Emmy-winning Sopranos star James Gandolfini has been remembered at the 2013 awards ceremony, with co-star Edie Falco giving a tearful speech.
So massive was the sense of loss in the entertainment world when Gandolfini died from a heart attack while on holiday in June that the Emmys clearly wanted to go bigger than the usual obituary montage.
Falco appeared alone on stage backed by a picture of the actor as she delivered her speech, which focused on both his talents as an actor and warmth as a man.
‘You all knew James Gandolfini the actor,’ she said. ‘I was lucky enough to know Jim the man. For 10 years as his close colleague and his pretend life-partner, and for many more years as his friend.
‘And it’s Jim, the man, the very dear man, that I will miss most of all’ she said, fighting back tears.
Gandolfini won three Emmys…
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