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Aida Turturro 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
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.
Aida Turturro Relationships:
John Turturro - Cousin
Domenick Turturro - Father
Dorothy Turturro - Mother
Olinda Turturro - Sister
Nicholas Turturro - Cousin
Joan Turturro - Stepmother
Summer Turturro - Half Brother
Aida Turturro 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
2002 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
2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (BA in Theatre, 1984)
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