Edie Falco, Award-Winning Actress from The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, Will Address School of the Arts Graduates at Columbia University

April 30, 2016

Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts, has announced that Edie Falco, the award-winning actress best known for her roles in The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie, will be the speaker at the Celebration of Graduates, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The ceremony, to be held in Miller Theatre at 2:00pm on the Morningside Campus, will salute the School’s MFA graduates in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing, and MA graduates in Film Studies.

Ms. Falco has broken an array of awards records. Upon winning her most recent Emmy for her lead role in Nurse Jackie, Falco became the only actress to have won the Emmy for Best Actress in both the comedy and drama categories. She has been nominated for a record 22 SAG Awards, and she became the only actress ever to receive the Emmy Award, the Golden Globe Award and the SAG Award all in the same year for the same performance.  Falco earned those prestigious accolades as ‘Carmela Soprano’ in the debut season of the groundbreaking seriesThe Sopranos. She has subsequently been nominated for each award for every eligible television season, winning three additional Emmy Awards, another Golden Globe Award two SAG Awards, as well as the American Film Institute’s Award for Female Television Actor of the Year.

Falco is also known to television audiences for her recurring roles in the dramatic series Oz and the acclaimed NBC series Law & Order and Homicide. Falco made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award-winning play Sideman, which she originated in its off-Broadway production. For her performance, she received a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. She went on to make her London stage debut in the West End premiere of Sideman, and thereafter opened the London production of the highly successful play The Vagina Monologues. Falco then went on to star opposite Stanley Tucci in the lauded revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, which broke four house box-office records at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre, making it the most successful play on Broadway all season. More recently she appeared off-Broadway in the highly-acclaimed This Wide Night. She also starred opposite Ben Stiller in House of Blue Leaves, in which she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress.

On the feature side, Falco starred in Cost of Living, for which she received the American Film Institute’s Best Actress Award. Her performance in Laws of Gravity earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead Actor. Her other film credits include A Price Above RubiesHurricaneThe FuneralThe AddictionBullets Over BroadwayFreedomlandRandom Hearts and the title character in the award-winning film Judy Berlin. Falco received the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in John Sayles’ Sunshine State.

Most recently, Falco starred alongside Louis C.K., Steve Buscemi and Alan Alda in C.K.’s new web series Horace & Pete. Her upcoming projects include Taylor Hackford’s The Comedian, where she will star alongside Robert DeNiro; and Leavey, in which she stars with Kate Mara.

“Edie Falco's courage as an artist is an inspiration to our students,” said Dean Becker. “She has chosen her work carefully and it has chosen her fortuitously. She is versatile and brilliant in every role. She also knows what our students will be up against as they make their way in the world as young artists. She's a perfect speaker for the School of the Arts in 2016.”

Maureen A. Ryan, Chair of the Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program, noted, “Edie Falco exemplifies the values that we wish for our graduating students. From her impeccable taste in choosing acting roles to her indefatigable work ethic to her consistent, unwavering humanitarian efforts, she is a true artist who has created a body of work that has impacted our artistic world over the last several decades. We are thrilled to have her as our graduation speaker this year.”