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Who is Marcy Wudarski? All about James Gandolfini’s first wife and mother of his son

Marcy Wudarski and James Gandolfini had one child during their short-lived marriage, Michael. Their son, who was just 14 when his father died, continues James’ legacy by portraying a younger version of his father’s famous on-screen character.

Marcy Wudarski is often recognized as the wife of actor James Gandolfini. However, she is a star in her own right, working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.

Born on February 6, 1967, Wudarski comes from a working-class military family. Although it is known that she graduated from Bayonet Point Junior High School, there is no information about her higher education.

James Gandolfini at the 2011 BAFTA Brits To Watch event at the Belasco Theater on July 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Wudarski then pursued a career as a film producer, working on the film “Wish You Were Here”. His other productions have not yet been revealed.


Wudarski and Gandolfini met in 1995 when he hired her as his personal secretary. “He was nobody when we met,” Wudarski said, adding:

“I was working between jobs, I was working for a movie company, and a friend suggested I be a part-time assistant, do some trivial things for ‘that actor you’ve never heard of who made a few movies for nothing.'”

James Gandolfini with his wife, Marcy, and son Michael during Dream Halloween at Chelsea Piers. The event benefits the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. | Source: Getty Images

Gandolfini’s career was at the start of its success, so he needed all of Wudarski’s help. After having a working relationship, the couple started dating. They moved into an apartment in the West Village soon after.

In March 1999, the couple married in a small private wedding ceremony. At that time, the bride was already pregnant with their first child, Michael. Unfortunately, their relationship did not last long.


Although Wudarski didn’t explicitly reveal the reason for their divorce, she did mention that “The Sopranos” star struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse during their marriage.

“Gandolfini’s wife described increasingly serious problems with drugs and alcohol, as well as arguments during which the actor repeatedly punched himself in the face out of frustration,” said author Brett Martin. .

A few years after their divorce, in 2013, Gandolfini died of a heart attack while in Italy with his son. Wudarski attended the internment and did well.


Michael was only 14 when his father died. Now an adult, Gandolfini’s son is following in his father’s footsteps as an actor. He previously appeared in “The Many Saints of Newark”, the prequel to “The Sopranos”.

Michael brought to life the younger version of Tony Soprano, his father’s character, which he prepared for by watching and studying every episode of the show’s first season.

“The pressure is real,” Michael said of his role. “There’s fear, but the second layer, which a lot of people don’t think about, which was actually harder, is playing Tony Soprano.” Despite the pressure, Michael is sure to make his dad proud.


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