Deborah Lin is a Chinese-American lady who came into the spotlight when she became the partner of the famous Hollywood actor, James Gandolfini. The pair who met back in 2006 became very attached to each other and a couple of years down the line, they took the bold step to tie the nuptial knots. Their wedding was a grand event held in Lin’s birthplace, Honolulu and to crown their joy, the couple had a bouncing baby girl in October 2012. James Gandolfini’s wife had a thriving modeling career and was on her way to becoming an actress. Read all about Lin’s bio and family facts in this piece.
Deborah Lin’s Bio (Age)
Deborah Lin is known to be an American citizen as she was born in Hawai, to Chinese parents who are originally from China. There is no confirmed birth date for Lin but most sources have it that she was born in 1968. Moreso, she has not revealed details about her early education and the college qualification she has attained.
The Asain beauty had a thriving career as a model back in the day when she walked the runway. To further establish her name in the entertainment industry, Lin started going in the direction of carving a film career for herself. She was able to land a cameo in the sitcom Red Shoe Diaries back in 1993 as a runway model but that was all she got in the film industry as Lin was not seen in other productions. She finally devoted most of her time to her family and was often seen with her popular husband at red carpet events.
The Family Life Of Deborah Lin
Lin has not revealed much about her family background other than the known fact that she is of Chinese descent. However, when it comes to her married life, she could not shut the public out as she got married to a celebrity in the entertainment industry named James Gandolfini. Her husband was best known as an actor and his breakthrough role was the character Tony Soprano in the sitcom, The Sopranos. The series which aired from 1999 to 2007 launched James in the spotlight and saw him win prestigious awards like the Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Moreso, Deborah Lin’s husband has had notable roles in films like True Romance, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Where the Wild Things Are.
It is worth knowing that James was initially married to the filmmaker, Marcy Wudarksi back in 1999 but ended their union in December 2002. Marcy and James had a son named Micheal Gandolfini, who was still a toddler when they split. It is not certain when they met, but James’ relationship with Lin became known to the public in 2006 and the next year in March, they confirmed they were a couple when they attended the premiere of the final season of The Sopranos in New York. Within that same period, they got engaged.
The couple chose 30th August 2008 as their wedding date and the ceremony was held in Central Union Church located in Honolulu, Hawaii. James’ son, Micheal was perfect as the best man for the occasion which was attended by their close family and friends. Deborah Lin’s Italian lace wedding gown was a spectacular sight next to James’ tuxedo and their Hawaiin themed wedding was pulled off in grand style. Four years into their marriage, the pair welcomed their first child together, Liliana Ruth Gandolfini (b. 2012). However, their dreams of raising Liliana together was shortlived as James Gandolfini died in June 2013.
The sad incidence that took his life happened in Rome where he had gone with his wife, Lin and other members of his family to attend the Taormina Film Festival which was slated to hold in Sicily. After a fun time around the city, the Gandolfini family retired to Boscolo Exedra Hotel to relax and about 10 p.m, James was found lying lifeless in the bathroom by his son, Michael who called out for help. The actor was rushed to the hospital where it was confirmed that he was dead and the autopsy results revealed he died of heart failure. Lin had her husband’s body brought to the United States where it was cremated and the funeral ceremony had a lot of friends and family members in attendance including his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarksi.
Other Facts About James Gandolfini’s Wife
Deborah Lin has an impressive net worth which is estimated to be $10 million with $7 million being the amount her husband willed to her.
Lin currently considers herself a homemaker and is focused on taking care of her daughter, Liliana.
She stands at a comfortable height of 5 feet 9 inches.
The former model has been able to maintain a good body physique over the years.
Lin loves to travel and she revealed that her favorite destination is Miami.