Debbie Gibson

by savanna on April 15, 2016

LOS ANGELES - JUN 08: DEBBIE GIBSON arrives to the "Rock of Age

Birth Name: Deborah Ann Gibson

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 31, 1970

Ethnicity:
*German, possibly Russian, possibly other (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

Debbie Gibson is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

Debbie is the daughter of Diane (Pustizzi) and Joseph Gibson. Debbie has said of her ancestry:

Italian/Sicilian and part German and possibly some Russian. My Dad was an orphan who was unsure of all his roots !

About her father’s surname, “Gibson”, she added:

Not his real name. It was Schultz. German. His mom remarried a GIBSON n changed his name but left him in orphanage😞

She has also said:

This year is like the Italian New York broads… A lot of people don’t know, I’m Italian… So, I’m nice until pushed, and my Italian temper can flare up a little bit.

She added that her maternal grandparents’ ancestry is “100%” Italian.

Debbie’s maternal grandparents were Albert Pustizzi and Josephine.

Sources: https://www.washingtonpost.com
http://www.ew.com

Photo by DFree/Bigstock.com

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savanna April 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Her maternal grandparents are both “100%” Italian. https://twitter.com/DebbieGibson/status/725784810577240064

Can you write her ethnicity like this:
Ethnicity:
*German, possibly Russian, other (father)
*Italian/Sicilian (mother)

The “other” should be there for her father since his parentage is unclear.

savanna April 23, 2016 at 11:45 am

Looks like you were right, Follers, Gibson was not her father’s original surname. It was Schultz.
Debbie tweeted: “Not his real name. It was Schultz. German. His mom remarried a GIBSON n changed his name but left him in orphanage”
https://twitter.com/DebbieGibson/status/723941814848249856

savanna April 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm

The Italian/Sicilian, German, Russian is all her mother. “possibly other” should be added since her father’s ancestry is not known, but he is probably from a ‘Gibson’ family.

follers April 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm

How do you know it’s all from her mother? The statement is unclear.

savanna April 19, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Debbie’s father was orphaned as a boy and Debbie says that “he is unsure of his roots”. ‘Gibson’ is not typically a German, Italian or Russian name.

By the way, her maternal grandmother is named Josephine. http://popdirt.com/deborah-gibsons-grandmother-dies/1869/
https://www.instagram.com/p/imKPAXISZs/

follers April 19, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Since her father was orphaned, “Gibson” may not be the original surname.

savanna April 20, 2016 at 8:23 am

I’m pretty sure that was always his name. At 01:14 in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk4f_yk9j-U it shows a paper clipping of Joe as a boy with other orphans and the caption says “Joe Gibson”. I don’t think he would be given that name as an orphan…??

savanna April 18, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Debbie with her father: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk4f_yk9j-U
He was an orphan, but I don’t think he was ever legally adopted. His birth name is Joseph Gibson. (as seen from the newspaper article clipping in the video)

savanna April 18, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Debbie said on about her heritage on Twitter:
“Italian/Sicilian and part German and possibly some Russian. My Dad was an orphan who was unsure of all his roots!”

https://twitter.com/DebbieGibson/status/722196414541864961

savanna April 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

“Diane Gibson, who is of Italian heritage” from the Washington Post link in the source

“This year is like the Italian New York broads… A lot of people don’t know, I’m Italian,” Gibson said. “So, I’m nice until pushed, and my Italian temper can flare up a little bit.”
https://www.yahoo.com/music/bp/lou-ferrigno-debbie-gibson-aubrey-o-day-celebrity-223032641.html

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