Natale mistress on TV
Ruthann Seccio, the mistress, or "goomah," of former mob boss Ralph Natale, was just filmed for an upcoming episode of "I Married a Mobster," which airs on Discovery. Executive producer Dan Pearson contacted former longtime Daily News reporter Kitty Caparella looking for women in the mob for the show, and Caparella, who was also interviewed in New York for the episode, recommended Seccio.
Kevin Kaufman, of Kaufman Films, shot Ruthann telling her complicated life story from abandonment as a child to becoming the mistress of Natale, who then abandoned her when he cooperated with the FBI, as mobsters threatened to kill her since they couldn't murder him.
A film crew is expected to soon film in town for the episode, which has no airdate set. Pearson and Kaufman produce "I Married a Mobster," along with "Sopranos" actress Lorraine Bracco, who introduces the show.
Even more 'Mob Wives'
"Mob Wives" stars Renee Graziano and Karen Gravano signed autographs for fans at the Philadelphia Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Catch our video interview with the ladies on PhillyGossip.com.
Sheena meets snow
New NBC 10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen told us Friday that she was excited to report on snow for the first time over the weekend. The Tampa Bay native has worked only in Florida. Parveen said that growing up in the lightning capital of the world inspired her interest in the weather.
Parveen, who has two dogs, is also an artist and enjoys painting nature scenes on canvas. She's adjusting to the colder weather and the Philadelphia area very well and can't believe how helpful people are, she said. And, on behalf of those who have written to ask or posted their affections for Parveen on Philly.com, we can report that yes, she is single.
Speaking of NBC 10 ...
The station has both praise and taunts for outgoing GM Dennis Bianchi, who announced Thursday morning that after 13 years at NBC 10 he is jumping ship for Fox 29, where he begins as GM Feb. 1.
"We are grateful to Dennis for his many years of service at NBC 10 and look forward to competing with him in his new role," said NBC 10's Kathleen Burke.
DN editor a new dad
Congratulations to Daily News assistant city editor Josh Cornfield and wife, Abbye, who welcomed a boy, Jacob Elliot Cornfield, on Jan. 11. Little dude weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces and measured 19 inches long. Josh says both Jacob and Abbye, a schoolteacher, are doing great.
Photog recalls Joe, Ali
George Kalinsky, the official Madison Square Garden photographer, recalled on Muhammad Ali's 70th birthday last week that late boxing legend "Smokin' " Joe Frazier once told him, "If I had to pick one person to be with me in a fox hole, it would be Ali."
The pair feuded for many years after their famous fights but later reconciled. Ali attended Frazier's funeral here in November.
Busybee marrow drive
Home and design store Busybee (734 South) is hosting a Swab for the Cure event Saturday seeking people to have their cheek cells swabbed to test whether they could be good bone-marrow donors for leukemia patients. A quarter of proceeds from store sales that day will benefit DKMS Americas, the agency staging the swab on behalf of the Be the Match Registry.
Interested donors must be between 18 and 55 years old. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m.
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