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Amid the joy of Emmy winners and laughter from Neil Patrick Harris' adorable jokes, tonight's Emmy Awards were also filled with sadness over some of the legendary talent we lost this year. After Jane Lynch's touching Cory Monteith tribute, Edie Falco paid homage to her venerable Sopranos costar James Gandolfini. Playing his TV partner for six legendary seasons afforded her the opportunity to get to know him better than most, and her feelings showed in her emotional eulogy. The actress teared up as she told the audience that "Jim" was so much more than the man he played on screen.
"He had tremendous warmth and heart," she said. "He was kind. He was uniquely generous." Falco went on to regale us all with his devotion and loyalty to his family and friends, how we was always there for anyone who needed a hand. "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."