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Joey Buttafuoco: The Man Who Survived a Scandal and a Shooting

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Who is Joey Buttafuoco?

Perhaps the title of this article would best explain who Joey is, a man who survived the scandal and the shooting, although he was neither the one who was shot nor the one who pulled the trigger. However, all this made him a minor celebrity, often interviewed and featured on mainstream and tabloid news programs.

Joey was born on 11 March 1956, and hails from Massapequa, New York State USA. He spent his early life in his hometown, then upon matriculating from high school in 1974, he didn’t go to college but began working as a mechanic. In 1977, he married his high school sweetheart, Mary Jo Connery; they have two children together, Paul and Jessica, and subsequently the family moved to Long Island, New York.

Without his scandalous life story, Joey Buttafuoco is just a regular guy from Long Island, who owned a body shop. He worked hard and lived a quiet life with his family, away from the public eye. However, one day his life changed forever.

His affair with Amy Fisher

The day which changed his life upside-down was the one when Amy Fisher entered his garage, with her father who took his car to be repaired. It was back in 1990, and at the time, Amy was 15 years old, and Joey was 34. To find a way to see him again, Amy would intentionally damage her car which she got as a present for her 16th birthday.

Allegedly, Amy and Joey began a sexual relationship in 1991, however, Amy stated later that their affair began while she was still underage.

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Shooting

Amy wanted Joey to be just with her and she was jealous of Joey’s wife, Mary Jo. On 9 May 1992, Amy came to Joey’s and Mary Jo’s house pretending to be her (fictitious) younger sister, Ann Marie. Mary Jo answered the door and Amy told her about the affair Joey and she had, offering Mary Jo a T-shirt with the logo of Joey’s auto body shop, as proof of the affair. Mary Jo said that Joey often gives those T-shirts to his customers so she didn’t believe her. They talked for about 15 minutes when the confrontation escalated and Mary Jo demanded that Amy leave the front porch of their house.

When Mary Jo turned to go inside, Amy shot her in the face with a gun. Amy dropped the T-shirt and gun and ran to the car where Peter Guagenti, the man who helped her to obtain a gun, waited for her. He told Amy to return for the shirt and the gun and they then drove off.

Mary Jo’s neighbors called 911, and she was rushed to the hospital where her surgery lasted all night; luckily, she survived. The police came and interviewed Joey who told them that Amy could be the possible shooter. The next day, when Mary Jo regained consciousness, she recognized Amy from a photo.

Amy was arrested and charged with attempted murder. On 23 September 1992, Amy pleaded guilty to first-degree assault, and was sentenced to five to 15 years jail on 2 December 1992.

Joey Buttafuoco’s arrest

The shooting and the subsequent court case received significant media attention, and after Amy was convicted, it was Joey’s turn to face the consequences. Joey, at first, claimed that he hadn’t had an affair with Amy, and that actually Amy invented their alleged relationship, so he wasn’t prosecuted.

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However, in February 1993, after Amy accused him of rape and testified against him, and produced a dated hotel receipt as evidence, Joey was charged with 19 counts of statutory rape, endangering the welfare of a child, and sodomy. Initially, he pleaded not guilty, but later changed his plea, admitting he had sex with Amy when she was 16 and that he knew her age at the time. He was sentenced to six months in prison, and was released after serving four months and nine days.

Where is Joey Buttafuoco today?

After his release from prison, Joey and his wife moved to California, but Mary Jo filed for divorce, which was finalized in 2003. Two years later, Joey married a woman named Evanka Franjko, who also filed for divorce in 2007, but later withdrew her divorce petition.

Joey had problems with the law from the late ’90s to the early 2000s. In 1995, he was charged with solicitation of prostitution – he was fined and placed on probation for two years. In 2004, he committed auto insurance fraud and was sentenced to a year of jail and five years of probation. For the rest of his life, Joey is prohibited from working in the auto body industry (in California).

In 2005, probation officers found ammunition in his home, and after Joey pleaded no contest, he served his sentence from 8 January to 28 April 2007.

What happened to Amy Fisher after prison?

In May 1999, Amy was released from prison, and began working as a columnist for the local daily newspapers. In 2003, Amy married Louis Bellera, and they have three children together. Amy’s biography “If I Knew Then…”, written by Robbie Woliver, was released in 2004.

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If you’ve wondered if Amy and Joey ever reunited, they were seen together in sessions filmed for “Entertainment Tonight” and its spin-off, “The Insider”. Amy then stated that she wants to heal and move on with her life. Amy and Joey met again in May 2007, and they were seen having dinner in one of Long Island’s restaurants. Later, a television producer, David Krief, said that it was an attempt to develop a reality-TV show.

In October 2007, various tabloids including the New York Post reported that Amy’s husband sold a sex tape of him and Amy to an American pornographic film studio, Red Light District Video. Later that month, frames from the tape showing Amy naked were posted on the studio’s website. In January 2008, Amy stated that she’d settled with the studio; she made a promotional appearance at Retox, New York City.

In the following year, Amy released her pay-per-view pornographic movie, “Amy Fisher: Totally Nude & Exposed”. Her second adult movie “Deep Inside Amy Fisher” was released in September 2010, and it was announced that this is the first of eight of Amy’s adult films. However, in 2011, she stated that she’d stopped filming pornographic movies. Four years later, she divorced her husband. As of 2023, Amy is a webcam model.

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What we know about Zendaya’s mother? – Claire Stoermer

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What do we know about Claire Stoermer, Zendaya’s mother? Wiki Bio

Claire Stoermer was born in the USA, on 24 March 1964, so her zodiac sign is Aries and she holds American nationality. Claire is best known for being the mother of Zendaya, a famous actress and singer who starred in the film “The Greatest Showman” in 2017.

Early life and education

Claire was raised in the USA, and became interested in theatre at a very early age, often watching plays with her parents, while she was practicing acting in her room in front of a mirror, hoping to become an actress herself.

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She was very active while attending high school, as she appeared in several school plays, played several sports, and was frequently going to the movies and to the theatre. Upon matriculation, Claire enrolled at a college graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and did not get to launch her career as an actress.

Claire’s career

Upon receiving her degree, Claire began working at the California Shakespeare Theater located in Orinda as their house manager, and held the position for several years before being invited to work as a teacher at an elementary school in Oakland, California. She has been teaching for over 15 years now, and is planning on retiring in 2021.

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Love life and relationships

Claire met Kazembe Ajamu, born as Samuel David Coleman, in 1990 while working at the theatre. The two did not start dating until 1994, as Kazembe was married at the time. They married in 1995, and Claire gave birth to Zendaya on 1 September 1996 and she is their only daughter although sources say that Claire has five other children. Actually she was a step-mother to five of Kazembe’s children from his past marriage, who are called Kaylee, Annabella, Austin, Katianna, and Julien. After Kazembe stopped spending time with Zendaya and Claire and started living at another location, Claire filed for divorce in August 2016 which was finalized in February 2017.

She has since been single, and is focused on her job and her daughter. Zendaya’s name comes from the Shona people who are living in Zimbabwe, and it means ‘to give thanks’.

Hobbies and other interests

Claire enjoys watching movies and TV series in her spare time and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Will Smith, Denzel Washington, and Natalie Portman, while a few of her favorite movies are “Seven Pounds”, “Enemy of the State”, and “Dear John”. Two of her favorite TV series are “South Park” and “BoJack Horseman”, while the plays she likes watching the most are “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Death of a Salesman”, and “A Doll’s House”.

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She is keen on travelling but has travelled very little due to having numerous obligations, so has been to Europe on a single occasion only, visiting France, Germany, and Italy while she has been to several other US states such as New York and Florida. Claire is a lover of animals and has a dog and several cats which are living with her – she also had a parrot for a year when it ran away in 2017.

Appearance and net worth

Claire is 55 years old. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around 140lbs (64kgs). As of early 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $100,000, while Zendaya’s net worth is reputedly already over $5 million.

Who is Zendaya?

Zendaya Maree Stoermer was born in Oakland, California USA on 1 September 1996, her zodiac sign is Virgo and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, singer, and a model, best known for starring in films “The Greatest Showman” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, both shot in 2017.

Zendaya was raised in Oakland, and started going to the Cal,ifornia Shakespeare Theater with her mother at a very early age thus becoming interested in acting. She studied at Oakland School for the Arts, appearing in numerous plays during that time such as “Once on This Island” and “Caroline, or Change”.

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She started learning how to dance hip hop and hula at the age of eight, before joining the Future Shock Oakland dance crew of which she was a member for three years. She continued practicing acting at the CalShakes Conservatory Program, later switching to the American Conservatory Theater.

She launched her career as a model, posing for Macy’s and Old Navy in 2008, and in 2009 appeared in the “Hot n Cold” music video of the Kidz Bop band. She started working on her singing career in January 2011, with the release of her song “Swag It Out” while her second song entitled “Watch Me” came out in June 2011.

She made her debut film appearance in 2012 in “Frenemis”, and was then invited to lend her voice to the Lollipop character in the film “Super Buddies” in 2013. She was focused on her singing career for the next four years, and then portrayed Michelle in the film “Spider-Man: Homecoming” in 2017, which is the role that made her famous in the US. After being praised for her performance, she was invited to star in “The Greatest Showman” in 2017, and in “Duck Duck Goose” and “Smallfoot” in 2018, while her two latest appearances in movies have been in “Spider-Man: Far from Home” in 2019 and “Dune” in 2020.

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She made her debut TV series appearance in 2010, starring as Rocky Blue in “Shake It Up”, and was a member of the main cast until 2013. In the meantime, she appeared in single episodes of many other TV series, such as “Good Luck Charlie”, “PrankSTars”, and “A.N.T. Farm”. Her next lead role in a TV series came in 2015, when she portrayed K.C. Cooper in “K.C. Undercover”, through until the series ended in 2018. Her latest roles in TV series have been in “The OA” and “Euphoria” in 2019.

Zendaya has been nominated for over 30 awards, winning 15 of them.

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The Untold Truth Of Ryan Gosling’s Sister – Mandi Gosling

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Who is Mandi Gosling, Ryan Gosling’s sister? Wiki Bio

Mandi was born in London, Southwestern Ontario, on 1 January 1977, so her zodiac sign is Capricorn and she holds Canadian nationality. She is a film producer, but probably best known for being the sister of famous actor Ryan Gosling.

Early life and education,

Mandi was raised in London by her father, Thomas Ray Gosling who is a travelling salesman and her mother Donna who is a secretary. Her parents are Mormons which means the family lived in a specific way, but Mandi didn’t follow the religion after leaving home. She attended a local high school in London, and after her brother began appearing in movies, she became interested in producing them rather than in appearing in them.

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She was also interested in other things such as photography and modelling, but focused solely on film producing, learning about it in her spare time and taking online classes and courses. Upon matriculation, she enrolled into California State University, and graduated with a degree in political science and journalism in 1999.

Career as a film producer

In 2012, Mandi produced the “Miss Advised” reality TV series which counts eight episodes and follows three people who are a radio personality, blogger, and a columnist while all three women are single and are relationship experts.

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She went on to produce a single episode of the “Dateline NBC” documentary news TV series while she only gained recognition after producing the video for the “Happy” song sung by Pharrell Williams. For the song, Pharrell was awarded a Grammy Award while Mandi went on to state ‘It was not a traditional casting process. Because we needed a lot of people in such a short period of time, we kind of blasted it out there. We had people record themselves, and we told them, “Do whatever you’re going to do’”’.

Love life and relationships

Mandi has kept the details of her love away from the public but her fans are often asking her on her social media accounts about whether or not she is currently seeing anyone (and are mostly mentioning how she is 43 years old now and should be together with someone).

Mandi is not married, but there are rumors circulating the internet that she was in a long-term relationship with her high school sweetheart and that the two dated for over 10 years before splitting for unknown reasons. It appears as Mandi has been single since the break-up and will rather focus on her career. She is very close with her brother Ryan and the two are often seen attending red carpet events together.

Hobbies and other interests

Mandi enjoys watching movies in her spare time, and some of her favorite actors and actresses are Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, and Nicole Kidman, while some of the movies she enjoys watching the most are “The Shinning”, “The Silence of the Lambs”, and “Eyes Wide Shut”.

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She is a fan of jazz and blues music, and often attends concerts and gigs at local clubs and pubs, while some of her favorite jazz and blues singers are Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin. Mandi likes to travel and has been to many US states while she has also travelled to Europe on several occasions to countries such as Italy, England, and France.

She is a huge lover of animals, and has a pet dog who can occasionally be seen featured in her pictures on Instagram.

Appearance and net worth

Mandi is 43 years old. She has long blonde hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, and weighs around (60kgs). As of early 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $1 million, while her brother Ryan’s net worth is reputedly over $60 million.

Who is Ryan Gosling?

Ryan Thomas Gosling was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on 12 November 1980 – his zodiac sign is Scorpio and he holds Canadian nationality. He is an actor and a musician, best known from starring in movies such as “The Notebook”, “Blue Valentine”, and “La La Land”.

Ryan moved a lot during his teenage years due to his father being a travelling salesman, but his parents divorced in 1993 and Ryan and Mandi went on to live with their mother. Ryan attended Gladstone Public School, then Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School before enrolling at Lester B. Pearson High School.

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He began singing and acting while at high school, but dropped out at the age of 17 to pursue his acting career.

He appeared in the “Are You Afraid of the Dark” entertainment TV series in 1995, and “Goosebumps” in 1996, while his first lead role came in 1997 in the “Breaker High” teen comedy series. His more serious roles came when he was 19 years old, with his first being in “Remember the Titans” football movie, and “The Believer” film in 2001.

He went on to appear in movies such as “Murder by Numbers” in 2002, “The Slaughter Rule”, and “The United States of Leland” in 2003, while he became famous worldwide after portraying Noah Calhoun in “The Notebook” romantic drama film released in 2004, an adaptation of the eponymous book written by Nicholas Sparks. Some of the other popular movies Ryan has starred in include “Blue Valentine” shot in 2010, “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011), and “Blade Runner 2049” in 2017, among almost 50 film and TV titles in his portfolio. He launched his career as a singer in 2007, when he uploaded his “Put Me in the Car” song onto the internet.

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He went on to form the Dead Man’s Bones band with Zach Shields, with their first album entitled “Dead Man’s Bones” being released on 6 October 2009. Ryan is the owner of a restaurant which he bought rather impulsively, spending all his money on it, and then took a year to renovate the place while he is today taking care of its menus.

He dated noted actress Sandra Bullock for over a year after meeting her in 2002 and was then in a relationship with actress Rachel McAdams from 2005 to 2007. He met actress Eva Mendes in 2011, they began dating in September of the same year and have been together to this day, while they have two daughters born in September 2014 and in April 2016.

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Naked Truth Of Vale Genta – What Do We Know About Her?

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Who is Vale Genta?

Valentina ‘Vale’ Genta was born on 13 August 1997 under the sign of Leo, in Miami, Florida USA, and is a 22-year-old social media personality, model, and actress, probably best recognized for gaining fame through the Vine app. She is also known for running her official Instagram account, on which she amassed more than 1.7 million followers, and her official Twitter account with almost 17,000 followers. Vale also runs a shared YouTube channel with her brother Sebastian, on which they have over 33,000 subscribers, while their videos have attracted over a million views in total.

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How rich is she, as of now? Vale Genta Net Worth

As of early 2020, Vale Genta’s net worth is over$500,000, earned from being successfully involved in the fashion industry as a model, creating sponsored posts for various brands, and uploading videos onto YouTube and monetizing them through advertisements. Furthermore, the sales of her clothing line contribute to her wealth.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Education

Vale Genta spent her early years in her hometown of Miami, where she was raised by her parents, whose identities have not been revealed to the media yet. Anyway, it is known that her family hails from Peru.

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She is the younger sister of social media star Sebastian Genta. Vale’s nationality is American, although of Hispanic ethnicity. Her religion is Christianity. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Vine App

Vale Genta became an active user of social media platforms after launching her official account on the highly popular application for six-second-length videos, called Vine, on which she posted her first video in June 2013, and had garnered over 100,000 followers by August 2014. During her activity on the app, Vale collaborated with such famous Viners as Lele Pons, who is one of her closest friends, and Sebastian Genta, through which she gained huge popularity, which encouraged her to continue with making videos.

She had more than 500,000 followers at the time that Vine was shut down in early 2017.

Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Vale expanded her influence across other platforms since she created her official Twitter account under the username ‘@valegenta’ back in 2014. She also launched her official account on Instagram, a photo and video-sharing social networking service, under the same usernme, and through the clever use of these platforms, Vale enlarged her fan base. Besides that, she has a private Facebook account.

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Genta Siblings

Vale and her elder brother, Sebastian, launched their own line of clothes in August 2015, which is called ‘VG’ and available to be purchased on their merchandise website – some of the sales proceeds go to St. Jude Hospital. Furthermore, the siblings created their collaborative YouTube channel, called ‘Genta Siblings’, in April 2016, and immediately uploaded their first video, entitled “Vale and Sebastian’s Introduction!”. The channel is their official vlogging channel, on which they share various vlogs from their private lives, and videos of other content including shopping hauls, challenges, pranks, storytimes, tutorials, Q&A, etc.

Some of the most popular videos are “Vale’s Everyday Makeup Routine”, “The Spanish Cooking Challenge!”, and “Vale and Sebastian Q&A!”.

Upcoming Model

In October 2016, Vale featured in the music video for the song “She’s Out Of Her Mind” by the band ‘Blink-182’, appearing alongside Lele Pons and Hannah Stocking, which has so far amassed over 20 million views. Following this appearance, many people compared her to fashion model Emily Ratajkowski, and her popularity and online exposure led her to get various modelling offers.

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Thus, Vale has collaborated with several famous fashion brands, and even featured in the campaign ‘#MusicNonStop’ for the wireless brand T-Mobile Latino.

Acting Career

In 2016, Vale Genta made her debut television appearance after being chosen to appear in the role of Grace in the web teen show “Royal Crush”, aired on AwesomenessTV. Between 2017 and 2018, she was cast as Olivia / Bella Mondragon in the web mystery series “Guilty Party”, starring alongside Tiffany AlvordTeala Dunn and Manolo Gonzalez Vergara.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

The beautiful social media phenomenon has long blonde dyed hair and dark brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 5ins (1.65m), while her weight is around 104lbs (47kgs), and her vital statistics are 32-24-32.

Personal Life: Who is Her Boyfriend?

Vale Genta has been in a relationship with a guy named Ben Edelstein for a while. He is the founder of Surreal, a fundraising platform for music festivals and events. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Hobbies and Favorites

  • Vale’s favorite designers are Alexander McQueen, Prada, and Ralph Lauren.
  • She likes swimwear – her favorite brand is Frankie’s Bikinis.
  • In her spare time, Vale enjoys reading, cycling and working out.
  • Her favorite actor is Tom Cruise, while her favorite actress is Angelina Jolie.
  • She enjoys traveling around the globe as well.
  • Her dream holiday destination is Paris, France.
  • Her favorite food is burger.
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