Lauren Ambrose

Ambrose in 2009, Dylan Armajani /

Birth Name: Lauren Anne D’Ambruoso

Place of Birth: New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 20, 1978

*father – Italian
*mother – German, English, Irish

Lauren Ambrose is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role in the series Six Feet Under and the films Can’t Hardly Wait, Psycho Beach Party, and Cold Souls. She is lead singer of ragtime band Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class.

Lauren is married to photographer Sam Handel, with whom she has two children.

Lauren’s paternal grandfather was named John J. D’Ambruoso (the son of Francesco/Frank D’Ambruoso and Mary). John was born in Rhode Island, to Italian parents.

Lauren’s paternal grandmother was Catherine Passerine (the daughter of Pasquale Passerine/Passerini and Maria Tabellione). Catherine was born in Musellaro, Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy. Maria was the daughter of Rocco Tabellione and Soccorsa Golini.

Lauren’s maternal grandfather was Kenneth Caldwell Wachtel. (the son of Frank Henry Wachtel and Minnie Hibbert Wheatley). Kenneth was born in New York. Frank was the son of German parents, Frank Wachtel, who was born in Gieboldehausen, Hanover, and of Henrietta Ernestine Josephine Hess, who was born in Braunefels, Kreis Wetzlar. Minnie was born in Manchester, England, the daughter of Harry Wheatley and Mary Emma Hibbert.

Lauren’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Frances Mulholland (the daughter of Leo Francis Mulholland and Ada Madaline Gunn). Margaret was born in Virginia. Leo was Irish, from Louth, and was the son of Francis/Frank Mulholland and Margaret. Ada was the daughter of James Pleasant Gunn and Regina Pocahontas Clark.

Sources: Death record of Lauren’s paternal great-grandmother, Maria Tabellione –

Lauren’s maternal grandfather, Kenneth Caldwell Wachtel, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Lauren’s maternal grandmother, Margaret Frances Mulholland, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Margaret Frances Mulholland on the 1930 U.S. Census –


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10 Responses

  1. misslala says:

    Think you made a typo… her birth name is Lauren, not Laura.

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