Edith "Edie" Falco (; born July 5, 1963) is an American television, film, and stage actress, known for her roles as Diane Whittlesey in the HBO series ''Oz'' (1997–2000), as Carmela Soprano on the HBO series ''The Sopranos'' (1999–2007), and as the titular character of the Showtime series ''Nurse Jackie'' (2009–2015).
==Early life and education==
Falco was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer who later worked for an advertising agency.〔(【引用サイトリンク】 url = http://www.filmreference.com/film/49/Edie-Falco.html )〕 Her father was of Italian descent and her mother's ancestry was Swedish and English.〔Stated on ''Who Do You Think You Are?'', April 6, 2012.〕 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.
From the age of four she was raised on Long Island, moving with her family to Hicksville, followed by North Babylon, then West Islip.〔 As a child she acted in plays at the Arena Players Repertory Theater in East Farmingdale, where her mother also performed.〔〔
Her family eventually moved to Northport, where she attended high school and played Eliza Doolittle in a production of ''My Fair Lady'' during her senior year.〔〔 Falco graduated from Northport High School in 1981.〔〔 She attended the acting program at SUNY Purchase,〔〔 along with fellow actors Stanley Tucci and Ving Rhames. She graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting.〔(【引用サイトリンク】 Media & Entertainment Award Winners )〕
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