Aida Turturro

Actor, Cleaning woman
New York actress Aida Turturro paid her dues with dozens of small but memorable character parts for over a decade before landing the role of a lifetime on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) in 2000. In 2007, she was ... Read more »
Born: 09/24/1962 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Rob The Mob 2014 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Blue Bloods 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurse Jackie 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Little Help 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mozzarella Stories 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mercy 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cosby 1994 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1994 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Medium 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

Rosebud (Actor)

Freak Weather 2005 (Movie)

Glory (Actor)

Wild Card 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

2 B Perfectly Honest 2003 (Movie)

Emily/Clara (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Young Hollywood 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dutch Master 2003 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles 2001 (Movie)

Jean Ferraro (Actor)

Sidewalks of New York 2001 (Movie)

Shari (Actor)

Too Tired to Die 2001 (Movie)

Fortune Teller No 2 (Actor)

Joe Gould's Secret 2000 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

Nurse Crupp (Actor)

Deep Blue Sea 1999 (Movie)

Brenda Kerns (Actor)

Home Sweet Hoboken 1999 (Movie)

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Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

Marta (Actor)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

Mad Greek Waitress (Actor)

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

24 Nights 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Celebrity 1998 (Movie)

Psychic (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Fallen 1998 (Movie)

Tiffany (Actor)

Woo 1998 (Movie)

Tookie (Actor)

Fool's Paradise 1997 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Men Lie 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Denise Calls Up 1996 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Made Men 1996 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

New York News 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

OK Garage 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Salinas (Actor)

The Search For One-Eye Jimmy 1996 (Movie)

Madame Esther (Actor)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

Woman on Platform (Actor)

The Wright Verdicts 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Angie 1994 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

Junior 1994 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Jersey Girl 1993 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

Officer Moran (Actor)

Mac 1993 (Movie)

Wife (Actor)

Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993 (Movie)

Hotel Day Clerk (Actor)

The Saint of Fort Washington 1993 (Movie)

State Employee (Actor)

What About Bob? 1991 (Movie)

Prostitute (Actor)

True Love 1989 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)
Music (1)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

("I Want Candy") (Song Performer)

Biography

New York actress Aida Turturro paid her dues with dozens of small but memorable character parts for over a decade before landing the role of a lifetime on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) in 2000. In 2007, she was honored with an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tony Soprano's soul-searching, emotionally unpredictable sister for the show's heavily publicized final season. A cousin of actors and brothers John and Nicholas Turturro, the actress also earned her stripes on the big screen, appearing in his films "Mac" (1990), "Illuminata" (1998) and "Romance and Cigarettes" (2005), but it was as Janice Soprano that Turturro truly mesmerized - holding her own, two-to-two opposite the intense James Gandolfini.

Relationships

Domenick Turturro

Father
Born c. 1936 divorced from Turturro's mother c. 1965 remarried c. 1966 to Joan Turturro and divorced in 1979

Dorothy Turturro

Mother
Born c. 1937

Joan Turturro

Step-Mother
Born c. 1941 married Domenick Turturro c. 1966 divorced in 1979

Olinda Turturro

Sister

Summer Turturro

Half-Brother
Born c. 1969

John Turturro

Cousin
Directed Aida in "Mac" (1992) and "Illuminata" (1999)

Nicholas Turturro

Cousin
Regular on the ABC cop show "NYPD Blue"

EDUCATION

State University of New York, New Paltz

New Paltz , New York 1980 - 1984

Graduated from high school in 1980

Milestones

2005

Re-united with Gandolfini and Turturro for "Romance & Cigarettes" (film released theatrically in 2007)

2001

Cast in the ensemble comedy "Sidewalks of New York" helmed by Edward Burns

2000

Landed a regular role on HBO's acclaimed mob series "The Sopranos," playing Janice Soprano, aging hippie and opportunistic elder sister of Tony; earned an Emmy (2007) nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2000

Featured in the Slamdance-screened comedy "Home Sweet Hoboken"

2000

Made cameo appearance in the Stanley Tucci-directed biopic "Joe Gould's Secret"

1999

Co-starred in the independent gay romance "24 Nights"

1999

Played a doomed communications tower engineer in Renny Harlin's "Deep Blue Sea"

1998

Featured along with Gandolfini in "Fallen"

1998

Re-united with Savoca and John Turturro in "The 24 Hour Woman" and "Illuminata"

1997

Returned for another stint on NBC's "Law & Order"

1996

Played the wacky Madame Esther in "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy"

1994

Co-starred as the Bensonhurst-dwelling best friend of Geena Davis' willful single mother "Angie"

1994

Returned to "Law & Order" with another brief but colorful guest stint

1993

Played guest role as a manicurist on the Robert De Niro-produced Fox series "Tribeca"

1992

Featured alongside Jami Gertz in the romantic comedy "Jersey Girl"

1992

Appeared in cousin John Turturro's moving directorial debut "Mac"

1992

Featured in the Broadway revival "A Streetcar Named Desire," co-starring James Gandolfini

1991

Had a cameo as a prostitute in Frank Oz's comedy "What About Bob?"

1990

Debut TV guest role on NBC's NYC-filmed series "Law & Order"

1989

Made film debut in "True Love," Nancy Savoca's romantic portrait of a working class Italian-American couple

Played a bridesmaid stood up by her date in the audience interactive Off-Broadway play "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding"

Raised by her father and stepmother on Manhattan's Lower East Side

Bonus Trivia

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"A Streetcar Named Desire" director Gregory Mosher on Turturro's pivotal role in the revival: "The curtain goes up and here are these people waiting for Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange, and here you are. You need guts and charm to carry that opening off." --quoted in Vanity Fair, March 1994

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Turturro displaying her love of work in a 2000 interview with HBO.com about joining the cast of "The Sopranos": "It feels great to be part of a family. It feels great to have a job that you go to that you really enjoy on a whole, the work and the people. And so coming into a bunch of people that already were together, it was really easy. You're always scared to start a job. You're nervous. Everybody's nervous. You know, it's like the first day of school. But I was so lucky. I feel very, very lucky and it's exciting. It's one of the happiest times of my life. I love it, I love my job, I love the people, I love the crew, I love the actors and everybody's really normal. Hang out, really nice, fun, you know, hard-working. And good work, there's a lot of good work and that's a real blessing, I find to be able to be an actor and be part of a show or project that has quality, which is pretty rare. Not rare-rare, but, that quality, you don't get it a lot."

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"Sometimes the way she acts belies how smart she really is. She's all over the place sometimes when you're talking to her, but she's incredibly smart about people. The way they act, their emotions." --co-star James Gandolfini on Turturro, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 7, 2000

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Turturro explaining that she isn't interested in wearing the many hats that her cousin John does: "I'm an actress I'm not a director. And I'm definately not a writer. People say, 'Why don't you write?' Because I can't write!" --quoted to E! Online in their feature "Who the Hell Is This?", February 6, 2000

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"Every night I had to pick up a guy. Now I'm basically one of the best flirts around." --Turturro on playing a stood-up bridesmaid in the audience-interactive play "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding", quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 13, 2000

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Turturro on Janice Soprano, her character on the hit HBO drama: "There are a lot of things in Janice that are not like me. I don't have a darker side, so it was hard to go there." --quoted to People, April 17, 2000

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