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Who is Donna Marco? ‘RHONJ’ star Melissa Gorga’s mother has been part of Bravo’s show since season 3

Donna Marco raised her children on her own after her husband Anthony John Marco died in 1994, when Melissa was just 17 years old

NEW JERSEY: For those who may not know, Donna Marco is the mother of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga. She has been part of Bravo’s hit show since season 3.

Donna Marco is a loving mother to her three daughters: Melissa Gorga, Lysa Marco Simpson and Kim Marco Pirella. She raised them alone after her husband Anthony John Marco died in 1994, when Melissa was just 17 years old.

Currently, Melissa’s mother Donna’s profession and educational background before her daughter landed on Bravo’s ‘RHOBH’ remain under wraps. However, a look at Donna’s Instagram reveals her passion for spending time with her children and grandchildren.

'RHONJ' star Melissa Gorga shares a close bond with her mother Donna Marco (Instagram/@donnamarco)
‘RHONJ’ star Melissa Gorga shares a close bond with her mother Donna Marco (Instagram/@donnamarco)

‘RHONJ’ star Melissa Gorga’s mother Donna Marco is not a fan of Teresa Giudice

On a Season 13 episode of “RHONJ,” Melissa, her husband Joe Gorga, Donna and Angel had a conversation about Teresa Giudice’s marriage to Louis “Luie” Ruelas. During the conversation, Donna revealed that neither she nor her daughters were invited to Teresa’s wedding.

The couple described Teresa’s actions as disrespectful. It was previously mentioned that the drama between Donna and Melissa started during the baptism of Joe and Melissa’s son Joey Jr. in season 3.

Then Melissa and her other sisters got into a fight with Teresa, which led to numerous fights on social media. During a rant on Twitter, Melissa’s sisters even called Teresa “a liar” and “a diva.” However, it looks like fans can expect more tension between Teresa and Melissa’s mother, Donna, in the upcoming season of the Bravo show.

'RHONJ' Star Melissa Gorga's Mom Donna Marco Is Not a Fan of Teresa Giudice (Instagram/@donnamarco)
‘RHONJ’ Star Melissa Gorga’s Mom Donna Marco Is Not a Fan of Teresa Giudice (Instagram/@donnamarco)

Did ‘RHONJ’ Star Melissa Gorga’s Mom Donna Marco Have a Breast Reduction?

In March 2021, Melissa’s mother Donna underwent a breast reduction. The reality TV star even shared an update on her mother’s surgery with her fans. “For anyone asking, my mom’s recovery was so easy and she is doing great!!!” she wrote on her Instagram Story at the time.

Melissa also offered a thank you for his mother Donna’s surgery. She further added, “Thank you, Dr. Fiorillo.” She was by her mother’s side throughout the entire surgical process. “My mom has always complained about the size of her chest! So I’m finally taking her to the best to get a reduction,” Melissa said.

She said her mother was “excited” to make it happen because her breasts were “too big and her back hurt.”

'RHONJ' star Melissa Gorga's mother Donna Marco got a breast reduction in 2021 (Instagram/@donnamarco)
‘RHONJ’ star Melissa Gorga’s mother Donna Marco got a breast reduction in 2021 (Instagram/@donnamarco)

How did Melissa Gorga’s father Anthony John Marco die?

Melissa Gorga lost her father, Anthony John Marco, in a car accident in 1994, when she was just 17 years old. In her book Love Italian Style, the Bravo housewife opened up about the complicated relationship between her mother and her father.

“I wanted a partner like my father in many ways — ambitious, funny, an adoring parent — but his opposite in others,” she shared in 2013 on her Bravotv.com blog. She went on to say, “He I was determined to find a man who did, and I found that man and many more in Joe.”

'RHONJ' star Melissa Gorga's father Anthony John Marco died in 1994 (Instagram/@melissagorga)
‘RHONJ’ star Melissa Gorga’s father Anthony John Marco died in 1994 (Instagram/@melissagorga)

Season 14 of ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ drops on Subday, May 5, 2024, at 8:00 PM ET, only on Bravo.