The world of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was a complicated one, and as the head of two very different families, it was inevitable his life would be impacted by many different women over the years. From his loving wife and daughter, his incredibly patient therapist, and a handful of women from all walks of life who found themselves attracted to the power he wielded as the head of a criminal empire. Over the course of The Sopranos‘ six seasons (which are available to stream anytime on HBO Now), we saw how these vastly different women would come to affect his life. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, here’s a look at the women who helped make Tony Soprano who he was, for better or for worse.
12. Fran Felstein
After running into his father’s former mistress, Fran Felstein (Polly Bergen), at the cemetery, Tony spends some time platonically courting her, securing the inheritance she’d been promised, and even lying to his therapist about her appearance. While drawn to the insight into his father’s past at first, Tony comes to resent his ‘other woman,’ who ends up reduced to some over-exaggerated anecdote he tells the guys sitting around the bar at the Bada Bing.