'Sopranos' Actress Denise Borino-Quinn Dies At 46

Frank Santorelli, Denise Borino Quinn and Vincent Pastore attends the Frank Santorelli show at the Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club at the Hyatt Hotel in Princeton, NJ, on May 2, 2009 Frank Santorelli, Denise Borino Quinn and Vincent Pastore attends the Frank Santorelli show at the Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club at the Hyatt Hotel in Princeton, NJ, on May 2, 2009

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.

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.

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