Francesca Capaldi

by stlucas on August 11, 2017

Francesca Capaldi – Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” JoJo Siwa’s 13th Birthday 80’s Dance Party – Arrivals – Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum, 6933 Hollywood Boulevard – Hollywood, CA, USA –  Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Francesca Angelucci Capaldi

Place of Birth: La Jolla, California, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 8, 2004

*75% Italian
*25% British Isles (English, possibly other)

Francesca Capaldi is an American actress.

Francesca is the daughter of Gina Marie (Angelucci) and Anthony C. Capaldi. Francesca’s father has Italian ancestry. Francesca’s mother is of half Italian and half British Isles descent.

Francesca’s paternal grandparents are Benito F. Capaldi and Rosina Giusti. Rosina is from Assergi, Abruzzo, Italy.

Francesca’s maternal grandfather was Nicholas Vincent Angelucci (the son of Camillo Angelucci and Mary Gargaro). Nicholas was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Italy.

Francesca’s maternal grandmother is Kathryn Elizabeth “Kathy” Pyle.

Sources: Francesca’s maternal grandfather, Nicholas Vincent Angelucci, on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Francesca’s maternal grandfather, Nicholas Vincent Angelucci – http://griecocares.tributes.com

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Mario Batali

by madman on May 27, 2017

Birth Name: Mario Francesco Batali

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 19, 1960

*Italian (father)
*French-Canadian, English (mother)

Mario Batali is an American chef, writer, restaurateur, and media personality. He is the son of Marilyn (LaFramboise) and Armandino Batali.

Mario’s paternal grandfather was Armando John Batali (the son of Giovanni Lorenzo Sebastiano/Sebastian Batali and Maria Isola). Armando was born in Montana, to Italian parents. Giovanni was born in Segromigno, Piano, Lucca, the son of Marco Batali and Maria Matteucci.

Mario’s paternal grandmother was Leonetta F. Merlino (the daughter of Angelo Sabatino Merlino and Antoinetta Elisabetha Mascitelli). Angelo and Antoinetta were born in Taranta Peligna, Abruzzo, Italy.

Mario’s maternal grandfather was Leon Louis LaFramboise (the son of Antoine LaFramboise and Marilyn Genevieve “Eugenie” Labissoniere).

Mario’s maternal grandmother was Mary Hannah Hardman (the daughter of Richard Hardman and Elizabeth Critchley).

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Faces of America (2010) stated that Mario’s genetic ancestry is:

*100% European

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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

Genealogy of Patti LuPone – https://www.geni.com

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Frankie Grande

by luckystar on July 7, 2016

"13" the Broadway Musical Opening Night - Arrivals

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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Graham Wardle

by bearboy on April 4, 2016

Birth Name: Graham Dominic Wardle

Place of Birth: Mission, British Columbia, Canada

Date of Birth: September 6, 1986

Ethnicity: English, Italian

Graham Wardle is a Canadian actor, filmmaker, and photographer. He is known for his role as Ty Borden on the CBC series Heartland. His surname is English.

Graham is the son of Debbie and Allan Wardle.

Graham’s paternal grandfather was John Douglas Wardle (the son of Norman Askew Wardle and Adelyne Ann/Annie Watts). John was born in London, England. Norman was born in Durham, England, the son of John William Wardle and Leonora Beeson. Adelyne was born in Sunderland, County Durham, England, the daughter of Henry Forster Watts and Annie Buckle.

Graham’s paternal grandmother is Sheila Newton.

Graham’s maternal grandfather was Dominic Donatelli (the son of Franco Donatelli and Angela Maria Guiseppa Sauro). Franco was born in Ateleta, Province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo, the son of Angelo Donatelli and Ventresca Filomena. Graham’s great-grandmother Angela was born in Ripabattoni, Province of Campobasso, Molise, the daughter of Angelo Michele Sauro and Maria Filomena Grasso.