Jacqueline Laurita was one of the original cast members of the hit reality TV series, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, the second highest rated of the Bravo Housewives franchise. She is currently a cast member on Manzo’d with Children. Millions of loyal viewers have followed her for five seasons as she’s struggled with everything from multiple miscarriages, family struggles, imploding friendships and most importantly the heartwarming journey of her family dealing with her youngest son’s autism diagnosis. Her story not only touched the hearts of millions of viewers, but also helped bring about more, and much needed, Autism awareness.
In August of 2012, Jacqueline made the cover of “People” magazine where she publicly announced her youngest son’s autism diagnosis. In February of 2013, she launched a monthly column with “Parenting” magazine in which she shared her experiences raising a son with autism and was part of their online blog. She participated in an online campaign to raise Autism awareness called “I am 1 in 88”. Jacqueline has also appeared in many articles in national magazines such as “More” and “Self” as well as countless weekly magazines including “Us”, “OK”, “Life & Style”, “InTouch” , “Star” and “The National Inquirer” . She has graced the covers of magazines promoting Autism awareness such as “PEOPLE”, “Boardwalk Journal”, “Millennium magazine” and on a supplement to “Gluten-Free living Magazine” called “Inside Autism.” Jacqueline has been featured on many websites, including Bravotv.com, TVGuide.com, The Luxury Report, CelebrityBabyScoop.com, Examiner.com, ArthurKade.com, TheGlobalTownHall.com, RoryRoselyn.com, everythingshewants.com, and has done radio shows such as !03.5FM, 97.1FM, Ryan Seacrest, BlogTalkRadio.com ,#SmGirlfriends radio show with Dabney Porte. Her many television appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, The View, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, E! News, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, The Wendy Williams Show, Bethenny, Anderson Live. HLN NOW TV on CNN, WMCN TV The Power Your Life TV Show with Dr. Joanne White and another WMCN show with Dr. Robert Melillo.
Since receiving her son’s diagnosis, she has become extremely active in the autism community. She supports several charities. Jacqueline spends a lot of her spare time answering emails and social media questions from families affected by Autism and continues to do countless articles, public speaking, radio and TV to bring about Autism Awareness and support the community.
A licensed cosmetologist for 20 years, Jacqueline is preparing to launch a beauty and wellness website,www.AltruisticBeauty.com, which has already been featured on countless media outlets. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Chris, and their children, 11-year-old CJ, four-year-old Nick, and 22-year-old Ashlee, Jacqueline’s daughter from a previous marriage. Jacqueline has close to 840,000 Twitter followers and over 365,000 Facebook fans.