Deena Nicole Cortese

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Deena Nicole Cortese
Born (1987-01-12) January 12, 1987 (age 32)
Other namesThe Walking Holiday[1]
EducationBrookdale Community College
OccupationTelevision personality
Years active2010–present
Known forJersey Shore
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Christopher Buckner (m. 2017)
Parent(s)John Cortese and Joann Cortese
RelativesJoanie Maiorella (sister)

Deena Nicole Buckner (born Deena Nicole Cortese; January 12, 1987) is an American reality television personality who appeared on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore from 2010 to 2015

Early life[edit]

Cortese was born in the New Egypt section of Plumsted Township, New Jersey to Italian American parents.[2] 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 five 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;[3] however, she was cast by MTV when Angelina Pivarnick left the show after season two, and Snooki suggested her as a replacement.[4] She joined the cast in season three, which filmed in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

In 2014, Cortese appeared on Couples Therapy.

Personal life[edit]

In November 2016, Cortese became engaged to Christopher Buckner.[5] They were married on October 28, 2017. In 2018, Deena revealed that she and her husband were expecting their first child, a son. Deena gave birth to Christopher John "CJ" Buckner on January 5, 2019.[6] They reside in Jackson Township, New Jersey.[7]


Year Production Role Notes
2010–2012 Jersey Shore Herself Castmate
2010 When I Was 17 Herself Guest
2011 Silent Library Herself Cameo
2012–2014 Snooki & Jwoww Herself Appeared in 4 episodes.
2013 Couples Therapy Herself Main
2018–present Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Herself Main
2018 Celebrity Fear Factor Herself Contestant


  1. ^ "Jersey Shore Recap: Meet Deena, the Walking Holiday, and Her Seasonal Na-Na". IBBB. January 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "The 'Jersey Shore' cast is barely over half Italian-American". ELDORADO.
  3. ^ TMZ Staff (August 4, 2010). "'Jersey Shore' -- New Girl Is a Season 1 Reject". TMZ. Retrieved August 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "'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 August 23, 2011.
  5. ^ Vuipo, Mike (November 20, 2016). "Jersey Shore star gets engaged". Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Falcone, Dana Rose (October 28, 2017). "Jersey Shore's Deena Cortese Is Married — See the Pics!". Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  7. ^ Jordan, Chris. "MTV 'Jersey Shore': Jackson cast member Deena Cortese shows off baby bump". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved January 11, 2019.

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