Edie Falco - Actress - Biography

Edie Falco Biography

Actress (1963–)
Award-winning actress Edie Falco's most memorable roles include Mafia wife Carmela Soprano on HBO's 'The Sopranos' and the title character of Showtime's 'Nurse Jackie.'

Who Is Edie Falco?

Born in Brooklyn in 1963, Edie Falco began her screen career in the late 1980s. She began earning acclaim for her role on the HBO prison drama Oz in 1997, and two years later she launched her award-winning run on The Sopranos. A decade later, Falco enjoyed another signature role, as the star of Showtime's Nurse Jackie. The actress has also carved out a notable stage career, via productions like 'night, Mother and The House of Blue Leaves.

Early Life and Career

Edie Falco was born on July 5, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. The daughter of jazz drummer Frankie Falco and actress Judith Loney, Falco graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1986.

With an ambitious taste for challenging roles, Falco began her career with memorable film work in Hal Hartley's The Unbelievable Truth in 1989 and Trust in 1991. She co-starred in Nick Gomez's gritty crime drama Laws of Gravity in 1992 and had a small speaking role in Woody Allen's 1994 film, Bullets Over Broadway. 

She appeared in Cost of Living in 1997, for which she earned a Best Actress Award from Los Angeles' AFI Film Festival. That same year she also turned out strong performances in Cop Land, Hurricane Streets and Trouble on the Corner, and began earning kudos for her performance as Officer Diane Whittlesey on the HBO prison drama Oz.

In 1999, Falco played the title character, a disarming would-be movie star, in Eric Mendelsohn's acclaimed independent feature Judy Berlin. That year she also enjoyed her first major role in a mainstream Hollywood picture, supporting Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas in Random Hearts.

'The Sopranos' Stardom

Also in 1999, Falco landed her star-making role as Mafia wife Carmela Soprano on the acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos. She took home a slew of awards during the show's six-season run, including three Emmys and two Golden Globes.

In 2002, Falco appeared in the Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune alongside Stanley Tucci, with whom she struck up a romantic relationship. She returned to Broadway in 2004 in another revival, the stage drama 'night, Mother with Brenda Blethyn. That same year, Falco adopted a son and named him Anderson. She later adopted a second child, daughter Macy.

After wrapping The Sopranos in 2007, Falco made several appearances on the Golden Globe-winning comedy 30 Rock, starring Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, earning an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on the show. 

'Nurse Jackie'

In 2009, Falco signed a deal with Showtime to star in Nurse Jackie. Portraying a character who struggles with issues like drug abuse and infidelity, Nurse Jackie brought Falco the sort of exposure and acclaim she enjoyed during her time with The Sopranos, including an Emmy win and numerous other nominations. The show ended its run after seven seasons in 2015.

In the meantime, the actress continued to work on other projects. She appeared in a 2011 Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Ben Stiller, earning a Tony Award nomination for her efforts.

Falco went on to a regular role in the lone season of Louis C.K.'s Horace and Pete, and starred in the Law & Order True Crime anthology series about the notorious Menendez brothers, as the murderous duo's attorney. She also held a lead role in the drama Outside In (2018), about the relationship between a teacher and her former student following his lengthy prison sentence.

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