Teresa Giudice

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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 (graduate)
Occupation Television personality, NY Times Bestselling author, entrepreneur
Years active 2009–present
Notable work(s) Skinny Italian
Fabulicious! Fast & Fit
Fabulicious! On the Grill
Television The Real Housewives of New Jersey
The Celebrity Apprentice 5
Religion Catholicism
Spouse(s) Joe Giudice (m. 2000)
Children Gia Giudice, Gabriella Giudice, Milania Giudice, Audriana Giudice
Relatives Melissa Gorga (sister-in-law)
Kathy Wakile (cousin)

Teresa Giudice /ˈdi/; (née Gorga; May 18, 1972) is an American reality television castmember, 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. 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 Catholic with her brother Joe in Paterson, New Jersey, where she met her husband, Joe Giudice.


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

Giudice is a committee member for fellow 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,[2] was published May 4, 2010; her second cookbook, Fabulicious,[3] was published May 3, 2011; and her third cookbook, Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit,[4] was released on May 8, 2012. Each of the books has made the New York Times Best Seller list.[5][6][7] 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. They have four 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[8] 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."[9] 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.[10]

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 was originally scheduled for 8th July, 2014, but was later moved to October 2nd . [3] Teresa faces a 21 to 27 month prison sentence, although her lawyer hopes to get probation, and Joe faces 37 to 46 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2009–present The Real Housewives of New Jersey Herself 101 episodes
2012 Celebrity Apprentice Herself Placed 5th


  1. ^ "Bravo Biography Teresa Giudice". 
  2. ^ Guidice, Teresa with Maclean, Heather (30 September 2011). Skinny Italian. Hyperion Books. ISBN 978-1401310356. 
  3. ^ Guidice, Teresa with Maclean, Heather (3 May 2011). Fabulicious. Running Press. ISBN 978-0762442393. 
  4. ^ Guidice, Teresa with Maclean, Heather (8 May 2012). Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit. Running Press. ISBN 978-0762445448. 
  5. ^ "Best Sellers June 13, 2010 - Paperback Advice, How-To & Misc. - Also Selling". nytimes.com. 13 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Best Sellers: Paperback Advice, How-To And Miscellaneous: Sunday, June 26th 2011". nytimes. 26 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "NYT Bestsellers list archives June 10". 
  8. ^ "NJ,USDOJ vs Giudice Press Release". 
  9. ^ "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice, husband indicted on fraud, tax charges". philly.com. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "'REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ' STARS PLEAD NOT GUILTY". AP. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Associated Press (March 4, 2014). "Teresa Giudice, husband plead guilty in fraud case". Fox News. Retrieved 2014-09-08. 

External links[edit]