Lauren Ambrose

by ethnic on December 7, 2008

Birth Name: Lauren Anne D’Ambruoso

Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 20, 1978

*Italian (father)
*German, English, Irish (mother)

Lauren Ambrose is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role in the series Six Feet Under.

She was born Lauren Anne D’Ambruosois. Her father is of Italian descent and her mother has German, English, and Irish ancestry. Lauren is married to photographer Sam Handel, with whom she has two children.

Lauren’s paternal grandfather was John J. D’Ambruoso (the son of Francesco/Frank D’Ambruoso and Mary).

Lauren’s paternal grandmother was Catherine Passerine (the daughter of Pasquale Passerine/Passerini and Maria Tabellione). Maria was born in Musellaro, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy, and was the daughter of Rocco Tabellione and Soccorsa Golini.

Lauren’s maternal grandfather was Kenneth Caldwell Wachtel, Sr. (the son of Frank Henry Wachtel and Minnie Hibbert Wheatley). Kenneth was born in New York. Frank was the son of Frank Wachtel, who was born in Gieboldehausen, Hanover, Germany, and of Henrietta Ernestine Josephine Hess, who was born in Braunefels, Kreis Wetzlar, Germany. Minnie was born in Manchester, England, the daughter of Harry Wheatley and Mary Emma Hibbert.

Lauren’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Frances Mulholland (the daughter of Leo Francis Mulholland and Ada Madaline Gunn). Margaret was born in Virginia. Leo was Irish, from Louth, and was the son of Francis/Frank Mulholland and Margaret. Ada was the daughter of James Pleasant Gunn and Regina Pocahontas Clark.

Source: Death record of Lauren’s paternal great-grandmother, Maria Tabellione –

Genealogy of Lauren Ambrose (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Lauren’s maternal grandfather, Kenneth Caldwell Wachtel, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Lauren’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Frances Mulholland, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Margaret Frances Mulholland on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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misslala January 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Think you made a typo… her birth name is Lauren, not Laura.

Rockxxz August 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Ambrose , is a french family name

ethnic August 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

but her real name is D’Ambruoso.

Rockxxz August 18, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Thanks. I should read the bio, before make a comment :)
sorry , lol

ethnic August 18, 2010 at 7:37 pm

no problem.

andrew August 8, 2018 at 3:31 pm

it was originally “D’Ambrosio” I guess

Musellaro-> Musellaro, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy

ethnic April 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Fuzzybear. She does look rather Irish doesnt she. :)


Fuzzybear April 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

To Ethnic

That red hair and pale skin is always a dead giveway

ethnic April 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm
LiL V4CH4 April 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

Lauren Ambrose’s mother is Irish. Source at:

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