“If you think I’m a bitch, then bring it on!”
Claudine “Dina” Manzo (née Laurita) (born March 7, 1971) is a mother, interior decorator, and the founder of the non-profit organization, Project Ladybug. She and her family live in the affluent town of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. She has been married to Tommy Manzo, co-owner of the event and catering facility The Brownstone, since 2006. Manzo is her second husband. Tommy’s brother and business partner Albert is the husband of Dina’s older sister and cast mate, Caroline, making the two also sisters-in-law. Their wedding was featured on the VH1 television show My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding. Dina has a daughter, Alexia (“Lexi”, born on January 25, 1996) from her previous marriage to George Hadjiapostoli (co-owner of Nisha nail salon in Wayne, New Jersey). Season 1 focuses on the struggles Dina, like many other mothers, faces as Alexia grows up. Dina’s foundation, Project Ladybug, is dedicated to supporting St.Joseph’s Hospital Paterson and helping children with cancer. An event for the charity was featured in Season 1. Manzo’s husband, Tommy, asked to not participate in the show; her daughter, Lexi, was featured in season 1, but does not appear on Dina’s graphic on the opening theme in season 2.
Dina was constantly in conflict with troublesome cast mate, Danielle Staub, throughout Season 1. After filming, the two experienced an even larger falling out than any previously featured on the show. The issue was mentioned on the reunion show by a sobbing Caroline, but at Dina’s behest, no details were given. It is revealed in the Season 2 reunion, that Danielle supposedly attempted to get Lexi taken away from Dina.
Dina left the show in the middle of the second season, purportedly to avoid further conflict with Staub. Bravo announced that they would not be replacing Dina this season. They are currently casting for a fifth housewife to co-star in season 3. However, Dina reappeared in Season 2 for the christening of her goddaughter, Teresa Giudice’s newborn daughter, Audriana She did not, however, appear on the second season’s reunion show, although it was stated that Dina left the show due to Danielle’s alleged attempt to get Dina’s child Lexi taken away from her, which is what enraged Caroline at the season 1 reunion show. Staub has denied these claims.
Official Website: http://www.dinamanzo.com/
Project Ladybug: http://www.projectladybug.org/
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