Joe Mantello

by stlucas on August 30, 2017

Joe Mantello – “The Normal Heart” New York City Premiere – Arrivals – The Ziegfeld Theatre – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Laurence Agron / PR Photos

Birth Name: Joseph R. Mantello

Place of Birth: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 27, 1962

*75% Italian
*25% likely British Isles

Joe Mantello is an American actor and director.

Joe is the son of Judith Ann “Judy” and Richard David Mantello. Joe was raised Catholic.

Joe has stated:

I do [have Italian background]. My father is full Italian and my mother is half. My family is from Calabria.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was Giuseppe “Joseph” Mantello/Montello. Giuseppe was Italian.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was Lena R. Pansino (the daughter of George/Girolamo Pansino and Serafina/Sarafina Falvo). Lena was born in Illinois, to parents from Italy.

Sources: Joe’s paternal grandmother, Lena R. Pansino, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Joe’s paternal grandmother, Lena R. (Pansino) Mantello –


Adrianne Curry

by stlucas on August 18, 2017

Birth Name: Adrianne Marie Curry

Place of Birth: Joliet, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 6, 1982

Ethnicity: Italian, English, Irish, Scottish

Adrianne Curry is an American model and television personality. Adrianne is known for being the winner of the first season of America’s Next Top Model.

Adrianne is the daughter of Christine (Glasgow) and Richard Curry.

Her documented ancestry includes Italian, English, Irish, and Scottish. Adrianne has said that she took a DNA Test (from which specified her roots as “Viking, Italian, Middle Eastern Asian, with sprinkles of Spanish and Northern Italy, and Romanian Jewish Celt”. Adrianne has also said (here and here) that she has Blackfoot Native American ancestry, although it is not clear if that ancestry has been verified/documented.

Adrianne’s maternal grandfather was Raymond Durrett Glasgow (the son of Vincent Blaine Glasgow and Mary Regina Ryder). Vincent was the son of Daniel Glasgow/Glasco and Retta/Rhetta Brutchey/Britchey. Mary Regina was the daughter of Patrick Ryder and Frances Hendrick.

Adrianne’s maternal grandmother was Anne/Anna Rose Zappia (the daughter of Domenico/Dominico Frank Zappia and Maria/Marie Antonia/Antoinette Cantanzariti). Anne was born in Indiana, to parents who were born in Platì, Calabria, Italy. Domenico was the son of Antonio Zappia and Marianna. Adrianne’s great-grandmother Maria/Marie was the daughter of Domenico/Antonio Catanzariti and Caterina Belle.

Sources: Genealogy of Adrianne Curry (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Adrianne’s maternal grandfather, Raymond Durrett Glasgow –

Obituary of Adrianne’s great-uncle (maternal grandfather’s brother), Harold W. Glasgow –

Adrianne’s maternal grandmother, Anne/Anna Rose Zappia, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Adrianne’s maternal grandmother, Anne/Anna Rose (Zappia) Glasgow –

Genealogy of Adrianne’s maternal great-grandmother, Maria/Marie Antonia/Antoinette Cantanzariti –

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Eric Bolling

by madman on July 30, 2017

Birth Name: Eric Thomas Bolling

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 2, 1963

*Swedish (father)
*Italian (mother)

Eric Bolling is an American television personality, conservative political commentator, author, and financial commentator. He is the son of Marie Hildegarde (Catino) and John Gustav Bolling. Eric is married to Adrienne, with whom he had a son.

Eric’s paternal grandparents were Gustaf Albin Bolling (the son of Aron Bolling and Lotten Anderson) and Ida Seraphina Johnson. Gustaf and Ida were Swedish.

Eric’s maternal grandfather was Thomas Aloyisius Catino (the son of Francisco Frank Catino/Catena and Francesca Caggiano). Thomas was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Italian parents. Francisco was the son of Charles Catena and Frances Kajohn. Francesca was the daughter of Tomaso Caggiano and Vittoria Iorio.

Eric’s maternal grandmother was Mildred P. Blasi (the daughter of Dominick Blasi and Mary Larocca). Mildred was born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, to a father from Pantafilio, Calabria, Italy and a mother from Brindisi Montagna, Basilicata, Italy.

Eric’s maternal grandmother died when Eric’s mother was young, and Eric’s maternal grandfather remarried to Mary C. Schorsch, who was Hungarian.

Sources: Genealogy of Eric Bolling –

Birth record of Eric’s mother –

Obituary of Eric’s mother –

Death record of Eric’s maternal grandmother, Mildred P. (Blasi) Catina –

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Aaron Bruno

by bablah on June 27, 2017

Photo by Daniel Locke/PR Photos

Birth Name: Aaron Richard Bruno

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 11, 1978

Ethnicity: Italian (including Sicilian), English, possibly other

Aaron Bruno is an American musician. He is known as the lead singer of band Awolnation. He is a former member of bands Under the Influence of Giants and Home Town Hero.

Aaron’s paternal grandfather was Vincent R. Bruno (the son of Anthony Bruno and Clara Lopristi/Lapresti/Lo Presti). Vincent’s parents were Italian immigrants. Anthony was born in Sant’Agata (in Sicily or Calabria), the son of Joseph Bruno. Clara was the daughter of Basil Lapresti/Lopresti and Rosolia Carpo, who were from St. Agata, Italy.

Aaron’s paternal grandmother was Domenica Mae Tuso (the daughter of Joseph Tuso and Jennie Masi). Joseph was from Caccamo, Sicily. Jennie was from Villafrati, Sicily.

Sources: Marriage record of Aaron’s paternal grandparents, Vincent R. Bruno and Domenica Mae Tuso –

Genealogy of Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno –

Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno, on the 1930 U.S. census –

Death record of Aaron’s paternal grandfather, Vincent R. Bruno –

Death record of Aaron’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara (Lopristi/Lapresti/Lo Presti) Bruno –

Aaron’s paternal grandmother, Domenica Mae Tuso, on the 1920 U.S Census –


Valentina Monetta

by Manila on April 11, 2017

Place of Birth: City of San Marino, San Marino

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1975

Ethnicity: Italian (including Calabrian)

Valentina Monetta is a Sammarinese singer. She represented San Marino in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, alongside Jimmie Wilson. She previously represented from 2012 to 2014.

Valentina’s father is Italian, from Calabria. Valentina’s mother is Sammarinese.