Dina Manzo

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Dina Manzo
Born Dina Laurita
Brooklyn, New York City, New York
Nationality American
Occupation
  • Television personality
  • entrepreneur
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Tommy Manzo (m. 2007–16)
Children 1
Relatives
Website http://www.dinamanzo.com

Dina Manzo is an American television television personality and entrepreneur. She is most known for appearing on The Real Housewives of New Jersey and her own party-planning television series Dina's Party.

Career[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, the youngest of 11 children, Manzo at age 6 moved with her family to New Jersey.[1] In 2007, Manzo and her then husband appeared in an episode of VH1's My Fabulous Wedding.[2] In 2009, Manzo appeared in the first two seasons of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, a reality series focusing on a group of women living in New Jersey, before departing.[3][4][5] In 2014, Manzo returned for the sixth season.[6] In 2015, Manzo departed the series due to relocating to California.[7] In 2011, Manzo hosted the party-planning series Dina's Party on HGTV.[8][9] It was later cancelled after two seasons.[10]

Manzo runs Project Ladybug, a nonprofit foundation that focuses on helping children diagnosed with cancer and their families pay for medical bills and other expenses.[11][12]

In 2016, Manzo released a skincare product line titled Glow by Dina.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

Manzo has appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey alongside her sibling Caroline Manzo, brother Chris Laurita, and sister-in-law Jacqueline Laurita.[15] Manzo has one daughter, Lexi Ioannou, born January 25, 1996.[16][17] In October 2012, Manzo separated from her then husband Tommy Manzo.[18][19] In February 2016, their divorce was finalized.[20]

Manzo is close friends with former co-star Teresa Giudice.[21] Manzo is the godmother of Giudice's daughter, Audriana.[22]

In May 2017, Manzo and her boyfriend David Cantin were the victims of a robbery at her home.[23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dina Manzo". Bravo. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ Leffler, Samantha (February 7, 2013). "Watch Dina Manzo's Wedding to Tommy Manzo (Video)". WetPaint.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  3. ^ "A New Real Housewives Of New Jersey Cast Member Revealed!". Radar Online. September 2, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Dina Manzo: Why I Left ‘Real Housewives’". OK! Magazine. June 17, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Play At Your Own Risk". Bravo. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  6. ^ Lee, Esther (May 14, 2014). "Season Six Cast Revealed: Teresa Giudice Airs Legal Battle, Dina Manzo Returns, Jacqueline Laurita Is Out". Us Weekly. Wenner Media, LLC. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ Falzone, Diana (May 9, 2016). "Dina Manzo will not return to 'Real Housewives of NJ'". Fox News. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  8. ^ L. Jackson, Kimberly (August 11, 2011). "'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Dina Manzo focuses on event planning and interior design with new HGTV show 'Dina's Party' and 'Design Star' guest appearance". NJ.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Dina's Party". HGTV. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Dina's Party". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ Hawkins, Kayla (October 19, 2014). "What Is Dina Manzo's Project Ladybug? The 'RHONJ' Star's Charity Is More Than a Finale Setting". Bustle.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  12. ^ "About Us". Project Ladybug. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  13. ^ Daswani, Kavita (June 15, 2016). "Former 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Dina Manzo starts a new life in Malibu and a skin care line". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  14. ^ Rosenfield, Laura (April 19, 2016). "Now You Can Have Skin as Flawless as Dina Manzo's". Bravo. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  15. ^ "About Dina". DinaManzo.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  16. ^ Dobin, Marenah (July 17, 2015). "What Is Dina Manzo's Daughter Lexi Ioannou Up To? The 'RHONJ' Kid Is Truly Doing It All — Photos". Bustle.com. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  17. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura (January 26, 2017). "Dina Manzo's Daughter, Lexi, Looks Grown Up and Glam as She Turns 21". Bravo. Archived from the original on January 27, 2017. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  18. ^ Fowler, Brandi (February 3, 2013). "Former Real Housewives of New Jersey Star Dina Manzo Splits from Husband". E! News (NBCUniversal). Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  19. ^ Manzo, Dina [@dinamanzo] (February 1, 2013). "My secret...I have been separated since October..." (Tweet). Retrieved May 15, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  20. ^ Wuinn, Dave (May 10, 2016). "Dina Manzo Reveals She Fled New Jersey for L.A. After Finalizing Her Divorce – and Won't Be Back on RHONJ". People. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  21. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (September 23, 2016). "Dina Manzo and Teresa Giudice Reunite to Celebrate Audriana's Birthday". Bravo. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  22. ^ Corinthios, Aurelie (December 26, 2016). "Family, Fun and Games: Inside Teresa Giudice's First Christmas While Husband Joe Is in Prison". People. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  23. ^ Thompson, Brian (May 15, 2017). "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star Dina Manzo, Millionaire Boyfriend Identified as Home Invasion Victims: Sources". New York City: WNBC. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 
  24. ^ Hautman, Nicholas (May 15, 2017). "'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Alum Dina Manzo, Boyfriend Attacked in Home Invasion: Report". US Weekly. Retrieved May 15, 2017. 

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