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Giada De Laurentiis

***Giada’s Easter Classics*** Giada Pamela De Laurentiis  is an Italian-American chef, writer, and television personality. She is the host of Food Network’s “Giada at Home”.  Giada Pamela De Benedetti was born on August 22, 1970, in Rome, Italy, the eldest child of actress Veronica De Laurentiis and her first husband, actor-producer Alex De Benedett. In 1977 at the age of 7, Giada’s parents left Italy and came to the United States. They lived briefly in Florida, and New York and then moved to Los Angeles. Giada is a Emmy award winning… Continue Reading…

Entertainers

Vic Damone

One of the prototypical Italian-American crooners, Vic Damone parlayed a smooth, mellow baritone into big-time pop stardom during the ’40s and ’50s. Early in his career, his inflection and phrasing were clearly indebted to Frank Sinatra, who once famously called him “the best set of pipes in the business.” Overall, though, Damone’s style was softer than Sinatra’s and owed less to the elasticity of jazz, especially since he was a solo performer who never served an apprenticeship with a swing orchestra. Very much the heartthrob in his heyday, his repertoire… Continue Reading…

EntertainersPublic Figure

Liberace

Wladziu Valentino Liberace was born in West Allis, Wisconsin. On May 16, 1919. Liberace received his middle name, “Valentino” because his mom’s favorite actor was an Italian named Rudolph Valentino. Wonder if she knew Liberace was destined for greatness. Wladziu, was know as Lee to his friends, and Walter to his family. His Father, Salvatore Liberace was an immigrant from Formia, in the Lazio, region of central Italy. Frances Zuchowska was Polish. Liberace had an identical twin who was still born. Liberace was 1 of 4 children, a sister, Angelina,… Continue Reading…

Sports

Ben Abruzzo

Ben Abruzzo was the first great Ballooning Sportsman ever. Ben Abruzzo was born June 9, 1930 in Rockford, Illinois. He gained fame as the first man to pilot a balloon across the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. In 1978, Ben Abruzzo crossed the Atlantic Ocean. He accomplished this with partners Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman. They were able to set a duration record of 137 hours, five minutes and 30 seconds. The name of the balloon was Double Eagle II. This was also the first time anyone was able to cross… Continue Reading…

Italian American BoxersSports

Rocky Marciano

Marciano was born as Rocco Francis Marchegianon on September 1, 1923, in Brockton, Massachusetts, to Italian immigrants Pierino Marchegiano and Pasqualina Picciuto. Marciano and his three sisters and two brothers lived across the street from the James Edgar Playground, where Marciano spent countless hours playing baseball. At a young age, he worked out on homemade weights and did chin-ups until he “was totally fatigued. Professional Career Marciano began fighting as a professional boxer on July 12, 1948, winning a fight against Harry Bilizarian. He then went on to win his… Continue Reading…

Public Figure

Bonnie Tiburzi

Bonnie Tiburzi (born August 31, 1948), is an American aviator. In March of 1973, at age 24, she became the first female pilot for a major American Commercial airline. At the same time, she also became the first woman in the world to earn a Flight Engineer rating on a turbo-jet aircraft. Bonnie Tiburzi is an Italian American and was born on August 31, 1948, in Connecticut. Her father was a pilot during WWII with the Air Transport Command and TWA. He later started his own regional airline called Tiburzi Airways, which… Continue Reading…

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Mary Lou Retton (Rotundia)

Mary Lou Rottundia was born January 24, 1968 in Fairmont, West Virginia, of Italian heritage. Known as Mary Lou Retton. Mary Lou was the youngest of 5 children. Her father, Ronnie, operated a transportation equipment business. At the age of 8 years old Mary Lou Retton became fascinated with gymnastics watching Nadia Comaneci in the 1976 Olympics. When Mary Lou was 14 Nadina’s coach noticed her and offered to coach Mary Lou. She left school and moved to Houston to begin training for the next Olympics.   At 1984 Summer… Continue Reading…

Public Figure

Amadeo Pietro Giannini

Amadeo Pietro Giannini was born in San Jose, California, to Italian immigrant parents. He was the first son of Luigi Giannini and Virginia (Demartini) Giannini. Luigi Giannini immigrated to the United States from Favale di Malvaro near Genoa, Liguria in the Kingdom of Sardinia to prospect in response to the California Gold Rush of 1849. When Amadeo’s Father was murdered by an employee over a payroll dispute, his mother took over the operation of the produce business. In 1880, Virginia married Lorenzo Scatena who began L. Scatena & Co. Giannini… Continue Reading…

Traditions

St. Patrick

Was St Patrick Really italian? Little is known about the Details of St Patrick’s Life. Most agree that he was a missionary in Ireland during the 2nd half of the 5th century. He is also considered to be the founder of Christianity in Ireland. He was born in “Roman Britain” which was an area of Great Britain or Wales governed by the Roman Empire. Some say his name at birth was Maewyn Succat. Although Patrick referred to himself in his own writings as Patricius. Most agree that at when Patrick… Continue Reading…

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