Pablo Larraín

by stlucas on November 1, 2017

Pablo Larrain – 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards – Arrivals – Santa Monica Pier – Santa Monica, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Julian Blythe/HNW / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Pablo Larraín Matte

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Date of Birth: August 19, 1976

Ethnicity: Chilean (Basque, Spanish, 1/64 English, 1/64 Italian), distant Spanish-Argentinian

Pablo Larraín is a Chilean filmmaker.

Pablo is the son of politician Magdalena Matte and law professor and Independent Democrat Union senator Hernán Larraín Fernández. His father has been President of Unión Demócrata Independiente, a Chilean right-wing party, since 2015, and was President of the Senate of Chile, from 2004 to 2005. His mother was Chile’s Minister of Housing and Urban Development, from 2010 to 2011.

Pablo is married to Chilean actress Antonia Zegers, with whom he has two children.

Some of Pablo’s Spanish roots are in Navarre and Santander, Cantabria. His English great-great-great-great-grandfather was from York, England. His Italian Alessandri family has Piedmontese roots. The progenitor, Giuseppe Pietro Alessandri Tarzi, arrived in 1821 as consul posterior, representative of the Kingdom of Sardinia and Piedmont, from Pisa.

Pablo’s paternal grandfather was Hernán Larraín Rios (the son of Vicente Jorge Larraín Rojas and María Ríos Talavera). Vicente was the son of Manuel Larraín Pérez and Emilia Rojas Lois. María was the daughter of Rosendo Ríos Jaramillo and Teresa Talavera Appleby.

Pablo’s paternal grandmother was María Eliana Fernández Beraud (the daughter of Arturo Fernández Montalva and Ema Beraud Cuevas). Arturo was the son of Ricardo Fernández Frías and Victoria Montalva Martínez de la Torre.

Pablo’s maternal grandfather was Arturo Matte Alessandri (the son of Arturo Matte Larraín and Rosa Ester/Esther Alessandri Rodríguez). Pablo’s great-grandfather Arturo was the Minister of Finance of Chile, from 1943 to 1944, and was a presidential candidate in 1952. He was the son of Domingo Matte Pérez and Javiera Larraín Bulnes. His siblings, Pablo’s great-great-aunt and great-great-uncle, respectively, were Esther Matte Alessandri, a poet, and Luis Matte Larraín, who was Minister of Agriculture of Chile, from 1927 to 1931. The brothers founded CMPC, a Chilean forestry and paper company, one of the biggest in Latin America. Pablo’s great-grandmother Rosa Alessandri was the daughter of Arturo Fortunato Alessandri Palma and Rosa Ester Rodríguez Velasco. Pablo’s great-great-grandfather Arturo served as the President of Chile three times (from 1920 to 1924, in 1925, and from 1932 to 1938), and had partial Italian ancestry. Pablo’s great-grandmother Rosa’s brothers, Pablo’s great-great-uncles, were Jorge Alessandri Rodríguez, who served as President of Chile, from 1958 to 1964, and Fernando Alessandri, who served as President of the Senate of Chile, from 1950 to 1958.

Pablo’s maternal grandmother was María Teresa Lecaros Izquierdo (the daughter of José Antonio Lecaros Barros and Teresa Izquierdo Valdés). José was the son of Pablo José Ruperto Lecaros Valdés and Rosalía Barros Fuenzalida. Pablo’s great-grandmother Teresa was the daughter of Tadeo Izquierdo Varas and María Teresa Valdés Lecaros.

Sources: Genealogies of Pablo Larraín – http://www.geni.com


Dana Perino

by andrew on October 27, 2017

Birth Name: Dana Marie Perino

Place of Birth: Evanston, Wyoming, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 9, 1972

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), English, possibly other

Dana Perino is an American political commentator and author. She was White House Press Secretary, from March 27, 2007 to April 30, 2007 (in an Acting manner), and from September 14, 2007 to January 20, 2009, and a Member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors , from June 30, 2010 to December 31, 2012.

Dana is the daughter of Janice “Jan” and Leo Perino. She is married to Peter McMahon.

Dana’s paternal grandfather was Leo Ernest Perino (the son of Jacento “Matt” Perino and Rosa/Rosi Monti). Jacento was born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, the son of Giovanni Perino and Maria Santo. Rosa was also Italian.

Dana’s paternal grandmother was Victoria S. Potts/Smith. Victoria was born to Sara Hearn and Harry Potts. Because of her mother’s death and father’s health, she was adopted by Melvin Jacob Smith and Emma Reese.

Sources: Genealogy of Dana Perino (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com

Partial genealogy, and obituary, of Dana’s paternal granfather, Leo Ernest Perino – https://www.findagrave.com

Dana’s paternal grandfather, Leo Ernest Perino, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Dana’s paternal grandmother, Victoria S. (Potts/Smith) Perino – https://www.findagrave.com


Joe Girardi

by bearboy on October 25, 2017

Birth Name: Joseph Elliott Girardi

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

Date of Birth: October 14, 1964

Ethnicity: Italian

Joe Girardi is an American professional baseball catcher and manager. He managed the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Joe is the son of Angela (Perino) and Jerry Girardi. He is married to Kim, with whom he has three children.

Joe’s paternal grandparents were George Edward Girardi (the son of Giovanni Sebastiano Girardi and Marietta Teresa Draperi) and Kathryn L. Beoletto. Giovanni was born in Italy. Marietta was from Cuneo, Piemonte, Italy.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was Raffaele Perino (the son of Francesco Nicola Perino and Caterina Mangiardi). Raffaele, a farmer, was from Brognaturo, Province of Vibo Valentia, Calabria, Italy.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was Mary Catherine Carchidi (the daughter of Giuseppe Carchidi and Raffaela Salerno). Mary Catherine, also a farmer, was also from Brognaturo.

Sources: Obituary of Joe’s father – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Joe’s mother – https://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Joe’s maternal grandparents, Raffaele Perino and Mary Catherine Carchidi – http://www.catanzaroexchange.com

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Joe Lando

by stlucas on October 11, 2017

Birth Name: Joseph John Lando

Place of Birth: Prairie View, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 9, 1961

*Italian (father)
*Polish (mother)

Joe Lando is an American actor.

Joe is the son of Virginia C. (Szymanski) and Antonio/Anthony Joseph (Joseph Antonio/Anthony) “Joe” Lando. He has a sister, Kathy. Joe is married to Kirsten Barlow, with whom he has four children.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was Samuel John “Sam” Lando. Samuel was from Rossana, Italy.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was Yoland/Yolanda Bergamin (the daughter of Eugenio Bergamin and Amelia Bortoloso/Bortolazzo). Yoland was born in Fort William, Ontario, Canada, of Italian descent.

Sources: Birth record of Joe’s father – http://www.familysearch.org

Joe’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Joe’s father – http://www.legacy.com

Birth record of Joe’s paternal grandmother, Yoland/Yolanda Bergamin – http://www.familysearch.org

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Ludovico Einaudi

by andrew on August 9, 2017

Birth Name: Ludovico Maria Enrico Einaudi

Place of Birth: Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Date of Birth: 23 November, 1955

Ethnicity: Italian

Ludovico Einaudi is an Italian pianist and composer.

Ludovico is the son of Giulio Einaudi and Renata Aldrovandi. His father founded Giulio Einaudi Editore, one of the leading Italian publishing houses, in 1933.

Ludovico’s paternal grandfather was Luigi Einaudi (the son of Lorenzo Einaudi and Placida Fracchia), a politician and economist, who served as President of Italy, from 1948 to 1955. Luigi was born in Carrù, Province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy.

Ludovico’s paternal grandmother was Ida Pellegrini. Ida was a countess from Verona, Veneto, Italy.

Ludovico’s maternal grandfather was Waldo Aldrovandi, a pianist, opera conductor and composer.

Sources: Obituary of Ludovico’s father – http://www.nytimes.com

Information about Ludovico’s maternal grandfather – http://scenestr.com.au

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