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Jamie-Lynn Sigler Says Her Sopranos Dad James Gandolfini Was 'Very Protective' When She Confided in Him About Her Multiple Sclerosis
Originally posted 01/20/2016 12:00PM
Starring as Meadow on the hit HBO series, The Sopranos, the actress naturally grew close to the late actor James Gandolfini, who played her father.
And after she was diagnosed at age 20 with multiple sclerosis (an autoimmune disease, also known as MS, that impacts the central nervous system), Sigler was able to keep her condition a secret for several years until symptoms started to present themselves.
"I was still able to hide it really well," she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I didn't really need help necessarily, it was more like some pain and feeling uncomfortable but I could easily hide it."
Originally posted 10/09/2015 10:30AM
Frank Albanese, the actor who played Tony Soprano's uncle Patrizio Blundetto on The Sopranos, died on Monday at the age of 84.
Originally posted 07/22/2015 01:05PM
As Vincent Pastore knows all too well, time cannot heal all wounds. Over two years after his Sopranos costar James Gandolfini died suddenly at age 51, Pastore still thinks of his friend frequently.
"I think about Jimmy every day," Pastore told PEOPLE on Tuesday night at the premiere of Staten Island Summer, the Netflix comedy that Saturday Night Live funnyman Colin Jost penned.
"I've got Jimmy's watch," he added, putting out his wrist to show off his timepiece. "Yeah, Jimmy gave me this."
Originally posted 04/03/2015 09:45AM
Motivated by personal tragedy, former Sopranos star Lorraine Bracco turned her life around with diet and exercise.
In her new self-help book, To the Fullest: The Clean Up Your Act Plan to Lose Weight, Rejuvenate and Be the Best You Can Be, Bracco, 60, recalls how James Gandolfini's untimely death from a heart attack in 2013 was a wake-up call.
The death of her parents, too, weighed heavily on the actress; in 2011, they died within nine days of each other. (Bracco, who played Dr. Jennifer Melfi on The Sopranos, writes in To the Fullest that Dominic Chianese, who played Uncle Junior in the HBO mob drama, sang at their funerals.)
Originally posted 04/01/2015 07:00AM
Mad Men is ending, and while the show's opening credits are inseparable from RJD2's haunting theme, there was a time when that beat was known only as "A Beautiful Mine," by RJD2 and rapper Aceyalone.
Matthew Weiner originally wanted a Beck song to play as the show's opening theme, but the singer turned down every offer from the show's producers. Weiner was driving and listening to NPR one day when he heard "A Beautiful Mine" played as segue music between two stories and was immediately struck by it, though the version that ultimately was used was so different from the original that RJD2 didn't recognize it when he first heard it. He's probably okay with it now, though.
Originally posted 12/21/2014 04:05PM
Authorities say the northern New Jersey strip club that was used for filming of The Sopranos has been robbed of $30,000.
Originally posted 09/29/2014 09:45PM
That's one purchase that paid off!
Originally posted 08/28/2014 07:15AM
It shouldn't matter whether Tony Soprano lived or died after the controversial 2007 finale of The Sopranos.
That's the latest from David Chase, the creator of the classic HBO drama, who was compelled to issue a statement after Vox quoted him as saying the New Jersey mobster lived after the screen went black in the series ender.
On Wednesday, Vox wrote a long tone poem about the infamous finale and finished it off with an eye-opening quote from Chase about whether Tony, played by the late James Gandolfini, was actually dead.
Originally posted 08/13/2014 08:30AM
Lauren Bacall admitted that her marriage to Humphrey Bogart, one of the great leading men of Hollywood, probably hampered her own movie career – to many directors, she was simply Bogie’s wife.
Originally posted 04/13/2014 06:30PM
Let's be clear: There's nothing funny about drug addiction, nor is there anything to be gained from glamorizing it.
But there have still been some amazing characters struggling – with varying degrees of silliness – with addiction on television.
As Edie Falco returns to television Sunday in Nurse Jackie, we're looking at other famous addicts from the small screen who have captured our hearts.
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