Birth Name: Rene Marie Russo
Place of Birth: Burbank, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: February 17, 1954
*75% Italian [Sicilian, Piedmontese]
*25% mix of German, English, and Irish
Rene Russo is an American model, actress, and producer. Her films include the Lethal Weapons, Tin Cup, and Two for the Money, among others.
Her father was of Italian, including Sicilian, descent. Her mother was of Italian descent on one side and of German, English, and Irish descent on the other.
Rene is married to writer and director Dan Gilroy, with whom she has a daughter.
Rene’s paternal grandfather was Shedo “Ciro” Badazza Russo (the son of Erasmo Russo and Providenza “Bessie” Aiello). Shedo was born in Naples, Italy. Bessie was evidently from Palermo, Sicily.
Rene’s paternal grandmother was Domenica Minnie Cardinale (the daughter of Vincenzo Cardinale and Petrina Aiello). Domencia was Italian. Domencia’s parents were born in Isola delle Femmine, Province of Palermo, Sicily, Italy. Vincenzo was the son of Vincenzo Cardinale and Antonina Ferrante. Petrina was the daughter of Rosario Aiello and Domenica.
Rene’s maternal grandfather was John Q. Balocca (the son of Secundo Joseph Balocca and Leonilda Johannah/Jennie Tonetti). John was born in Kansas, to Italian parents, from Brusnengo, Province of Biella, Piedmont.
Rene’s maternal grandmother was Hazel M. Conrad (the daughter of Charles Franklin/Frank Conrad and Lillie Mae Brown). Hazel was born in Kansas, of German, English, and Irish descent. Charles was the son of George Conrad, who was German, and of Frances Bezzly. Lillie was the daughter of John M. Brown and Emma Jane Murray.
Sources: Rene’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Rene’s maternal grandfather, John Q. Balocca, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death notations of Rene’s maternal great-grandparents, Secundo Joseph Balocca and Leonilda Johannah/Jennie Tonetti – https://www.findagrave.com
Rene’s maternal grandmother, Hazel M. Conrad, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org