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14 things about Giada De Laurentiis you probably never knew

For Cailyn Cox, writing isn't just a hobby, it's her life. Passionate about Hollywood, she makes it her mission to find the most entertaining celebrity gossip for SheKnows readers. And when she's not enthralled in the celeb world, she's ...

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Get to know Giada De Laurentiis

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Get to know Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis is beautiful and talented, but there's a lot more to her that you probably don't know. 

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First restaurant

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First restaurant

She opened her first restaurant, Giada, in Las Vegas in 2014 — and it's been uphill since then.

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UCLA graduate

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UCLA graduate

She makes the most delicious food, but she also has a degree in social anthropology from UCLA.

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Best-selling author

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Best-selling author

She's a The New York Times best-selling author, with her books like Feel Good Food and Everyday Italian.

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Cooked for famous people

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Cooked for famous people

Among the famous faces De Laurentiis has cooked for are the British royal family

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Married a fashion designer

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Married a fashion designer

She married fashion designer Todd Thompson in 2003, but after 11 years together the pair called it quits.

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Daughter's name

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Daughter's name

However, they share a daughter, Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson, and "Giada" is the Italian word for "Jade."

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Oxfam

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Oxfam

She also does a lot of good and is a celebrity ambassador for the international relief organization Oxfam.

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Showbiz parents

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Showbiz parents

She comes from a showbiz family: both her mother, Veronica De Laurentiis, and father, Alex De Benedetti, are actors.

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Famous grandfather

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Famous grandfather

According to TV Guide, she's also the granddaughter of Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis.

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Tormented as a child

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Tormented as a child

When she moved from Italy to the U.S. at age 7, De Laurentiis was tormented by other children

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Olive oil skin care

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Olive oil skin care

According to Celebrity Toob, De Laurentiis uses a mixture of olive oil and baking soda to keep her skin clear. 

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Tried her hand at acting

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Tried her hand at acting

De Laurentiis is a multitalented woman who has also voiced a character for the animated show Handy Manny

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