Colleen O’Shaughnessey

O’Shaughnessey in 2022, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Colleen Ann O’Shaughnessey

Place of Birth: Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 15, 1971

*father – Irish
*mother – Italian

Colleen O’Shaughnessey is an American voice actress. She is known for her role as Tails in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. She has also been credited as Olivia O’Connor, Olivia Charles, Maggie O’Connor, and Colleen A. Villard.

Her mother is opera singer Peggy O’Shaughnessey. She is married to Jason Villard, with whom she has two children.

Colleen’s paternal grandfather was Francis Martin “Frank” O’Shaughnessey/Shanessey (the son of Martin Thomas Shanessey and Anna Ruth Powers). Francis was born in Michigan. Colleen’s great-grandfather Martin was born in New York, to Irish parents, Patrick O’Shanessy and Sarah Toell. Anna was born in Michigan, also to Irish parents, Simon S. Powers and Mary Kelly.

Colleen’s paternal grandmother was Frances A. O’Keefe (the daughter of Joseph O’Keefe and Mary E. Feney). Frances was born in Michigan. Joseph was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents, Daniel O’Keefe and Margaret Hurley. Mary was born in Ireland, the daughter of William Feney and Margaret.

Colleen’s maternal grandfather was Renato Peter “Reno” Varani (the son of Luigi Varani and Anna Olivi). Renato was born in Michigan, to Italian parents, from Ancona, Marche.

Colleen’s maternal grandmother was Ida Fiorini (the daughter of Ottavio/Olivio Fiorini and Teresa Liburdi). Ida was born in Michigan, also to Italian parents.

Source: Obituary of Colleen’s maternal grandfather, Renato Peter “Reno” Varani –

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