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    Edie Falco and Nurse Jackie

    So Herman and I were watching CBS Sunday Morning this past Sunday which was May 31. Part of the show included a nice interview with Edie Falco, best know for her part in The Sopranos as Carmella Soprano, wife of the big boss.

    I don’t subscribe to HBO so I’ve never seen the series, but I’ve heard outstanding reviews on the individual performances of the actors as well as the storylines of each show.

    Herman tells me that the shows are available to rent at our local store here in Caroga Lake called Grooms. He also tells me it’s available on Netflix, which we recently joined. I’ve talked to you about this service before. In case you missed it, you can go to www.netflix.com, sign up and for about $10 a month you can list all the movies you want to see and they’ll send them to you one at a time.

    There are also many shows available instantly on the Web, which is how I got to see Edie’s new series premier, called “Nurse Jackie.”

    Edie and I worked together as waitresses at a restaurant in the West Village of Manhattan called “Formerly Joes” (obviously called that because it had previously been “Joe’s Diner.”)

    It was on the corner of West Fourth and Tenth Streets in the heart of the West Village. Herman went to Google Maps and on the “street view” it appears that the building and restaurant are no more.

    But getting back to Edie, we used to just be hysterical laughing along with Michael Chikliss at the expense of the owner, Andy Menschel. He ironically is the same man who wouldn’t give Michael time off to audition for the part of John Belushi in “Wired,” a part he ultimately got in an HBO production that launched Chikliss’ career.

    Another guy of interest that worked with us was Anthony Bourdain. I knew him simply as Tony who worked the raw bar at Formerly Joe’s. He was in charge of shucking clams and oysters.

    I hadn’t yet discovered my love of steamed clams as I now have. Today, Tony has his own show on the Travel Channel called “No Reservations.”

    I have to tell you that these three stars came from very humble beginnings with me at Formerly Joe’s. I remember laughing out of control with Edie and Michael as the chef named Pahn would get so frustrated with us.

    So I checked out, “Nurse Jackie” on Showtime on the Web for the preview of the series starting in the fall. It is a nice vehicle for Edie and shows me that celebrity hasn’t changed her a bit from the days we were crying with laughter at Formerly Joe’s.


    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com