Deena Nicole Cortese

Deena Nicole Cortese
Born (1987-01-12) January 12, 1987
New Egypt, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Television personality
Years active 2011–present
Known for Jersey Shore

Deena Nicole Cortese (born January 12, 1987) is an American reality television personality who appeared on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore from 2011 to 2012.

Early life

Cortese was born in the New Egypt section of Plumsted Township, New Jersey to Italian American parents. Cortese graduated from New Egypt High School and briefly attended Brookdale Community College. Cortese also has a sister, Joanie Maiorella, who was seen in multiple episodes throughout Season 5 of Jersey Shore.


Cortese is a cast member on the reality TV series Jersey Shore. Deena had originally auditioned for season 1 but turned it down to be with her family.;[1] however, she was approached once more by MTV when Angelina Pivarnick left the show after Season 2, and Snooki suggested her as a replacement.[2] She joined the cast in Season 3, which filmed in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

On October 21, 2013 on a live FitnessRX For Men radio broadcast, Angelina Pivarnick put out a celebrity boxing challenge to Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jennifer "JWoww" Farley and Deena Nicole Cortese.


On June 10, 2012, Cortese was arrested for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, New Jersey after refusing to move from the street to the sidewalk.[3] Cortese pleaded guilty to failing to use the sidewalk and paid a $106 fine.[4]

Personal life

In 2016, she got engaged to Christopher Buckner.[5]


External links

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