Teresa Giudice, born on May 18, 1972, is easily one of the best-known ‘Housewives’ in entertainment. She not only appeared on the show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” but has maintained a full-time presence since its first season, which is quite rare! In addition to her on-screen success, Giudice has a flourishing career as an author and entrepreneur. Let’s get to know her better and celebrate her special day, shall we?
Teresa Giudice was born as Teresa Gorga in Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.A. Her parents – Antonia and Giacinto Gorga, who were Italian immigrants originally from Sala Consilina, Salerno. She has a younger brother named Giuseppe “Joey” Gorga as well as two cousins: Rosie Pierri and Kathy Wakile, who appeared on the “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
Giudice graduated from Berkeley College in New Jersey with a degree in fashion marketing and management. Thereafter, she began working as an associate buyer at the department store company “Macy’s” in New York City. In 1999, she tied the knot with childhood sweetheart Joe Giudice. The couple went on to have four daughters: Gia, Milania, Audriana, and Gabriella.
Giudice rose to fame when she appeared as one of the original cast in the reality series “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” in 2009. After the success of her show, Giudice co-authored several cookbooks as well as a memoir. In 2015, she featured on the fifth installment of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” where she ultimately raised $70,000 for her selected charity “The NephCure Foundation.” While her illustrious career brought her recognition and fame, Giudice often got into financial and legal issues, thereby attracting bad press. The actor even spent 15 months in federal prison from October 2014 to December 2015. However, she came out a better and stronger person, chronicling her experience in her book titled “Turning the Tables.” Giudice and her husband decided to part ways and filed for divorce in 2019. As of 2022, Giudice has hundreds and thousands of followers and admirers on her social media handles, with over a million followers on Twitter and Instagram.
Giudice makes a name for herself as a cast member of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 1.”
She co-authors the first of her several successful cookbooks “Skinny Italian.”
Giudice co-authors her memoir “Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again” with K.C. Baker, describing her time in prison.
She stars in the show “The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip” — a spin-off including various contestants from the franchise.
Why We Love Teresa Giudice
She is strong
If we were to describe Giudice in one word, it would be ‘strong.’ In 2014, her husband was also sentenced to three years in prison and was deported after completing this term. During his absence, Giudice took the lead and worked extremely hard to become the sole breadwinner for her family.
She is the backbone of her family
When her husband was deported to Italy, Giudice visited him along with their daughters. Moreover, she began her sentence first in 2014, so that one parent could be with the children. She also has a tattoo of the Italian phrase ‘Sempre Insieme,’ which means ‘always together.’
She gives back
As mentioned earlier, Giudice raised $70,000 for “The NephCure Foundation” in the show “The Celebrity Apprentice.” She is also a committee member of the charity “Project Ladybug,” which aims at offering support to children suffering from cancer.
5 Surprising Facts
Giudice has a line of wine
She has a successful line of wine named “Fabellini,” which she created in 2012.
Her haircare line
Giudice also has a haircare set “Milania Hair Care” named after her daughter.
She had a restaurant
In 2017, she teamed up with Melissa and Joe Gorga and opened a restaurant in New Jersey called “Gorga’s Homemade Pasta & Pizza,” which shut down in 2018.
Giudice is a certified yoga instructor
During her time in prison, she took up yoga and later became a certified instructor.
She is the highest-paid housewife
It is reported that Giudice is paid $1 million per season, while newcomers earn about $40,000 per season.
Teresa Giudice FAQs
What does Teresa Giudice do for a living?
Teresa Giudice is an actor, T.V. personality, author, entrepreneur, and socialite.
How did Teresa’s mom die?
Her mother passed away in 2017 due to natural causes.
Is Teresa Giudice in a relationship?
In 2020, Giudice revealed that she is dating Luis ‘Louie’ Ruelas.
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