Rene Russo

by follers on October 15, 2012

2015 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony - Arrivals

Birth Name: Rene Marie Russo

Place of Birth: Burbank, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 17, 1954

*75% Italian (including Sicilian and Piedmontese)
*25% mix of German, English, and Irish

Rene Russo is an American model, actress, and producer.

Her father was of Italian (including Sicilian) descent. Her mother was of Italian descent on one side and German, English, and Irish descent on the other.

Rene is married to writer and director Dan Gilroy, with whom she has a daughter.

Rene’s paternal grandparents were Shedo “Ciro” Badazza Russo and Domencia Minnie Cardinale (the daughter of Vincenzo Cardinale and Petrina Aiello). Shedo and Domencia were both Italian. Domencia’s parents were born in Isola delle Femmine, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Vincenzo was the son of Vincenzo Cardinale and Antonina Ferrante.

Rene’s maternal grandfather was John Q. Balocca (the son of Secundo Joseph Balocca and Leonilda Johannah/Jennie Tonetti). John was born in Kansas, to Italian parents, from Brusnengo, Province of Biella, Piedmont.

Rene’s maternal grandmother was Hazel M. Conrad (the daughter of Charles Franklin/Frank Conrad and Lillie Mae Brown). Hazel was of German, English, and Irish descent. Charles was the son of George Conrad, who was German, and of Frances Bezzly. Lillie was the daughter of John M. Brown and Emma Jane Murray.

Sources: Rene’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Rene’s maternal grandfather, John Q. Balocca, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death notations of Rene’s maternal great-grandparents, Secundo Joseph Balocca and Leonilda Jennie Tonetti –

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andrew September 20, 2016 at 5:27 pm

* Vincenzo Cardinale and Petrina Aiello were born in Isola delle Femmine, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy.
* John Q. Balocca was the son of Secundo Joseph Balocca e Leonilda Tonetti, both born in Brusnengo, Province of Biella, Piedmont, Italy.

andrew July 31, 2017 at 5:36 am
andrew June 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm

75% Italian
25 % English and German

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