Edie Falco

Actor, Waitress, Cashier
An outstanding cast member on one of the most highly acclaimed television series of all time, "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), Edie Falco earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards for creating the iconic Carmela ... Read more »
Born: 07/04/1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (69)

Nurse Jackie 2008 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gods Behaving Badly 2012 (Movie)

Artemis (Actor)

Who Do You Think You Are? 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

3 Backyards 2011 (Movie)

Peggy (Actor)

The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Freedomland 2006 (Movie)

Karen Collucci (Actor)

Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Safarah Polsky (Actor)

The Quiet 2006 (Movie)

Olivia Deer (Actor)

Politics: A Pop Culture History 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Frozen Angels 2004 (Movie)

(Independent Lens) (Host)

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Unleashed 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1992 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Primetime Glick 1997 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sunshine State 2002 (Movie)

Marly Temple (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jenifer Estess Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sandra Bernhard Experience 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Judy Berlin 2000 (Movie)

Judy Berlin (Actor)

Oz 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Random Hearts 1999 (Movie)

Janice (Actor)

A Price Above Rubies 1998 (Movie)

Felga (Actor)

Hurricane Streets 1998 (Movie)

Joanna (Actor)

Trouble on the Corner 1998 (Movie)

Vivian (Actor)

Blind Light 1997 (Movie)

Diana (Actor)

Childhood's End 1997 (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Berta (Actor)

Cost of Living 1997 (Movie)

Billie (Actor)

Layin' Low 1997 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Breathing Room 1996 (Movie)

Marcy (Actor)

The Funeral 1996 (Movie)

Woman in Union Hall (Actor)

The Addiction 1995 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Lorna (Actor)

Laws of Gravity 1992 (Movie)

Denise (Actor)

Time Expired 1992 (Movie)

Ginny (Actor)

Trust 1991 (Movie)

Peg Coughlin (Actor)

The Unbelievable Truth 1990 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Sidewalk Stories 1989 (Movie)

Carriage Woman (Actor)

Sweet Lorraine 1987 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

A Family at War (TV Show)

Host

American Made (TV Show)

Host

Fishbowl (TV Show)

Host

July '64 (TV Show)

Host

Mirror Dance (TV Show)

Host

Seoul Train (TV Show)

Host

The Sunshine Boys (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An outstanding cast member on one of the most highly acclaimed television series of all time, "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), Edie Falco earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe awards for creating the iconic Carmela Soprano, a suburban New Jersey mother and conflicted wife of an organized crime boss. Prior to her powerhouse portrayal of the Mafia don's manicured wife, Falco had appeared regularly on the gritty prison series "Oz" (HBO, 1997-99) and police dramas including "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) and "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99), where she displayed a naturalistic acting style that was world-weary and independent, yet vulnerable. Hardly an overnight sensation, the actress had spent over a dozen years as a player in the independent films of Hal Hartley and Nick Gomez and appeared on countless New York stages. Unlike her lower profile co-stars from "The Sopranos," Falco stayed in the spotlight, taking on the lead role of "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009- ), a dark comedy centered on a brilliant, but drug-addicted emergency room nurse that once again put her back into awards contention and allowed Falco to demonstrate her considerable acting prowess.

Relationships

Judith Anderson

Mother
Married Edie's father in 1960 Divorced

John Devlin Actor

Companion
Dated from c. 1996 to c. 2000

Frank Falco

Father
Married Edie's mother in 1960 Divorced

Macy Falco

Daughter
Born in April 2008 Adopted by Falco in 2008

Anderson Falco

Son
Born in December 2004 Adopted by Falco in 2004

Joe Falco

Brother
Born c. 1961

Paul Falco

Brother

Ruth Falco

Sister
Born c. 1967 engaged to Tony Pappas

Ed Falco

Uncle

Stanley Tucci Actor

Companion
Began a brief affair in 2003 after co-starring in "Frankie and Johnny" on Broadway Tucci left his wife for Falco, but the couple split in 2004

EDUCATION

State University of New York at Purchase

Purchase , New York 1986
Attended with fellow actors Stanley Tucci and Ving Rhames

Northport High School

Northport , New York 1981

Milestones

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

2009

Played the title character, a flawed emergency room nurse, in Showtime's "Nurse Jackie"

2007

Guest-starred in three episodes of "30 Rock" (NBC)

2006

Cast in "Freedomland," a drama based on Richard Price's acclaimed novel of the same name and directed by Joe Roth

2004

Guest-starred on an episode of "Will & Grace," as a lesbian real-estate speculator

2002

Returned to the NYC stage opposite Stanley Tucci in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune"

2002

Featured in the John Sayles drama "Sunshine State"

2001

Acted in "The Vagina Monologues" in London

2000

Reprised stage role in "Side Man" in the London production, co-starring Jason Priestley

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"

1998

Starred in "Side Man" at the CSC Theater in New York; was unable to recreate role when it moved to the Roundabout Theater

1998

Won the Los Angeles AFI Film Festival Best Actress award for her performance in "Cost of Living"

1997

Had featured role as prison guard Diane Wittlesey in the HBO drama "Oz"

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"

1996

Starred in the crime-themed comedy "Layin' Low"

1996

Made brief appearance in Ferrara's "The Funeral"

1996

Originated the role of the alcoholic mother in Warren Leight's semi-autobiographical play "Side Man"

1995

Starred alongside Lili Taylor and Christopher Walken in Abel Ferrara's "The Addiction"

1995

Featured in a two-part guest starring role as a police sergeant on "New York Undercover" (Fox)

1993

Had recurring role as the wife of a blinded police officer on NBC's acclaimed drama "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1992

Co-starred in Nick Gomez's Brooklyn-set drama "Laws of Gravity"

1991

Reteamed with Hartley for a memorable turn in "Trust"

1989

Film debut in Hal Hartley's "The Unbelievable Truth"

Raised in Islip, New York

Bonus Trivia

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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

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"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 to Entertainment Weekly, Jan. 15, 1999

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"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

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In 2004, Edie Falco was diagnosed with breast cancer, which was treated successfully.

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