Denise Borino Quinn, who was the photo of charm and wit in the "Sopranos", has died. The actress who had a recurring role on the HBO popular show as Ginny Sacrimoni, passed away from a long battle with cancer.
It isn't often that a dream to strike it big in Hollywood turns out to be the chance of a lifetime, unless you're Denise Borino Quinn. Â The charming and rotund actress realized that dream in 2001 when she dove in the deep end of the ocean and came out squeaky clean.
The Roseland, New Jersey native, spontaneously, decided to take a shot in the dark by showing up at a casting call in New Jersey in 2000 for the HBO show "Sopranos". She received word that the show's creator, David Chase was in search of someone to play the wife of mob boss Johnny Sack as Ginny Sacrimoni. Â Lo and behold, theÂ feisty, charming, and witty actress landed the role, and was chosen out of 14,000 other hopefuls.
Of course, this shocked Denise Borino Quinn, as she had no experience and was only trying out for the casted role to support her friend and be part of the craze. Â She would go on to star in the recurring role over six seasons as the mafia wife who struggled with weight issues.
Her fans loved her because she represented a reality that many women, and even men experienced as they struggle from the stigma of being overweight. Â However, when the "Sopranos" ended, Denise Borino Quinn arranged to have a weight reduction procedure performed that led to her shedding a whopping 175 pounds. Â Even then, her fans recognized her from her trademark and distinct voice she carried over from the show in real life.
Sadly, she lost her husband in March of this year. Â Seven months later, the former legal assistant would succumb to a long battle with liver cancer.
Recently, there has been a string of celebrity deaths, many who have left us way too soon. Â Saturday, Director George Hickenlooper, 47, died from a heart attack in his sleep. Â Reggae superstar, George Isaacs, 59, best known for his hit, "Night Nurse", died of lung cancer. Â Lisa Blount, 53, who played in "Officer and a Gentleman" died of a blood disorder. Â U.S. Swimmer Fran Crippen, 26, died of a heart attack this week.
The beauty of being a star like Denise Borino Quinn is that for all those who love and adore her, she will be forever remembered not only as a charming human being, but as an enduring actress in film that never dies.