Danielle Staub

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Danielle Staub
Born Beverly Ann Merrill
(1962-07-29) July 29, 1962 (age 51)
Athens, Pennsylvania
Occupation Television personality, author, singer
Years active 2003–present
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

Kevin Maher (1986–1987) (divorced)

Thomas N. Staub (1993–2007?) (divorced) 2 children

Danielle Staub (born Beverly Ann Merrill, also known as Angela Merrill,; July 29, 1962)[1] is an American television personality, author,[2] singer,[3] and adult performer[4] best known for her appearance on the Bravo reality series the Real Housewives of New Jersey.[5]

Real Housewives of New Jersey[edit]

During the first season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, the participants in the reality show confronted Staub with Charles Kipps's book Cop Without a Badge, which recounts events surrounding an undercover FBI informer, Kevin Maher (one of Staub's former husbands) including an account of Staub's arrest.[6] Known at the time as Beverly Ann Merrill, Staub cooperated with authorities and received five years' probation.[6][7] Although Staub has acknowledged that she was arrested in June 1986,[8] she denies many of the other allegations made by Maher.[6] Staub's autobiography, The Naked Truth, was released on May 25, 2010,[9] and in it she claims that her arrest was a matter of "wrong place/wrong time".[10]

After weeks of speculation, it was confirmed by Bravo that Staub would not be returning to the show for season three but no reason was given.[11] It was later revealed that Caroline Manzo told Bravo and Andy Cohen that she would not return to the series if Danielle did.[12]

In June 2010, her Wayne, New Jersey home, which had been featured on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, was put up for sale.[13]

Other TV Work[edit]

In September 2010, she appeared on the Style Network's comedy program, The Dish. She acted in several sketches including a surprise cold open where she tried to take over as the show's host after leaving the real presenter, Danielle Fishel, bound and gagged backstage. The appearance gained media attention after one particular sketch which some say was a parody of Staub's cast mate Teresa Giudice by portraying her as a monkey.[14]

In 2011, Staub, along with Heidi Montag of The Hills and Jake Pavelka of The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love, starred in a food-related reality series for VH1 called Famous Food, in which they "[revamp] a restaurant from the ground up".[15] Danielle ended up as a co-winner but it was never clear if she actually got to work at the new Lemon Basket restaurant before it was closed down.

Controversies and legal problems[edit]

Stripping deal and lawsuit[edit]

In May 2011, she signed a three-year deal with Scores Gentleman's Club as a fully nude stripper and agreed to star in adult online content.[16] [17] However, just days after signing her contract for adult performances, Staub announced she was seeking psychological and addiction treatment, and reneged on the deal.[18] Scores later sued Staub for breach of contract, but that lawsuit was dismissed.


  1. ^ MySpace page
  2. ^ The Naked Truth at amazon.com
  3. ^ Williams, Mary Elizabeth (June 22, 2010). "Danielle Staub's new role: lesbian singer". Salon. 
  4. ^ http://losangeles.ibtimes.com/articles/147218/20110517/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey-real-housewive.htm
  5. ^ Ruiz, Michele (June 17, 2008). "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Finale: Bravo's Best Cat Fight Tempers Flare and Oysters Fly in Bravo's Latest 'Real Housewives' Climax". ABC News. 
  6. ^ a b c Dagostino, Mark (June 22, 2009). "Desperate Housewife". People. Retrieved August 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ Smith, Olivia (June 24, 2009). "Danielle Staub of 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' has a very real criminal past, documents show". NY Daily News (New York). 
  8. ^ Smith, Ryan (February 1, 2010). ""Real Housewives" Danielle Staub Vindicated in Court; Co-Star's Daughter Guilty of "Weave" Assault". CBS News. 
  9. ^ Lee, Joyce (June 8, 2010). "Danielle Staub Sex Tape to Be Released Via Hustler Posted". CBS. 
  10. ^ Hyman, Vicki (May 26, 2010). "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub's 'Naked Truth'". NJ.com. 
  11. ^ SHAHID, ALIYAH (September 7, 2010). "Danielle Staub to leave 'Real Housewives of New Jersey,' Bravo announces". Daily News. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Caroline Manzo may have had Bravo fire Danielle Staub from 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' - NY Daily News". Daily News (New York). 
  13. ^ Hyman, Vicki
  14. ^ Danielle Staub takes another crack at Teresa Guidice on “The Dish"
  15. ^ Is Heidi Montag Filming A Reality Show With Danielle Staub?
  16. ^ "'RHoNJ' takes off -- and so does ex-Housewife Danielle Staub". USA Today. May 17, 2011. 
  17. ^ 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Danielle Staub: Back on the pole | NJ.com
  18. ^ Danielle Staub Stops Stripping, Seeks Psychological Help - The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, Danielle Staub : People.com


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