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Deena Nicole Cortese (born January 10, 1987) is an American reality television personality who has appeared on the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” since 2011. Cortese was born in the New Egypt section of Plumsted Township, New Jersey to Italian American parents. Cortese graduated from New Egypt High School and briefly attended Brookdale Community College.

Deena Nicole Cortese, also known as "The Blast in a Glass," joined the cast of the hit MTV show “Jersey Shore” in its third season and has continued to make the show a blockbuster hit for the network with record-breaking ratings each week. Initially, Deena was cast to be in Season 1 of “Jersey Shore,” but turned it down to be with her family. When cast member Angelina Pivarnick left the show after filming Season 2, the producers (along with her good friend Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi) convinced Cortese to join the cast for Season 3. She has made an impact both in Italy and Seaside with her outspoken personality and key phrases such as “Lean Cuisines,” “backpacks,” “walking holiday,” “get real” and her latest “Merp,” among others.

Since her premiere on the show, Deena has gained over 1.3 followers on Twitter and she tours the country to meet her fans because she believes in bringing the party to them. Her popularity has lead to several business opportunities that include being a spokesperson for Stacker 2 6 Hour Energy Drink, the brand ambassador for the hair care line “Wisper” and she also has a clothing line in the works.

Deena continues to reside in New Egypt, NJ with her family and 3 cats, Buddy, Tinks, Mako and a Dog named Chewy. Deena lives life to the fullest and every second like it’s her last. While she has loved her time spent on “Jersey Shore,” Deena aspires to become a voice-over artist for animated films and television shows. Deena is very family oriented and enjoys surrounding herself with the ones who care for her most; including her fans.

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