Jacqueline Laurita
Jacqueline Elizabeth Grippe

(1970-04-26) April 26, 1970 (age 52)
  • Television personality
  • Activist
Years active2009–present
Matt Holmes
(m. 1989; div. 1992)

Chris Laurita
(m. 2001)

Ashlee Malleo

Christopher "C.J." Laurita, Jr.

Nicholas Laurita

Jacqueline Elizabeth Laurita (née Grippe, formerly Holmes; born April 26, 1970)[1] is an American television personality, known for starring in The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009–14, 2016).


Since 2009, Laurita has appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.[2][3][4][5][6] In 2014, Laurita departed the series; however, she made appearances throughout the season, before returning for Season 7.[7][8][9] In April 2017, Laurita announced she would not be returning for good for the series' upcoming eighth season.[10]

In addition to appearing on the series, she also appeared on Manzo'd with Children.[11] She also had a small role in Bad Parents directed by Cathya Jentis.[12] In 2016, Laurita co-wrote Get It!: The Busy Girl's Guide to Getting Your "It" Together: A Beauty, Style, and Wellness Book alongside Jenè Luciani.[13]

Personal life

Laurita was born in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.[14] She was married to Matt Holmes from 1989 to 1992, with whom she shares a daughter, Ashlee (formerly Ashley).[15][16] She later remarried to Chris Laurita and had two sons with him, C.J. and Nicholas.[17] Her son Nicholas was diagnosed with autism.[18] Her husband operates a popcorn company, The Little Kernel, with profits that are donated to a foundation which provides resources to parents with children on the autism spectrum.[19][20]

Laurita's first grandchild, Cameron Hendrix Malleo, was born on August 30, 2016, to Laurita's daughter, Ashlee Holmes, and Pete Malleo.[21] Holmes married Malleo in August 2018.[22]

In 2019, Laurita moved back to Las Vegas with her husband and their two sons.


  1. ^ Valiente, Maria (April 28, 2014). "Jacqueline Laurita Celebrates Her Birthday — See Nicholas Sing to Her!". WetPaint.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Bravo Increases Programming Hours by 45%, Unveils New Slate Including 12 Returning Franchises and Four New Series and Specials". The Futon Critic. March 29, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  3. ^ "Bravo Announces Series Pickups for "The Real Housewives of D.C." and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"". The Futon Critic. March 29, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Real Housewives of New Jersey Returns – with New Ladies!". People. April 13, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" Heads to the Shore in Season Four Premiering April 22 at 10PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. March 29, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "Bravo Renews Bevy Of 'Real Housewives' Shows, Sets 'New Jersey' Premiere Date". The Huffington Post. April 2, 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Harnick, Chris (March 29, 2017). "Teresa Giudice's Legal Drama Takes Center Stage in RHONJ's Midseason Trailer—Plus, What Brings Jacqueline Back?". E! Online. NBCUniversal. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  8. ^ Nilles, Billy (March 29, 2017). "'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Dina Manzo demands Jacqueline Laurita's exit". Zap2it. Archived from the original on October 24, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (February 8, 2016). "'Real Housewives Of New Jersey' Renewed; Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga & Jacqueline Laurita To Return\". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  10. ^ Iaboni, Rande (April 3, 2017). "EXCLUSIVE: Jacqueline Laurita Opens Up About Her Son's Autism and Why She Won't Be Returning to RHONJ". Entertainment Tonight. United States: CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on April 3, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  11. ^ Connelly, Sherryl (November 2, 2014). "Caroline Manzo is all over TV with 'Manzo'd With Children', and (maybe) telling all". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "Bad Parents". JacquelineLaurita.com. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  13. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura (January 19, 2016). "See the Cover of Jacqueline Laurita's Empowering New Book". The Daily Dish. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "Facts About Me - @jaclaurita". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  15. ^ "10 Things You Didn't Know About RHONJ Star Jacqueline Laurita". Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  16. ^ Heller, Corinne (March 19, 2016). "Real Housewives of New Jersey's Jacqueline Laurita's Daughter Ashlee Holmes Expecting First Baby". E! News. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  17. ^ "RHONJ's Jacqueline Laurita on Her Son Nicholas: 'He's Brought So Much Joy to Our Family'". People Magazine. July 6, 2016. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  18. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (July 12, 2016). "Jacqueline Laurita Reflects on Son Nicholas' Journey: "He's Come a Long Way"". Bravo. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  19. ^ "Giving Back". The Little Kernal. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  20. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura (December 1, 2016). "Chris Laurita Explains How His Son Nicholas Inspired His Latest Business Venture". Bravo. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  21. ^ "Real Housewives of New Jersey's Jacqueline Laurita Is a Grandma — See the Adorable Photos of Her Newborn Grandson!". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2017-08-19.
  22. ^ "Jacqueline Laurita's Daughter Ashlee Holmes Is Married: "It's Official"". Bravo TV Official Site. 2018-08-08. Retrieved 2018-11-17.