Nancy Putkoski – Biography and Facts About Anthony Bourdain’s First Wife

Nancy Putkoski is a common American woman who is living an ordinary life off the spotlight. She became popular as a result of her marriage to Anthony Bourdain, an extraordinarily multi-talented celebrity chef, author, and television personality known for his appearance on Food Network’s A Cook’s Tour. Anthony was also popular for his appearance on the series, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, which aired in the US on Travel and internationally on Discovery Travel & Living.

Nancy Putkoski Biography

Born on the 8th of April 1955, and raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Nancy Putkoski is of Caucasian ethnicity. She is a Christian and also a registered Republican. She attended Dwight-Englewood high school, moving on to New York in 1974 after her graduation. There, she enrolled in Vassar College, a private, coeducational institution for liberal arts majors located in Poughkeepsie and graduated in 1978. However, her course of study is unknown.

Nancy and Anthony met and began dating in high school before they eventually got married. Unfortunately, they decided to call it quits in 2005 after being married for 25 years and since then, everything about Nancy has been kept far away from the media and she is not active of any of the numerous social media platforms available today.

Sadly, Nancy Putkoski’s ex-husband, who was considered to be one of the world’s best chefs, passed on on June 8, 2018, just 17 days to his 62nd birthday. He was said to have committed suicide in his room at Le Chambard hotel, Alsace, France, while on location for an episode of his show, Parts Unknown. Read on as we unfold to you all there is to know about the woman who was once so important in his life.

Facts About Anthony Bourdain’s First Wife

Nancy Putkoski and Anthony Bourdain’s Marriage

The duo met and started dating while they attended Dwight-Englewood high school. Before her relationship with Anthony, Nancy was said to be a well-known troublemaker who had a group of drug addicts as friends. However, she turned a new leaf after Anthony came on board.

Anthony, who is a little older than Nancy, was born in New York City on June 25, 1956, to Pierre and Gladys Bourdain. He graduated from high school in 1973 and continued his studies at Vassar College, where Nancy also attended. However, he only spent two years at the college before abandoning his studies to pursue his passion for cooking which was stirred up during his family’s vacation to France during his youthful days.

With the passage of time, the couple’s love for each other grew and eventually culminated in marriage in 1985.

Their Divorce

Unfortunately, after spending their lives together for 20 years, Nancy’s marriage to her ex-husband ended in divorce in 2005. Meanwhile, they had separated the previous year. This was in part due to the fact that Anthony was usually away from home for a very long period of time, working on his cooking shows. This made it hard for them to spend time together as a family. Nancy Putkoski did not have any kids with Anthony while they were married.

Nancy Putkoski
Nancy Putkoski’s former husband: Image Source

Life After The Divorce

After her failed marriage to the famous chef, Nancy went completely off the radar, leaving everyone who wanted to keep a tab on her life and subsequent relationship in the dark. However, while she disappeared from the media, her former spouse, Anthony, remained in the news. He got married again just two years later. He tied the knot with a mixed martial artist named Ottavia Busia in a wedding ceremony which took place on April 20, 2007, and was blessed in the same year, with a beautiful daughter, Ariane.

Just like Nancy Putkoski, Ottavia also found herself faced with the same issue of Anthony’s absence for a major part of the year due to his cooking career. Unable to cope, the couple officially parted ways in 2016 after being married for nine years but still remained good friends.

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Death of Nancy’s Former Husband

Before his death, it was reported that he started dating a lady identified as Asia Argento – an actress and daughter of popular Italian filmmaker, Dario Argento. They were said to have met in Italy where he was working on the set of his television show, Parts Unknown.

Nancy’s ex-husband was reported to have died on June 8, 2018, after he committed suicide in his hotel room in France. This was not his first attempt at taking his own life. In 2005, he made several attempts to kill himself after his divorce from Nancy Putkoski left him hurting. His marriage to Ottavia Busia in 2007 eventually gave him a reason to live.

Since the dead cannot talk, Anthony’s reason for ending his life may never be known.

chidimma Eze
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