Linda Lee Cadwell Biography

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Facts of Linda Lee Cadwell
Date of Birth: 1945 , March-21
Age: 76 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Linda Lee Cadwell
Birth Name Linda Emery
Nick Name Linda
Birth Place/City Everett, Washington, US
Profession Teacher
Net Worth $1 million
Affair with Bruce Cadwell
Boyfriend Bruce Cadwell
Married Yes
Married to Bruce Cadwell (m. 1991)
Children Brandon Lee (196593), Shannon Lee (b. 1969)
Divorce Bruce Lee (m. 1964; d. 1973) Tom Bleecker (m. 1988; div. 1990)
Education University of Washington
Books Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew, The Bruce Lee Story
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Linda Lee Cadwell is an American teacher and writer, best recognized as the widow of the legendary actor, martial artist, and philosopher Bruce Lee. She has written popular books like Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew on which the 1993 feature film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story was based. She also wrote the book named The Bruce Lee Story in 1989. She founded the Bruce Lee Foundation in 2002.        

Short Bio Of  Bruce Lee's Wife

Linda Lee Cadwell was born Linda Emery on 21 March 1945 in Everett, Washington, USA. She is the daughter of Vivian R. (Hester) and Everett Emery and her birth sign, Aries.  Her family was Baptist and of Swedish, Irish, and English descent.

Cadwell attended Garfield High School, where she met Bruce Lee for the first time. While she was in her high school level she was a cheerleader. After high school, she wanted to join medical school but couldn't as her mother was suffering due to low wages. 

Later, Cadwell went on to study at the University of Washington becoming one of his students, to become a teacher. She took lessons from Bruce Lee while attending college and soon graduated from college.

Professional Career

Linda Lee Cadwell has not stated much regarding her career. Her husband, Bruce Lee was a Chinese American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do, one of the wushu or kungfu styles.

Her husband, Bruce Lee has worked in the movies and TV shows such as Game of Death II, The Real Bruce Lee, Enter the Dragon, Game of Death, Way of the Dragon, The Pierre Berton Show, Longstreet, Enjoy Yourself Tonight, Here Come the Brides, Blondie, and Ironside.

Cadwell published her first book after the sudden death of her husband.  The book was dedicated to the memory of Bruce Lee, entitled Bruce Lee-The Man Only I Knew which receives positive reviews. And it was published thrice in April, June, and August 1975.

In 1989, Cadwell again wrote another book, The Bruce Lee Story which was later made into a movie titled Dragon in 1993 starring Jason Scott as Bruce Lee and Lauren Holly as Cadwell. 

Cadwell founded the Bruce Lee Foundation in 2002 along with his daughter, Shannon Lee. The goal of this organization was to share the philosophies and writings of the great martial arts master Bruce Lee. As of now, it generalizes Bruce’s works and his art.

Has Net Worth Of $1 Million; Find Source Of Income

Linda Cadwell's net worth as per some sources believed to be over $1 million, in 2019. Her late husband Bruce Lee use to have a net worth of $10 million as per celebrity net worth. 

Her daughter Shannon Lee has an estimated net worth of $10 million. She is managing her father’s official Facebook memorial page and has produced two projects about her father, The Legend of Bruce Lee and the documentary How Bruce Lee Changed the World

On August 1, 1978, Cadwell released a book titled Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew which is priced $495 for Paperback and $690 for Mass Market Paperback. The book is all about martial arts legend Bruce Lee. The 1993 feature movie Drago: The Bruce Lee Story is also based on the book. 

The movie also became the instant hit at the box office grossing over $63 million worldwide against its producing cost of $14 million starring Michael Learned and Nancy Kwan

Linda Lee Cadwell's Relationship After Death Of Bruce Lee

74 years old, Linda Lee Cadwell has been married three times. She first married Bruce Lee on August 17, 1964. She first met him while she was in high school and eventually started dating. Following the marriage, the pair moved to Hong Kong where Linda faced a lost challenged to adapt to a foreign country. They had two children, Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee. 

Her only son Brandon Lee was an American actor and martial artist who died in an accident on a movie set in 1993. Brandon Lee died in a shooting accident on a movie set while filming The Crow on March 31, 1993, 19 years after his father's death.

Her daughter Shannon Lee is also an actress, martial artist, and businesswoman. Shannon has been married to Anthony Ian Keasler since 1994.

Just four years after their second child, Cadwell had to face the sudden and sad demise of her husband Bruce Lee on July 20, 1973, due to an allergic reaction to an analgesic.

After his death, she moved to LA and in 1998. Cadwell married Tom Bleecker in 1988. However, their marital relationship lasted 2 years, and divorced in 1990.

She later married stockbroker Bruce Cadwell in 1991. The happy couple resided in Rancho Mirage, California as of 2018.

Cadwell has continued to promote Bruce Lee's martial art Jeet Kune Do and retired in 2001. She and her daughter Shannon together with her son-in-law Ian Keasler runs the Bruce Lee Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching Bruce Lee's philosophy on martial arts and his writing on philosophy. Her daughter Shannon also heads the Lee family estate.

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