The Most Influential Women In Tony Soprano’s Life: Then & Now

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Tony Soprano was a complicated man, who struggled to balance his personal and professional life. When you are the boss of the area’s most powerful criminal organization, situations like that are unavoidable. There were several women who came in and out of Tony’s life, each affecting him in a different way. Luckily, many of these actresses are not like the character they play on the show. Discover who were the most influential women in Tony Soprano’s life were, as well as what the actresses have done since the screen went infamously black in 2007.

Leslie Bega (Valentina La Paz)

Valentina La Paz was dating Ralph Cifaretto when she met Tony Soprano. They had an immediate attraction towards each other. However, Tony tried to ignore those feelings. But, when Valentina admitted that Ralph wasn’t meeting her needs, he changed his mind. Their relationship ended after Valentina accidentally lit her robe on fire which badly burned her body and burned off her hair.

Leslie Bega (Valentina La Paz)

Leslie Bega has only added a few minor roles to her resume since leaving “The Sopranos” in 2004. However, she continues to act on stage when possible. Outside of entertainment, Bega is a real estate agent in both commercial and residential properties. According to her website, she “is in the Top 1% of sales at Sotheby’s International Realty in Los Angeles California.”

Julianna Margulies (Julianna Skiff)

Julianna was a realtor for Century 21 and was looking to purchase one of Tony’s buildings. During their meeting to sign the papers, they kissed. As things started to heat up, Tony was reminded of how Carmela took care of him when he had gotten shot. Tony paused the encounter and left. This ended their relationship but brought Tony a stronger appreciation for Carmela.

Julianna Margulies (Julianna Skiff)

Juliana Marguiles portrayed Julianna Skiff on “The Sopranos” from 2006-2007. During this time, she had been portraying one of her more memorable characters, Carol Hathaway on “ER.” However, more recently, she is best known for the starring role of Alicia Florrick in the crime, drama “The Good Wife.” Margulies was nominated for six Golden Globes (winning one) for her portrayal of Alicia Florrick.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano)

Meadow was the daughter of Tony and Carmela. For much of the series, she had a strong hatred towards the mafia lifestyle and always dreamed of becoming something helpful to society. She wanted to expand her education. However, her love life came first. She had planned to become a pediatrician or a pro bono lawyer. But, that dream ultimately ended when she became engaged to Patrick Parisi towards the end of the series. Tony and Carmela were happy to have a lawyer in the family.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Meadow Soprano)

Since “The Sopranos” Jamie-Lynn Sigler has appeared in various films and TV series such as “Entourage,” “Ugly Betty,” and “Justice.” However, she most recently made headlines for announcing that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She was diagnosed with MS when she was 20-years-old. However, she had largely kept it hidden from the public. Today, she is a proud ambassador of MS research.

Kathrine Narducci (Charmaine Bucco)

Charmaine was the childhood friend of both Tony and Carmela Soprano. Charmaine and Tony actually dated in high school. However, through much of the series, she was married to Artie. Charmaine was not fond of the Sopranos and resented Artie for trying to associate with Tony. She was one of the few characters that stuck to her morals throughout the series and was, therefore, never corrupted by Tony.

Kathrine Narducci (Charmaine Bucco)

Katherine Narducci was a perfect pick for the role of Charmaine, as she has a real history with the mafia. When she was 10-years-old, her father was killed in a mob-related hit. Narducci has had a steady acting career since “The Sopranos.” She has appeared in productions such as “Jersey Boys,” “Power,” and “Major Crimes.”

Dania Ramirez (Blanca Selgado)

Tony’s son, A.J., always struggled with his place in life. After being fed up with A.J. not working, Tony helped him get a construction job. A.J. was reluctant to take it, but it is where he met Blanca Selgado. Blanca had a 3-year-old son, which made Carmela weary of her. However, Tony liked her because she was a Catholic. A.J. proposed to Blanca, which she originally accepted. But, she later gave back the ring, sending A.J. into a deeper depression.

Dania Ramirez (Blanca Selgado)

“The Sopranos” was only the beginning of Dania Ramirez’s successful TV career. She has since played recurring roles on “Heroes,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Entourage,” and “Devious Maids.” She has also landed roles in several films included her most recent, the 2018 rom-com “Off the Menu.”

Lola Glaudini (Deborah Ciccerone)

FBI Agent Deborah Cicerone went undercover as Danielle Ciccolella to try to get information on the Soprano family. She befriended Adriana and recorded their conversations. She had to leave her undercover mission when Christopher made a pass at her. Sadly, for Adriana, Deborah finds a way to use the information she learned against her and turned her into a rat.

Lola Glaudini (Deborah Ciccerone)

Lola Glaudini played the undercover FBI agent on “The Sopranos” from 2001-2004. In 2005, she began playing Elle on “Criminal Minds.” Since then, Glaudini has found a niche playing characters in crime, drama series. She has had roles in “Blue Bloods,” “Persons of Interest,” and “White Collar.” Her most recent role was as Dounia Payet in the new TV series “The Brave.”

Cara Buono (Kelli Moltisanti)

Although he was not actually his nephew, Tony referred to Christopher Moltisanti as his nephew. Christopher’s loyalty to Tony was very strong. After Christopher had Adriana killed, he later began dating Kelli. Kelli and Chris got married and had a daughter together. After his death, Tony said she behaved like Jackie Kennedy after JFK died.

Cara Buono (Kelli Moltisanti)

Right after Cara Buono left “The Sopranos,” she appeared as Sherriff Anna Turner in “The Dead Zone.” A few years later, she landed her Emmy-nominated role of Faye Miller on “Mad Men.” However, today, she may be best known for playing the mother, Karen Wheeler, in the hit Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

Ariel Kiley (Tracee)

Tracee was a dancer at the Bada Bing Club. She sadly saw an early demise at the hands of her boyfriend, Ralph Cifaretto. Tony assaulted Ralph for murdering Tracee. Unfortunately, this broke a strong mafia code, which said no made man could strike another made man. Tracee’s death resonated with Tony. He related Tracee to his daughter Meadow as they were close in age. This led Tony to apologize to Meadow for any wrongdoing he may have done.

Ariel Kiley (Tracee)

Ariel Kiley has only added four more acting credits to her name since appearing on “The Sopranos.” However, today, she focuses on other ventures, specifically yoga. Kiley is an E-RYT 500, IAYT certified Yoga Therapist, Integrated Yoga Tune Up instructor. She regularly teaches yoga classes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She also writes and blogs about using yoga in your daily life for stress-relief and trauma resolution.

Alla Kliouka (Svetlana Kirilenko)

Despite being an amputee, Svetlana Kirilenko was the most psychologically balanced amongst all of Tony’s affairs. Svetlana was first introduced to viewers as Livia’s nurse. When Livia passed, Svetlana was given all of her records, which Janice Soprano wanted. Janice stole her prosthetic leg and started a feud between Tony and Russian mafia. Luckily, it was resolved with the help of Slava. Svetlana was later introduced as the nurse of Uncle Junior. This was when Tony and Svetlana had sex. Unfortunately, her cousin and Tony’s ex-girlfriend, Irina, found out and told Carmela.

Alla Kliouka (Svetlana Kirilenko)

Since last appearing on “The Sopranos,” in 2002, Alla Kliouka has mainly played roles in Russian films. However, in 2017, she appeared as Ekaterina Rykova on the hit series, “The Americans.” She is married to the Russian film director and screenwriter, Vladimir Morozov. They have two children together.

Oksana Lada (Irina Peltsin)

During season one and two, Tony Soprano’s girlfriend was Irina Peltsin. The beautiful Kazakhstani woman wanted Tony to commit, but he couldn’t as he was married. Therefore, she attempted suicide but was found by her cousin. She resurfaced during season four when it was discovered that she was dating Assemblyman Ronald Zellman. Tony, of course, was jealous.

Oksana Lada (Irina Peltsin)

Oksana Lada played Irina Peltsin from 1999-2002 on “The Sopranos.” Unfortunately, the role didn’t launch her career, and she has only played small roles since. Her most recent role was in the 2017 thriller “The Big Take.” Lada currently lives in Manhattan and has played several roles on the stage.

Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano)

Sister of Tony, Janice, certainly had an interesting life. She left New Jersey and joined an ashram in L.A., she killed her husband, and she became a born-again Christian. Sadly, she became a widow towards the end of the series. She claimed she would spend the rest of her life carrying for her late husband’s children. However, it seemed as though that she was more interested in his estate.

Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano)

Aida Turturro was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards for her role as Janice. Turturro has jumped across many different series playing a variety of small roles,  since “The Sopranos” wrapped. However, she did find recurring characters on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and more recently, on “The Blacklist.”

Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano)

Carmela and Tony began dating in high school and got married at a young age. Unfortunately, young love didn’t last forever. In Carmela’s and Tony’s case, the fidelity definitely didn’t last long either. Tony had several affairs while married to Carmela. Despite this, she remained loyal as he provided the lifestyle she liked to live. Her love for Tony came to its pinnacle when viewers saw her watch over him after he was nearly killed by Corrado.

Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano)

Edie Falco was nominated for 7 Golden Globes awards for her performance as Carmela Soprano (two of which she won). Two years after “The Sopranos” wrapped, Falco went on to portray another multi-nominated character of Jackie Peyton on “Nurse Jackie.” More recently, she played Leslie Abramson in the “Law & Order True Crime” series.

Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi)

If there was one true constant in Tony Soprano’s life, it was his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Melfi and Soprano had an interesting relationship. She tried to help him but also struggled with the fact that she may have had romantic feelings towards him. At the end of series, Melfi was told that she was actually helping Tony further his psychopath tendencies by treating him. She believed this information, and after seven years, she told him she can no longer treat him.

Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi)

Lorraine Bracco was originally sent the script of “The Sopranos” to potentially play the role of Carmela Soprano. However, she refused and told show creators she wanted to play Dr. Melfi. The choice paid off and Bracco was nominated for three Golden Globes for her performance. Since “The Sopranos,” Bracco has played recurring roles on “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Blue Bloods.”

Annabella Sciorra (Gloria Trillo)

Gloria Trillo was Tony Soprano’s girlfriend in season three. Gloria and Tony met at Dr. Melfi’s office after they had both been accidentally scheduled for the same time. Tony was very happy at first until he realized there was a darker side to Gloria. After she threatened to tell Carmela of the affair, Tony sent his soldiers to threaten her life. She stayed away from him and his family. Sadly, in season four, Tony discovered Gloria had committed suicide.

Annabella Sciorra (Gloria Trillo)

Annabella Sciorra received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Gloria Trillo. After “The Sopranos,” subsequent TV credits include “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Mental,” and “Bull.” Aside from also appearing in several films, Sciorra has worked on several Off-Broadway plays since she last appeared on “The Sopranos,” in 2004.

Drea De Matteo (Adriana La Cerva)

Adriana La Cerva, affectionately known as Ade, was the perfect woman for any mob member. She grew up in the mafia scene and loved the lifestyle. She was extremely loyal to her fiance Christopher Moltisanti. Unfortunately, the FBI targeted her as a potential mole. After not giving up any information, the FBI eventually found a way to corner her and charge her with murder if she didn’t give up any information. She did and told Christopher of her divulging. Christopher’s love for the mob was stronger than his love for Ade as he told Tony she was a rat.

Drea De Matteo (Adriana La Cerva)

While still on “The Sopranos,” Drea de Matteo also played the recurring role of Gina Tribbiani on “Joey.” She last appeared on both “The Sopranos” and “Joey” in 2006. After playing recurring roles on hit series such as “Desperate Housewives,” and “Sons of Anarchy,” she most recently saw success on “Shades of Blue.” In 2017, she also appeared in the horror film “Don’t Sleep.”

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