Jul. 5th, 1963
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Edie Falco's Main TV Roles
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Edith Falco (called Edie, born on July 5, 1963), grew up on Long Island and attended SUNY Purchase, where she was trained in acting at the prestigious Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. After graduating she lived in Manhattan, auditioning for roles and supporting herself as best she could, such as working parties for an entertainment company where she would wear a Cookie Monster costume and urge people to get on the dance floor.
Falco began getting film roles, mostly smaller supporting parts, starting in the late 1980s. Her first notable role was a supporting part in Bullets Over Broadway (1994).
Ironically, it was in television where the conservatory-trained Falco's career first flowered. She obtained her first recurring roles in 1993, on the acclaimed police dramas Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), as the wife of a blinded police officer, and Law & Order (1990) as a Legal Aid attorney. Next came a recurring role on the prison drama Oz (1997), as a sympathetic corrections officer. All the while she continued to work in film, still in small supporting roles.
Supporting herself in acting continued to be a challenge until at last Falco found success in 1999, when she was cast in the HBO series The Sopranos (1999), as Carmella, the wife of New Jersey Mafia street boss Tony Soprano. The Sopranos gained her a great deal of visibility and praise for her exceptionally strong dramatic skills.
In 2000 Falco became the first actress in history to sweep all of the major television awards (the Emmy, the Golden Globe and the SAG Award) in one year for a dramatic role. She is also the first female actor ever to receive the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.
Interestingly, her roles have frequently put her on one side of the law or the other--a defense attorney, a corrections officer, a cop's wife, a mobster's wife, a police officer in a pilot for a television adaptation of the movie Fargo (1996). She has also worked frequently on the stage, such as her award-winning work in the play Sideman, in The Vagina Monologues, and in revivals of Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (which was hugely successful) and night, Mother.
Unlike her brashly assertive alter-ego Carmella Soprano, Falco is self-described as shy, but is clearly a witty and down-to-earth person. She sometimes travels with her beloved dog Marley, driving so that the dog does not have to travel in the baggage compartment. At one point Falco had a relationship with her Frankie and Johnny co-star 'Stanley Tucci'. She was treated for breast cancer in 2004 and her prognosis is very good. In December of 2004, Falco adopted a baby boy, who she named Anderson.
- Has fully recovered from breast cancer in 2004.
- Has been sober for thirteen years.
- 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.
- Was forced to vacate the role of "Jenny" in Broadway's "The Threepenny Opera" due to her commitments to _"The Sopranos" (1999)_ (qv). She was replaced by 'Cyndi Lauper' (qv).
- 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)_ (qv).
- (December 2004) Adopted a baby boy, and named him Anderson after her mother. It is her mother's maiden name.
- Graduated from SUNY Purchase whose alumni are known collectively as "The Purchase Mafia".
- Is of Swedish and Italian heritage.