Francesca Curran

Curran in 2018, photo by DFree/

Birth Name: Francesca Lorraine Curran

Place of Birth: Eden Prairie, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: May 10, 1993

Ethnicity: Norwegian (5/16ths), Italian (one quarter), Irish, English, 1/16th Swedish, distant Scottish

Francesca Curran is an American actress. She is known for her role as Helen Van Maele on Orange Is the New Black.

She is married to Jeronimo Pulega.

Francesca’s paternal grandfather was Lavalle Lawrence “Larry” Curran (the son of Lawrence Martin Curran and Ella Evelyn Carlson). Lavalle was born in Minnesota. Francesca’s great-grandfather Lawrence was born in Minnesota, the son of Thomas W. Curran, who was Irish, and of Anna “Annie” Lavalle/La Valle, whose father was Irish and whose mother was the daughter of Irish parents. Francesca’s great-grandmother Ella was born in Minnesota, the daughter of Charley/Charly Carlson, who was Swedish, and of Anna, who was Norwegian.

Francesca’s paternal grandmother was Phyllis Lorraine Kyllo (the daughter of Oscar Kyllo and Gudrun/Gudren Emelia Gude). Phyllis was born in Minnesota. Oscar was born in Minnesota, to Norwegian parents, Otto Torsteinsen Kyllo and Maren Lovise Krogstad. Gudrun was born in Minnesota, also to Norwegian parents, with her mother having been named Emma.

Francesca’s maternal grandfather was Vincent DiFrancesco (the son of Paul DiFrancesco and Grace Cichella). Vincent was born in New York, to Italian parents.

Francesca’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Betty” Fisher (the daughter of Walter Ludlan Fisher and Ethel Haggerty). Elizabeth had Irish, English, and distant Scottish, ancestry. Walter was the son of Robert Fisher and Nellie L. Purdy.

Sources: Genealogy of Francesca’s paternal grandmother, Phyllis Lorraine (Kyllo) Curran –

Obituary of Francesca’s maternal grandfather, Vincent DiFrancesco –

1 Response

  1. jackson9 says:

    Maternal grandmother was the daughter of Walter Ludlan Fisher and Ethel Haggerty. Walter was the son of Robert Fisher and Nellie L. Purdy. The maternal grandmother was Irish. English, and distant Scottish ancestry (through a McCord lineage I traced back a few generations before).

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