40 Crazy Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of The Sopranos
Dr. Melfi was based on David Chase’s own therapist
Chase admitted in an interview that the idea for Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) was based upon his own therapist, Lorraine Kaufman. (Bonus craziness: the actress who played Melfi had the same name as the real-life therapist!) Chase noted that Kaufman had the same way of cutting through BS that Melfi has on the show when dealing with Tony. He even said that he’s discussed the show and characters in-depth with Kaufman, leading to her plotting out her own breakdown of the family and their psychological issues!