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|First appearance||"The Sopranos" (episode 1.01)|
|Last appearance||"Proshai, Livushka" (episode 3.02)|
|Family||Quintina Blundetto (sister) |
A.J. Soprano (grandson)
Meadow Soprano (granddaughter)
|Relationships||Johnny Boy Soprano|
|Children||Tony Soprano (son) |
Janice Soprano (daughter)
Barbara Soprano Giglione (daughter)
|Portrayed by||Nancy Marchand|
|Created by||David Chase|
Olivia Soprano (nÃ©e Pollio), played by Nancy Marchand, is a fictional character character in the HBO TV series, The Sopranos. She is the mother of Tony Soprano. A young Livia, played by Laila Robbins and later by Laurie J. Williams is sometimes seen in flashbacks. David Chase has stated that the main inspiration for the character is his own mother.
Fictional character biography
Livia Soprano, the family matriarch, was scheming, manipulative, conniving and abusive. She seemingly derived little pleasure from life other than making the people around her miserable, especially her three children, Tony, Barbara (who moved away years ago) and Janice. She even tried to manipulate her brother-in-law, Junior, into putting out a hit on her own son after he tried to put her in a nursing home (or, as he maintained, a 'retirement community'). Tony's plot for revenge was foiled when Livia suffered a pseudo-stroke (said to be induced by repressed rage) and was taken into a hospital. When she got out, Tony settled for acting as if she was already dead, and attempted to end all contact and financial support. Tony's hostility toward Livia never diminished, although he did seem to be more accommodating of her toward the end of the second season after arriving at her house to visit Janice. In the second episode of the third season; Proshai, Livushka Tony is seen to be significantly more tolerant of Livia, although this is possibly down to his enforced responsibility of her thanks to Janice's departure at the end of the previous season and his brief meeting with her in the same episode ends with the pair arguing before Tony storms out of the house.
After the second season, a storyline was planned where Livia would be called to testify against her son in court, giving evidence on stolen airline tickets she had received from him, but Marchand died in 2000, before it could be filmed. Existing footage and computer-generated imagery was used to create a last scene between Tony and Livia in episode 302, "Proshai, Livushka" in Season Three before the character too passed on. In the same episode, Artie Bucco experiences a brief flashback of a meeting with Livia, showing footage of a scene from a season one episode. Livia has nevertheless appeared as a young woman in several flashbacks since then, as well as being frequently referenced, with Tony still far from resolving his feelings towards her.
During the Sixth Season when Tony is comatose from a gunshot wound, he has a vivid dream that some have construed as being a rendition of purgatory. The dream ends with Tony being beckoned into a foreboding house by his dead cousin, Tony Blundetto and a woman who looks similar to Livia can be seen entering the house.
|Characters:||Tony • Dr. Melfi • Carmela • Christopher • Uncle Junior • Meadow • A.J. • Janice • Silvio • Paulie Walnuts • Bobby "Bacala" • Johnny Sack • Vito • Adriana • Furio • Tony B. • Ralph • Big Pussy • Livia • Artie • Jackie Jr. • Rosalie • Phil • Hesh • Richie • Carmine • Little Carmine • Patsy • Benny • Charmaine • Little Paulie • Eugene • Carlo • Agent Harris • Kelli • Larry Boy • Feech • Walden • Mikey • Gigi •Butch • Anthony • Johnny Boy • Dante •|
|Fictional universe:||DiMeo crime family • Lupertazzi crime family • FBI • Bada Bing • Satriale's Pork Store • Cleaver • Death List • Timeline • Family Tree|
|Production:||Episode List • Writers & Directors • David Chase • Music • Awards|