'Real Housewives of New Jersey' have 'Sopranos' connection
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The original 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' are Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) and Rosalie April (Sharon Angela). We'll see how Bravo's version measures up.
“There couldn't be a "Real Housewives of New Jersey" without a little "Sopranos”
The cast of the Garden State version of the Bravo series, filmed in and around Franklin Lakes in Bergen County, includes sisters Dina and Caroline Manzo, who married the brothers who own Paterson's storied The Brownstone, a catering hall that has been featured on the HBO series.
What's more, the paterfamilias of the clan, restaurateur Albert "Tiny" Manzo was found naked, partially bound in plastic and shot to death inside the trunk of his Lincoln Continental in Hillside in 1983. In a case that went all the way up to the state Supreme Court, the judges ruled that his widow could not collect on his life insurance policy because the 350-pound man lied on his application about having diabetes.
What else did we dig up on these Housewives? Dina Manzo, described by People magazine as an interior designer, event planner and founder of the children's cancer charity Project Ladybug, appeared with her future husband on VH1's "My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding." The bill for the million-dollar-plus nuptials included a $10,000 Badgley Mischka gown, $50,000 for hand-blown glass butterflies, and nearly $500,000 in flowers. The tender memory of her future husband admitting on camera that he had cheated on her? Free.
Her sister Caroline is a mother of three and the owner of a real estate firm, and their brother Chris is married to another castmate, Jacqueline Laurita, a former cosmetologist turned stay-at-home mom. (She has a teenage daughter from another marriage and a six-year-old son with Chris.)
Rounding out the cast: Teresa Giudice, who has three young daughters with husband Joe, who owns a construction company, and Danielle Staub, a single mother of two daughters who boasts of being one of the first female American Express Black card members in New Jersey. In a clip reel shown to reporters last year, Staub boasted of 19 engagements and of kissing Mick Jagger. We're not sure which of those three accomplishments is more impressive.”
Big hair? Lots of bling and family drama? Bring it on!