Staub attending the Shawn Carter Foundation Carnival, September 2011.
|Born||circa 1963 (age 52–53)|
|Other names||Beverly Ann Merrill|
|Television||The Real Housewives of New Jersey|
Danielle Staub, previously Beverly Ann Merrill (born circa 1963) is an American television personality. In May 2009, she came to prominence after being cast in the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey, which documents the lives of several women residing in New Jersey. In August 2010, Staub left the series after two seasons.
Born to a 15-year-old mother of Sicilian heritage, Staub was adopted and raised in Pennsylvania. She said in her autobiography that multiple relatives sexually abused her, writing, "The memory goes back as far as 8 years old. By 11, I started fighting back."ref name="people_2009-06-22" />
During the first season of The 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. Known at the time as Beverly Ann Merrill, Staub cooperated with authorities and received five years' probation. Staub was arrested in June 1986, she denies many of the other allegations made by Maher. Staub's autobiography, The Naked Truth, was released on May 25, 2010, and in it she says her arrest was a matter of "wrong place/wrong time".
After weeks of speculation, Bravo announced that Staub would not be returning to the show for season three, giving no reason. It was later revealed that Caroline Manzo told Bravo and Andy Cohen that she would not return to the series if Danielle did.
In June 2010, her Wayne, New Jersey home, which had been featured on the The Real Housewives of New Jersey, was put up for sale. As of the end of 2014, the property is listed as a short sale in connection with Staub's successful completion of a bankruptcy filing.
In September 2010, she appeared on the Style Network 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 sketch which some commentators[who?] said parodied Staub cast-mate Teresa Giudice by portraying her as a monkey.
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".
Controversies and legal problems
Stripping deal and lawsuit
In May 2011, she signed a three-year deal with Scores Gentleman's Club to appear as a fully nude stripper and to star in adult online content. Days after signing her contract for adult performances, Staub announced she was seeking psychological and addiction treatment, and reneged on the deal.
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