Snooki is a famous American reality television star, dancer, author and professional wrestler who came to limelight for being a cast in the long-running and extremely popular MTV reality show named “Jersey Shore” and starring in Snooki & JWoww.
From the time the show marked its debut in 2009, Snooki gained popularity by appearing on talk shows including The View, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Wendy Williams Show.
The famous entertainer was born with the name Nicole Elizabeth Polizzi but got the nickname ‘Snooki’ in middle school when her friends decided to name her after “Snookie”, a male character in the movie Save the Last Dance because she was the first among them to kiss a boy.
She is most noted for her bold and bubbly attitude and has managed to carve a niche for herself as a result of her fashion style and attitude. Snooki has been a known party girl but along with that, she is also a recognized philanthropist who tries to get involved in as many charities as she can.
Born on November 23, 1987, in Santiago, Chile, Snooki was adopted by Italian American parents and was raised in Marlboro New York.
She attended Marlboro High School, New York, where she was a cheerleader and upon graduation, she moved on to Community College where she studied to become a veterinary technician.
Snookie first appeared on MTV’s reality show “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” with her then-boyfriend Justin. Later, she got the chance to be a part of the cast of Jersey Shore which served as a platform to show her striking personality. Her carefree attitude and craze for parties took her to the next level of success making her an overnight celebrity.
Snooki managed to make a great number of fans and followers from the reality show and on top of that, she made millions of dollars.
While shooting in Seaside Heights, Polizzi was punched in the face by New York City school gym teacher, Brad Ferro. Whereas the punch was shown in previews, it was blacked out during showings of the episode.
Videos of the punch went viral on YouTube and were featured in many news media. Snooki’s appearance fees rose from $2,000 per event to $10,000 per event after the punch was made public.
Snooki’s Career Earnings and Salary
Snooki earned around $5000 per episode in the first season of Jersey Shore but as the show became a hit, her salary was increased to around $30 thousand per episode. By the final season, Snooki’s salary had risen to $150,000 per episode!
She went on to earn $175,000 per episode from the spin-off Snooki & JWoww and continues to earn money through endorsement deals and appearances.
From all her endeavours in the entertainment industry, she has so far, been able to gather wealth valued at $4 million.
The reality TV star has made a multi-millionaire out of herself and the whole credit goes to her lively character and positive outlook towards life. Some people note her as a weird personality and accuse her of being hollow, but she has proved time and again that she is a straightforward and a big-hearted person with her involvements in different causes and charities.
She released her own books, A Shore Thing in 2011, Confessions of a Guidette in 2011, and Gorilla Beach in 2012. Not to mention Rutgers University paid her $32,000 to speak to students about being a celebrity all of which adds up to her $4 million asset value
Wedding and Kids
In 2011, Snooki alongside her Jersey Shore co-star, Jennifer Farley, signed a contract to star in a spin-off show, Snooki & JWoww, which debuted on MTV in June 2012 and lasted for seasons. This happened in March after she announced her engagement to Jionni LaValle and also confirmed that she was pregnant.
Sequel to the news of her pregnancy, there were speculations as to how the creative direction of her spin-off would be affected, as she would not be able to engage in the “hard-partying, booze-swilling” antics that had formerly garnered high ratings for MTV.
Snooki gave birth to their first child, Lorenzo Dominic LaValle, on August 26, 2012. Her second child, Giovanna Marie LaValle, was born on September 26, 2014, weighing in at 6lbs 7oz.
On November 29, 2014, she married her long-time boyfriend and the father of her kids, Jionni LaValle.
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Height and Other Facts about Snooki
Full name: Nichole Elizabeth LaValle (née Polizzi)
Birth Date: November 23, 1987
Birth Place: Santiago, Chile
Profession: Reality TV star, actor, philanthropist
Height: 1.42 m (4 ft 8″)
Marital Status: Married
Astrological Sign: Scorpio