Teresa Giudice

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Teresa Giudice
Born Teresa Gorga
(1972-05-18) May 18, 1972 (age 42)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S
Residence Montville, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Berkeley College
  • Television personality
  • author
  • entrepreneur
Years active 2009–present
Religion Catholicism
Spouse(s) Joe Giudice (m. 2000)
Children 4

Teresa Giudice /ˈdi/ (née Gorga; born May 18, 1972) is an American reality television cast-member, known for starring in The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Besides appearing on the show, Giudice has written three New York Times bestseller cookbooks and was featured on Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice. As of 2015 she lives in a federal prison, while her husband and four daughters reside in Towaco, New Jersey. She is known for her extravagant lifestyle and highly publicized financial and legal troubles leading up to her 15-month sentence in federal prison.[1]

In 2014 Giudice was the second-highest paid star of the The Real Housewives franchise. She has also been called the breakout star of the franchise, along with Nene Leakes.

Early life[edit]

Teresa Giudice is the daughter of Italian immigrants. Born Teresa Gorga, she was raised in the Catholic faith with her brother Joe in Paterson, New Jersey, where she met her husband, Joe Joseph Guiseppe Giudice.[citation needed]


After graduating from college,[citation needed] Giudice worked for Macy's as an associate buyer.[2] She is a committee member for Project Ladybug, a charity founded by fellow RHONJ co-star Dina Manzo.

Since starring on Housewives, Giudice has co-authored three successful cookbooks that include recipes handed down from her mother. The first, Skinny Italian,[3] was published May 4, 2010; the second, Fabulicious,[4] was published May 3, 2011; and the third, Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit,[5] was released on May 8, 2012. Each of the books has made the New York Times Best Seller list.[6][7][8] Giudice also created Fabellini, a line of bellini cocktails, as well as a haircare line with Jerel Sabella named after Giudice's daughter, Milania.[citation needed]

In 2012, Giudice joined the cast of the reality competition The Celebrity Apprentice 5 (also known as The Apprentice 12), ultimately raising $70,000 for her selected charity, The NephCure Foundation. She was fired in episode 12, which aired May 6, 2012, after placing fifth.

Personal life[edit]

Teresa is married to Joe Giudice, who has worked as a builder and restaurant owner in New Jersey. They have four daughters together: Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana.[9]

Legal problems[edit]

In October 2009, the Giudices filed for bankruptcy.[10] An auction of furniture from their Towaco, NJ home was initially scheduled for August 22, 2010, but was postponed and then canceled as the couple withdrew their petition for bankruptcy.[11]

On July 29, 2013, Teresa and Joe Giudice were charged[12] with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud in a 39-count indictment. The indictment also charged Joe Giudice with failure to file tax returns for tax years 2004 through 2008, during which time he allegedly earned nearly $1 million. Teresa's attorney told the Associated Press she would plead not guilty and that "we look forward to vindicating her."[13] Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan W. Romankow and Rachael Honig are representing the US Government. Miles Feinstein of Paterson, New Jersey is representing Joe Giudice. Henry E. Klingeman of Newark is representing Teresa Giudice. On August 14, 2013, the two pleaded not guilty in federal court to financial fraud charges.[14]

Joe Giudice stood trial on November 19, 2013, on individual charges that he allegedly used marriage and birth certificates belonging to his brother to fraudulently obtain a driver's license in 2010.[citation needed] Giudice's own driver's license had been suspended following a DUI arrest January 13, 2010. After he was convicted, his license was suspended for 12 months, and he was sentenced to 20 days of community service.[citation needed] Because he is using the same defense attorney in both trials, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas moved the date of the tax case, involving both Teresa and Joe, from October 8, 2013, to February 24, 2014.[citation needed]

On March 4, 2014, Teresa and Joe entered a guilty plea to 41 counts of fraud, following a deal struck with federal prosecutors. The couple was accused of engaging in bank, mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud, which allegedly saw them net over $5 million over a 10-year period. On October 2, 2014, Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison; Joe received a 41-month sentence, followed by potential deportation to Italy. Together, the couple must also pay $414,000 in restitution. The couple are allowed to serve their sentences separately, so one parent may be allowed to stay with their children. Teresa began her sentence first on January 5, 2015. She surrendered herself 7 hours early at 3 am instead of 10 am. According to her attorney, "she was ready."[15][16]


Year Title Role Notes
2009–present The Real Housewives of New Jersey Herself 114 episodes
2012 Celebrity Apprentice Herself Placed 5th


  1. ^ Takeda, Allison (October 2, 2014). "Teresa Giudice Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Fraud, Will Report in January". Us Weekly. 
  2. ^ "Bravo Biography Teresa Giudice". 
  3. ^ Guidice, Teresa with Maclean, Heather (30 September 2011). Skinny Italian. Hyperion Books. ISBN 978-1401310356. 
  4. ^ Guidice, Teresa with Maclean, Heather (3 May 2011). Fabulicious. Running Press. ISBN 978-0762442393. 
  5. ^ Guidice, Teresa with Maclean, Heather (8 May 2012). Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit. Running Press. ISBN 978-0762445448. 
  6. ^ "Best Sellers June 13, 2010 - Paperback Advice, How-To & Misc. - Also Selling". The New York Times. June 13, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Best Sellers: Paperback Advice, How-To And Miscellaneous: Sunday, June 26th 2011". nytimes. June 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ "NYT Bestsellers list archives June 10". 
  9. ^ Takeda, Allison (October 6, 2014). "Caroline Manzo 'Blown Away' by Teresa and Joe Guidice's Sentencing: It's 'Tragic'". Us Weekly. 
  10. ^ http://www.nj.com/entertainment/celebrities/index.ssf/2010/06/real_housewives_star_teresa_gi.html
  11. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20431086,00.html
  12. ^ "NJ,USDOJ vs Giudice" (Press release). US Department of Justice. 
  13. ^ "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice, husband indicted on fraud, tax charges". philly.com. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ "'Real Housewives of NJ' Stars Plead Not Guilty". Associated Press. Retrieved August 15, 2013. 
  15. ^ Katersky, Aaron; Margolin, Josh; Messer, Lesley (October 2, 2014). "Teresa Giudice Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison, Joe Giudice to Serve 3.5 Years". ABC News. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ Nolan, Caitlin; Siemaszko, Corky (October 2, 2014). "Teresa Giudice sentenced to 15 months in prison; her husband Joe Giudice gets 41 months". Daily News (New York City). Retrieved October 2, 2014. 

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