TODAY | October 13, 2012
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>>> for big anne, bigger is definitely better. she's the breakout star from "mob wives." these days she has her own show and is sharing her advice on living large in a new book.
>> reporter: it takes a certain somebody to be known by a first name only. there's madonna, cher, prince, and now ange.
>> big ange is back.
>> reporter: she calls herself the no drama momma. fans call her the breakout star of "mob wives" and after spending a day with her at her bar in staten island , i'd call her a character.
>> we love you, big ange.
>> from the nails to those lips. and that infectious persona, big ange defines the term living large and now she's written a book about it, appropriately titled "bigger is better."
>> i like everything big. big diamonds, big houses, big guys, big lips.
>> the book is filled with anecdotes of what ang says she knows best. styles, family, and fried veal. but life wasn't always laughs for this reality star. as the niece of notorious mobster salvatore lombardi, she too has a past with the law on a drug conspiracy charge.
>> there was a time i was really struggling.
>> but she says those days are long gone. from the start of the show, if we were to go back two years, how has your life changed the most?
>> reporter: did a 360. i never change.
>> what did change, her popularity. and fans can't get enough of her.
>> reporter: i love you.
>> it's nice to meet you.
>> i'm like the president. hi.
>> so what's the appeal?
>> reporter: they say i make them happy. they smile when they see me.
>> with a booming bar business, a new salon and now