Best known as a former cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She has a son with autism and has worked with national charity Autism Speaks.
She lived in Virginia, South Korea and Las Vegas growing up with her father, who was an Army Colonel.
She and her husband amassed $300,000 in debt in a highly publicized business bankruptcy case.
She married Chris Laurita in 2002. They have two sons, Chris Jr. and Nicholas. She also has a daughter named Ashlee from her previous marriage to Matt Holmes.
She was joined by Melissa Gorga as a regular on The Real Housewives of New Jersey in 2010.