Edie Falco Biography

Birthday: 1963-07-05
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Wiki Biography: Edith Falco, called Edie, was 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 one of the few actresses 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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Oz Officer Diane Whittlesey Crime
Sopranos. Carmela Soprano 1999 Crime
The Sopranos Carmela Soprano 2006 - 2007 Crime
America In Primetime 2011
The Unbelievable Truth Jane - The Waitress 2012
The United States of Television: America in Primetime Herself 2013
Nurse Jackie Jackie Peyton 2015 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Oz Officer Diane Whittlesey 1976 0, 0
Sweet Lorraine Karen 1987 Drama
The Unbelievable Truth 1989 0, 0
Trust Peg Coughlin 1991 Comedy, Drama
Rift Film Director 1993 Drama
Laws of Gravity Denise 1993 Drama
The Addiction 1995 Reality Tv
Backfire! Mom 1995 Comedy
Layin' Low Angie 1996 Comedy
Childhood's End Patty 1997 Comedy, Drama
Trouble on the Corner Vivian Stewart 1997 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Cost of Living Billie 1997 Thriller
Blind Light Diana DiBianco 1998 Drama
A Price Above Rubies 1998
Stringer TV Producer 1999 Thriller
Judy Berlin Judy Berlin 1999 Comedy, Drama
Sunshine State Marly Temple 2002 0
Love and Support 2003
The Girl from Monday 2005
The Quiet Olivia 2005 0
Freedomland Karen Collucci 2006 0, Game Show
The Great New Wonderful 2006
Gods Behaving Badly Artemis 2013 Comedy, Drama