A star that shines for real
Téa Leoni was born in 1966, in New York City. Her actual name is a bit longer, Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni, as her father Anthony was a lawyer of Italian descent. Téa was raised both in Englewood, New Jersey, and NYC. She debuted at 22 in a TV show, “Angels 88”, an updated version of “Charlie’s Angels”. Then, much of TV and some minor roles on the big screen until her big occasion: playing the journalist Nora Wilde in the sitcom “The Naked Truth”, that was aired since 1995 to 1998.
Her movie career is full of action (“Deep Impact”, “Jurassic Park III”) and comedy (“The Family Man”, “Hollywood Ending”, “You Kill Me”), both genres very suitable to an half Italian woman.As being kind at heart. In 2001 Téa was named UNICEF goodwill ambassador, following the footprints of her paternal grandmother Helenka Pantaleoni, who chaired the US Fund for UNICEF for more than 25 years. Téa is an atypical show woman, going straight to what it really matters : “I don’t find glamour relevant”.
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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.
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.
John Travolta has turned 66, but he still looks – and feels – like a kid. Born and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, John is the younger of six children. His father Salvatore was a second generation Sicilian American, coming from the outskirts of Palermo.