Dee Dee Benkie is an American actress, political pundit, and media personality, best known for her stint as the co-anchor of EBRU TV’s show, Fresh Outlook. Although she has become successful in her career, it is her marriage to the multi-talented American actor, businessman, sculptor and singer, Paul Sorvino that launched her into the spotlight. Her husband is a Hollywood star, distinguished for playing the role of authority figures in high profile movies such as Goodfellas, Law & Order, and A Touch of Class, among others.
The couple has been together since 2014. Meanwhile, Dee Dee Benkie happens to be the third wife of the movie star and despite the age gap between them, they have continued to live happily ever after. In addition to her acting stints, Dee Dee Benkie is also not a newbie when it comes to politics and has held strategic positions in the political landscape of the United States. Interestingly, she served as an aide and strategist to the former US President George W. Bush and is also currently, a National Committeewoman of the Republican Party. Join us, as we take you through the biography and other interesting facts about Paul Sorvino’s wife below.
Dee Dee Benkie – Bio (Age)
The Indiana native was born as Denessa Purvis Benkie to American parents in 1967. However, the exact date in which she was born has not been made known to the media. Being a very private person, Dee Dee Benkie has been tight-lipped when it comes to her personal life, and so nothing much could be said about her childhood, family, parents, and siblings. However, we know that she came from a family that has a strong political background which explains why she has been able to do exploit in the sphere of American politics. More so, it is also common knowledge that the media star is an American national and is of the white ethnic background.
Regarding her educational background, Dee Dee Benkie has not given any insight into the institutions she attended, courses that she took and what year she graduated. Nonetheless, her various stints as a media personality as well as in politics would tell you she is a well-educated lady. Perhaps, she must have acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from one of the top Universities in the US.
Paul Sorvino’s wife first started her career in the media sector before she dabbled into acting many years later. She has worked as a TV/radio show host as well as an anchor for different mainstream media outlets. Amongst them are Fox News Channel, Fox Business, BBC, Comedy Central, The Patriot Channel, WOR Radio, and many others. Her media career has seen Benkie win a few awards including an Emmy for her brilliant performance as the host of EBRU TV’s international talk show – Fresh Outlook. She was also rated as the Best Talk Show Host by NUVOnewsweekly and many others.
In 2015, the renowned media personality decided to switch to acting, hence making her first appearance in the American crime drama and horror thriller, Sicilian Vampire. She portrayed the role of Jimmy’s assistant (the Jimmy character was played by her husband, Paul Sorvino). She followed it up with another minor role in the long-running CBS crime drama series Criminal Minds in 2017. Later in the same year, she was also seen playing the role of Queen of Iran in Price for Freedom and Diana in the series, Bad Blood. Her other movies include Acts of Desperation where she portrayed Anne alongside Jason Gedrick and Kira Reed Lorsch in 2018, Welcome to Acapulco (2019) and lots more.
Additionally, just like we mentioned earlier, Dee Dee Benkie has done a great job as a political pundit. She is a Republican who served as the former aide and strategist to the former US President George W. Bush. Asides that, she has equally served in other capacities as an Indiana representative for the Republican National Convention as well as the chairman of the Young Republican National Federation, etc.
Husband and Family
It is no news that Dee Dee Benkie is the better half of the veteran Hollywood star, Paul Sorvino. The couple began their amazing love story in 2014 after they met each other while appearing as guests on Fox’s show, Your World with Neil Cavuto. Their meeting is best described as love at first sight; the couple instantly fell in love and after a few months of courtship, they exchanged marital vows. Their wedding ceremony took place in New York in the presence of their friends and well-wishers on 27th December 2014.
Since then, they have been living happily ever after. While it was the first marriage for Benkie, it was the third for Paul Sorvino who has previously married twice. His first marriage was with a woman named Lorraine Davis and they were married from 1966 to 1988. After they separated, he also got hitched to Vanessa Arico in 1991. His second marriage stint also didn’t last as it ended in divorce five years later in 1996. After marrying Paul, Benkie became a stepmother to his children – Mira Sorvino, Amanda Sorvino, Michael Sorvino, and Christopher Backus.
Other Facts About Paul Sorvino’s Wife
1. She was named among the 2012 30 Hottest Political Women by the Washington Times.
2. Along with her husband, Dee Dee Benkie authored a best-selling Italian cookbook entitled Pinot, Pasta & Parties.
3. Despite the age gap between Dee Dee Benkie (b. 1967) and Paul Sorvino (b. 1939), the couple has been living happily without any public issues to date.