Sometimes the mood strikes when you have to stop what you’re doing and watch the OG episodes of Real Housewives of New Jersey. Like most debut seasons of Real Housewives shows, there’s truly nothing like it. Before it was the Teresa Giudice show, it centered all around the uber-Italian Manzo family. Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo were sisters married to brothers — you couldn’t make this up. They may not have truly been thick as thieves, but they provided some iconic moments cemented in Bravo history.
Dina is an OG and don’t you forget it. She was the original enemy of Danielle Staub and a major player in Tre’s infamous table flip. Dina left us in Season 2 never to look back (well, not exactly). She made a return during the Amber Marchese of it all, if you can recall the war flashbacks of The Twins era. But it’s that first season that features some of Dina’s most legendary moments.
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Unfortunately, Dina has no interest in a Bravo return, especially if it’s coming back to RHONJ. Is it because of her mysterious feud with Dolores Catania? The world may never know. She does live in Cali now and has dealt with some super traumatic moments (many exemplified by her so-called sister). She’s pretty reclusive, aside from her friendship with her real sister Tre. But she recently shared some heartbreaking news with OG fans of RHONJ.
Fans know that Dina has a soft spot for animals, the uglier the better. Her hairless cat Grandma Wrinkles was a bonafide housewife. She was high maintenance like Dina and way too zen for the drama, also like her mama. But Dina revealed via Instagram that Grandma Wrinkles has joined her husband (AKA Lisa Vanderpump’s dog Giggy) in pet heaven.
Dina revealed to fans that she lost a “huge chunk of [her] heart” recently when Wrinkles passed away. She references Grandma Wrinkles being reunited with her long-lost siblings (Dina’s other fallen pets), who were appropriately named Gracie and Botox. Only Dina. It’s clear from her heartfelt caption that the loss has taken a massive toll on Dina, who has such a pure heart. Our heart goes out to Dina as she grieves the loss of a legend.
TELL US – DO YOU HAVE ANY KIND WORDS TO SAY TO DINA? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT INVOLVING GRANDMA WRINKLES ON RHONJ?
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