'Sopranos' Actress Denise Borin-Quinn Dies at 46

New Jersey native had no acting experience when she landed the role of Ginny Sacrimoni in the HBO series after attending an open casting call.

Denise Borino-Quinn, who unexpectedly landed a role as a mafia wife on HBO's The Sopranos after attending 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. The news comes six months after the death of her husband, Luke Quinn Jr., who died in March.

Borino-Quinn, a Roseland native who lived in Bordentown, 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 show.

"Ihad no intention of going to the open audition, and that was only 
because it was advertised all over the newspapers and radio, and I knew it 
was gonna be totally nuts," Borino-Quinn said in a 2009 interview. "But my best friend, Maria Galasso, actually talked me into going and to this day, I’m so glad that she did! ... To this day, I still can’t believe this happened to me."

When she wasn't acting, Borino-Quinn worked at a New Brunswick law firm.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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