'Sopranos' ends season with surprises

NEW YORK, June 7 (UPI) -- HBO's "The Sopranos" ended its season with several surprises, including the killing of the mob boss' hapless cousin played by Steve Buscemi.

'Sopranos' stars bowl for charity

NEW YORK, April 2 (UPI) -- "Sopranos" stars Lorraine Bracco and Edie Falco were spotted laughing and bowling together at a benefit, an unlikely scenario for their HBO alter egos.

Cast announced for edgy, post-9/11 movie

LOS ANGELES, March 17 (UPI) -- Edie Falco and Tony Shalhoub will star in "The Great New Wonderful," a film knitting together five tales of New Yorkers in a post-Sept. 11 Big Apple.

Edie Falco splits onscreen and off

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) -- "The Sopranos'" Edie Falco has broken up with real-life love Stanley Tucci in a move mirroring her U.S. TV character's split from mob boss Tony Soprano.

Falco, Sevigny play gay on 'Will & Grace'

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Edie Falco and Chloe Sevigny will play a pair of lesbian real-estate moguls on an upcoming episode of "Will & Grace," NBC announced Wednesday.

No season 7 for 'Sopranos'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- "The Sopranos" creator David Chase and star James Gandolfini have confirmed the mob drama's sixth season will be its last.

Analysis: 'Raymond,' 'Wing' take top Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Voters showed a distinct preference for the warm and fuzzy -- not to mention the tried and true -- as "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The West Wing" and "Door to Do
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

TV's canceled shows and pilots live again

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- TV networks have a tradition of throwing out unsold pilots and canceled shows just like trash, but executives at the Trio cable channel have dusted off some of
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Presenters chosen for Prime Time Emmys

HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Edie Falco and James Gandolfini of HBO's "The Sopranos" will be presenters at this year's Prime Time Emmy Awards.

Nominees for 55th Prime Time Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 55th Prime Time Emmy Awards, announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

TV Academy digs 'Six Feet Under'

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (UPI) -- The HBO funeral home drama "Six Feet Under" led the field with 16 nominations -- including one for Best Drama Series -- as the Academy of Television Arts and Sc
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Sopranos mob princess marries ex-manager

NEW YORK, July 12 (UPI) -- Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who plays Tony Soprano's daughter, Meadow, on the HBO series, "The Sopranos," has tied the knot with her former manager.

'Sopranos' star shares wealth

HOLLYWOOD, June 12 (UPI) -- "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini is sharing a salary increase, won recently in hard-fought HBO negotiations, with his fellow cast members.

'Sopranos' dispute may be settled

LOS ANGELES, March 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood insiders say HBO and James Gandolfini have resolved their differences, clearing the way for production to begin on a fifth season of "The Sopranos."

Feature: What's up with Tony Soprano?

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- James Gandolfini didn't shed much light at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday on a legal dispute with HBO that might keep him off the new season of "The Sopranos."
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Edie Falco
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

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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