“What if I was no longer Teresa Giudice, reality television star from New Jersey, and I became Teresa Smith, real estate agent from Louisville or Lexington?” Giudice writes in her memoir, “Standing Strong,” quoted in Us Weekly and available as a excerpt on Amazon.com. “Are there any good Italian restaurants in Kentucky? Would the paparazzi come looking for me? Would I be happy?”
“Real Housewives of New Jersey” had its season premiere Wednesday on Bravo. Giudice was one of the original cast members when the New Jersey edition of the show debuted in 2009.
Giudice, 45, served 11 1/2 months at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. Her husband, Joe Giudice, is serving a 41-month prison sentence in Fort Dix, N.J., and he might be deported upon his release.
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The Giudices pleaded guilty in March 2014 to conspiracy and bankruptcy fraud charges. The couple have four daughters.
Teresa Giudice has been a prolific author during her time as a Bravo housewife. Her oeuvre includes “Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again” (2016), “Fabulicious!: Fast & Fit: Teresa’s Low-Fat, Super-Easy Italian Recipes” (2012), and “Fabulicious!: Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook” (2011).
Giudice became a fan favorite on her iteration of the “Real Housewives” franchise by flipping a table during a confrontation and referring to another cast member as a “prostitution whore.”