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40 Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of The Sopranos

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David Chase’s own mother inspired Livia Soprano

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That’s probably not the best compliment in the world for Chase’s mom! Livia (Nancy Marchand) was based heavily on Norma Chase, who was also sharp-tongued and a bit paranoid like the Soprano matriarch. Much like Tony, Chase was also in therapy for much of his life because of his mother’s antics. It makes sense considering the entire pitch for The Sopranos was about a mobster in therapy and his abusive mother. Chase has even said that if the series had been a movie instead, it would have ended with Tony attempting to suffocate his mother and then chickening out!

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