Denise Borino-Quinn, who unexpectedly won a role as a mafia wife on "The Sopranos" after she attended an open casting call, has died. She was 46.
The Farmer Funeral Home in Roseland, N.J., said Borino-Quinn died Wednesday after a long battle with liver cancer. Her husband, Luke Quinn Jr., had died in March.
A Roseland native who lived in Bordentown, Borino-Quinn had no acting experience when she was hired in 2000 to play Ginny Sacrimoni, the mafia wife with a weight problem. The character quickly became popular with fans and was featured in an October 2002 episode.
The character was married to Johnny "sack" Sacrimoni, played by Vincent Curatola.
Borino-Quinn had attended the casting call mostly to support a childhood friend and was shocked when she was hired for the HBO show.
When she wasn't acting, Borino-Quinn worked at a New Brunswick law firm.
According to IMDB.com, the internet movie database, when first selected to appear on "The Sopranos", she was a 38-year-old legal secretary and part-time manicurist in Roseland, New Jersey, living with her parents, Patricia, a recreation coordinator, and Kenneth, an appliance store owner. She was selected from 14,000 actresses at an open audition.
Has two younger brothers, Vincent and Chris.