The Real Housewives of New Jersey Cast/Bios ~ Sundays. 10/9c 04/13/11 02:27 PM
The network’s watercooler hit, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” kicks off the summer lineup on Monday, May 16 at 9pm ET/PT with an extended 90-minute episode. Season three is all about family as Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo and her sister-in-law, Jacqueline Laurita, all return and welcome new housewives Melissa Gorga, Teresa’s sister-in-law, and Kathy Wakile, Teresa’s first cousin. The drama picks up where last season left off when holidays are celebrated, children leave the nest and tensions run high between housewives
Kathy Wakile is one of the new faces on Season 3 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but is no stranger to the cast as she is a first cousin with fellow Housewife, Teresa Giudice. Kathy resides in Wayne, New Jersey with her husband of more than 19 years, Rich, and their two children, Victoria, 17, and Joseph, 15. Kathy works hard to keep her family's world in order and carefully monitors her children's social lives. However she loves to party and have a good time. Whether Kathy is hosting a theme night with her girlfriends or celebrating Victoria's Sweet 16 birthday party with belly dancers, Kathy and her family definitely live life to the fullest.
Melissa Gorga joins The Real Housewives of New Jersey for Season 3, but is already part of the family as her husband Joe is Teresa's brother. Melissa is a sassy Italian who is known for her witty, fun, and loving personality. After graduating from New Jersey City University with a B.A. degree in education and psychology, she is now a stay at home mom whose life is all about her family. Melissa and Joe have been married for almost seven years and met while both were away on spring break in Cancun. They live in an ornate mansion that her husband, a successful real estate developer, built and Melissa decorated. Melissa and Joe have three beautiful children, Antonia, five, Gino, three, and Joey 11 months.
Teresa Giudice is a true Jersey girl born and raised. Her parents emigrated from Italy and raised Teresa and her brother Giuseppe, in an Italian Catholic home. She grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, where she met her husband of more than ten years, Joe. Teresa devotes herself to her four beautiful daughters—Gia, Gabriella, Milania and baby Audriana— and manages the household all without the help of a nanny, housekeeper or personal assistant. She finds time to shuttle her girls to their various activities and sports while making sure her home is beautiful and a homemade meal is on the table every night. After graduating from Berkeley College with a degree in Fashion Marketing and Management, Teresa worked as an associate buyer for Macy's in New York before deciding to stay home with her children. She owns an online boutique, TG Fabulicious, and her first book, "Skinny Italian," a lifestyle title that teaches authentic, healthy Italian cooking was on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Jacqueline Laurita is a former cosmetologist from Las Vegas and now a full-time New Jersey housewife. She has been married for more than 14 years to her husband Chris, who happens to be the brother of Caroline Manzo. Chris is the owner of a wholesale apparel business and president and CEO of BLK Beverages. The couple has two sons, eight-year old CJ and 2 year-old Nicholas, and Jacqueline has a 20 year-old daughter, Ashley, from a previous marriage. Aside from spending time with her family, Jacqueline enjoys cooking, road trips, working out, going to the spa and catching up with friends. She always likes to see the good in people, but can hold her own when challenged. Jacqueline does not take anything for granted and believes that true wealth is about love, family, friends, personal growth and helping others in need.
Caroline Manzo is the epitome of a strong New Jersey woman. Always putting family first, she is a devoted wife and mother of three children, Albie, 25; Lauren, 23; and Christopher, 22. Caroline has been married for more than 27 years to her husband Albert who runs The Brownstone, a very successful catering facility in Paterson, NJ. The business has been with the family for over 30 years and is one of the premiere event spaces in the state. Although Caroline spends the majority of her time running the household, she recently launched a new concept, Caroline Manzo, Family, Faith, & Charity, a collection of handbags and accessories available in Fall of 2011. Caroline is affiliated with several charities including SCTNOW, a foundation dedicated to stopping the horrific crime of child trafficking within our own borders, CROC, a foundation dedicated to helping cancer survivors, Best Friends Animal Society, Rescue Ink, and Wounded Warriors Project. Often described as a feisty spitfire, Caroline manages to have it all –- family, friends and a career. In her opinion, that is what makes her a "Real Housewife" of New Jersey.
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