Ariana Grande-Butera, popularly known as Ariana Grande, has been in the entertainment industry much longer than many realize. The 28-year-old started off her career at just 15, in the 2008 Broadway musical 13.

Grande, who recently featured The Weeknd on a track titled “Off The Table,” was born in Florida to Joan Grande, the Brooklyn-born CEO of Hose-McCann Communications, a manufacturer of communications and safety equipment. Her father, Edward Butera is the founder of a graphic design firm in Boca Raton, Florida. Ariana Grande is of Italian descent, and refers to herself as an Italian-American of “half Sicilian and half Abbruzzesi” descent.

Before her career in the entertainment industry kicked off, the actress and singer had performed as a child with the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater. There, she played her first role as the title…

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