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Wed. Feb 28th, 2024
James Gandolfini, best known as TV's Tony Soprano, had a divorce in New York before no-fault divorce was legal.

James Gandolfini by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

S20E17: James Gandolfini

When The Sopranos premiered on HBO in 1999, no one knew how thoroughly it would change television for a generation. Mob boss Tony Soprano, portrayed so ably by actor James Gandolfini, was a complex anti-hero who was capable of both shocking violence and everyman confusion and ambivalence about his role as a father, husband, son, mobster, and human being. Gandolfini himself may have been the perfect actor for the role, but becoming Tony Soprano was harder than the public knew. He battled his own demons throughout the series run, including during his divorce from his first wife, while the few years he had remaining post-Sopranos at least seem to have represented a fresh start.

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Alicia’s Receipts

The Real Reason James Gandolfini Divorced His First Wife (nickiswift.com)

Gandolfini’s divorce case unearths his drug past (ew.com)

James Gandolfini of ‘The Sopranos’ Two Marriages (news.amomama.com)

How did James Gandolfini die? Inside the Sopranos star’s untimely death and lasting legacy (foxnews.com)

Actor James Gandolfini dead at age 51 | CNN

Playing Tony Soprano Took A Heavy Toll On James Gandolfini (slashfilm.com)

‘The Sopranos’ producers were concerned about James Gandolfini “staying alive” (nme.com)

‘James was not going to leave his wife for me!’ Gandolfini’s former fiancee Lora Somoza slams split rumour | Daily Mail Online

Sopranos Star James Gandolfini Gets Married (people.com)

James Gandolfini’s Early Struggles: ‘I Throw Everything in Plastic Garbage Bags’ (businessinsider.com)

Playing Tony Soprano for years ‘amplified’ James Gandolfini’s personal struggles, according to a former HBO executive (insider.com)

James Gandolfini Gets New Jersey Street Named After Him—See Which Sopranos Stars Attended the Dedication (eonline.com)

Michael Gandolfini and the Riddle of Tony Soprano – The New York Times

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