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Patti LuPone

by savanna on May 15, 2017

Birth Name: Patti Ann LuPone

Place of Birth: Northport, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 21, 1949

Ethnicity: Italian (Sicilian and Abruzzese)

Patti LuPone is an American actress and singer. She is known for her work in stage musicals. Patti is the daughter of Angela Louise (Patti) and Orlando Joseph LuPone. She is the sister of actor, dancer, and director Robert LuPone. Her great-great-great-aunt was Adelina Patti, a prominent 19th-century opera singer.

She has said, “My father’s side of the family was from the Ubruzzi region, and my mother’s side of the family is from Palermo”.

Patti’s LuPone ancestors originated from the town of Pratola Peligna, Province L’Aquila, Italy.

A DNA test by 23andMe stated that Patti’s genetic ancestry is:

*87% Southern Italian
*12% Eastern European and North African

Patti’s paternal grandparents were Pasquale Lupone and Felicia Petrella (the daughter of Gaetano Petrella and Maria Guiseppa).

Patti’s maternal grandparents were Vincenzo/Gaetano/Giacomo “James” Patti (the son of Giorgio Patti and Angelina Notaro) and Frances. Vincenzo was said to be born in Montemaggiore, Sicily. Giorgio was the son of Giuseppe Patti, who was the brother of Adelina Patti.

Sources: http://www.pattilupone.net
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Genealogy of Patti LuPone – https://www.geni.com

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Frankie Grande

by luckystar on July 7, 2016

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Birth Name: Frank James Michael Grande Marchione

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

Date of Birth: January 24, 1983

Ethnicity: Italian (Abruzzese and possibly Sicilian)

Frankie Grande is an American dancer, musical theater actor and singer, producer, television host, and YouTube personality. He is the older half-brother of singer and actress Ariana Grande.

Frankie is the son of Joan Grande and Vitor Marchione. “Marchione” is an Italian surname, possibly of Sicilian origin. A picture of Frankie’s parents can be seen here. A picture of Frankie’s half-sister Ariana, with their maternal grandparents, can be seen here.

On his mother’s side, Frankie is the grandson of Frank Anthony Grande (the son of Antonio “Anthony” Grande and Felmino “Philomena”) and Marjorie. Frankie’s grandfather Frank was born in New York, to Italian parents. Antonio was born, c. 1900, the son of Raffaela (b. 1876) and Sabato Grande (b. July 1877, in Lanciano, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy), and moved to the U.S. in May 1903.

Sources: Genealogy of Frankie Grande (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com

History of Frankie’s maternal grandparents, Frank Anthony Grande and Marjorie – https://www.youtube.com

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Ariana Grande

by ethnic on May 6, 2011

Ariana Grande

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Birth Name: Ariana Grande-Butera

Place of Birth: Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 26, 1993

Ethnicity: Italian (Sicilian and Abruzzese)

Ariana Grande is an American actress and singer. Her parents are both of Italian descent. She stated on her Twitter account that she is of half Sicilian and half Abruzzese Italian ancestry. Her half-brother, Frankie Grande, is an actor, dancer, and musician.

A picture of Ariana’s father can be seen here, and a picture of some of her father’s family can be seen here. A picture of Ariana’s mother can be seen here. A picture of Ariana’s paternal grandfather can be seen here, and a picture of Ariana with her maternal grandparents can be seen here.

On her father’s side, Ariana is the granddaughter of Anthony Vincent Charles Butera (the son of Charles A. Butera and Marie) and Florence P. Citrano. Ariana’s great-grandfather Charles was born in New Jersey, to Italian parents, Antonino Butera and Magherita Azzara, from Menfi, Provincia di Agrigento, Sicily. Marie was Italian. Florence was likely the daughter of Italian immigrants. The surnames “Butera” and “Citrano” are Sicilian.

On her mother’s side, Ariana is the granddaughter of Frank Anthony Grande (the son of Antonio “Anthony” Grande and Felmino “Philomena”) and Marjorie. Frank was born in New York, to Italian parents. Antonio was born, c. 1900, the son of Raffaela (b. 1876) and Sabato Grande (b. July 1877, in Lanciano, Province of Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy), and moved to the U.S. in May 1903.

Ariana also once twitted that she “just found out my grandparents are heavily greek and part north African”, and then specified “…the chart says Greece/Italy. I just thought it was funny. I’m assuming the North African bit is Moroccan or Tunisia?”

Ariana’s reference to “the chart” makes it likely that she took some sort of DNA test to map out her potential heritage. DNA tests for people of Sicilian descent sometimes indicate some kind of Greek or North African ancestry.

Ariana Grande 41st Annual American Music Awards - Arrivals

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Sources: Genealogy of Ariana Grande – https://www.geni.com

Ariana’s paternal grandfather, Anthony Vincent Charles Butera, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

History of Ariana’s maternal grandparents, Frank Anthony Grande and Marjorie – https://www.youtube.com

Ariana’s half-brother, Frankie Grande – Photo by Prphotos.com

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Liza Huber

by ethnic on May 22, 2010

Liza Huber

Birth Name: Liza Victoria Huber

Place of Birth: Long Island, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 22, 1975

Ethnicity:
*Austrian (father)
*Italian (maternal grandfather)
*Swedish, German, French (maternal grandmother)

Liza Huber is an American actress. She is the daughter of actress Susan Lucci and Austrian businessperson Helmut Huber.

Liza’s maternal grandfather was Victor Lucci (the son of Nazzareno/Nazareno Ciucci, later Lucci, and of Rosario Di Lario). Nazzareno and Rosario were Italian. Nazzareno was from Tagliacozzo, Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy. His parents likely were Antonio Ciucci and Angela Marie. Rosario was the daughter of Gracinto Di Lario. Her family may have come from Gubbio, Province of Perugia, Umbria, Italy.

Liza’s maternal grandmother was Jeanette Granquist (the daughter of John Granquist and Rose). John was Swedish. John’s parents were likely Swan Granquist and Ida. Rose was born in Pennsylvania, to a German father.

Sources: Liza’s maternal grandparents, Victor Lucci and Jeanette Granquist, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Liza’s maternal grandmother, Jeanette Granquist, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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Susan Lucci

by ethnic on May 22, 2010

Susan Lucci

Birth Name: Susan Victoria Lucci

Place of Birth: Scarsdale, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 23, 1946

Ethnicity:
*Italian (father)
*Swedish, German, French (mother)

Susan Lucci is an American actress, television host, singer, writer, and businessperson. Her father was born in New York, to Italian parents. Her mother was born in Pennsylvania, with Swedish, German, and French roots. Her daughter, with businessperson Helmut Huber, is actress Liza Huber.

Susan’s paternal grandfather was Nazzareno/Nazareno Ciucci, later Lucci (whose parents were likely Antonio Ciucci and Angela Marie). Nazzareno was from Tagliacozzo, Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy.

Susan’s paternal grandmother was Rosario Di Lario (the daughter of Gracinto Di Lario). Rosario was Italian. Her family may have come from Gubbio, Province of Perugia, Umbria, Italy.

Susan’s maternal grandparents were John Granquist (whose parents were likely Swan Granquist and Ida) and Rose. John was Swedish. Rose was born in Pennsylvania, to a German father.

Sources: Susan’s parents on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Susan’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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