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Edie Falco's 'Nurse Jackie' will return for a seventh and final season in 2015

Edie Falco's 'Nurse Jackie' will return for a seventh and final season in 2015

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) --Production is to begin this week on the seventh and final season of the medical dramedy series "Nurse Jackie."
Karen Butler
2014 Emmy Awards ceremony begins in Los Angeles

2014 Emmy Awards ceremony begins in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) --The 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony has begun in Los Angeles with comedian Seth Meyers serving as host of the American television industry's biggest night.
Karen Butler
Tony Shalhoub joins 'Nurse Jackie' ensemble

Tony Shalhoub joins 'Nurse Jackie' ensemble

NEW YORK, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub has joined the Season 7 cast of the comedy "Nurse Jackie," Showtime announced Wednesday.
Karen Butler
Oprah Winfrey in talks to make Broadway debut

Oprah Winfrey in talks to make Broadway debut

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is in talks to make her Broadway debut opposite Audra McDonald in a revival of "'Night, Mother," the New York Times reported.
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Girls' up for Best Comedy Globe

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' 'Girls' up for Best Comedy Globe

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- "The Big Bang Theory," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls" were nominated for the Best Comedy Series Golden Globe Award in Los Angeles Thursday.
'Boardwalk,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Homeland' earn SAG Award nominations

'Boardwalk,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Homeland' earn SAG Award nominations

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- "Boardwalk Empire," "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones" and "Homeland" were nominated for Best Drama Ensemble by Hollywood's Screen Actors Guild.
Edie Falco pays tribute to her 'Sopranos' hubby James Gandolfini

Edie Falco pays tribute to her 'Sopranos' hubby James Gandolfini

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Edie Falco paid a heartfelt tribute to her longtime friend and collaborator, the late James Gandolfini, at the Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles Sunday night.
Emmy Awards ceremony under way in Los Angeles

Emmy Awards ceremony under way in Los Angeles

Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the Emmy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night with a segment showing him attempting to binge-view an entire TV season.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Gandolfini, Monteith to be remembered at Emmys ceremony

Gandolfini, Monteith to be remembered at Emmys ceremony

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The late TV stars James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, Jean Stapleton and Jonathan Winters are to be honored at Sunday's Emmy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said.
'Girls,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' up for Emmy Awards

'Girls,' 'Louie,' 'Modern Family' up for Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (UPI) -- "The Big Bang Theory," "Girls," "Louie," "Modern Family" and "30 Rock" were nominated for the Best Comedy Emmy Award in Los Angeles Thursday.

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James Gandolfini's 'Sopranos' family attends his funeral

James Gandolfini's 'Sopranos' family attends his funeral

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- A funeral Mass is to be held Thursday for the late actor James Gandolfini at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
'Sopranos' co-stars pay tribute to Gandolfini

'Sopranos' co-stars pay tribute to Gandolfini

NEW YORK, June 20 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and musician Steven Van Zandt says he lost a brother when James Gandolfini, his co-star on "The Sopranos," died in Rome at the age of 51.
Showtime renews 'Nurse Jackie' for sixth season

Showtime renews 'Nurse Jackie' for sixth season

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- Showtime says it has renewed "Nurse Jackie," its New York-set hospital dramedy starring Edie Falco as the title character, for a sixth season.
Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- The Drama League nominated the New York musicals "Dogfight," "Here Lies Love" and "Kinky Boots" for its Best Musical Award Tuesday.
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Edie Falco attends the CBS, CW, CBS Television Studios and Showtime Television Critics Association party in San Marino, California on August 3, 2009. UPI/ Phil McCarten
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Edith "Edie" Falco ( /ˈiːdi ˈfælkoʊ/; born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film and stage actress, known for her role in Oz as Diane Wittlesey and her roles as both Carmela Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos and the titular character on the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. She is the first actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy as well as Outstanding Actress in a Drama.

Falco was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer. Her father is Italian American and her mother Swedish American. 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. She was raised in Northport and West Islip, on Long Island. Falco graduated from Northport High School in 1981, after playing Eliza Doolittle in a production of My Fair Lady. She attended the Acting Program at SUNY Purchase with fellow actors Stanley Tucci and Ving Rhames; she remains friends with both.

Early in her career, Falco made guest appearances on television shows like Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street. Tom Fontana, executive director 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. Fontana cast Falco as a regular character, prison officer Diane Wittlesey, in his HBO series Oz based on her work in the Homicide episodes "Son of a Gun" and "A Shot in the Dark".

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