What really happened between Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci?

Edie Falco is known and loved across America and the world as one of the most celebrated actors on television. After getting her big break as the female lead on HBO’s The Sopranos from 1999-2007, she dominated the industry from 2009-2015 with her role as the eponymous lead on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie. Falco is also an acclaimed stage actress, having appeared in a number of Broadway productions over the years, culminating in a Tony Award nomination in 2011 for her performance as Bananas Shaughnessy in the revival of The House of Blue Leaves.

Falco’s portrayal as Carmela Soprano has impacted the entire television industry, even more than a decade after the acclaimed HBO drama ended. This was in no small part due to the amazing chemistry she shared with her co-star James Gandolfini, who portrayed her on-screen husband Tony Soprano. However, many fans may not know that Falco’s real chemistry was with another actor the whole time — one who had nothing to do with “The Sopranos” at all. That actor was Stanley Tucci, with whom Falco had an affair for years.

It all started with the explicit Broadway scene by Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci

Though their romantic affair didn’t begin until years later, Edie Falco apparently had a crush on Stanley Tucci before she even knew him — while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at SUNY Purchase, which Tucci attended a few years earlier. “He was like the boy who did well,” she told Vanity Fair in 2018. “The shining example of what we all wanted to be.” The two met a few years later while performing together on Broadway .

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In 2002, Falco and Tucci appeared together for the first time in a revival of Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny, a play that began with the two leads lying in bed together – naked. However, it wasn’t a big deal for either of them at first as they just saw it as work. “There’s no way you’re going to make an audience believe” their characters didn’t have sex, Falco told the New York Times at the time. “I have complete confidence in Stan. He’s in love with his wife and has a family, so it’s not as odd as it would be if that wasn’t the case.”

In fact, at the time, Tucci was married to the late Kathryn Spath, with whom he had five children — two of whom were Spath from a previous marriage. However, Falco’s faith in Tucci’s devotion to his wife may have been misplaced, as she would soon find out.

Stanley Tucci briefly left his wife for Edie Falco

Though Edie Falco initially believed her relationship with Stanley Tucci would be purely platonic (despite sharing nudity on stage), that’s not quite what happened.

Eventually, Falco and Tucci developed a romantic relationship that resulted in Tucci briefly leaving his wife Kathryn for Falco. Understandably, however, both have not been very open about the details. However, Falco gave the New York Times a brief review of it in 2004, shortly after it ended. “We were together and then we broke up,” she said. “Because it can’t be good. He’s a lovely man and he’s back with his wife and kids and I’m thrilled.”

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Their relationship was not to last, however, as Tucci reversed course and left Falco shortly after, rejoining his wife, with whom he would remain until her death from cancer in 2009. For her part, Falco has never married or been in any other serious relationship that we know of, although she is a mother to two children whom she adopted in 2005 and 2008. Whether she and Tucci still have that much contact is not known, although they will almost certainly never forget each other.