Cast: Drita D’Avanzo, Carla Facciolo, Karen Gravano, Renee Grazano, Hector, AKA Junior Pagan, Ramona Rizzo, “Big Ang”, Angela Raiola, Love Majewski
Big Ang’s laugh is the best.
With the addition of Love Majewski, a hot-tempered mob moll engaged six times (often to notorious criminals) but, never married — jealousy is in the air igniting new Staten Island scuffles. A scrappy, quick witted loose cannon known about town for stabbing, slicing, and poisoning ex-lovers, Love is searching for love in all the wrong places — but, she won’t take sh*t from any man…or woman.
Born and raised in Staten Island, Love Majewski is no stranger to ‘the life’. Of Puerto Rican and Polish descent, Love was introduced to the underworld as a very young girl. She met childhood friends, Karen Gravano and Ramona Rizzo in high school and they’ve been connected ever since.
Over the years, Love was engaged six times and romantically involved with noted wise guys including mob turncoat Chris Paciello who brought down several high ranking members of the Bonnano Family, and Ray Merolle, the head of The Untouchables – the Staten Island car theft ring said to have inspired the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”.
Love ultimately ran away from a life of crime to avoid arrest and imprisonment. Fearing the FBI would make her testify against her former lovers, Love fled the US and lived abroad for several years to avoid cooperation. Once her two notorious exes’ trials were over and both were in prison, Love deemed it safe to return to New York. In spite of movie and book offers alike, she has maintained her silence and kept their secrets.
artist and engaged again living under the radar. It was a simple knock at the door that would end it all. The authorities found her and came once again for information on her exes. Worried about the danger she could bring by hiding her past, Love confessed to her fiancée. He insisted she leave with nothing. Armed with just $$20 in her pocket, no car, and no home, she reclaimed her past and returned to the place where it all began – Staten Island.
Angelina Jolie’s character in the feature film “Gone in 60 Seconds” was based on events surrounding Love’s former life. Today, Love is single and the owner of her own cosmetic line, Veritas Cosmetics.
Drita is a hot-tempered Albanian who married into the mob much to the chagrin of her straight-laced immigrant family. Her husband Lee was part of the New Springville Boys gang and is currently in prison for robbing a Staten Island bank. While she’s been married to Lee for 12 years, she’s only been able to spend 2 years with him due to his crime sprees and jail time. She is currently in the process of divorcing him after discovering his infidelity in season one.
From Nicole, aka admin: As a woman, I can feel her true pain. No matter how tough she is, there is a soft spot underneath that very tough exterior, it is just not very visible.
Carla fancies herself a Manhattan girl. She is used to the finer things in life and has no desire to give them up. Carla’s ex-husband Joe is now out of prison after serving 88 months for his involvement in a boiler room scandal. The couple have twin 8-year olds, Joseph and Carmen, but that doesn’t curb Carla’s desire to party like there’s no tomorrow. While she refuses to back down from beef with Renee, her heart may finally be opening up to her ex-con ex-husband.
Karen’s father is legendary Mafia informant Sammy “the Bull” Gravano. While he confessed to 19 murders in his book, he is currently serving a 19-year sentence in an undisclosed location. Karen once dated Drita’s husband Lee and as a result, her relationship with Drita is explosive. After their blow out at the end of season one, things between them remain tense, to say the least. She is putting the finishing touches on her memoir, Mob Daughter.
From Admin: Now that will be a very interesting book to read, no doubt.
Renee is the drama queen of the group. Renee grew up in the glory days of the mob- fur, diamonds, limos, all by the age of 7 and she still carries that Mafia attitude. Renee’s father is Anthony Graziano the former consigliore of the Bonanno crime family who just finished serving an 11-year sentence for tax evasion, racketeering, and conspiracy to murder. She is struggling to forgive Carla after their season one blow out and trying to reconcile with her ex-husband, Junior.
Junior grew up in the streets of Brooklyn and had a burgeoning career as a boxer. He was well on his way to becoming a champ until a fight at a nightclub ended his career. He was celebrating a recent win by knockout and was approached by a gang of guys. Fearing nothing, he fought them all but then was struck in the back of the head with a full 40 ounce bottle of beer. This resulted in Junior having to get a metal plate in his head and ending his boxing career for good.
Ramona Rizzo is no stranger to the mob lifestyle. She is the granddaughter of the infamous Benjamin Ruggiero aka Lefty Guns who was played by Al Pacino in the movie Donnie Brasco. Ramona grew up with Karen Gravano and Renee Graziano as they all shared a similar mafia upbringing in Staten Island. Ramona and Karen grew up very close. They have been together since the age of two, made their first communions together and even refer to themselves as “cousins.”
Angela Raiola aka “Big Ang” is the niece of Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, a deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. Angela, a single mother of 2 was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY with her two sisters and four brothers. Big Ang always strived to be popular with “the mob.” She is what many consider a mob moll. Owning many mafia hangouts over the years, she became like “one of the guys” – even catching a case with some high ranking members of the mob. She was loved by them all.
Nicole, aka admin, says: This show is truly one of the most interesting reality series about a lifestyle that we only see in the movies or TV shows. For example, I was captivated by Tony Soprano in “The Sopranos” because for all of his demonic ways, he also had a heart of gold when it came to the people he cared about, and that is what made him human and someone we could all relate to. “Mob Wives” is not fiction, it is reality, and it is fascinating to see the inner lives of women who grew up in a very, very colorful world. They let us in to see how they live, but coming to their place for dinner would never be an option if they didn’t know you.
Trailer from Season 2 from VH1):