A pinch of Italy, at least in the name...
Christina Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Montclair, New Jersey.
Christina debuted on the stage when she was 8, in a Christmas school production. Actually, another boy was originally in the cast, but she had a plan: taunting him so much that, in the end, he punched her. When the news spread, the boy lost the part and she starred, gaining the attention of a theatre critic: “I’ve always been very ambitious”. From the school stage to the real one it was a quick path: first came the participation to the Saturday Night Live Show, then the big screen, as Cher’s younger daughter in “Mermaids”. One year later, in 1991, she was Wednesday Addams in “The Addams Family”. And in the 1993 sequel as well. Christina had become a star, with such an attitude for dark roles and gothic stories that she was named a “prospective Bette Davis”.
She’s also known for being a workaholic, always eager to get to the set as soon as possible. “You won’t see me in a better mood than 4 in the morning on my way to work”. Now, whether she believes it or not, this is a typical Italian trait. Apparently, not all the Italian blood has been bred out of her.
What is it like being an Italian American? A stereotype? Or rather a mix of cultures and traditions? Mike Fiorito, a Newyorker from an Italian family, explores the vivacious universe of the Italian Americans in his books, finding out that there’s much more out there than just a bunch of Guidos.
New York City being struck by Corona virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for help, and he was heard. While doctors, nurses and care providers were quickly running out protections to be safe at work, an Italian American guy in love with fashion made his move. Christian Siriano, a young stylist of the NYC scene, answered the call: “If Governor Cuomo says we need masks, my team will help make some. I have a full sewing team still on staff working from home that can help”, he tweeted.
He’s probably one of the most popular persons of this new decade. Doctor Anthony Fauci is not only at the head of the US task force set up to fight COVID-19, he’s one of the top – if not the top – immunologist in the world. So, maybe it’s time to discover a bit more about him.
“Discovering my roots has been essential to understand who I am”. John Turturro was born on Febraury 28th 1957 but this is not the news here. John, son to a man from Puglia and a woman from Sicily, has always been so keen on his Italian heritage that he has let it influence not only his lifestyle but also his work.
Sometimes Hollywood stars shine for real in the sky. Téa Leoni is one of them: a Belgian researcher working at La Silla Observatory Centre in Chile named an asteroid after her.
An authentic Brooklynite, Marisa Tomei started loving acting at a very early age, following her theatre-addicted parents back and forth the Broadway shows. In 1984, at 20, she debuted in “The Flamingo Kid”, a movie in which she had just one line.