At first glance, Victoria Digiorgio comes across as a gentle and warm woman who is capable of being genuinely concerned about other people and this assumption is not a wrong one. Victoria is known for being the wife of John Gotti, an infamous Italian-American gangster who rose to become the boss of the notorious Gambino crime family in New York City. With her calm nature, Victoria is famed for being the one person who usually calms tension in the Gotti household.
Having lived with John Gotti all her life, many people have often wondered about how she was able to cope with being the wife of such a notorious person and how she was able to brave the media storm that enveloped her family during the years that Gotti was dragged to court for his criminal acts and was eventually sent to prison. Victoria is also known for being the mother of John A. Gotti, a mobster who took over from his father as the acting boss of the Gambino crime family when his dad was sent to jail.
Who is Victoria Digiorgio?
Victoria Digiorgio was born on the 5th day of December 1942 in Brooklyn, a borough in New York City, USA. Although she is apparently an American woman, she also has Italian and Russian roots. This is because her mother was Russian and her father was Italian. Her family decided to settle in the USA, where her parents worked in factories in New York City.
Victoria grew up in Brooklyn and Queens with her family. However, her parents did not stay married for too long. According to reports, they divorced when she was just 2 years old. She then stayed with her mother afterward. It is not certain if she has any siblings or if she is an only child.
The names of the high school or college where Victoria had her education have not been revealed but it is believed that she has had some form of formal education while she was a young girl growing up in America.
1. When She Met and Married John Gotti
Victoria Digiorgio is best known for being the wife of John Gotti who was very notorious for his criminal lifestyle. According to reports, she and Gotti met in 1958 at a bar in New York. They fell in love shortly afterward and started dating. The couple finally got married in 1992.
Victoria and Gotti loved themselves very much and were always seen together. While talking about their romance, Victoria once revealed that she and her husband usually went to the racetracks to watch races. According to her, Gotti usually gave her $50.00 to bet on horses. However, being a prudent and intelligent woman, she would use up only $20.00 on betting and then save up the rest for home expenses. That was the kind of woman she was. When her husband found out, he simply laughed and called her a ‘Jew’.
They were very much in love and even though, as an average couple, they had their issues sometimes, they usually found a way to settle their differences and continue loving each other.
2. She and Her Husband Had 5 Children
Victoria Digiorgio and her husband John Gotti had five children together. Their first child, a girl called Angel Gotti was born in 1961. Their second child was also a girl called Victoria who was born on the 27th of November, 1962. On the 14th of February, 1964, their third child was born and this time, its a son who they named John A. Gotti. He was followed by another boy called Frank Gotti who was born on the 18th of October, 1967. The last child of Victoria and her husband is called Peter Gotti, Jr. whose exact date of birth is not quite certain.
The children were raised by their parents in Howard Beach, an Italian-American neighborhood which is located at a section of Queens in New York.
3. Victoria Digiorgio Didn’t Like Her Husband’s Criminal Acts
Victoria Digiorgio’s husband was a convicted criminal who became the boss of the notorious Gambino crime family. The Gambino crime family was one of ‘Five Families’ that dominated and ruled the world of organized crime activities in the city of New York in the United States. Being the head of the criminal syndicate, Gotti was always involved in heinous acts like drug trafficking, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling and a whole lot of other criminal activities from which he was making millions of dollars.
Being a gentlewoman who was famed for being intelligent and quite prudent, Victoria Digiorgio is reported to have had fights with her husband over his criminal acts and often told him to just stop. However, it was not an easy thing for him to do.
4. She Lost a Son and Became Suicidal
Victoria and her husband lost one of their sons, Frank Gotti in March 1980. According to reports, Frank was killed while he was riding on his friend’s mini-bike after a car rammed into him and left him lying on the street. He was rushed to the hospital but soon died afterwards.
According to reports, the car which killed Frank was driven by John Favara, a neighbor of the Gottis. Soon after the accident, Frank Favara disappeared from sight and it is suspected that he must have been killed by people related to Gotti. This, however, was never confirmed.
After Frank’s death, Victoria became really sad and went into depression. Some reports said she was even suicidal. However, her husband tried to cheer her and the rest of the family up by taking them to Florida for vacations.
5. Victoria Digiorgio’s First Son John A. Gotti Took After His Father
Even though she didn’t like what her husband was doing as the head of the Gambino crime family, Victoria was shocked when her son John A. Gotti took after his footsteps and also became a mobster. In fact, after Gotti was convicted of crimes and was sent to prison, it was John who became the acting boss of the criminal syndicate.
6. Her Daughter is a Writer and TV Personality
One of Victoria Digiorgio’s daughters, Victoria Gotti forged a career for herself in writing. She is the author of the famous autobiography “This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti.” She has also written other books like “The senator’s daughter” and “I’ll Be Watching You.”
She is also a TV personality who has appeared in TV series like Growing Up Gotti and The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
7. Movies and TV Series Based on Her Family Have Been Released
Because of the notoriety of her husband, many movies and TV series have been created and released about her family. Some of these include; Getting Gotti, a 1994 TV movie which starred Anthony John Denison, The Big Heist, a 2001 TV movie starring Steven Randazzo, Gotti, a 2018 theatrical film starring John Travolta and lots of others.