Full name: Danielle Staub, formerly Beverly Ann Merill
Date of birth: July 29, 1962
Hometown: Wayne, New Jersey
Ex-husbands: Undercover FBI informer Kevin Maher (married from 1986 to 1987); Thomas N. Staub, CFO of Aerobics, Inc. (divorced in 2007)
Children: Two daughters, both with Thomas — Christine (born in 1994) and Jillian (born in 1998)
Twitter: @daniellestaub

Born as Beverly Ann Merill, Danielle Staub is much more than a semi-Real (she’s had some serious plastic surgery over the years) Housewife of New Jersey. In June 1986, while married to an "undercover FBI informer," Danielle was arrested on charges of drug possession and extortion. However, by cooperating with investigators, she was only sentenced to five years probation. Her fellow Housewives found out about her iffy past by reading her ex-husband's tell-all account, Cop Without a Badge. Danielle fired back with her own autobiography, The Naked Truth, in May 2010; in it she claims she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But the rumors kept on coming: Danielle later deflected allegations (courtesy of Jacqueline) that she leaked her own sex tape to Hustler Magazine. What can we say? She's a classy lady.

After Bravo didn’t invite her back for Season 3, Danielle hosted a show called Social on WealthTV, where she socialized with rich-and-famous celebs. After that tanked (shocking), she joined the reality trainwreck-filled cast of VH1's Famous Food, which premiered on July 10, 2011. In May 2011 she signed a three-year deal with Scores Gentleman's Club as a stripper and "adult online content" star, but she walked away from the deal soon after to seek treatment for psychological issues stemming from childhood sexual abuse. She explained to People, "My low self-esteem derived from childhood sexual abuse has messed with my mind and self-worth, and over the years I thought about getting help but pushed it deep into the depths of denial. [...] Seeing how I have hurt myself and my family this time," she continues, "I can no longer push it behind me."

Danielle has two daughters, Christine and Jillian, both from her second marriage. Christine is an aspiring model.

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