Harriet Walter

by madman on February 25, 2017

Birth Name: Harriet Mary Walter

Place of Birth: London, England

Date of Birth: September 24, 1950

Ethnicity: English, 1/16th Italian

Harriet Walter is an English actress. She is the daughter of Xandra Lee and Roderick Walter. Her uncle (mother’s brother) was actor Christopher Lee.

Harriet’s paternal grandfather was Geoffrey Trollope Lee (Ellis Lee and Constance Helen Trollope). Ellis was the son of Henry Lee and Maria Matilda Tilson. Helen was the daughter of George Francis Trollope and Constance Hayward/Haward.

Harriet’s paternal grandmother was Contessa Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano (Francesco/Frank Giacomo/James Carandini and Florence Annie Clemenston). Francesco was born in Australia, to an Italian father, Girolamo/Jerome Carandini, the 10th Marquis of Sarzano, from Modena, Emilia-Romagna, and an English mother, Maria Burgess, an opera singer. Florence was the daughter of Charles Doxat Clementson and Anne Frederica/Fredericka Beck, who was born in Cape Town, South Africa.

Harriet’s great-great-great-grandparents were John Walter, the founder of the newspaper The Times, and Frances Landen.

Sources: Genealogies of Harriet’s mother –

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Elizabeth Vargas

by stlucas on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Elizabeth Anne Vargas

Place of Birth: Bergenfield, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 6, 1962

*Puerto Rican [Spanish, Italian, possibly other] (father)
*Swedish, Irish, German (mother)

Elizabeth Vargas is an American television journalist and host. She was born in Bergenfield, New Jersey, to a Puerto Rican-American father, Rafael “Ralf” Vargas, and an American mother, Anne (Lammers). Elizabeth has a sister, Aimie, and a brother, Christopher Otis. Elizabeth was previously married to musician Marc Cohn. They have two children.

Rafael is said to have Spanish and Italian ancestry. Anne is of Swedish, German, and Irish descent.

Elizabeth’s paternal grandfather was originally from Puerto Rico.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandfather was Otis S. Lammers (the son of George A. Lammers and Ida S. Johnson). George was born in Minnesota, to a father from Germany and a mother from Sweden. Ida was born in Sweden, to Swedish parents.

Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother was Lois Brennan (the daughter of James R. Brennan and Sarah L.). Both James and Sarah were born in Minnesota, to parents from Ireland.


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Troy Gentile

by stlucas on February 23, 2017

Birth Name: Troy Francis Farshi

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

Date of Birth: October 27, 1993

Ethnicity: Iranian, Italian, possibly other

Troy Gentile is an American actor. He was born in Boca Raton, Florida, the son of Debra Lynne (Gentile) and Albert A. Farshi, and was raised in Los Angeles, California.

His father is originally from Iran. His mother is from New York, and has Italian ancestry.

Troy’s maternal grandparents are Ralph G. Gentile and Colleen.


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Susan Tedeschi

by andrew on February 22, 2017

Birth Name: Susan Caroline Tedeschi

Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 9, 1970)

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), English, Irish, German

Susan Tedeschi is an American blues and soul musician. She is the daughter of Patricia (Doherty) and Richard “Dick” Tedeschi.

Susan’s paternal grandfather was Dominic Robert “Nick” Tedeschi, Sr. (the son of Angelo Tedeschi and Katherine M. Sabino). Angelo was born in Mirabello Sannitico, Province of Campobasso, Molise, Italy, the son of Raphael Tedeschi and Concetta Fantagone. Susan’s great-grandmother Katherine was born in New York, the daughter of Italian parents, Dominick Sabino and Giuseppa/Josephine Marie Alvino, who was born in Gravina, Metropolitan City of Bari, Apulia.

Susan’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Colman Turner (the daughter of Samuel Turner and Ethel Colman Young). Samuel was the son of Arthur James Turner and Hattie Whitcomb Damon.

Susan’s maternal grandfather was James Joseph Doherty II (the son of James Joseph Doherty and Annie Grant). Susan’s great-grandfather James was born in Barracks, County Clare, Ireland, the son of Michael Doherty and Elizabeth. Annie was also of Irish descent, the daughter of Patrick Grant and Mary McLaughlin.

Susan’s maternal grandmother was Edith Adelaide Masters (the daughter of Raymond Elliot Masters and Esther Josephine Catherine/Catharine Bavis). Raymond was born in Kentucky, the son of William Eliot Masters and Susan Ritter, who was German. Esther was the daughter of Otto Philip Bavis and Anna B. Seel.

Sources: Genealogy of Susan Tedeschi –

Records of Susan’s paternal grandfather, Dominic R “Nick” Tedeschi –

Marriage record of Susan’s paternal great-grandparents, Angelo Tedeschi and Katherine M. Sabino –

Genealogy of Susan’s maternal great-grandmother, Esther Josephine Catherine/Catharine Bavis –

Susan’s maternal great-grandmother, Esther Josephine Catherine/Catharine Bavis, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


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Sean Giambrone

by stlucas on February 22, 2017

Place of Birth: Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 30, 1999

Ethnicity: Italian, German (including Volga German)

Sean Giambrone is an American actor. He was born in Michigan, the son of Vonda Kay “Voni” (Heimbouch) and David Giambrone. His father has Italian ancestry. His mother is of German descent. He has a brother, Luke. They were raised in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Sean’s maternal grandparents are Duane Donald Heimbouch and Betty Jane Ruppel (the daughter of George Ruppel and Molly/Mollie Martin). George and Molly were both from Kamenka, Saratov Oblast, Russia. Molly was the daughter of Phillip Martin and Anna Kuxhausen. Some of her family was from Hesse, Germany.


Genealogy of Sean’s maternal grandmother Ruppel’s family –

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