Edie Falco ’86
Award-winning actress Edie Falco ’84 is known for her roles as Diane Whittlesey in the HBO series Oz (1997–2000), Carmela Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos (1999–2007), the title character of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009–15), and Sylvia Wittel on the Louis C.K. web series, Horace and Pete (2016). Her work in these television programs earned Falco critical acclaim, receiving two Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards and five Screen Actors Guild Awards (from a mass twenty nominations total).
In a 2017 interview with Edie Falco, the actress talked about her career and how her Purchase connections got her started.
“I was at college with Hal Hartley, a filmmaker. I did a bunch of his movies when I first got out of college. One of the people who worked on Hal’s movies was Nick Gomez, who is now a television director. Nick said, “I’m going to make a movie. Would you do this with me?” It was called Laws of Gravity.
It made the festival rounds, and Tom Fontana saw it. He decided that he liked me, and from that moment on he has been an angel, continually putting me in his stuff. Homicide was the first, and from there came Oz.”
In an interview with The Guardian (April 11,2018), Falco talks about her most recent film, Outside In, and credits a college professor whose words made a significant difference her ability to believe in her self.
Falco received a 2018 Emmy nomination (her 14th nomination) for her role as Leslie Abramson in Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders on NBC in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.