Nancy Putkoski Biography

Nancy Putkoski is the former wife of the late celebrity chef, travel documentarian, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. Check out this biography to know about her personal life and achievements.

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Nationality: American

Famous: Family Members American Female

Born in: United States

Famous as: Anthony Bourdain's Ex-wife

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Spouse/Ex-: Anthony Bourdain (m. 1985–2005)

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education: Dwight-Englewood school

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Nancy Putkoski is the former wife of the late celebrity chef, travel documentarian, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. Nancy rarely made any public appearance even when she was married to Anthony. Hence, not much is known about her life. Nancy and Anthony were high-school sweethearts. They got married in 1985. Their marital life of 2 decades had an unfortunate end in 2005. Their marriage was affected by Anthony’s hectic schedule, which eventually created an emotional gap between them. Anthony’s frequent work-travel schedules fanned rumors of his illicit affairs, which were also assumed to have caused their divorce. She is now living a life away from the media spotlight. Anthony, on the other hand, had married again. He died in 2018 and was reported to have committed suicide.

Birth & Education
  • Nancy Putkoski was born and raised in the US. The exact date and place of her birth remain unknown. She grew up in a supportive family. Nancy attended the 'Dwight-Englewood' school in Englewood, New Jersey, the same school that Anthony had attended.
  • Not much is known about Nancy’s education after she completed school.
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Married Life & Divorce
  • Nancy and Anthony met for the first time in high school. They dated for several years before they decided to get married.
  • Nancy and Anthony got married in 1985. They had a happy relationship for 20 years, and then they parted their ways. In the initial days of their marriage, Lisa and Anthony were a perfect couple. Anthony’s hectic schedule and his inability to devote time to his family were the primary reasons for the divorce. Additionally, Anthony was also rumored to have had several illicit affairs. This, too, might have caused their divorce.
  • Anthony would travel for most of the year, and this eventually affected his relationship with Nancy. In his book ‘Kitchen Confidential,’ released in 2000, Anthony had mentioned some of the affairs that he had had while traveling for work.
  • Nancy and Anthony announced their separation in 2004, and the divorce was finalized in 2005. They did not have any children. Thus, they never had an issue regarding child custody. Following the divorce, Lisa lived a low-key life. She is currently believed to be single. Anthony, on the other hand, had an eventful life that was always under the media spotlight. He married mixed martial artist Ottavia Busia 2 years after his divorce from Nancy. They had a daughter, Ariane.
  • Anthony and Ottavia’s marital life faced the same challenges that Nancy’s life with Anthony had faced. Hence, this marriage, too, ended in a divorce. However, contrary to Nancy’s case, Anthony and Ottavia maintained a friendly relationship even after the divorce.
  • On June 8, 2018, Anthony was found dead in his room of 'Le Chambard' hotel in Kaysersberg, France. He had apparently committed suicide by hanging.

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