase classmate Eric Mendelsohn, who was the assistant to Allen's costume designer, Jeffrey Kurland, helped her to be cast in the role. Mendelsohn went on to direct Falco in his feature film Judy Berlin, for which he won Best Director honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Falco went on to star in Mendelsohn's next film 3 Backyards, for which he won Best Director a second time.
During this time, Falco appeared in the films Trust, Cop Land, Private Parts (nonspeaking part), Random Hearts, On Broadway, she appeared in the Tony Award-winning Side Man and in the revivals of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune opposite Stanley Tucci, and 'night, Mother opposite Brenda Blethyn.
Falco received her breakout role in the HBO drama, The Sopranos. The series premiered in 1999 and ended in 2007. She portrayed Carmela Soprano, wife of Mafia boss Tony Soprano. The series received wide acclaim, and is often considered to be one of the greatest television series of all time. For her role on the series, Falco won three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards. As of 2008, Falco, The X-Files star Gillian Anderson, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, and 30 Rock's Tina Fey are the only actresses to have received a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a SAG Award in the same year. Falco won these awards in 2003 for her performance as Carmela Soprano during the fourth season of The Sopranos. During her tenure on The Sopranos, Falco appeared in films such as Freedomland, and John Sayles' Sunshine State, for which she received the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also guest starred on the television series Will & Grace.
In 2011, Falco played the part of Bananas in the Broadway revival of House of Blue Leaves in New York City with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Jason Leigh, for which she received her first and only Tony Award nomination. It was announced in January 2013 that Falco would star in Liz Flahive's The Madrid off-Broadway. The limited engagement, directed by Leigh Silverman, began previews on February 5 with an official opening February 26. Along with Falco, the play starred John Ellison, Christopher Evan Welch, Phoebe Strole, and Frances Sternhagen.
In 2016, Falco started portraying Sylvia Wittel on the Louis CK series, Horace and Pete. The first episode was released on January 30, 2016, on C.K.'s website without any prior announcements. New episodes premiered weekly until the tenth episode was released on April 2, 2016. In September 2017, she began portraying Leslie Abramson in the first season of the NBC true crime anthology series Law & Order True Crime, subtitled The Menendez Murders.
During the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Falco appeared in a 30-second television commercial on behalf of Mothers Opposing Bush in which she said, "Mothers always put their children first. Mr. Bush, can you say the same?"
Records show that she donated $1,000 to John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, $300 to the Democratic National Committee in 2004, and two separate sums of $1,000 and $300 to Hillary Clinton in 2005.
In 2003, Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer. She chose not to make the news public until the following year. Falco has had struggles with alcohol and decided to become sober sometime in the early 1990s after "one particular night of debauchery." She said in an interview that it was difficult to be around the hard-partying cast of The Sopranos; "This cast, in particular, they really love to hang out and party. They make it look like fun. And it was fun for me! They spend a lot more time without me than with me, by my own choice. I'm always invited, and I'm always there for two minutes and I leave, because I can't live in that world anymore. It's too dangerous." She is an advocate of Alcoholics Anonymous' 12-step program.
Falco adopted a son, Anderson, in 2005, and a daughter, Macy, in 2008.
In 2012, Falco was the subject of an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? which focused on her descent from the daughter of a Cornish master mariner, from Penzance, who was born at sea and died in 1840.
Falco is vegan and has worked with PETA on projects, including a public-service message urging parents to keep their children away from the circus. She told Parade magazine that, "I believe this is at the base of everything bad in society—you can bring it back to cruelty to animals. If you don’t have respect for the life of any kind, it will manifest in more obvious ways."
|1987||Sweet Lorraine||Karen||Credited as Edith Falco|
|1989||The Unbelievable Truth||Jane – The Waitress|
|Sidewalk Stories||Woman in Carriage|
|1991||I Was on Mars||Female Cab Driver|
|1992||Laws of Gravity||Denise|
|Time Expired||Ginny||Short film|
|1994||Bullets over Broadway||Lorna|
|The Funeral||Union Speaker|
|Private Parts||Alison's Friend||Uncredited|
|Cop Land||Berta (Bomb Squad Agent)|
|Trouble on the Corner||Vivian Stewart|
|Cost of Living||Billie|
|1998||Blind Light||Diana DiBianco|
|A Price Above Rubies||Feiga|
|1999||Judy Berlin||Judy Berlin|
|2000||Death of a Dog||Mom|
|Overnight Sensation||Festival Coordinator|
|2002||Sunshine State||Marly Temple|
|2004||Family of the Year|
|2005||The Girl from Monday||Judge|
|The Great New Wonderful||Safarah Polsky||Segment: "Emme's Story"|
|The Quiet||Olivia Deer|
|2013||Gods Behaving Badly||Artemis|
|Megan Leavey||Jackie Leavey|
|Outside In||Carol Beasley|
|I Love You, Daddy||Paula|
|2018||Every Act of Life||Herself||Documentary|
|The Land of Steady Habits||Helene Harris|
|2020||Avatar 2||General Ardmore||Post-production|
|1996||The Sunshine Boys||Carol||TV movie|
|1993–1997||Homicide: Life on the Street||Eva Thromann||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|1993–1998||Law & Order||Sally Bell||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|1995–1997||New York Undercover||Sgt. Kelly||Recurring role; 3 episodes|
|1997–2000||Oz||Diane Whittlesey||Recurring role; 23 episodes|
|1999–2007||The Sopranos||Carmela Soprano||Main role; 85 episodes|
|2000||The Sight||Ghost||TV movie; uncredited|
|2001||Jenifer||Wheelchair Saleswoman||TV movie|
|2004||Will & Grace||Deirdre||Episode: "East Side Story"|
|2007–2008||30 Rock||Celeste "C. C." Cunningham||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2009–2015||Nurse Jackie||Jackie Peyton||Main role; 80 episodes|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Sylvia||Main role; 8 episodes|
|2017||Law & Order True Crime||Leslie Abramson||Main role; 8 episodes|
|2018||Animals.||Psycho (voice)||Episode: "Roachella"|
|1998||Side Man||Terry||Classic Stage Company|
Mar 11, 1998 – Mar 29, 1998
|1999||John Golden Theatre|
Jan 8, 1999 – Jul 1999
|2002||Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune||Frankie||Belasco Theatre|
Aug 8, 2002 – Dec 29, 2002
|2004–2005||'night, Mother||Jessie Cates||Royale Theatre|
Nov 14, 2004 – Jan 9, 2005
|2010||This Wide Night||Lorraine||Peter Jay Sharp Theater|
May 8, 2010 – June 27, 2010
|2011||The House of Blue Leaves||Bananas Shaughnessy||Walter Kerr Theatre|
Apr 25, 2011 – Jun 25, 2011
|2013||The Madrid||Martha||New York City Center - Stage I|
Feb 5, 2013 – May 5, 2013
|2018||The True||Dorothea "Polly" Noonan||Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre|
Sep 4, 2018 – Oct 28, 2018
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Carmela Soprano (née DeAngelis), played by Edie Falco, is a fictional character on the HBO TV series The Sopranos. She is the wife of Mafia boss Tony Soprano.
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Freedomland is a 2006 American crime drama mystery film directed by Joe Roth and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco, Ron Eldard, William Forsythe, Aunjanue Ellis, and Anthony Mackie. It is based on Richard Price's 1998 novel of the same name, which touches on themes of covert racism.Gotham Independent Film Awards 2011
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Independent Lens has won six Primetime Emmy Awards and 20 films have won News & Documentary Emmy Awards. In 2012, "Have You Heard From Johannesburg?" won for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking; in 2007, A Lion in the House won for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking; and A Lion's Trail won in 2006 for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming. Three other films won for Best Documentary: Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life in 2008, Be Good, Smile Pretty in 2004, and Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle in 2000. Four Independent Lens films won News & Documentary Emmys in 2017 alone: The Armor of Light; (T)error; Best of Enemies; and In Football We Trust. As well, six Independent Lens films garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2006), The Weather Underground (2004), Waste Land (2010), Hell and Back Again (2011), How to Survive a Plague (2012), and I Am Not Your Negro (2016). Other awards conferred upon Independent Lens films include the George Foster Peabody Award, International Documentary Association Documentary Awards, Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award, and Sundance Film Festival Awards.Layin' Low
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Falco is an American television, film and stage actress, known for her roles as Diane Whittlesey in the HBO series Oz, as Carmela Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, and as the titular character of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Her work in these television programs have garnered immense critical reception, with Falco receiving two Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards and five Screen Actors Guild Awards (from a mass twenty nominations total).
Her stage work is also greatly recognized. Falco was the recipient for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play and has also been nominated for a Tony Award.List of awards and nominations received by The Sopranos
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Lead actor James Gandolfini and lead actress Edie Falco received the most nominations and wins of the ensemble cast, including three wins each for the Primetime Emmy Award, in their respective categories; as well as Falco winning the Golden Globe Award in 2000 and 2003, and Gandolfini winning in 2000. David Chase also received numerous accolades for his work on the series as a director, producer and writer, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series on three separate occasions.Nurse Jackie
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The show stars Edie Falco as the title character Jackie Peyton, an emergency department nurse at All Saints' Hospital in New York City. For Jackie, "every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses, and her own indiscretions."Outside In (film)
Outside In is a 2017 American drama film, directed by Lynn Shelton, from a screenplay by Shelton and Jay Duplass. It stars Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever, and Ben Schwartz.
It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2017. It was released on March 30, 2018, by The Orchard. At the 2018 Filmfest DC, the international SIGNIS jury honored the film with the SIGNIS Prize.Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest female acting achievement in a comedy series. Actresses are eligible for the award whether they appear in leading or supporting roles in their respective programs.Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
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"Secrets and Lies" is the eighth episode of the second season of 30 Rock, and the twenty-ninth overall. It was written by Ron Weiner and directed by Michael Engler. The episode first aired on December 6, 2007 on the NBC network in the United States. Guest stars in this episode include Reathel Bean, James Carville, Paul Eichel, Edie Falco, Melissa Gallagher, Jabari Gray, Blaine Horton, John Lutz, Erich McCall, Andrew Polk, Reshma Shetty, Tom Treadwell and Darlene Violette.In this episode, Celeste "C.C." Cunningham (played by Edie Falco) wishes to go public with her relationship with Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) gets angry when she thinks Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) lets Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan) do anything he likes. Frank Rossitano (Judah Friedlander) and James "Toofer" Spurlock (Keith Powell) feud over Toofer's status as a Harvard University alumnus.Somebody to Love (30 Rock)
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Set in a small town in northern Florida, the main two interwining stories focus on two women at crucial points in their lives, and also comments on such issues as race relations and commercial property development.TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
The TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama is an award given by the Television Critics Association.The Comedian (2016 film)
The Comedian is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed by Taylor Hackford and written by Lewis Friedman, Richard LaGravenese, Art Linson, and Jeff Ross. The film stars Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin, Cloris Leachman, Patti LuPone and Harvey Keitel.
The film had its world premiere at the AFI Fest on November 11, 2016, and was released by Sony Pictures Classics on December 9, 2016. The film opened to negative reviews from critics.