Linda Lee Cadwell was born on March 21, 1945 in Everett, Washington. She is the daughter of Vivian R. (Hester) and Everett Emery. Her family was Baptistand 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 as a student studying to become a teacher.
Linda Lee married Bruce Lee 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. Her son Brandon Lee, an actor like his father, died in a shooting accident on a movie set while filming The Crow on March 31, 1993, 20 years after his father’s death.