Deena Nicole Cortese

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Deena Nicole Cortese
Born (1987-01-12) January 12, 1987 (age 31)
New Egypt, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Television personality
Years active 2011–present
Known for Jersey Shore
Spouse(s) Christopher Buckner (m. 2017)

Deena Nicole Buckner (née Cortese; born January 12, 1987) is an American reality television personality who appeared on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore from 2011 to 2012.

Early life[edit]

Cortese was born in the New Egypt section of Plumsted Township, New Jersey to Italian American parents.[citation needed] Cortese graduated from New Egypt High School and briefly attended Brookdale Community College. Cortese also has a sister, Joanie Maiorella, who was seen in multiple episodes throughout Season 5 of Jersey Shore.


Cortese was a cast member on the reality TV series Jersey Shore. Deena had originally auditioned for season 1 but was rejected; [1] however, she was cast by MTV when Angelina Pivarnick left the show after Season 2, and Snooki suggested her as a replacement.[2] She joined the cast in Season 3, which filmed in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

In 2014, Cortese appeared on Couples Therapy.


On June 10, 2012, Cortese was arrested for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, New Jersey after refusing to move from the street to the sidewalk.[3] Cortese pleaded guilty to failing to use the sidewalk and paid a $106 fine.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2016, Cortese became engaged to Christopher Buckner.[5] They were married on October 28, 2017.[6]


Year Production Role Notes
2010–2012 Jersey Shore Herself Castmate
2010 When I Was 17 Herself
2012–2014 Snooki & Jwoww Herself Appeared in 4 episodes.
2013 Couples Therapy Herself


  1. ^ TMZ Staff (August 4, 2010). "'Jersey Shore' -- New Girl Is a Season 1 Reject". TMZ. Retrieved August 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ "'Jersey Shore' star Snooki helped Deena Nicole Cortese become new cast member". Holt, Bob. July 29, 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-23. 
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  5. ^ Vuipo, Mike (20 November 2016). "Jersey Shore star gets engaged". Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Falcone, Dana Rose (28 October 2017). "Jersey Shore's Deena Cortese Is Married — See the Pics!". Retrieved 28 October 2017. 

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