Bankrate: You sure do deserve
it. Can you talk about the lean times of
It was a very embarrassing situation. I was
getting foreclosure notices and everyone wanted
their money. And I couldn't find any work
at the time. I had mortgage, taxes, food
and everything else to pay at the end of the month,
including lawyers. I was never one of those
top-paid actresses, but I was working steadily
for a while.
You went through a difficult time but you still
have your sense of humor. What did you learn going
through all this?
Lorraine Bracco: That I won't
spend a lot of money on lawyers and legal fees
ever again. I now have a great bulls**t detector
in me, which comes out of necessity.
Bankrate: You have recovered financially, though, from your personal bankruptcy.
Yes. And I worked hard, too. Right now I have
a place in the Hamptons and if I could live anywhere
in the world, it would be right where I am today. I
shop for fresh fruit and vegetables there. I have
my dog, a little Jack Russell, Chandler, and I'm
very happy. My daughter named him after Chandler
Bing on "Friends." And I'm a good
companion right now. I've aged, I've mellowed
and I think my core is very strong. I have
forged a life that is warm and comfortable, loving
and caring of others.
And you have your own wine company, Bracco Wines,
as well as a successful acting career?
I'm not just another actress selling perfume or
hair products. I lived in France for 10 years
and I always had great food and great wine while
living there (while a model in Paris). I
feel that when you go into the wine stores, it
can be very intimidating. I felt that I've
been drinking wine for a while and it's not a
snobby thing for me, so I thought that going to
Italy and picking out wines would make it very
easy for women to know that if they bought a bottle
of Bracco wine that it would be a good glass of
wine -- red or white -- and they wouldn't have
to stress over it. And it's fun. It's something
I enjoyed very much when I was younger living
in France -- tasting new wines, new foods, traveling
-- and I find that it's kind of come full circle
Bankrate: So what would you put your white wine with?
Shrimp, any kind of fish, any kind of light dinner.
Caesar salad would be good with it. And with
red? Meats, cheeses, lamb.
Bankrate: What are you thankful for?
Lorraine Bracco: All the good
and bad experiences I've been through. I'm
thankful for my health.
"The Sopranos" ends today. You know
the ending already but where would you have liked
Dr. Melfi to go out in this last season?
Just hoping that Tony Soprano understands her
dedication to her work and to him ... that she
believed he could be a better person.