Denise Borino-Quinn, who played a memorably overweight Mafia wife on The Sopranos, died Wednesday after a lengthy battle with liver cancer, said the Farmer Funeral Home in Roseland, N.J.
Borino-Quinn, who was 46, was a showbiz beginner when she attended an open casting session in 2000. The producers of the hit HBO series were searching for someone to fill the role of Ginny, the wife of Johnny Sacrimoni (“aka “Johnny Sacks”).
Borino-Quinn, who accompanied a friend to the casting session, was surprised when she was picked – from among 14,000 wannabes.
“I think I was in total shock when I got the call!” she told a Sopranos fan Web site. “I totally freaked out! My father must have called all our relatives that night! To this day I still can t believe this happened to me.”
In her episodes, which aired in October 2002, Ginny Sacrimoni professed to be on a diet, and her tough-guy husband brutally retaliated against someone who dared to make a wisecrack about his beloved wife’s weight. Only afterwards did Johnny discover that Ginny was sneaking candy and snacks that she had hidden throughout their house.
Borino-Quinn worked at a law firm in New Brunswick when she was not acting, reports the Associated Press.
Sadly, her husband, Luke Quinn Jr., whom she married shortly before being hired for The Sopranos, died last March.