Anthony Bourdain’s full name is Anthony Michael Bourdain. He was a very popular celebrity chef and author from America. He specialized in preparing French and eclectic cooking styles. He has appeared on numerous television shows like ‘A Cook’s Tour’ and ‘Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.’ He also worked as a producer for numerous shows including his own. His shows had a lot of episodes and they received a lot of positive reviews. He is a graduate of the American private college and culinary school, The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

Talking about his career as an author, Anthony Bourdain’s book, ‘Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly’ was a bestseller. He also has his own publishing line called Anthony Bourdain Books. He has published numerous books like Mark Miller’s ‘Pain Don’t Hurt’ and Daniel Vaughn’s ‘Prophets of Smoked Meat.’

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Unfortunately, Anthony is no longer with this world as he has already passed away. He hanged himself on 8 June 2018 and took his own life. Prior to this, he was working on an episode for his show alongside his good friend, Eric Ripert. According to Eric, Bourdain missed dinner as well as breakfast. When he went to check on him, he found Bourdain’s hanging body at the Le Chambard Hotel room located in Kaysersberg.

Anthony Bourdain was in a marital relationship with two different women back in his days. His first wife was Nancy Putkoski and they were in a relationship from 1985 to 2005. After his divorce, he went on to marry his second wife and her name is Ottavia Busia in the year 2007. They separated in the year 2016. However, we will be discussing the untold truth about his first wife, Nancy.

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Anthony Bourdain and Nancy Putkoski

Anthony met Nancy back in the 1970s when they were still pursuing their high school education. Both of them studied at Dwight-Englewood School but he was junior by a year. They began dating ever since and their relationship then progressed onto a marriage. They married each other in the year 1985. Their marriage lasted for two decades but then they separated in the year 2005.


Nancy was a ‘bad girl’ in high school

According to Anthony, Nancy was a bad girl and part of a druggy crowd. He stated this in an interview with Daily Life. However, despite being a ‘bad girl’, Nancy was able to steal his heart and they began their romantic journey ever since.

Nancy and Anthony had a complicated relationship

Anthony stated in the same interview that he was ‘smitten’ with Nancy. He grew obsessed with Nancy and he even graduated a year earlier in order to be together with her. He also followed her to the Vassar College which had recently begun to matriculate men at that time. He was one of the very few men to join the college which had a reputation for being an ‘elite’ university for women. He further mentioned that they went through a lot of good as well as bad times during their college years.

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Nancy thought Anthony’s fame was a threat to their wedding

Anthony was a famous celebrity chef and he also boosted his fame when he published his book. It was in the year 2000 and explained that while opportunities were opening up for him, Nancy saw his opportunities as a disease for their marriage. He agreed that she was right as their marriage did fall apart. He was away on tour and was busy filming his show, ‘A Cook’s Tour.’ His ambition began dividing his professional and personal life that he could not save.

However, he mentioned that he was ambitious while she was not. He was learning new things and was doing exceptionally well professionally so he was not going to give that up. Sadly, their relationship could not handle anymore and it finally ended in the year 2005.

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Nancy prefers to stay away from the limelight

Nancy chooses to stay away from the limelight, unlike her late husband who was a very famous personality. She has never wanted to deal with the fame that came in her direction as the late chef’s wife. Likewise, even after the sad demise of Anthony, she has not appeared in front of the media and avoids the cameras as much as possible.


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