Teresa Giudice

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Teresa Giudice
Born Teresa Gorga
(1972-05-18) May 18, 1972 (age 41)
Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Montville, New Jersey
Occupation Entrepreneur, T.V. personality, author
Years active 2009–present
Known for The Real Housewives of New Jersey
Celebrity Apprentice
Spouse(s) Joe Giudice
Children 4
Website
www.teresagiudice.com

Teresa Giudice /ˈdi/; (née Gorga; May 18, 1972) is an American television personality, best 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. She currently lives in Towaco, New Jersey with her husband and four daughters.

As of 2014, Giudice is the second-highest paid star of the The Real Housewives' franchise.


Early life[edit]

Teresa Giudice is the daughter of immigrants from Italy who came to the US. Born Teresa Gorga, she was raised Catholic with her brother Joe in Paterson, New Jersey, where she also met her husband, Joe Giudice.

Career[edit]

After Giudice graduated from college, she went on to work as an associate buyer for Macy's, buying accessories.[1]

Giudice joined the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey in 2009. She initially dropped out and then returned to the show four times without explanation before filming began. Originally linked to the Manzo-Laurita[clarification needed] family as just a family friend, she became infamous for flipping a table[2] towards the end of season 1 (episode 1.6, "Final Dinner", airdate June 16, 2009) and ultimately became its breakout star. At the end of the show's fifth season, Giudice became the franchise's last original housewife standing. Giudice is also a committee member for former RHONJ co-star Dina Manzo's charity, Project Ladybug.

Since starring on Housewives, she has co-authored three successful cookbooks including recipes handed down from her mother. The first, Skinny Italian,[3] was published May 4, 2010; her second cookbook, Fabulicious,[4] was published May 3, 2011; and her third cookbook, 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, her own line of bellini cocktails, as well as a haircare line with Jerel Sabella named after Giudice's daughter, Milania.

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. The two have 4 daughters together: Gia (b. 2001), Gabriella (b. 2003), Milania (b. 2005) and Audriana (b. 2009).

Legal problems[edit]

In October 2009, Teresa and Joe filed for bankruptcy.[1] An auction of furniture from their Towaco home was initially scheduled for August 22, 2010, but was postponed and then canceled as the couple withdrew their petition for bankruptcy. [2]

On July 29, 2013, Giudice and her husband Joe were charged[9] with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, 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."[10] Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan W. Romankow and Rachael Honig are representing the US Government. Miles Feinstein Esq., of Paterson, New Jersey is representing Joe Giudice. Henry E. Klingeman Esq., of Newark is representing Teresa Giudice. On August 14, 2013, the two pleaded not guilty in federal court to financial fraud charges.[11]

Joe Giudice stood trial on Nov. 19, 2013 individually on charges that he allegedly used marriage and birth certificates belonging to his brother to fraudulently obtain a driver's license in 2010. 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. 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.

On 4th March, 2014 Teresa and husband Joe entered a guilty plea to 41 counts of fraud, this follows a deal struck with federal prosecutors. The couple are accused of engaging in bank, mail and wire and bankruptcy fraud which allegedly saw them net over $5 million over a 10 year period. Sentencing is scheduled for 8th July, 2014. [3]

If convicted of the charges in the tax case against them, Joe and Teresa could each serve more than 50 years in prison and be forced to pay more than $600,000 in fines. Both remain free on $500,000 unsecured bonds.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2009–present The Real Housewives of New Jersey Herself 73 episodes
2012 Celebrity Apprentice Herself Placed 5th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bravo Biography Teresa Giudice". 
  2. ^ "TV's Top 5 Most Buzzed-About Moments". People. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  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". nytimes.com. 13 June 2010. 
  7. ^ "Best Sellers: Paperback Advice, How-To And Miscellaneous: Sunday, June 26th 2011". nytimes. 26 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "NYT Bestsellers list archives June 10". 
  9. ^ "NJ,USDOJ vs Giudice Press Release". 
  10. ^ "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice, husband indicted on fraud, tax charges". philly.com. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "'REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ' STARS PLEAD NOT GUILTY". AP. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 

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