Caroline Laurita-Manzo born as Caroline Laurita on the 3rd of August, 1961, is an American actress, a TV personality, and an entrepreneur. The 56-year-old TV star was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. She has been active on television since 2007 and makes constant appearances on the TV talk shows and series in the U.S.
Caroline had always had a passion for television and first appeared on ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey in 2009’ along with her sister-in-Law (Jacqueline Laurita) and sister (Dina Manzo) who both appeared on the show.
‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’
Caroline shot to prominence for her leading role in Bravo TV show’s ‘Housewives’ franchise. She played the role of a devoted mother and wife of three children. The show also cast Jacqueline Laurita and Teresa Giudice. It premiered on Bravo on the 12th of May, 2009, and aired for 8 seasons (Caroline Manzo left after the 5th season). The show focuses on the tight knit bond formed by the characters in the series and their day to day challenges of coping with the pressures of family and career pursuits.
‘Manzo’d with Children’
After leaving ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ after its 5th season, she started production on ‘Manzo’d with Children’, which focused on her personal family. The series came on air on October 5, 2014. The show was successful and attracted over 1.7 million viewers during the course of its broadcast and was one of the most watched TV shows on American Television. The second and third seasons were subsequently released between 2015-2016.
Other TV Engagements
Caroline Manzo made a brief appearance in the late 2000’s appearing briefly in ‘My Fabulous Wedding (2007)’ prior to landing her first major role in Bravo’s reality series ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’, which shot her to stardom. After casting on the show for 4 years and in the first 5 seasons of the TV series, she departed the show and launched her spin off show ‘Manzo’d with Children’, which ran for three seasons ending in October 2016. Since then she hasn’t featured on any new series to date but has appeared in several talk shows, such as:
- Fab Life
- Rocco’s Dinner Party
- Actress Hollywood Live
- The Millionaire Matchmaker
- Who wants to be a Millionaire
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Real Housewives of New Jersey: In 2012, rumors began to circulate the media that fellow cast mate Teresa Giudice and Caroline had not been on speaking terms in over a year. Claims in some quarters had it that the pair fell apart during an onscreen trip when Caroline expressed her views about comments about her in Giudice’s cookbook ‘Fabulicious’. In the cookbook, Teresa Giudice referenced Manzo as being “as Italian as the Olive Garden”. Caroline didn’t take this reference kindly.
Feud with Dina: Dina Manzo only appeared in the first and second season installment of the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ and didn’t appear on the show ever again until the show’s conclusion. Facts are still sketchy about what really ignited the feud between the two sisters which started in 2010. In a personal blog in 2010, Dina claimed that certain things transpired within family members behind the scenes which put a strain on their relationship. This kick started a back and forth exchange of words between Caroline and her sister for years which further damaged their relationship.
Links to the Mafia: Caroline’s father-in Law Albert Manzo was murdered in 1983. His body was found in a car trunk in New Jersey riddled with bullets. His gang-star like assassination raised a lot of dust at the time with popular opinion suggesting that he must have belonged to the violent drug mob in Jersey which was prevalent at the time. With Caroline’s trending profile on television some questions arised about her father-in Law’s death. She has vehemently disputed these claims and in an interview with the New York Daily News, when asked about these allegations, Caroline reiterated the long held family stance of Albert Manzo has been a good father and a responsible citizen of the community during his lifetime.
In 2013, Caroline launched her writing career by releasing her first and only book till date: ‘Let Me Tell You Something: Life as a real House wife, Tough-Love Mother and Street Smart Business Woman’. In this book she reveals insight on how to lead a happy and self-fulfilling life from both a family perspective, as well as a career fulfillment perspective. The book was released in 2013 and drew mixed reviews from critics. ‘Let Me Tell You Something’ remains the only book ever released by her ever since.
Charity& Business Engagement
Caroline Manzo is a very successful woman with a reputation for dramatizing personal accomplishments. She runs a catering service company in Paterson, New Jersey, and is also involved in charitable works all over the U.S and most significantly known for her roles in the fight against child trafficking and her dedicated effort geared towards helping survivors of cancer get back to normal life.
Caroline is married to Albert Manzo, her husband of 34 years. They have 3 children. Their first child Albert was born in 1986, Lauren – in 1988, and Christopher – in 1989. All three children starred in the TV show ‘Manzo’d with Children’. She is also a grandmother of a granddaughter born to her daughter Lauren Michelle and son-in Law Vito Scalia. Grandchild Marchesa Scalia was born on February 24, 2017.
She loves wallpics: https://www.wallpics.com/celebrities/caroline-manzo
Net Worth of Caroline Manzo
As at 2018, the Gazette Review rates Caroline Manzo’s net worth at $8 million. Other rating agencies place her at between $7.5-$13m depending on which you choose to believe. She garnered her wealth from her acting career which was launched in the late 2000’s up until now as well as personal income from her published E-book ‘Let Me Tell You Something’ and numerous other business investments.