Birth Name: Laura Ilene Vidnovic
Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 15, 1979
Ethnicity: Irish, one quarter Serbian, German, English
Laura Benanti is an American actress and singer.
Laura is the daughter of Linda and Martin Vidnovic. Laura was raised by her mother and stepfather, Salvatore Benanti, in Kinnelon, New Jersey.
Laura’s father has Serbian ancestry. Laura’s mother is of half German descent, and also has English and Irish ancestry. Laura is also said to have Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.
Laura is married to Patrick Brown, with whom she has two children.
Laura’s paternal grandfather was Burke D. Vidnovic (the son of Božo Vidnjević/Vidnovic and Smilyna/Cecilia Devic). Burke was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Ponikve, Yugoslavia.
Laura’s paternal grandmother was Mary Margaret “Marge” Crowley (the daughter of Martin Francis Crowley and Margaret L. O’Connor). Laura’s grandmother Mary Margaret was born in West Virginia. Martin was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, Michel/Michael Crowley and Anna Driscoll. Laura’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in West Virginia, also to parents from Ireland, Matthew O’Connor and Johanna Conway.
Laura’s maternal grandfather was named William Karl Wonneberger (the son of Oswald K. Wonneberger and Louise). William was born in Washington, D.C., to a German father, and to a mother who was born in New York, also to German parents.
Laura’s maternal grandmother was Elsie Ilene Jones (the daughter of Ertie Lee “Casey” Jones and Mary Elizabeth Byrne). Ertie was the son of William Fleming “Wild Bill” Jones and Mary Jane Norris.
Obituary of Laura’s uncle (father’s brother) – http://www.legacy.com
Obituary of Laura’s great-uncle (paternal grandfather’s brother) – http://www.legacy.com
Obituary of Laura’s uncle (mother’s brother) – http://www.legacy.com
Laura’s maternal grandfather, William Karl Wonneberger, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org