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by Cailyn Cox
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 ...
Giada De Laurentiis is beautiful and talented, but there's a lot more to her that you probably don't know.
She opened her first restaurant, Giada, in Las Vegas in 2014 — and it's been uphill since then.
She makes the most delicious food, but she also has a degree in social anthropology from UCLA.
She's a The New York Times best-selling author, with her books like Feel Good Food and Everyday Italian.
Before she was a Food Network star, De Laurentiis enrolled in Paris' prestigious culinary school Le Cordon Bleu.
Among the famous faces De Laurentiis has cooked for are the British royal family.
She really doesn't like touchy-feely fans. In fact, it's the hardest part of her job.
She married fashion designer Todd Thompson in 2003, but after 11 years together the pair called it quits.
However, they share a daughter, Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson, and "Giada" is the Italian word for "Jade."
She also does a lot of good and is a celebrity ambassador for the international relief organization Oxfam.
She comes from a showbiz family: both her mother, Veronica De Laurentiis, and father, Alex De Benedetti, are actors.
According to TV Guide, she's also the granddaughter of Italian film producer Dino De Laurentiis.
When she moved from Italy to the U.S. at age 7, De Laurentiis was tormented by other children.
According to Celebrity Toob, De Laurentiis uses a mixture of olive oil and baking soda to keep her skin clear.
De Laurentiis is a multitalented woman who has also voiced a character for the animated show Handy Manny.
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