Madonna was born to Catholic parents Silvio Anthony "Tony" Ciccone (b. 1931) and Madonna Louise Fortin (c. 1933 – December 1, 1963) in Bay City, Michigan, on August 16, 1958. Her father's parents were immigrants from Pacentro (L'Aquila), Italy, while her mother was of French-Canadianancestry. Tony worked as an engineer designer for Chrysler and General Motors. Since Madonna had the same name as her mother, family members called her "Little Nonni". She has two elder brothers, Anthony (born 1956) and Martin (born 1957), and three younger siblings, Paula (born 1959), Christopher (born 1960), and Melanie (born 1962).
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Hogan was born Terry Eugene Bollea in Augusta, Georgia in 1953, the son of construction foreman Pietro "Peter" Bollea (d. December 18, 2001 Vercelli), and his wife Ruth V. (née Moody; d. January 1, 2011), a homemaker and dance teacher. He has Italian, French, and Panamanian heritage. When he was one and a half years old, his family moved to Port Tampa, Florida.
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta was born on March 28, 1986, at the Lenox Hill Hospital on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, to a Catholic family. She is the elder daughter of Cynthia Louise "Cindy" (Bissett) and Internet entrepreneur Joseph Anthony "Joe" Germanotta, Jr. Gaga is of 75 percent Italian descent (Naso, Messina), and also has French Canadianancestry. Gaga's sister Natali is a fashion student. Despite her affluent upbringing on Manhattan's Upper West Side, she says that her parents "both came from lower-class families, so we've worked for everything—my mother worked eight to eight out of the house, in telecommunications, and so did my father."
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Cooper was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up nearby in Jenkintown and Rydal. His mother, Gloria (née Campano), worked for the local NBC affiliate. His father, Charles Cooper, who died on January 15, 2011, worked as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch. He has an older sister, Holly. He was raised Catholic. His father was of Irish descent and his mother is of Italian ancestry (from Abruzzo and Naples). Cooper had cholesteatoma in his ear soon after his birth and punctured it when he started diving at an early age. His childhood friend was actor Brian Klugman. While attending Germantown Academy, Cooper worked at the Philadelphia Daily News.