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On the Couch | [Lorraine Bracco]

On the Couch

Known to millions as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on HBO's hit series The Sopranos, a role for which she has received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations, Lorraine Bracco is one of the most recognizable actresses working today. A glamorous and intelligent presence on both the big and small screen, as well as on the Broadway stage, it's hard to imagine that this formidable woman was once voted the "ugliest girl in the sixth grade".
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Known to millions as psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi on HBO's hit series The Sopranos, a role for which she has received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations, Lorraine Bracco is one of the most recognizable actresses working today. A glamorous and intelligent presence on both the big and small screen, as well as on the Broadway stage, it's hard to imagine that this formidable woman was once voted the "ugliest girl in the sixth grade". But with guts, determination, and a very good sense of humor, Lorraine Bracco triumphed, and did it her way.

Born in Brooklyn to an Italian-American father and a British mother, Bracco survived her ugly-duckling childhood to become a Wilhelmina model in Paris. On the Couch traces her rise from fledgling actress to star, and partner of acting heavyweight Harvey Keitel; her film roles, including her Academy Award-nominated performance in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas; the very public custody battle following her divorce from Keitel; and her glorious return on the series that proved, once and for all, that even mobsters get the blues.

Forthright, funny, and, at 50, a woman of both uncommon beauty and intelligence, Lorraine Bracco knows what she wants out of life. In a conversational memoir as frank and candid as a heart-to-heart with an old friend, Lorraine Bracco's On the Couch delivers with all the force of this amazing woman's marvelous personality.

©2006 Lorraine Bracco; (P)2006 Penguin Audio

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    Eileen Tinley Park, IL, United States 11-12-10
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    I believe The Sopranos was the best show to ever be put on television. Lorraine Bracco's character, Dr. Melfi, was my favorite, and watching the show got me interested in her as a person. This is her memoir and it's also narrated by Lorraine. Overall, it's an interesting story of a woman who struggled through some tough times and went thru a lot of heartache and pain. She managed to learn from her struggles and manifest into one hell of an intelligent, confident, strong female force. Her story is not out of the ordinary and she has the ability to connect with so many women because of this. She is genuine and funny. My only complaint was that some of the things that happened weren't necessarily resolved in the book. I thought a few times - I wish I could call her and ask how this turned out. I guessed that she was trying to get as much of her life into this book as she could, and sometimes certain details had to remain hanging. It's ok though - the overall story was encouraging and could bring a lot of hope and light to women who struggle with some of the same pain and hurt she talks about here. Bless you, Lorraine! You rock!

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