Friday, November 15, 2013

Photos/Bios: Mob Wives Season 4 Cast + The New Blood!

Mob Wives are back and this time with new blood! Get ready and buckle up because the ladies are going to take over your TV screens this December! Meet the cast members of Mob Wives: New Blood, learn more about the new season, meet the new cast members, photos, Twitter handles and more below!

Taken from VH1.com

"Mob Wives: New Blood" is a docu-soap series which follows the lives of a group of ("according to the federal government") associated women at a crossroads, struggling to establish their own identities and carry on while their loved ones do time for Mob-related activities. Along the way they battle their friends, families and each other as they try to do what's best for themselves, their children, and their future. Returning Mob Wives, Renee Graziano, Drita D'Avanzo, and "Big Ang" are joined by a duo of new ladies. Alicia DiMichele and Natalie Guercio may hail from Philly, but their New York ties run deep. 

As season 3 came to a close, Drita had finally decided to let her husband Lee back into her life -- and also their two daughters' lives. Renee and her son AJ were mending their relationship following Renee's stint in rehab. And Ang, ever the 'godmother' to the group, was trying to do her best to remain neutral and not take sides. But when the new girls hit the scene and shake things up -- how will the dynamic between the women be affected?


Renee Graziano is the daughter of Anthony Graziano, who according to the Federal Government was a high ranking member of La Cosa Nostra. Renee grew up during the heyday of the mob -- when things still fell off trucks and people still dropped off envelopes even when it wasn't your birthday. Immersed in the culture since birth, she embraced the lifestyle as her own and became a "mob loyalist". Renee eventually married (then divorced) Junior. Together they have one son, AJ.

When Renee was young her best friend was arrested and sentenced to many years behind bars. This was her first real introduction to prison, but unfortunately not her last. Thanks to a circle of friends living the street life, Renee has visited over 83 prisons and written hundreds of letters to comfort the many friends she had on "the inside." This correspondence gave her the idea to turn her love of the "the life" into a greeting card company called JAIL MAIL.

Renee sometimes longs for the good old days, but thanks to her friends she is slowly starting to realize that this is not a life she wants her son to lead. She struggles to balance her allegiance to the street life with her hopes that her son will live a life free of it all.

Renee is hysterical, Renee is crazy, and Renee is drama, but she will be the first to give you the shirt off her back. Everyone and anyone who knows her, knows this. 

Drita D'avanzo is the wife of Lee D'avanzo, who federal prosecutors allege is the leader of a Bonanno and Colombo crime family farm team. While Drita's husband is serving time in prison for bank robbery (for the second time), she is left alone raising two young girls, Aleeya and Gizelle. Drita comes from a strict Albanian household who defied her parents and married someone outside the community -- an Italian.

Drita grew up different from the other women. She was raised in the projects of Staten Island after her family settled there from Albania. Her father, a strict soccer coach, raised her to be tough and play with the boys. She was never allowed to cry, and had to do hundreds of push-ups and sit-ups a day to meet her father's high standards. Drita was invited to play for the Women's National Soccer Team and was all set to go until she met her first love, "the streets".

She dated street guy after street guy until ultimately finding and marrying Lee. At first everything was great and she had everything she wanted. However, Lee was allegedly robbing banks (among other things), and before she gave birth to their first daughter, he was escorted away by the Feds for an 8 year prison term. Drita had their baby, and stood by her man -- who promised her that he would never leave her again.

During Lee's first prison sentence, Drita realized that she must do something to stand on her own two feet in case she is ever left in a position like this again. She studied to become a make-up artist and worked for various high end cosmetic companies while her husband was away. Almost eight years later Lee came home and they started over. They built a new home, made baby number two, and Lee even got a legitimate job. However the good times were short lived. Again, Lee was arrested and sentenced to prison for 2 -- 5 years for similar crimes. Needless to say, Drita was not happy. But, like so many times before, she picked up the pieces and carried on. As a mother of two with a husband in jail, she struggles to keep it all together while figuring out if this is a lifestyle she wants to continue to live. Currently, she freelances as a make-up artist and plans to develop her own cosmetic line.

Drita is tough as nails and infamous for her many fights and knock outs growing up. Now a mother, she struggles to control her anger and often feels nostalgic for times when a problem could be solved with a fist. 

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. She is like a character straight from the movie Goodfellas and lives by the lifestyle code. Ang has dated many gangsters throughout her life but has always remained independent. She is not the typical women who would depend on a man. Big Ang has managed to make her own way and provide her own means within this world, though she was always lavished with houses, cars, jewelry, furs (you name it) by many well known mob wise guys. One would believe that they call her Big Ang for "E Cups" or her even larger lips, but is really because of her larger than life personality. She is hysterically funny without even meaning to be. Often referring to herself as "bad girl" she will have you laughing upon meeting her and keep you laughing until you leave. 

Alicia DiMichele Garofalo is the wife of alleged Colombo gangster Edward "The Tall Guy" Garofalo (whose father was allegedly killed by Sammy "The Bull" Gravano). Growing up, Alicia couldn't have been further removed from the mafia lifestyle. She was raised in a traditional, close-knit, working Italian family. Her father, an avid sports fan like most Philadelphians, died when she was 16 years old. In honor of him, Alicia hosts Sunday Funday each week at her house where the entire family comes over to watch sports and eat pasta. She is extremely close with her family, and has a self-professed obsession with her brother whom she sees at least 3-5 times a week. She and her brother also own a boutique clothing business together.

Married at a young age, Alicia has an older son (Anthony, 18) from her first marriage. After leaving her wealthy first husband and his money behind, Alicia set out to make a life for her and her young son. While waitressing and working as an executive assistant, she embarked on a fairy tale relationship with the man of her dreams--or so she thought. It wasn't until after Alicia married Edward that she got her first glimpse at the inner workings of the mob. While her husband tried to shelter her from his lifestyle, little by little she met some of his friends and became very close to them. Eventually she and her husband started a trucking company. Alicia ran the business end of the company and ultimately ended up being arrested alongside her husband and other Colombo gangsters, "earning" herself her own charges of fraud and embezzlement (to which she plead guilty). She is currently awaiting sentencing and is facing 0-6 months in prison or house arrest.

With her husband away in prison and facing a much longer sentence, Alicia has had to learn once again to stand on her own two feet. She and Edward have two young children together, so she is now the care giver and provider for 3 young men -- Anthony, 18, Rocco 11, and Carlo 8. She is the mother, the father, the provider, the taxi, you name it. Alicia tells her boys the truth about her and their father's situation and has decided to deal with it head on, together as a family. Alicia's husband is a long-time friend of both Renee and Ang, but now that he's behind bars she is reaching out to them to get some guidance on how to deal with her new situation--something they both have far too much experience dealing with.

Dubbed "Wise Gal" and "Columbette" by the media because of her arrest, Alicia considers herself a warrior -- she has been through a lot. She does what she wants and she's a force to be reckoned with. She is a fun, fearless, fabulous fashionista who loves and adores her three sons and her husband, although in her mind, he has a lot to make up for when he returns from jail--and she plans to make him pay! 

Growing up in the heart of South Philadelphia, Natalie Guercio has been surrounded by the mob lifestyle her entire life. Since the 1950's Natalie's family has lived in, owned and operated the Carto Funeral Home, known on the streets as Philly's preferred funeral home for connected men & their families. Over the years Carto has buried a virtual who's who of the Philadelphia underworld including Michael "Mikey Chang" Ciancaglini, Chickie Narducci, Frankie Baldino and Anthony "Blonde Babe" Pungitore. Natalie and fellow new Mob Wife, Alicia, run in the same Philly circles and their families have been connected through the years.

A single mom to her 9 year old son Nunzio, Natalie took over the family business in 2011 with plans of returning it to its former glory. Attracted to street guys all her life, Natalie's currently trying to date someone a little less connected. At least for now. While this sexy Sicilian siren gives off a cool first impression, under the surface she is pure fire--prepared to burn anyone who gets in her way. 

The fourth season of Mob Wives: New Blood premieres on December 5th at 10/9c on VH1!

Source/Photos Credit: VH1

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