Fast Facts

  • First name was inspired by her father's love of opera.
  • Admits she was shy as a child.
  • After college, studied acting at Carnegie Hall under Robert X. Modica.
  • Early in her acting career, supported herself between jobs by cleaning houses.
  • Was encouraged to audition for The Sopranos by series star James Gandolfini, with whom she became friends when they appeared together in a Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • When she met Keith Richards, she told CNN.com, the rocker was disappointed to learn that her tattoo wasn't real.
  • Appeared in the 2005 film Romance & Cigarettes, featuring Gandolfini and directed by her cousin, actor John Turturro; she thinks of Turturro as a big brother.
  • Serves as national spokesperson for the "Joint Effort Against Rheumatoid Arthritis" campaign (she was diagnosed with the disease at age 12).
  • Campaigns for diabetes awareness (she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2001).
  • As an adult, she went to Italy and connected with some of her Italian relatives.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Joan Turturro — Stepmother
  • Summer Turturro — Half Brother
  • Domenick Turturro — Father
  • Dorothy Turturro — Mother
  • Olinda Turturro — Sister
  • Nicholas Turturro — Cousin
  • John Turturro — Cousin

College

  • State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (BA in Theatre, 1984)

Details

  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Birthday: September 25, 1962, Libra
  • Profession: Actor
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