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Deborah Lin – Interesting Facts about Late James Gandolfini’s Widow

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Deborah Lin is a former American actress and model. She is most famously recognized as the widow of the late actor James Gandolfini. The Hawaii-native former actress found some success in the entertainment world. However, she didn’t get the desired success and left the field soon.

She frequently came to the media limelight although she left the entertainment world because of her relationship with actor Gandolfini. But Deborah has entirely remained under the media radar following her husband Gandolfini’s death.

So, what is Deborah Lin doing nowadays? Where is she in 2022? We have all the details about her. Read the full article to know everything about Lin.

Deborah Lin Age, Early Life, Parents

Deborah Lin was a model and actor herself. Besides, after she discontinued her career, she frequently made headlines due to her relationship with Gandolfini. Nonetheless, Deborah hasn’t revealed much about her personal life in public, so there is little to no information about her parents and early life.

That said, we know for sure that Deborah Lin was born in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu. She was born in 1968 and she is aged 54 years in 2022. Besides, Lin is an American by nationality and is of Chinese descent. Other than that, there’s no info about her parents and siblings.

Her Career in the Glamour World – Why Did She Quit So Young?

Deborah Lin started her career in the entertainment industry as a model. After giving some time to modeling, Lin thought of starting a career in acting. And she made her acting debut in Showtime’s erotic drama Red Show Diaries in 1993. Back then, she played a character of a runway model in the third episode named Runway of season two.

She didn’t continue her career for a long time although she made frequent appearances at various events with her husband and daughter. She didn’t get good offers in the early years of her career, and the work she did couldn’t do well. So, she quit her career in the entertainment industry soon.

Deborah Lin Married Life with James Gandolfini

Deborah Lin started dating actor James Gandolfini in 2006, and after around two years of courtship, Lin and Gandolfini tied the knot. They got married on August 30, 2008, in her hometown of Honolulu. The lovebirds of two years were engaged for around a year before they finally walked down the aisle.

“There was a nice big kiss at the end with both hands on the cheeks,” one insider told People about their private wedding. Lin and The Sopranos actor exchanged vows in a low-key wedding surrounded by white lilies and rhododendrons.

Deborah Lin and James Gandolfini married in Honolulu
Deborah Lin and James Gandolfini married in Honolulu

Lin donned a white gown made of Italian lace while James wore a tuxedo for their big days. As a matter of fact, James’ son, Michael served as the best man for his father.

Four years after their marriage, Deborah gave birth to their first and only child, a daughter, Liliana Ruth Gandolfini on October 10, 2012. The baby girl weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz at the time of her birth.

She is a Stepmother of Actor Michael Gandolfini

Besides being a wonderful mother to daughter Liliana Ruth Gandolfini, Deborah Lin is a stepmother to actor Michal Gandolfini. Michael is the son of the late James and his first wife Marcy Wudarski. The 23-year-old actor made his debut in Ocean’s 8 in 2018.

Later on, Michael recreated the role of Tony Soprano, originally played by his father James in the TV series The Many Saints of Newark. Following Michael’s this role, Deborah Lin said her late husband James would have been proud to see his son playing young Tony Soprano. Talking with Page Six, Deborah said,

“It was almost surreal to see Michael in the trailer. I know it took a lot of courage for him to take this role. It was very emotional.”

She added, “But the whole family is just so proud of him. His father would be very proud.”

Deborah Lin’s Late Husband’s First Marriage

Before Lin started dating James Gandolfini, the late actor was married to producer Marcy Wudarski. James and Marcy exchanged vows in March 1999 in a privately organized wedding. The former pair kept most of the details about their relationship and marriage under the media radar. They dated for over a year before they finally decided to take their relationship to the next level.

As a matter of fact, James and Marcy were already expecting their first child together at the time they walked down the aisle. The then-newly-married couple gave birth to a son, Michael Gandolfini on May 10, 1999, just two months after their marriage.

James Gandolfini and his first wife Marcy
Late actor James Gandolfini and his first wife Marcy Wudarski

But, just a couple of years after their marriage, James and Marcy started having troubles in their conjugal life. And in 2003, James unanticipatedly filed for divorce from Marcy and his sudden decision reportedly shocked his then-wife, Marcy.

Deborah Lin’s Husband James Gandolfini Died at 51

Lin’s husband James Gandolfini died at the age of 51 in Rome, Italy on June 19, 2013. James’ sudden death shook the entire entertainment industry. In fact, he was expected to travel to Sicily to receive an award at the Taormina Film fest. James’ then 14-year-old son, Michael discovered unconscious at around 10 pm on the bathroom floor at Boscolo Exedra Hotel.

Paramedics were called to the scene and Gandolfini was taken to hospital at 10:40 pm and was pronounced dead around 20 minutes later. It was later confirmed that James died of a heart attack. Four days after his death, James’ corpse was returned to the States on June 23. Following that, family spokesperson Michael Kobold thanked both American and Italian authorities.

His funeral service was carried out on June 27 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan, New York. James was cremated and the ashes were given to his family.

How Much Deborah Lin Inherited After James’ Death? Her Net Worth At Present?

Actor James Gandolfini made a will in 2012, according to which his son Michael from his first marriage inherited most of his net worth. Weeks after his death in June 2013, several media outlets revealed that The Sopranos actor was worth a whopping $70 million at the time of his death.

As per his will, Michael, who was 13 at the time, was the main beneficiary in James’ will and was set to inherit $7 million when he turns 21. Besides, the late actor also made provisions for his daughter, Liliana who shares ownership of James’ Italian villa with Michael.

Deborah Lin got a good chunk of James Gandolfini's fortune
Deborah Lin got a good chunk of James Gandolfini’s fortune

I hope and desire that they will continue to own said property and keep it in our family for as long as possible,” read James’ will.

Meanwhile, when it comes to Deborah Lin, she along with her daughter Liliana and James’ two sisters, Johanna Antonacci and Leta Gandolfini were given a share of James’ remaining properties and estate.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Deborah Lin has an estimated net worth of $20 million as of 2022.

Where is Deborah Lin Currently?

Deborah has lived a low-key life since the death of her husband James Gandolfini in 2013. She and her daughter, Liliana don’t make public appearances often. But back in June 2020, Lin and her daughter appeared in photos for the first time in years.

In fact, the mother-daughter duo was seen with a mystery man in photos published by Daily Mail just days after Jame’s 7th death anniversary.