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 and was immersed in the culture since birth. Now divorced, Renee has a son, AJ, with her ex-husband, Junior. She struggles to balance her allegiance to the street life with her hopes that her son will live a life free of it all. Though often combative, Renee's loyalty knows no bounds.
Drita D'Avanzo is the wife of Lee D'Avanzo, whom federal prosecutors allege is the leader of a Bonanno and Colombo crime family farm team. She was raised in the projects of Staten Island, NY, after her family settled there from Albania. Though her husband has spent much of their marriage behind bars, Drita is tough as nails and has focused on raising her daughters, Aleeya and Gizelle. While she may struggle to control her anger, she takes pride in being a mother and makeup artist who supports her family.
Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy "The Bull' Gravano, the infamous mobster who cooperated with the government to help take down John Gotti and the Gambino crime family. Karen was just 19 years old when her father turned on the mafia. While her family relocated to Arizona to start over, Karen stayed in New York in protest of her father's cooperation. She eventually joined her family in Arizona and became a licensed aesthetician, opened a lucrative day spa and had her first and only child, Karina. After 12 years of coming to terms with herself and understanding her father's choices, Karen returned to Staten Island. Beyond reconnecting with old friends, Karen hopes that coming back would help her stand on her own, out of the shadow of her father's infamous past. In 2012, Karen published her memoir, "Mob Daughter."
Angela "Big Ang" Raiola
Angela "Big Ang" Raiola is the niece of Salvatore "Sally Dogs" Lombardi, the deceased captain of the Genovese crime family. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she was what many consider a "mob moll," owning many mafia hangouts over the years and often considered "one of the guys." While she dated many gangsters throughout her life, Ang was never the type of woman to depend on a man. With her larger-than-life personality, she was hysterically funny without even meaning to be. After appearing on several of her own spin-off series, Big Ang passed away in 2016 of lung cancer.
Carla Facciolo grew up in the Bergen Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn, where she became childhood friends with Renee Graziano. While her father went to prison when she was young, it didn't stop her from loving the mobster lifestyle. She found herself dealing with the ins and outs of prison once again in 2005 after her then-husband Joe Ferragamo, a stockbroker, was convicted for a boiler room scandal. Despite raising twins as a single mother, Carla knows how to have a good time.
Brittany Fogarty is the only daughter of Andrea Giovino and John Fogarty, an Italian mother and an Irish father, who were both heavily involved in the mob. John ran the streets in Sammy "The Bull" Gravano's "muscle crew," and Andrea managed all the NYC mobsters' underground card games. When Brittany was a young girl, her parents were arrested, but her mother convinced her father to cooperate so she could avoid jail time and raise the kids. An up-and-coming model, Brittany might look delicate and poised, but don't be fooled. She has a mouth on her and she's not afraid to use it. She is outspoken and well spoken, which causes the other ladies to quickly feel outwitted.
An undeniable beauty, Marissa Jade grew up a tomboy with six brothers who taught her how to fend for herself on Staten Island, NY. She was dating reformed mob muscle Jamie "OZ" Lansburg when he wound up getting busted and spending five years behind bars. Marissa has kept busy appearing in Playboy magazine and modeling for the comic book "Destiny: Queen of Thieves."
Growing up in South Philadelphia, Natalie Guercio has been surrounded by the mob lifestyle her entire life. Since the 1950s, Natalie's family has lived in and operated the Carto Funeral Home, known on the streets as the preferred funeral home for connected men and their families. Natalie took over the family business in 2011 as a single mom with son Nunzio. 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.
Natalie DiDonato (a.k.a. Nat D) is the cousin of Philadelphia Bruno crime family associate Frank "Frankie Flowers" D'Alfonso, who was murdered in the notorious Philly Mob War between the Scarfo and Merlino clans. Her legitimate side hustles include managing both a local DJ and million-dollar property listings, and she trains at one of Philadelphia's most renowned boxing gyms. Natalie is scrappy, quick-witted and no-nonsense, and she still has a soft spot for hot-tempered street guys who always bring her back to the mob life.
Alicia DiMichele Garofalo
Alicia DiMichele Garofalo is the wife of alleged Colombo gangster Edward "The Tall Guy" Garofalo, whose father is alleged to have been killed by Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. She was raised in a traditional Italian family, far removed from the mafia lifestyle. It wasn't until after Alicia married Edward, her second husband, that she got her first glimpse at the inner workings of the mob. Alicia ran the business end of her husband's trucking company and was arrested for fraud and embezzlement. Dubbed "Wise Gal" and "Columbette" by the media, Alicia considers herself a warrior.
Ramona Rizzo is no stranger to the mob lifestyle. She is the granddaughter of the infamous Benjamin "Lefty Guns" Ruggiero, who was played by Al Pacino in "Donnie Brasco." In Staten Island, NY, Ramona grew up with Renee Graziano and Karen Gravano, with whom she was very close (Ramona and Karen even refer to themselves as cousins). Ramona's mafia upbringing was unique because her family tried to keep it a secret. They were not happy with her choice of husband and father of her four kids, Walia "Wally" Khatib, whose business dealings were also connected to "the lifestyle." The couple lived the high life, moving from mansions in the United States to palaces in the Middle East -- but when Ramona asked for a divorce, he refused to let her leave his country. Stuck in Jordan for two years, she fought to get herself and her kids back to the United States, where she had to deal with the repercussions of her husband's business misdeeds and had two criminal cases charged against her. Ramona is determined to get her life back on track, make amends with her parents and give her kids the lifestyle she had growing up.
A scrappy loose cannon known for her multiple engagements, Love Majewski was introduced to the underworld at a young age. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, she met childhood friends Karen Gravano and Ramona Rizzo in high school, and they've been connected ever since. After dating Chris Paciello and Ray Merolle Jr. of The Untouchables car-theft ring, Love fled the U.S. to avoid having to testify against her exes. Once their trials were over, she returned to New York and began a more low-key life as a makeup artist.
About Mob Wives Season 5
Mob Wives 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. The tight-knit group of women battle their friends, families and one another as they try to do what's best for themselves, their children and their futures.