Celebrities with Sicilian blood

ALICIA KEYS (born January 25, 1981) singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist and actress. She is an international pop star. Her real name is Alicia Augello Cook. Her mother, Teresa Augello, is of Sicilian descent (from Sciacca).

ARIANA GRANDE (born June 26, 1993) American actress and singer. She is an international pop star. She is of Italian descent, half Sicilian (through her father Paul Butera), half Abruzzese. Her older brother is actor-producer Frankie Grande.

AL PACINO, born Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940, in The Bronx, New York) American film actor. Pacino is the son of Salvatore Pacino (who was born in Sicily) and Rose Gerardi (the daughter of a Sicilian born father and a New York-born mother of Sicilian descent). His parents divorced while Pacino was still a child. His maternal grandparents originate from Corleone, Sicily, while his paternal grandparents originate from San Fratello, Sicily.

MARTIN SCORSESE, (pronounced as Scor-SEH-see) (born November 17, 1942, in Queens, New York, USA) multi-Oscar nominated film director. Martin Scorsese came from a working class Sicilian -American family, hailing from the Sicilian town of Polizzi Generosa; his father Luciano Charles Scorsese (1913–1993) was a pants presser in New York’s garment district. He struggled to earn enough money to attend university, but has shown enormous gratitude to his parents for helping him realize his dreams. His parents were the subject of Scorsese’s documentary Italianamerican and made numerous cameo appearances in his films before their deaths. For years, his mother worked as the official caterer for all of Scorsese’s films and his father helped in the wardrobe department.

Born JOANNE STEFANI GERMANOTTA, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from her Sicilian cultural matrix.

Her grandfather came from Naso, an hour’s drive from Messina, the third-largest city in Sicily located on the island’s northeastern tip.

FRANK SINATRA, born Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) American singer considered one of the finest vocalists of all time, renowned for his impeccable phrasing and timing. Many critics place him alongside Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and The Beatles as the most important popular music figures of the 20th century. [1] Sinatra launched a second career as a dramatic film actor, and became admired for a screen persona distinctly tougher than his smooth singing style. Sinatra also had a larger-than-life presence in the public eye, and as “The chairman of the board” became an American icon, known for his brash, sometimes swaggering attitude, as embodied by his signature song “My Way”. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, as the only child of a quiet Sicilian fireman father, Anthony Martin Sinatra (1894–1969). Anthony had emigrated to the United States in 1895. His mother, Natalie Della Gavarante (1896–1977), was a talented, tempestuous Ligurian, who worked as a part-time abortionist. She was known was “Dolly”, and emigrated in 1897.

BRITNEY SPEARS born Britney Jean Spears (December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi) is an American recording artist and entertainer. Her grandmother Lilian Irene Portelli was a Sicilian immigrant.

SYLVESTER STALLONE, born Sylvester Enzio Stallone (July 6, 1946, in New York City) American film actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He is often referred to by his nickname, “Sly”. He achieved his greatest successes in a number of action films, notably the Rocky and Rambo series. He was born to Frank Stallone Sr. (a beautician who was an immigrant from Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily) and Jacqueline “Jackie” Labofish, an American astrologer of 1/4 Russian Jewish descent.

JON BON JOVI, born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, … some of his father’s ancestors were from Sciacca, near Agrigento in Sicily.

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MARIO PUZO (October 15, 1920 – July 2, 1999) American author known for his fictional books about the Mafia. Puzo was born into a family of Sicilian immigrants living in the “Hell’s Kitchen” neighborhood of New York City. Many of his books draw heavily on this Sicilian heritage.

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6 thoughts on “Celebrities with Sicilian blood

  1. Maria Iovieno Swieciki says:

    Lots of talented Sicilians out there! I not only share a birthday – April 25 – with Al Pacino but my maternal grandparents also came from San Fratello!

  2. Kay says:

    Did not know about Alicia Keyes or Ariana Grande . & Brittany Spears??Love to send this info to many Sicilian friends and relatives . Please let me know how.. Thank You.. Blessings. All Sicilian and Proud !!

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