Edie Falco already has a place in the Emmy record books as the only woman to win lead actress trophies for both a comedy series (“Nurse Jackie”) and a drama series (“The Sopranos”). (Carroll O’Connor holds the title for men with his wins for “All in the Family” and “In the Heat of the Night.”) With her stellar performance in NBC’s limited series “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” she is now in place to increase her Emmy record title to being the first woman to win all three of the lead acting trophies: comedy, drama and limited series/movie.
Reviews have been strong for Falco in this “Law and Order” spinoff that takes a look back at two Beverly Hills brothers, Erik and Lyle Menendez, who murdered their parents back in the 1990s. Falco plays their lawyer Leslie Abramson who tried to get the brothers acquitted for the crime by claiming they had been sexually abused by their father.
Kelly Lawler (USA Today) calls Falco “riveting” and says she “imbues every scene with her magnetism.” And Sonia Saraiya (Variety) writes, “No matter how the show does, it will be a reel-worthy performance from Falco, who commits to her showstopping perm and her character’s odd sympathy for dangerous young men in equal parts.”
Falco so far has taken home a total of four Emmys. She won three Drama Actress awards for her landmark role as Carmella Soprano on “The Sopranos” (1999, 2001, 2003) and then a Comedy Actress trophy for her titular role on “Nurse Jackie” (2010). Falco also received a Tony nomination in 2011 for her work in the Broadway play “The House of Blue Leaves.”
Should Falco pull off this trifecta she would be the first to do it all with leading roles. Edward Asner won in all three genres but in one of those cases he was in the supporting category. He took home lead awards for the miniseries “Rich Man, Poor Man” and drama series “Lou Grant,” as well as three supporting trophies for the comedy “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” where he’d first created the role of Lou Grant.
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