Melissa Gorga

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Melissa Gorga
Melissa Gorga at New York Fashion Week 2016.jpg
Melissa Gorga at New York Fashion Week 2016
Born Melissa Ann Marco
(1979-03-21) March 21, 1979 (age 39)
Residence Montville, New Jersey, United States
Nationality American
Education B.A. Elementary Education
Occupation
  • Television personality
  • author
  • singer
  • designer
  • businesswoman
Years active 2011–present
Home town Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Spouse(s) Giuseppe "Joseph" Gorga (m. 2004)
Children 3
Relatives

Teresa Giudice (sister-in-law)

Kathy Wakile (cousin-in-law)
Website http://www.melissagorga.com/

Melissa Ann Gorga (née Marco; born March 21, 1979)[1] is an American reality television personality, author, singer, designer, and businesswoman. She is a member of the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, joining the show in its third season.

Personal life[edit]

Melissa Gorga (née "Marco") is of Italian descent and grew up in Toms River, New Jersey.[2][3] She attended New Jersey City University and lived in Bayonne, New Jersey while in college.

She is married to Giuseppe "Joe" Gorga, also a cast member on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, who is the brother of cast member Teresa Giudice. The Gorgas have 3 children: Antonia, Gino, and Joey[3] and reside in Montville, New Jersey.[4]

Career[edit]

Gorga has appeared in the reality television series The Real Housewives of New Jersey since 2011.[5][6][7][8]

She also has pursued a music career. Her single "On Display" was released on iTunes on August 13, 2011.[9] Other singles were previewed on several season-four episodes, and Gorga issued a four-song EP. As of July 5, 2012, she has released two additional singles on iTunes: "How Many Times", released April 29, 2012,[10] and "Rockstar", released June 10, 2012.[11] Her fourth single, "I Just Wanna", was released September 2012. Written by and featuring hip hop singer Santino Noir,[12] it was accompanied by a music video.[13] In January 2016, Gorga told E! News she wouldn't be continuing her music career, but expressed interest to returning to music in the future.[14]

In 2014, Gorga introduced a jewelry line on HSN TV.[3][15] In late 2015, she opened a clothing boutique called Envy by Melissa Gorga in Montclair, New Jersey, in premises built by her husband, Joe.[16] In January 2017, the store was temporarily closed due to a dispute with her business partner, Jackie Beard Robinson;[17][18] it re-opened later that month.[19] In December 2017, Robinson sued Gorga, alleging Gorga falsely accused Robinson of stealing merchandise from Envy.[20]

In May 2017, the Gorgas opened a restaurant in East Hanover, New Jersey with Teresa Giudice named Gorga's Homemade Pasta and Pizza.[21][22] In January 2018, the restaurant temporarily closed in search of larger space and new management.[23][24]

Works[edit]

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011–present The Real Housewives of New Jersey Herself 104 episodes
2015 Teresa Checks In Herself 3 episodes

Music[edit]

Title Year
"On Display" 2011
"How Many Times" 2012
"Rockstar" 2012
"I Just Wanna"
(featuring Santino Noir)
2012
Never Let Me Go 2013

Books

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rohan, Virginia (May 15, 2011). "Two new members join the cast of 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'". The Record. Bergen County, New Jersey. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved February 8, 2016. The former Melissa Marco, 32, grew up in a "100 percent Italian" family in Toms River... 
  2. ^ D'Onofrio, Mike. "Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga visits Liberty Science Center", The Jersey Journal, December 13, 2014. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Gorga grew up in Toms River. While attending New Jersey City University, where she graduated from on 2003, she lived in Bayonne."
  3. ^ a b c "Melissa Gorga". Bravo TV. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Stiansen, Laura Adams. "Jersey Girl; Franklin Lakes Real Housewife Melissa Gorga shines in the spotlight", (201) magazine, November 2013. Accessed May 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "Real Housewives of New Jersey Returns – with New Ladies!". People. April 13, 2011. Archived from the original on September 12, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" Heads to the Shore in Season Four Premiering April 22 at 10PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. March 22, 2012. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Takeda, Allison (April 3, 2013). "See The Real Housewives of New Jersey's Cast Picture From Season Five". Us Weekly. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (February 8, 2016). "'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Renewed; Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga & Jacqueline Laurita To Return\". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "On Display" at iTunes
  10. ^ "How Many Times" at iTunes
  11. ^ "Rockstar" at iTunes
  12. ^ Santino Noir's website
  13. ^ "I Just Wanna" at iTunes
  14. ^ Harrison, Lily (January 14, 2016). "Melissa Gorga Reveals Why She Named Her New Store Envy—Get the Scoop". E! News. Retrieved November 20, 2016. 
  15. ^ Tanenbaum, Sharon (April 23, 2014). "Melissa Gorga to Debut Jewelry Line on HSN". Us Weekly. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Melissa Gorga Put Joe Gorga to Work on Her New Boutique: "I Had a Vision"". 2015-12-11. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  17. ^ Stone, Natalie (January 5, 2017). "RHONJ's Melissa Gorga Temporarily Closes Her Boutique Following 'Difference of Opinion' with Business Partner". People. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  18. ^ Vulpo, Mike (January 3, 2017). "Here's Why Real Housewives of New Jersey's Melissa Gorga Temporarily Closed Envy Boutique". E! News. Retrieved January 5, 2017. 
  19. ^ Veron, Joan (January 24, 2017). "Melissa Gorga boutique to reopen Saturday". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  20. ^ "RHONJ star Melissa Gorga and Bravo's Andy Cohen hit with $30M lawsuit as reality star's ex business partner sues for defamation". Daily Mail. December 7, 2017. 
  21. ^ Spence, Shay (May 19, 2017). "'We're Back Together'! Teresa Giudice, Melissa and Joe Gorga Just Opened Up a Restaurant". People. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  22. ^ Jennings, Rob (May 19, 2017). "'Real Housewives' stroll the red carpet at restaurant's grand opening". NJ.com. Retrieved May 19, 2017. 
  23. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen (January 6, 2018). "Teresa Giudice and Joe Gorga's N.J. Restaurant to Close After Being Open Less Than a Year". People. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  24. ^ Aciz Stanton, Leanne (January 6, 2018). "Joe Gorga and Teresa Giudice's New Jersey Restaurant Is Closing Less Than a Year After Opening". US Weekly. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 

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