Linda Lee Cadwell

Linda Lee Cadwell

Date Of BirthMarch 21, 1945
Age77 years 10 months 18 days
Day of BirthWednesday
Place Of BirthEverett, Washington, United States
Zodiac SignAries
Profession Writer
Birth Name Linda Emery
Full Name Linda C. Emery
Other Name Linda Lee

Personal Information
Residence Rancho Mirage, California
Religion Christianity (Baptist)
Languages Chinese , English
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Body Features & Measurements
Height170 CM
5 Feet 7 Inches
Eye color Blue
Hair colorLight Blonde
Figure TypeSlim
Body Type Slim
Family Information
Father Everett Emery
Mother Vivian R. Hester
Son Brandon Bruce Lee (born 1965 - death 1993)
Daughter Shannon Emery Lee (born 1969)
Brothers In-Law Peter Lee (Bruce Lee's Brother)
Robert Lee (Bruce Lee's Brother)
Granddaughter Wren Keasler (Daughter of Shannon Lee)
Son In-Law Anthony Ian Keasler (Husband of Shannon Lee)
Father In-Law Lee Hoi-chuen (Bruce Lee's father)
Mother In-Law Grace Ho (Bruce Lee's Mother)
Sisters In-Law Phoebe Lee (Bruce Lee's Sister)
Agnes Lee (Bruce Lee's Sister)
Education Qualifications
Education (Graduation) University of Washington
Education (High School) Meany Junior High , Garfield High School
Love, Romance, Marriage
Husbands Bruce Lee (married 1964- divorced 1973)
Tom Bleecker (married 1988- divorced 1990)
Bruce Cadwell (married 1991-)
Social Networks, Web links
Official WebsiteLinda Lee Cadwell Official Website


Linda Lee Cadwell is an American Teacher born on 21st March 1945 in Everett, Washington to Vivian R.  Hester(Mother) & Everett Emery(Father). She was raised in a Baptist family. Her father died when she was just 5 years old. After the death of her father She, her mom and elder sister moved to Seattle.

Linda Lee Cadwell & Bruce Lee

Linda Lee Meets Bruce Lee: Linda Emery was a student at the Garfield High School, Bruce Lee (the Martial artist & actor) visited the High school demonstrating Kung Fu and that is how they first met. After her High School she joined University of Washington where Bruce Lee was a student, inspired by his Kung Fu she decided to learn Kung Fu and joined him as a student.

Young Linda with Bruce Lee

Image: Young Linda with Bruce Lee

Marriage: Linda & Bruce Lee soon started dating in October 1961, back then it was not common for an Asian man to marry a white woman, she married Bruce Lee on 17th August 1964. She has two children with him, a son named Brandon Bruce Lee (born in 1964) & a Daughter named Shannon Emery Lee (born in 1969). Both of her children became actors and martial artists following their father's footsteps.

 Linda Lee Family: husband Bruce Lee, son Brandon, daughter Shannon

Image: Linda Lee Family: husband Bruce Lee, son Brandon, daughter Shannon

Her husband Bruce Lee died in 1973 of cerebral edema. Her son Brandon died in a shooting accident while shooting for the movie The Crow in 1993. Not being able to take care of a young family all by herself she sold copyrights of Bruce Lee to measly sum (Which her daughter bought back later paying hefty amount)

Second Marriage: Linda married Tom Bleecker, an author and screenwriter in 1988, they however divorced soon after in 1990. Tom Bleecker has written a biographical book on Bruce Lee named 'The Bruce Lee Story' with Linda.

Third Marriage: Linda married Bruce Cadwell, a stock broker in 1991, they have been together since then, they do not have any biological children together, they live in Rancho Mirage, California. 

Linda Lee Cadwell with Bruce Cadwell

Image: Linda Lee Cadwell with Bruce Cadwell

Linda along with her daughter Shannon promote the martial arts system 'Jeet Kune Do' invented by Bruce Lee. Linda and Shannon have a Memorial website for Bruce Lee & Family.

Books by Linda Lee Cadwell: Linda has written couple of Biographical books on Bruce Lee. Some of her books are:

  • The Bruce Lee Story (with Tom Bleecker)
  • Bruce Lee: The Man Only I Knew(1975): It was turned into a biographical film with Lauren Holly portraying Linda Lee & Jason Scott Lee playing Bruce Lee
  • The Life And Tragic Death Of Bruce Lee
  • Bruce Lee: The Tao of the Dragon Warrior
  • The Warrior Within

Interesting Facts

  • Linda is of Dutch, English, Irish, Swedish descent.
  • She kept Lee's surname even after his demise in his memory.
  • Linda, along with her daughter Shannon runs Bruce Lee Foundation, an organization dedicated to help the needy and spread philosophy of Bruce Lee & his Life history. 
  • She was a cheerleader at High school.
  • She took pre-medicine at college
  • After returning to US after Bruce Lee's death she took to teaching, she taught Kindergarten kids.
  • She wanted to become a doctor in her childhood, but seeing that her mother couldn't afford to pay her fees she chose teaching.
  • Her mother initially did not like her daughter marrying a Chinese person. In fact most of her family initially did not like them getting married. Her mother did attend the wedding though and Bruce Lee grew on her over time.


  • No one knows how Bruce died, but I'd rather remember the way he lived.

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