Edith Falco was born in Brooklyn, New York to Frank Falco (an
Italian commercial artist, who now works as a sculptor) and
Judith Anderson (a Swedish actress who has since retired from
the profession); her siblings are Joseph, Paul, and Ruth. She
was raised in Northport, on Long Island, graduating from
Northport High School in 1981 after playing Eliza Doolittle in a
production of My Fair Lady. She attended SUNY Purchase.
Edith Falco is the only actress to have received a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a SAG Award in the same year, for her performance as Carmela Soprano in the television series The Sopranos. Prior to that, she was a regular performer on Oz. She has also had recurring roles on Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street.
In the 2004 presidential election, Edith Falco emerged on the political scene as a spokeswoman for M.O.B. (Mothers Opposing Bush). She endorsed Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.
She is a survivor of breast cancer, and in December of 2004 she adopted a son, named Anderson Falco ("Anderson" is her mother's maiden name).
Edith Falco has won three Emmys, two Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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