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Linda Lee Cadwell
American teacher and the widow of martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee

Linda Lee Cadwell

Linda Lee Cadwell
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Intro American teacher and the widow of martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee
Is Writer Biographer Teacher
From United States of America
Field Academia Literature Science
Gender female
Birth 21 March 1945, Everett, Snohomish County, Washington, U.S.A.
Age 78 years
Spouse: Bruce Lee
Children: Brandon LeeShannon Lee
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Linda Lee Cadwell (born Linda C. Emery; March 21, 1945) is an American teacher, best known as the widow of martial arts master and actor Bruce Lee.

Life and career

She was born in Everett, Washington, the daughter of Vivian R. (Hester) and Everett Emery. Her family was Baptist and of Swedish, Irish, and English descent. She met Bruce Lee while she was attending Garfield High School, where Bruce came to give a Kung Fu demonstration; he was attending the University of Washington at the time. Eventually, she became one of his Kung Fu students when she was attending the University of Washington, studying to become a teacher.

She took Kung Fu lessons from him while attending college. They married on August 17, 1964. Linda was a few credits short from graduation. They had two children together, Brandon Lee and Shannon Lee. Bruce Lee had opened his own Kung Fu school at the time and was teaching Wing Chun, which would later serve as the basis for Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee died suddenly on July 20, 1973 of cerebral edema.

Linda was married to Tom Bleecker in 1988, and they divorced in 1990. She married stockbroker Bruce Cadwell in 1991 and they live in Rancho Mirage, California.

Her son Brandon Lee, an actor, died in a shooting accident on a movie set while filming The Crow on March 31, 1993, 20 years after his father's death.

Lee Cadwell has continued to promote Bruce Lee's martial art Jeet Kune Do. She retired in 2001, and her daughter Shannon (who is now in charge of the Lee family estate), together with son-in-law Ian Keasler, run the Bruce Lee Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching Bruce Lee's philosophy on martial arts and his writing on philosophy.


Lee Cadwell wrote the 1975 book Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew (ISBN 0-446-89407-9), on which the 1993 feature film Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story was based. She was portrayed by actress Lauren Holly in the film adaptation. Lee Cadwell also wrote the 1989 book The Bruce Lee Story (ISBN 0-89750121-7).

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