- 1 Early life, family, and educational background
- 2 Career
- 3 Personal life: past marriage and kids
- 4 Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
- 5 Physical appearance and clothing style
Early life, family, and educational background
Joan Marguerite Grande was born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, on 11 June 1968, into a family of Italian-American descent. Her parents are Marjorie and Frank Grande, and she has an older sister named Judy Gallagher. Her father died of cancer in 2014. There are no details available about her childhood or the schools she attended.
She had two marriages; the first with Victor Marchione, the father of her son Frankie, born on 24 January 1983. However, the couple did not endure all the challenges since she had cancer; they divorced in 1987, and she raised her son by herself. When her cancer was treated, she met Edward Butera, the owner of IBI Designs, Inc., they fell in love, and in 1992 tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Manhattan. When she was carrying Ariana in her womb, they moved to Boca Raton, Florida, and on 26 July 1993, Ariana Grande- Butera was born. Their marriage did not last very long also, as they divorced in 2002.
CEO of Hose McCann Communications
Joan is a successful businesswoman, who is the President and CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, which provides communications equipment or solutions and alarm systems for the US Marines and the US Navy. The company was initially established in 1923 by Charles G. Hose and Thomas J. McCann in Brooklyn, but the following year it was purchased by the Grande family, and moved to Deerfield Beach in Florida, to be closer to the state’s thriving maritime and shipbuilding industries.
Social Media Star
Although being a CEO makes her wealthy, she is also compensated as a social media influencer.
She is now called the celebrity mother of her two children, Ariana Grande who’s a singer-actress, and son Frank James Michael Grande-Marchione, who’s a social media star. Ariane often shares her photo with Joan on her official Instagram account, which attracts many followers, and has made her a social media phenomenon.
Personal life: past marriage and kids
Joan has been married twice – first to Dr. Victor Marchione, which lasted only five years. Her second marriage was with Edward Butera, and they lived together for 10 years. She had her son, Frankie, from her first marriage, and she gave birth to Ariana, her daughter from her second union.
Dr. Victor Marchione-first husband
Victor Marchione, Joan’s first husband, is an Italian-American physician who was born on 24 February 1952 in New York. He and Joan married in 1982, and they divorced in 1987. There are not many details on how they met, or the cause of their separation. In 1993, he married Karen Ann Jayne- Marchione, an Italian-American teacher born in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Dr. Marchione has been practicing his profession in New York and New Jersey for more than 20 years. He is known and well-respected in his field, particularly in terms of pulmonary medicine and smoking cessation. He’s also a member of the Advisory Board for Bel Marra Health, and the editor of the Health eTalk Newsletter.
He’s been featured and invited for interviews on several television news shows, including ABC News and World Report, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, and the NBC Today Show.
Edward Charles Butera- 2nd ex-Husband
Edward was born and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey, on 19 September 1958. He finished a degree in advertising and design at the New York Institute of Technology in 1981. He and Joan met in the early 1990s while he was working in various design companies in New York City. They dated and married in 1992, and he became the stepfather to Frankie for over 10 years. When Ariana was eight years old, he moved out of their house, and lived in Florida.
He established IBI Designs, Inc, which worked with companies such as Lemongrass Asian Bistro, and Bridget Ray Interiors. He isn’t that close to his daughter, Ariana, because she grew up without a father. However, they reconciled, and can often be seen together based on the tweets and photos shared on their social media accounts.
Frankie Grande- First child and Son of Joan
Frankie James Grande Marchione was born in New York City, USA, on 24 January 1983, but was raised in Englewood, New Jersey, and Boca Raton, Florida. He studied at Pine Crest School, and then graduated from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania in 2005, where he took theatre, dance, and biology. He started his career in performing productions and Broadway shows in 2007, including “Mamma Mia!.”
He gained popularity after being on the British reality show “Big Brother 16” in 2014 – he left the house on the 30th day in sixth place. He continued his Broadway stint and hostings, including the pre-show of the “American Music Awards.” He became famous on social media not only because he was a contestant in “Big Brother”, and a brother of the popular singer Ariana Grande, but because of showing his authentic self in his social media accounts, having attention-grabbing costumes and love for glitter. He made his acting debut as Richard in Eugene Kotlyarenko’s comedic thriller “Spree” in 2020.
He also ventured out of the fragrance industry when he launched his unisex fragrance “Frankie by Ariana Grande” with his step-sister in 2016.
He’s been dating actor Hale Leon since 2019, and announced their engagement on 8 June 2021.
Ariana Grande- her only daughter
Ariana Grande- Butera is now a famous American singer, songwriter, and actress, born on 26 June 1993. She and her brother Frankie were raised by their mother, Joan, alone. The same as her brother, she also attended Pine Crest School, and then studied at North Broward Preparatory School.
She started performing on Broadway at the age of 15, auditioning for plays before being in the “Victorious” show, getting a chance to show off her talent in singing, which led to record deals. Many people, especially teenagers, were captivated by her voice, and when she gained recognition as a vocalist, she left Nickelodeon and pursued a career as a singer.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
- Joan is mentioned by Ariana as how much she loves her as her mom.
- She always accompanies Ariana wherever she goes.
- She appeared in the music video of Ariana’s song “Positions.”
- Ariana mentioned her and Edward, her biological father, in her song “Thank you, Next,” about their divorce.
Physical appearance and clothing style
Joan stands at 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs about 124lbs (55kgs), with vital statistics of 34-28-40; she has blonde hair and dark brown eyes. Most of the clothes in her closet are black.
Joan was born into a wealthy family, and as of early 2022, sources say that her net worth is estimated to be over $45 million, earned mostly from her company.