When your family owns a business, it often ends up that you work for your family. That is especially true for families with mob ties.
The new Lifetime movie “Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter,” executive produced by Gotti herself shows her relationship with her father, mob boss John Gotti. It shows the complicated struggle she was born into: being very closely related to the mafia — and the good and bad that came with her dad’s position and power.
But what about Victoria herself? Did she follow in her father’s footsteps?
No. She chose to take a different path and fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a writer.
She became a columnist at the New York Post where she wrote about celebs like Nicole Kidman and publicist Lizzie Grubman, but she also wrote penned some pretty personal and illuminating stories about her life and her family, including the death of her younger brother Frankie. She wrote for the paper until 2003.
Victoria authored her first book, a medical guide, in 1995, “Women and Mitral Valve Prolapse.” It was inspired by her own experience with the heart condition. She wrote her first novel, a mystery novel entitled “The Senator's Daughter” in 1997.
Even though it was fiction, it appears that it may have been hard for Victoria to escape the influence that her father’s lifestyle had on her.
“The daughter of mob figure John Gotti writes of another father-daughter relationship in a fast-paced, captivating first novel that engages the reader with a tightly knit plot,” Publisher’s Weekly wrote in their review of the novel. The book deals with corruption and family tragedy, according to that review. Publisher’s Weekly’s conclusion of her book? It’s ending “is a satisfying one, further demonstrating that Gotti doesn't need ‘connections’ to find an audience for her thriller.”
Victoria followed up that novel with two others: “I'll Be Watching You” in the very next year and “Superstar” in 2000. She wrote a cookbook entitled “Hot Italian Dish” in 2006.
She also write a memoir, entitled “This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti” in 2009.
Gotti also worked as a reporter for WNYW, a Fox affiliate in New York.
The new Lifetime film depicts her decision to work hard to keep up her career even as a single mother whose husband was just arrested.
“I never imagined myself raising my sons alone and in my spare time there was my career,” she explained in the new movie. “My book contracts, my newspaper column. I fought to stay strong.”
She and her three children starred in A&E’s reality show “Growing Up Gotti” from 2004 to 2005.
She’s also made appearances on “Celebrity Apprentice” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
Her new movie shows how her father always wanted better for her. It appears like she was able to achieve that.
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