Karen Gravano is one of the stars of the VH1 reality television series, Mob Wives, a show that focuses on the lives of several women whose relatives were allegedly connected to the mafia in America and have as a result been arrested and imprisoned for related crimes.
Gravano, who is a popular cast member of the show, had been embroiled in numerous controversies as a result of the actions of other people in her family. She has, however, been able to transform her woes to success and stardom, featuring in several other reality shows although not without criticism from members of the public. Here is what we have gathered about her career and see which members of her family were connected with the mafia.
Karen Gravano’s Life Before Fame
The public would not have come to know who Karen Gravano is if it was not for her career on reality TV as she was previously in federal witness protection where she was required to change her identity.
Born on the 8th of May, 1972, Miss Gravano is the daughter of Salvatore Gravano, popular known as “Sammy the Bull”, an influential member of the Gambino crime family. Karen’s father confessed to have been involved in the murder of nineteen people before he decided to cooperate with the government and help bring down the Gambino crime family boss, John Gotti, and some of his other associates.
As a result of her father’s work with the mafia, Karen Gravano did not have a normal childhood although she was well taken care of. At the age of nineteen, her father was arrested and he testified against members of the crime family, giving Karen her first taste of the limelight as she would often appear in the media.
Consequently, the Gravano family moved to Arizona in 1992 under the federal witness protection program to start a new life. While there, she qualified as an aesthetician and subsequently opened her own day spa.
How She Became a Cast Member of Mob Wives
In the late 1990s, after the family decided to leave the witness protection program, Karen Gravano’s father re-engaged in criminal activity by trafficking ecstasy. In 2000, he and all his accomplices, including his wife Debra who divorced him in 1996, son Gerard, and Karen herself, were arrested on federal and state drug charges.
Unlike Salvatore and Gerard who received jail sentences, Karen and her mother were sentenced to many years in probation after they pleaded guilty. At this point, she opted to move back to her hometown of Staten Island, New York to create her own identity when the Mob Wives reality show was pitched to her and she chose to be a part of it.
Mob Wives began airing on VH1 in April 2011 and it featured Karen Gravano alongside other women who have relatives that were members of the crime family. Set in Staten Island, the series proved to be an instant hit on television, bringing huge fame and fortune to those involved.
Karen starred in all but the fourth season of Mob Wives where she garnered massive prominence for her role. In 2012, while a cast member of the show, she authored her tell-all memoir titled Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and Me!
Following the end of Mob Wives, Karen Gravano joined the cast of the eighth season of WEtv’s reality series, Marriage Boot Camp. In 2019, she co-produced MTV’s one-season reality show, Made in Staten Island.
What We Know About Karen Gravano’s Daughter
Karen Gravano has an adorable daughter named Karina Seabrook, who was born in 1999, precisely on the 7th of July in Arizona. She is the product of her mother’s relationship with a man called David Seabrook, who Karen reportedly met in 1996 at a New York club. The two later started dating and became engaged not long after.
David had affiliations with Sammy the Bull and in the year 2000, the year the Gravano family were all arrested on drug charges, David received a lengthy jail term for being a part of the ecstasy trafficking ring. Karen stood by her man all through his time behind bars, taking their daughter with her to visit him in prison until they eventually ended their relationship.
Just like her mum, Karina Seabrook, who has a huge following on Instagram, has also featured on reality television. She started by first making a few cameo appearances on the first season of Mob Wives as a teenager. In 2019, she featured as one of the main characters in Made in Staten Island, the short-lived MTV show which her mother served as one of its executive producers.
Who Did Karen Move On To Date After David Seabrook?
Karen Gravano has dated quite a few people following the end of her relationship with Karina Seabrook’s father. For seven years, she dated Lee D’Avanazo, who is now married to Drita D’Avanazo, her co-star on Mob Wives.
Sometime in 2013, Karen started going out with a guy named Giovan, popularly referred to as Storm. The pair, who co-starred on Marriage Boot Camp, later parted ways early in 2017. Following their separation, she has not openly admitted to being involved in any other relationship.
Facts About Her Body Transformation
Just like many celebrities and ordinary people, Karen Gravano has had her struggles with weight. Over the years, her weight has fluctuated, however, it became a real issue for her in 2014 right after the release of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V.
Gravano suspected that a character in the video game was made in her likeness, however, she was countered with an argument that she was “too fat” to resemble the character in question. This, among other things, prompted her to pay attention to her body size and so she began to workout, achieving decent results in no time.
At the moment, Karen Gravano has a body that relatively measures 39-27-40 inches with a height of 1.73 meters. She has since become fond of flaunting her alluring figure on her different social media accounts; Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.