Jennifer Graziano Bio: In Her Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos
Jennifer Graziano Biography
Jennifer Graziano was born in 1971 to Veronica and Anthony Graziano. She has two older sisters, Lana and Renee. Her father is a mobster and the former consigliere in the Bonanno crime family.
Graziano was allegedly a drug-runner for her ex-brother-in-law Hector Pagan when she was a graduate student at NYU, where she acquired a degree in psychology.
After graduate school Graziano started JustJenn Productions and dabbled in several business ventures before striking a deal with Harvey Weinstein to create a reality series that followed women living the mafia lifestyle.
Jennifer Graziano Mob Wives, Big Ang
Graziano created the show Mob Wives: New Blood, originally called Mob Wives, which includes her sister Renee, in 2011. The show, which is currently airing, follows the lives of women whose fathers and husbands have ties to the mafia. Weinstein is an executive producer on the show. Mob Wives: New Blood led to a rift between the sisters and their father that is slowly being reconciled.
Graziano is cautious when filming, as her sister is one of the show’s stars. “I walk the fine line because my sister is on the show so it’s kind of hard sometimes to see what she goes through,” Graziano told Uinterview.com exclusively. “But she’s an open book and she will not let us turn the cameras off regardless.”
Following the success of Mob Wives: New Blood, Graziano has also helmed two spinoffs, Mob Wives Chicago and Big Ang.
Jennifer Graziano Restaurant, ‘How To Use A Meat Cleaver’
The Graziano sisters own several restaurants. “The patrons always like to see the owner talk to them, sit down with them; know what’s going on in their life,” Graziano exclusively advised Uinterview.com.
The sisters have written an Italian cookbook based on recipes they learned growing up, called How To Use A Meat Cleaver. “The book is dedicated to our parents as well as our grandmother and what I remember is, with my grandmother always cooking she was always in her cooking dress in front of the stove stirring the sauce and my parents would always take us to the feast, the San Gennaro Feast on Mulberry street,” Graziano told Uinterview exclusively. “That brings back memories of sausage and peppers, zeppoles and everything and all the Italian cuisine you would get right there on the street. And you know we had a really great family time it was always centered around food because we always ate together on Sunday and we had holidays and we had hundreds of people coming in and out of the house.”