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Who we really wanted to hear from: Edie Falco on James Gandolfini's passing Published: June 20, 2013

Tony and Carmela Soprano were never going to be Mike and Carol Brady, and that was just fine with fans of "The Sopranos," says TODAY.

But Edie Falco's Carmela was an indispensable asset in shaping who Tony was, and wanted to become -- and in the process helped Gandolfini humanize his mobster boss. They fought plenty, but underneath it all they loved each other, and never split up.

Falco, who now stars on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie," released a statement Thursday morning on Gandolfini's untimely passing.

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