Denise Borino-Quinn, a Bordentown Township legal secretary who led a second life as Ginny Sacramoni, an overweight Mafia wife on the HBO hit series
, was buried Saturday, Oct. 30, near her childhood home in Roseland, N.J.
Ms. Borino-Quinn, 46, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Morristown (N.J.) Memorial Hospital after a yearlong battle with liver cancer, said her father, Kenneth Borino, of Roseland.
She continued to work as a secretary even after winning the part as the wife of Johnny Sacramoni, a New York mob boss who dotes on her despite her appearance. In one episode, "Johnny Sack" seeks to have a fellow mobster killed after hearing that he had joked about her obesity.
A novice actress, Ms. Borino-Quinn won the part 10 years ago through an open call that drew close to 15,000 applicants. Her father said she had gone to the Harrison, N.J., audition to support a childhood friend.
"When she got to the door, they said, 'Just leave your portfolio.' Two or three weeks later, they called for an audition," Borino said. She almost skipped the callback because it was scheduled the day of her grandmother's wake, "but we prevailed on her to go."
Borino said his daughter had taken her fame in stride.
"It never, never went to her head," said Borino, who owns a furniture and appliance store. He said she happily gave autographs and chatted with people who saw her in public and said, "That's Ginny Sack!"
Borino said his daughter had continued to work at her New Brunswick, N.J., law firm throughout her years on The Sopranos, which was shot around the state. She needed to earn a living - her role as Ginny wasn't a high-paying part - and she liked the work, her father said.
"Her bosses were tickled pink to have a celebrity in their midst," he said.
Ms. Borino-Quinn's husband, Luke A. Quinn, died in March after a heart attack. Saturday would have been their sixth anniversary.
Her mother died nearly two years ago. In addition to her father, she is survived by brothers Christopher and Vincent and four nieces.