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Carmela Soprano

Played by Edie Falco

"Maybe you pass out because you're guilty over something. Maybe the fact you stick your d**k in anything with a pulse."

Carmela DeAngelis first laid eyes on her future husband in high school, where she and Tony Soprano appeared to be worlds apart from each other. Whereas Tony was an uninspired student and outsider, Carmela was studious and popular. Carmela had her sights set on college; Tony seemed destined for a life in the New Jersey rackets. That these two opposites would attract ? let alone marry and build a life together ? might, at first, seem surprising. But on closer examination, they almost seem made for each other.

Carmela was acquainted with gangster life long before she took her first ride in Tony's Trans Am. One of her cousins was a mob tough who was gunned down in front of his own house. All things considered, it's not so surprising that Carmela quit her studies in Business Administration at Montclair State University and became Mrs. Anthony Soprano.

As wife of Tony, and mother of Meadow and Anthony Jr. she is torn between the perks (McMansion, furs, jewelry) and pitfalls (Tony?s affairs, FBI raids, murdered relatives) of being First Lady of NJ mob.