Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Nurse Jackie' Edie Falco's Final Shift

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Nurse Jackie' Edie Falco's Final Shift

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PASADENA, Calif. - When Edie Falco used to walk down the street, fans of "The Sopranos" would yell out "Carmela," the name of the character she played on the much-touted show. But a few years ago, because of the popularity of her Showtime series "Nurse Jackie," things changed. Now, fans shout "Jackie" instead.

That's proof of how powerful Ms. Falco's work has been in the series about an ER nurse whose struggle with addiction has always been counterbalanced by her love of her patients and family.

Season seven picked up at the exact moment where season six left off: Jackie Peyton steps out of her mug shot and into a world of consequences. Arrested and abandoned by those closest to her, Jackie must deal with having her nursing license revoked.

Her struggles this year will be the last as "Nurse Jackie" is ending with the seventh season.

This final shift will follow Nurse Jackie as she fights to regain her position in the hospital and reclaim her identity as nurse and mother.

"I have known and loved many addicts in my life, and it is a frustrating and no-win proposition. And it has been very interesting to be on the other side of it. To kind of get a taste of what misery they must have to go through really, being at the mercy of something that's bigger than them," Ms. Falco says. "It's given me a lot more compassion. People that used to just make me angry, they make me a little bit more sad now. I think that's probably a good thing, though it doesn't always feel good. …

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