Teresa Giudice: From Housewife to the Big House in 5 Clicks

1. JUST A JERSEY GIRL

When viewers first met Teresa Giudice on The Real Housewives of New Jersey in March 2009, she was described as Dina and Caroline Manzo's friend who loved to shop, get spa treatments and spend time at the Jersey Shore with her three young daughters and husband, Joe, who owned a successful construction business. They lived in a brand-new, $1.7 million 10,000-sq.-ft. mansion, and the pregnant mom soon gained a reputation as a big spender (dropping more than $120,000 on furniture for a single room). But that October, the couple filed for bankruptcy, claiming they were a staggering $10.98 million in debt.

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Teresa Giudice: From Housewife to the Big House in 5 Clicks

2. THE FLIP SIDE

It wasn't long before the Jersey native's ugly side came out as she argued with costar Danielle Staub over Staub's sketchy past. The feud led to Giudice's infamous wild-eyed, table-flipping freak-out on the season 1 finale, in which she upended a fully loaded dinner table while declaring Staub a "prostitution whore." "She just snapped," Caroline Manzo admitted. "We all have our breaking points." Giudice, however, said her husband, Joe, was "really turned on" by her display. "When we went home we really got it on," she smiled. "I was like, 'I should flip tables more often.'"

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Teresa Giudice: From Housewife to the Big House in 5 Clicks

3. ALL IN HER BUSINESS

After giving birth to fourth daughter Audriana, Teresa got herself a new body – upping from an A cup to a C – and a new career as a cookbook author. Her first book, Skinny Italian, published in May 2010, became a New York Times Best-Seller, as did her two follow-ups. She also released a cocktail and hair-care line, but her sudden success caused friction among her cast mates. As new Housewives – including her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga and cousin Kathy Wakile – joined the show, Giudice fought with them too, prompting former friend Jacqueline Laurita to Tweet, "Teresa is scum!"

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Teresa Giudice: From Housewife to the Big House in 5 Clicks

4. TROUBLE AT HOME

Her career was riding high, but Giudice's personal life hit a low as she and Joe continued to struggle with their bankruptcy filing – a sale of their personal effects was scheduled and then canceled amid claims that they had hidden assets and undervalued items.Even more worrying for Guidice was her husband's January 2010 DUI arrest, which led to him being sent to jail later that year to serve 10 days for driving on a suspended license. He was arrested again in 2011 for fraudulently obtaining a new license using his brother's ID (and faced up to 10 years in prison). Giudice also laughed off rumors that "Juicy Joe," as she nicknamed him, was a cheater who may have fathered a love child. But rumors of his infidelity surfaced again in 2013.

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Teresa Giudice: From Housewife to the Big House in 5 Clicks

5. CRIMINAL CONDUCT

The couple's money issues reached a whole new level of trouble when they were both indicted on federal fraud charges on July 29. In the 39-count indictment, the pair were accused of exaggerating their income while applying for loans before the Real Housewives debuted in 2009, and then hiding their improved fortunes in their bankruptcy filing. "Teresa will plead 'not guilty,'" her attorney stated as the couple, who could potentially serve 30 years in prison, were released on $500,000 bail each. In a statement, Teresa said she supported her husband and wanted to resolve the charges as soon as possible. "I am committed to my family and intend to maintain our lives in the best way possible, which includes continuing my career," the 41-year-old said.

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