Linda Lee Cadwell

Inside Biography

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. Not only that, but Cadwell has also written the book named The Bruce Lee Story in 1989. She founded the Bruce Lee Foundation in 2002.     

Cadwell's Early Life

Linda Lee Cadwell was born Linda Emery on March 21, 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.

She was born into a well-sophisticated family background. She was born to well-supportive parents too.

CAPTION: Linda Lee Cadwell with Bruce Lee and their son SOURCE: Twitter @Raabiah_Khan


Educational Details

Cadwell attended Garfield High School, where she met Bruce Lee for the first time. While she was at 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.

Famous Tv series

As mentioned earlier, Cadwell is a teacher, martial artist, and writer. Apart from that, 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 VII, 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.

Famous Books

Meanwhile, the celebrity spouse, 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 received positive reviews. And it was published thrice in April, June, and August 1975.

And again, in 1989, Cadwell 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. 

Furthermore, 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.

Net Worth 

Cadwell's net worth, as per some sources believed to be over $12 million in 2022, as reported by Wealthy Person. No doubt, Cadwell has earned most of this money by being one of those personalities who has dedicated their life entirely to education and writing. Her late husband, Bruce Lee, used 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 manages 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

Earnings as an author 

On August 1, 1978, Cadwell released a book titled Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew, which is priced at $495 for Paperback and $690 for Ma s s 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 an instant hit at the box office, grossing over $63 million worldwide against its production cost of $14 million starring Michael Learned and Nancy Kwan

Linda Lee Cadwell's Relationship After Death Of Bruce Lee

77 years old, Linda Lee Cadwell has been married three times. She first married Bruce Lee on August 17, 1964. Besides, Cadwell 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 the lost challenge 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.

CAPTION: Linda Lee Cadwell with her daughter Shannon Lee SOURCE: Twitter @brucelee

Children of Cadwell and Bruce lee

Children of Cadwell and Bruce Lee

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.

Married to Tom Bleecker 

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

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

Continued promoting Bruce Lee's Martial Arts 

Cadwell 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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by rabina, 07 Jul, 2022

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