Teresa Giudice is no doubt the star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She joined the show back in 2009 for the first season and has been making headlines ever since. She’s well known for her hot temper, Italian roots and flashy lifestyle, but more recently she’s been captivating an audience with her legal storm of financial charges and just recently spent time behind bars. Teresa has opened up her life to fans as a reality star, not only on the show, but in the media and through her recent memoir. Here’s a look at 10 things you didn’t know about this fabulous housewife:
8. Before the Real Housewives
Teresa Giudice was born in 1972 and was raised in Paterson, New Jersey, to her parents who were both born in Italy. She has one sibling, Joe, who is seven years younger than her and also appears on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The show has become somewhat of a family matter over the past few seasons as more and more of her family members appear alongside her. Growing up with immigrant parents meant her first language was Italian. “I learned to speak Italian in kindergarten,” she said. “I went to a technical high school, I was a good student. I almost got best-dressed. I came in second. I got along with everyone. I had a lot of friends. I had a great time in high school.” She was also a baton twirler at her Catholic school and played the saxophone. After graduation, she went on to attend post-secondary school in California at Berkeley College and earned a degree in Fashion Marketing and Management. One of her first jobs was working as a buyer at Macy’s in New York City.