Marcy Wudarski: Ex-Wife of ‘Sopranos’ Star James Gandolfini, Chose Not to Remarry After Divorce

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Marcy Wudarski had a short-lived career in the film industry as a producer. Other than that, little is known about her life, mainly because her story has been overshadowed by her husband’s fame.

Today, we’re changing that. In this post, we’re going to talk about Marcy’s early life, her accomplishments as a movie producer, and her marriage.

Early Life

Michael Gandolfini

Marcy Wudarski was born on the 6th of February, 1967 in Hudson to Pennsylvania natives Edward and Mary Ann Wudarski.

Her father was born in March 1920 and passed away just six days shy of his 66th birthday in 1986.

The former Army lieutenant was a veteran of both World War 2 and the Korean War.

We couldn’t find much about Mary Ann, Marcy’s mother, except that she was born in 1931 and lived until her 67th birthday. She passed away on the 19th of October, 1998.

Marriage to James Gandolfini

Marcy Wudarski

Marcy Wudarski first came into the public eye when she married the late producer and actor James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini is known for numerous legendary works, including The Last Castle, True Romance, Where the Wild Things Are, Crimson Tide, The Taking of Pelham 123, and many more. But his most memorable role has to be his portrayal of Tony Soprano, the Italian-American crime boss in HBO’s TV show The Sopranos.

James won multiple awards and accolades for his roles including three Emmy Awards for his role as Tony Soprano in 2000, 2001, and 2003, as well as three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Golden Globe Award.

Taking to the Emmy stage back in 2000, “And to my family, thank you very much for everything. To my wife Marcy and my son Michael, without you, I’m just a fool.”These were the sentiments shared by James Gandolfini.

Despite his highly publicized successes in the film industry, it appears he was not as consistent in his romantic relationships,, particularly with Marcy, his first wife.

The two first met in 1995 when James hired Marcy as his personal secretary when he was just starting out in his career. As they got to know each other more, they found out they had a lot in common.

They dated for a little longer than a year before they decided to tie the knot. The couple got married in March of 1999 and opted for a modest, low-profile wedding.

A couple of months after the wedding, Marcy gave birth to their son, Michael, who was born on May 10, 1999.

Soon after, the marriage started to crack under the pressure of work and other responsibilities. It got to a point where things became impossible to bear. So, one day in 2002, James decided he couldn’t handle it anymore and filed for a divorce.

Not surprisingly, their divorce wasn’t a pleasant one. Nevertheless, the two decided to remain amicable for the sake of their son.

Since her divorce, Marcy has chosen to keep her life private, which is how she’s been able to keep her social media presence under wraps. Other than that she has a private account on Instagram, we know that she continues to live in her $2 million West Village apartment in New York with her son.

Luckily, once things had died down, the divorced couple found out they actually enjoyed each other’s company and remained good friends.

After the divorce, Marcy decided not to remarry. Her ex-husband, on the other hand, remarried in 2008 to former model Deborah Lin. They have a daughter together, Liliana, who was born on October 12, 2012.

Sadly, James passed away on June 19, 2013, while he was vacationing with his son in Italy. He was 51 years old.

Marcy’s Son: Michael Gandolfini

Michael Gandolfini

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James Gandolfini passed when his son, Michael, was only 14 years old. Yet, his influence still lives on through his son, who is now 25 years old.

The emerging actor shares his father’s love for the film industry. He landed his first acting role in 2018, playing Joey Dwyer in the TV show, The Deuce. That same year, he also made his movie debut with his role as Busboy in Ocean’s 8. His other credits include Acting for a Cause and Cherry.

His most recent project, The Many Saints of Newark, is the prequel to The Sopranos. In it, he plays the younger version of Tony Soprano, his father’s iconic role, which earned him numerous accolades.

Despite the intense pressure on Michael to play the role, his outstanding performance has earned him high praise from both fans and critics, not to mention his mother.

This is one role that certainly would’ve made his old man gush with pride.

Career

Marcy prefers to stay out of the limelight, which is why there’s very little information on her life, both personal and professional.

Yet, we do know that she has a short-lived acting credit as an executive producer. Her most memorable project was Wish You Were Here back in 2013.

Currently, she’s working as a full-time consultant for a media company.

Net Worth

James Gandolfini

Deborah Lin   Image source: Google

Marcy’s net worth is estimated to be around $500,000. Her late ex-husband, however, is believed to have had a net worth of about $70 million at the time of his passing.

Final Thoughts

Marcy Wudarski was a quasi-successful film producer who was catapulted into the limelight when she married the late TV icon James Gandolfini who passed away in 2013. Together, they have a son, Michael, who appears to be following in his father’s footsteps and making a name for himself as a distinguished actor.

Today, she lives in New York with her son and is working as a full-time media consultant.


Images source: Instagram
Claire S. Allen
Claire S. Allen
Hi there! I'm Claire S. Allen, a vibrant Gemini who's as bold as my favorite color, red. I'm a fan of two cool things: strolling the streets in a red jacket and crafting articles that connect with readers. With my warm and friendly personality, Claire is sure to brighten up your day!
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