“The Sopranos”: Lorraine Bracco speaks from the heart

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Dr. Jennifer Melfi may have been primarily concerned with the health of her psychiatric patient, Tony Soprano, in ‘The Sopranos,” but her alter ego, actress Lorraine Bracco, has made her own health a top priority. And she has her late parents to thank for it.

Lorraine Bracco signed copies of her memoir, "On the Couch," during her appearance in Martinsville, NJ, on Feb. 19./ Photos by Ava Gacser

“I don’t want to put off anything until it’s too late like they did,” Lorraine confessed to a crowd of about 250 during a Somerset Medical Center program entitled “Talking about Your Heart!” held on Feb. 19 at the Martinsville Inn.

“I want to be healthy,” she said, adding that she quit smoking years ago. “I want to do whatever it takes me to enjoy my children and my future grandchildren.”

Lorraine lost both her mother and father to heart-related diseases within 11 days of one another in November 2010. That time – and the many months of illness leading up to it – was a “huge roller coaster ride” for her.

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“Vampire Diaries”: Jersey boy Paul Wesley lets his fangs out

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Civil War-era vampire Stefan Salvatore may be calm, cool and collected when it comes to the ladies, but the actor who plays him on “The Vampire Diaries,” Jersey boy Paul Wesley, admits to being anything but.

Can you believe future ladykiller Paul Wesley was once a flop with women?/Photo credit The CW

Take one of his earliest crushes – a 12-year-old classmate in Marlboro (Monmouth County), NJ. In a move designed to be “super romantic” and “super suave,” Paul copped his dad’s credit card and ordered the biggest, most elaborate bouquet available for his lady love. Trouble ensued when the florist included his father’s name on the card.

“They thought my dad was sending a 12-year-old girl a massive teddy bear and some flowers,” he revealed on “George Lopez Tonight” last week. “My father refused to pay, so they took it away from her.”

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It gets better? I sure hope so!

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It’s been a while, crocodile.

A loooong while, actually, since I’ve written anything on this here blog. And believe me, it hasn’t been intentional. Life sometimes has the way of taking the wind out of my sails… not to mention the desire to write out of my very bones.

I don’t think words can adequately describe what I’ve been through over the past few months, though I’m going to attempt an explanation. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with being offered a dream job covering television/entertainment for a major network or meeting the love of my life, marrying and starting a family.

I wish!

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away...We were a happy, healthy family./All photos by Ava Gacser

Back in the fall, my mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

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