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Name: Drea de Matteo                                                             
Born: 19 January 1972 Queens, New York                                           
Andrea Donna de Matteo (born January 19, 1972) is an Emmy-winning American       
actress, perhaps best known for her roles as Adriana La Cerva on the HBO TV       
series The Sopranos and as Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina on the NBC sitcom Joey.   
De Matteo, an Italian American, was born in Queens, New York, the daughter of     
Donna, a playwright and playwriting teacher, and Albert De Matteo, a furniture   
manufacturer. She grew up in a Catholic family. After graduating from             
the prestigious Loyola School, she studied at New York University's Tisch School 
of the Arts, originally hoping to become a director, not an actress.             
De Matteo's role in The Sopranos was one of her earliest, helping to launch her   
career. She has also appeared in several films including Swordfish, Deuces Wild, 
The Perfect You and the 2005 remake of John Carpenter's 1976 action film Assault 
on Precinct 13. She also portrayed Joey Tribbiani's sister Gina in the Friends   
spin-off Joey.                                                                   
de Matteo as Adriana on The Sopranos.                                             
In 2004, de Matteo won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress (Drama) for her role   
as Adriana on The Sopranos. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe that same   
year for the same role. She was ranked #42 and #56 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 
2001 and 2002, respectively.