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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.
Originally posted 06/27/2013 10:55AM
Friends and family are saying their final goodbyes to James Gandolfini.
During the late actor's Thursday morning funeral service at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the triple-Emmy winner was remembered by his wife Deborah Lin Gandolfini, family friends Thomas Richardson and Susan Aston and David Chase, the creator and executive producer of the television show that made Gandolfini a household name, The Sopranos.
Also in attendance were Gandolfini's Sopranos costars Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Steve Schirripa, Tony Sirico, Vincent Pastore, Aida Turturro, Dominic Chianese, Joe Pantoliano, Julianna Margulies and Steve Buscemi, his Juror costar Alec Baldwin and God of Carnage costar Marcia Gay Harden, as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The 90-minute service was lead by the Very Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:40AM
As tributes pour in from around the globe for James Gandolfini,, who died of an apparent heart attack in Rome on Wednesday, one Bloomfield, N.J., restaurant is paying tribute to the late actor in its own way.
At Holsten's, where the unforgettable final scene of The Sopranos was filmed, the booth where Tony Soprano and his family dined is being kept empty in Gandolfini's honor, the New York Post reports.
A sign that reads "reserved" marked the spot Wednesday.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 10:20AM
Tony and Carmela Soprano had one of the most turbulent relationships in the history of television, but a day after James Gandolfini's shocking death in Italy, TV wife Edie Falco offers an emotional tribute to the man who was her intimate collaborator for a decade.
"I am shocked and devastated by Jim's passing," Falco says in a statement. "He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague."
The Sopranos racked up Emmy awards for its fictional portrayal of the dysfunctional New Jersey crime family, with Gandolfini and Falco at its emotional core.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 09:40AM
In a nutshell: James Gandolfini gave one of the greatest performances in one of the greatest roles in one of the greatest series at the dawn of what is now regarded as television's new golden age.
In fact, you could probably remove those qualifying “one of"s and still find heads nodding in agreement among critics, viewers and whatever poor thugs are left hanging around the Bada Bing club, nursing their beers and watching the dancers.
Gandolfini, who died at age 51 in Rome on Wednesday, was known throughout the world for his six seasons on The Sopranos (1999-2007), the classic HBO drama about a mob boss living in suburban New Jersey with his wife, two kids and some occasional, possibly symbolic ducks in the backyard.
Mobster and "waste management" executive Tony Soprano, as brilliantly conceived by series creator David Chase, was perhaps meant to put the kibosh on the romanticized Corleones of The Godfather, ruthless killers who nonetheless had the smooth beauty of movie stars, eyes full of regret and an air of tragic inevitability.
Originally posted 09/22/2012 04:30PM
Only the accountants at Ernst & Young – the official vote-counters for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – know who will take home an Emmy during Sunday's ceremony.
Until then it's anyone's guess. But we can tell you which Emmy nominees are getting the most buzz among 170.89 million Facebook users in the U.S.
Based on the number of "Likes" and the number of mentions on the social networking site, it seems Sofia Vergara is a fan favorite. The Modern Family star leads over Kristen Wiig, Mayim Bialik, Julie Bowen, Merritt Wever and Kathryn Joosten for the supporting comedy actress category.
Originally posted 06/11/2012 09:00AM
Edie Falco brought in the big guns for a charity event Thursday in New York City – her own!
The Nurse Jackie star met a fat cat – 33-lb. Sponge Bob – at SoHo-based shelter Animal Haven's 2nd Annual Performance for the Animals, and easily lifted up the outsize cat.
"I have an 85-lb. dog at home!" she explained to handlers at the event. Falco kept the 9-year-old cat in her arms for several minutes while she did interviews with press, and later remarked that he was "sweet."
Originally posted 02/09/2010 10:30AM
If Edie Falco's son and daughter become child actors, they won't be cast in the same movies. In fact, they'll work different genres.
That's because Anderson, 5, looks like Fabio, the famed romance-novel cover boy, while daughter Macy, 2, looks like a sweet version of Chucky, the mischievous baby doll, Falco told PEOPLE at a Drama League gala honoring Angela Lansbury in New York on Monday.
"He's just a spectacularly beautiful little blond boy," the Emmy-winning Sopranos and Nurse Jackie actress, 46, said of Anderson, whom she adopted in 2005. "And I'm not just saying that because I'm his mom."
Originally posted 09/09/2009 12:20PM
Edie Falco brings her Nurse Jackie bedside manner to the real world in a new PSA with Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon. Their goal: to educate cancer patients. The stars have lent their famous faces to the Stand Up to Cancer campaign, which encourages patients and their families to work with doctors to learn what steps they can take to lower the risk of infection risk before undergoing chemotherapy.
Originally posted 04/30/2008 05:55PM
Edie Falco's family is getting bigger: The Emmy winner adopted a baby girl from Florida in February.
Her daughter Macy joins older brother Anderson, 3. "Everybody is thrilled and doing great," says Falco's manager Richie Jackson.
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