Daughter to a couple of actors, John Aniston and Nancy Dow, Jennifer has a strong Mediterranean legacy: Greek from her father’s origins, Southern Italian from her mother’s grandmother, whose name was Louise Grieco and whose origins can be tracked back to Calabria or Basilicata.
Jennifer was born in Los Angeles but moved to New York when she was a kid. Despite her father being a TV actor, little Jen was prohibited from watching it. She found her way, though and that was her source of inspiration: she discovered acting in Middle School, and loved it so much that she attended the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts. She never quit since then, even though she had her hard times.
Then came “Friends” in 1994, and her lucky star started to shine for real. Jennifer had a breakthrough thanks to the ten-years-long series that brought her a worldwide fame, but she has also been able to reinvent herself afterwards, and not just stick to Rachel. Being a Mediterranean woman, she’s naturally passionate and spontaneous: an energy that helps her stay focused on what counts in life. “My secret? I feel young every day”.
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.