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Edie Falco's Career Explained Ahead of Peacock's Bupkis Premiere

Edie Falco is best remembered from shows like Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, which helped her land her next big role in Bupkis.

By Tyler McCarthy

Award-winning actress Edie Falco has spent decades capturing viewers’ attention with projects like Avatar: The Way of the Water and Nurse Jackie. But now, the veteran actress is making her way back to television in the new Peacock series Bupkis

Falco's big break came when she played matriarch Carmela Soprano on the hit HBO show The Sopranos, but that was far from her first acting gig. Her first notable role was a supporting part in Bullets Over Broadway in 1994. However, it was television where Falco’s career flourished despite being trained in theater at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film. Her first recurring roles on television were on shows like Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order and the prison drama Oz

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In 1999, Falco finally found success when she was cast in The Sopranos as the wife of New Jersey Mafia street boss Tony Soprano. In 2000, Falco reaped the fruits of her hard work when she became one of the few actresses to win an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award in one year for her role as Carmela. She is also the first actress to receive the Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.

Her roles have frequently put her in a legal light whether on the good or bad side of the law. She has worked on stage, including her award-winning work in the plays Sideman, The Vagina Monologues and the revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

Falco also starred in the NBC hit 30 Rock and the dark Showtime comedy series Nurse Jackie, winning her fourth Primetime Emmy Award for her role. In 2011, she starred in the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Jason Leigh, where she received her first Tony Award nomination. In 2016, Falso starred in the Louis C.K. series Horace and Pete, which was released on the comedian's website. In 2017, she returned to crime drama in The Menendez Murders. She also appeared in the FX true crime series Impeachment: American Crime Story as Hillary Clinton. 

In Bupkis, Falco will tap into her comedic chops as she plays Pete Davidson’s mother alongside Joe Pesci as his grandfather. 

All eight episodes of Bupkis will be streaming on Peacock on Thursday, May 4, 2023.

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