Karen Akers

by madman on December 4, 2016

"Six by Sondheim" New York City Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Karen Orth-Pallavicini

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States

Date of Birth: October 13, 1945

*Austrian, Swiss-Italian (father)
*Scots-Irish/Northern Irish (maternal grandfather)
*Russian, Norwegian, French (maternal grandmother)

Karen Akers is an American actress and singer.

Karen’s stage name comes from her first husband, Jim Akers. Jim and Karen divorced in the 1980s, and Karen kept her ex-husband’s surname. She is currently married to Kevin Patrick Power, the vice president of the satellite communications company Orion Network Systems.

Karen is the daughter of Mary Louise (Adams), a chaplain, and Heinrick Christian Orth-Pallavicini. Her father was born in Breslau, Germany, of Austrian and Swiss-Italian descent. He was from a European nobility family, but dropped his title when he came to America. Karen’s mother was American. Karen was raised a Roman Catholic.

Karen has stated:

On my mother’s side, my grandmother is Russian, Norwegian, and French and my grandfather is Scots-Irish. My father’s side is Austrian on one side and Swiss-Italian on the other.

Karen has also said:

I grew up feeling more French than American in a funny way. My father’s European, and my grandmother’s Russian, and she and my mother spoke French all the time when I was growing up.

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Tucker Carlson

by madman on October 11, 2016

Birth Name: Tucker McNear Carlson

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: May 16, 1969

Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, 1/16th Swiss-Italian, distant Dutch, possibly Swedish

Tucker Carlson is an American political news correspondent and conservative pundit. He has hosted the show Tucker Carlson Tonight since 2016. He previously hosted the debate program Tucker on MSNBC, from 2005 to 2008, and co-hosted the debate program Crossfire on CNN.

Tucker is the son of Lisa McNear (Lombardi) and Dick Carlson, a journalist. Tucker is married to Susan Andrews, with whom he has four children.

His name was changed to Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson, adding Swanson for his stepmother, Patricia Caroline Swanson, whose grandfather was Carl A. Swanson, founder of Swanson frozen-food.

His maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Henry Miller (born Heinrich Alfred Kreiser), a rancher, originally from Brackenheim, Germany, who became known as the “Cattle King of California”, and was one of the largest landowners in the late 19th century U.S.

Tucker’s father was born Richard Boynton. He was adopted by W. E. Carlson and his wife.

Tucker’s biological paternal grandparents were Richard Boynton and Dorothy Anderson.

Tucker’s maternal grandfather was Oliver Maurice Lombardi (the son of Maurice Ennis/C. Lombardi and Ethel Rogers Peck). Tucker’s great-grandfather Maurice was the son of Cesar/Caesar Maurice Lombardi, who was Swiss, of Swiss-Italian descent, and of Caroline Gaston Ennis. Ethel was the daughter of William Edward Peck and Lilly/Lillie Rebecca Rogers.

Tucker’s maternal grandmother was Mary Nickel (the daughter of George Wilmarth Nickel and Ernestine McNear). George was the son of James Leroy Nickel and Ellen “Nellie” Sheldon Miller. Ernestine was the daughter of George Washington McNear and Etta Burkhalter Tucker.

Source: Tucker’s father writes about his own background –

Tucker’s maternal great-grandfather, Maurice Ennis/C. Lombardi, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Tucker’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Caroline Gaston Ennis (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Tucker’s maternal great-grandmother, Ernestine McNear (focusing on her father’s side) –


Frank Carlucci

by andrew on October 5, 2016

Birth Name: Frank Charles Carlucci III

Place of Birth: Scranton, Pennsylvania

Date of Birth: October 18, 1930

*Italian, including Swiss-Italian (father)
*English (mother)

Frank Carlucci is an American political figure. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, from January 24, 1975 to February 5, 1978, the 13th Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, from February 5, 1978 to February 4, 1981, the 15th National Security Advisor, from December 2, 1986 to November 23, 1987, and the 16th U.S. Secretary of Defense, from November 23, 1987 to January 20, 1989, among other duties.

Frank is the son of Roxanne (Bacon) and Francesco Charles “Frank” Carlucci, Jr.

Frank’s paternal grandparents were Francesco “Frank” Carlucci, Sr. (the son of Carlo Carlucci and Grazia Napolellio) and Louise M. Cerini. Francesco was born in Santomenna, Province of Salerno, Campania, Italy. Louise was born in Bern, Switzerland. The surname “Cerini” is Italian.

Frank’s maternal grandparents were Howard Burke Bacon (the son of John Bacon and Emilie/Emily) and Susan. John was the son of Charles Warder Bacon and Mary Thomas.

Sources: Family history of Frank Carlucci –

Partial genealogy of Frank’s father –

Genealogy of Frank Carlucci (focusing on his mother’s side) –


Lara Gut

by Manila on March 20, 2016

Place of Birth: Sorengo, Ticino, Switzerland

Date of Birth: 27 April 1991

*Swiss-Italian (father)
*Italian (mother)

Lara Gut is a Swiss alpine ski racer. Her father, Pauli Gut, is Swiss-Italian. Her mother, Gabriella Almici, is an Italian immigrant, from Zone, Lombardy.


Michel Piccoli

by andrew on January 25, 2016

2007 Cannes Film Festival - Day One - May 16, 2007

Birth Name: Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 27 December 1925

Ethnicity: Swiss-Italian (paternal grandfather), French

Michel Piccoli is a French actor. He has appeared in many different roles, from seducer to cop to gangster to Pope, in more than 170 movies.

Michel is the son of Marcelle Pauline (Expert-Bezançon) and Carlo Enrico “Henri” Piccoli.

Michel’s paternal grandparents were Enrico Piccoli (the son of Costantino Piccoli and Maria Angelica Grisiger/Grisinger) and Berta Hocquart. Enrico’s parents were from Piotta and Ambrì, respectively, both in Canton Ticino, Switzerland. Costantino was the son of Lorenzo “Lorenzon” Piccoli and Mariagata Gianolli.

Michel’s maternal grandparents were Charles Frédéric Expert-Bezançon (the son of Jean Frédéric Expert-Bezançon and Caroline Adrienne Martin) and Clarisse Eugénie M. Bezançon.


Genealogy of Michel’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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