Scarlett Johansson

by ethnic on December 27, 2013

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 22, 1984

*Danish, Swedish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, singer, model, and director. She is known for starring in the films Lost in Translation, Match Point, and Lucy, among many others. She plays Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Scarlett was born in New York City, the daughter of Karsten Johansson, an architect, and Melanie Sloan, a producer. Scarlett’s father is Danish, from Copenhagen, and is of Danish and Swedish descent. Scarlett’s mother, who is American-born, is Jewish (of Polish Jewish, Belarusian Jewish, and Russian Jewish descent). Scarlett has described herself as Jewish. She celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah. She also holds both American and Danish citizenship.

Scarlett’s paternal grandparents were Ejner Bainkamp Johansson (the son of Axel Robert Johansson and Margrethe/Margaret Hansine Hansen) and Hedda. Ejner was a screenwriter and director. Axel was from Furuby, in Sweden, the son of Johan Magnus Magnusson, who was from Tjureda, Kronobergs län, Småland, and of Carolina/Karalina/Karolina Charlotta Johansdotter, who was from Furuby, Kronoberg County. Margrethe was Danish, from Skibby, the daughter of Jens Hansen, who was from Nakkedam, Ferslev, and of Louise Georgine Amalie Beinkamp, who was from Amtmandens Hus, Sorø, Sjælland.

Scarlett’s maternal grandfather was Meyer Schlamberg (the son of Shloime/Sol Schlamberg and Mollie Sussman). The surname “Schlamberg” was changed to “Sloan”. Scarlett’s grandfather Meyer was born in New York, to Polish Jewish parents from Warsaw. Shloime was the son of Leib Schlamberg and Zlata Schuemonitz.

Scarlett’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Chodosh (the daughter of Isadore/Yitzhok Chodosh and Chana/Anna Weinstein). Dorothy was born in New York, to Jewish immigrants from Minsk, Belarus. Isadore’s father was Boruch Chodosh. Chana’s parents were Gavriel/Gavril Weinstein and Leah Ginenski.

Sources: Genealogies of Scarlett Johansson –

Genealogy of Scarlett Johansson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Scarlett’s maternal grandfather, Meyer Schlamberg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Scarlett’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy Chodosh, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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Robin Wright

by follers on December 20, 2013

Film Independent's 2006 Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

Birth Name: Robin Gayle Wright

Place of Birth: Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 8, 1966

Ethnicity: English, with smaller amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), French, and Irish

Robin Wright is an American actress and director. She was previously married to actor Sean Penn, and at that time, was credited in films as Robin Wright Penn. They have two children, model Dylan Penn and actor Hopper Penn.

Robin’s paternal grandfather was Abner Green Wright (the son of Isaac William Wright and Ethel Rose Massey). Isaac was the son of Pleasant Greene Wright and Nancy Emerine “Nannie” Coulter or Lillian Lee Hatten. Ethel was the daughter of John Abner Massey and Ida Elizabeth Marchman.

Robin’s paternal grandmother was Helen Marie Patterson (the daughter of Ben Earl Patterson and Lena Grace Calvert). Ben was the son of Elzie O. Patterson and Emma Della Green. Lena was the daughter of John Orville Calvert and Mary Alice Tucker.

Robin’s maternal grandparents were Henry Leon Gaston (the son of Clyde Lee Gaston and Mary Fadeliah Dooley) and Thelma Pauline Hendrixson. Clyde was the son of John Bigham Albert Gaston and Rebecca Ann Francis Bagby/Bagsby. Mary Fadeliah was the daughter of Daniel Newton Dooley and Sarah Viola Eudaley.

Robin is a seventh cousin, twice removed, of politician Rick Perry. Robin’s eight times maternal great-grandparents, William Gaston (born in Ireland) and Mary Olivet Lemon (born in Scotland), were also Rick’s six times paternal great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Robin Wright –

Genealogy of Robin Wright (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Robin’s paternal grandfather, Abner Green Wright (focusing on his father’s side) –

Genealogies of Robin’s paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Rose Massey (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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Kate McKinnon

by follers on September 28, 2012

2014 American Comedy Awards in New York City - Arrivals

Birth Name: Kathryn McKinnon Berthold

Place of Birth: Sea Cliff, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 6, 1984

Ethnicity: German, Scottish, possibly other

Kate McKinnon is an American actress and comedian. She is a cast member on the show Saturday Night Live.

Kate’s paternal grandfather is William K. Berthold (the son of Herman Berthold and Anna Sieferman). Herman was German. Anna was born in New York, the daughter of German parents, Herrmann Siefermann and Anna Herrlich, and was raised by relatives, William Sieferman and Agnes.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was named Evelyn Frances.

Source: Genealogy of Kate McKinnon (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Mandy Moore

by ethnic on March 6, 2012

Birth Name: Amanda Leigh Moore

Place of Birth: Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 10, 1984

*75% British Isles (English, some Scottish and Irish)
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish

Mandy Moore is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and fashion designer. Early in her career, she was labeled as one of the “pop princesses”, along with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

Mandy’s father has English, and some Scottish and Irish, ancestry. Mandy’s maternal grandfather was a Jewish American soldier (of Russian Jewish descent). Mandy’s maternal grandmother was an English war bride (of non-Jewish background). The two married in 1945. Mandy was raised Catholic.

Mandy is described on the internet as having Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear where this claim originated, if Mandy herself has stated so, or if her Cherokee Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Mandy’s paternal grandparents were Benjamin B. Moore, Jr. and Mildred Karen Croley (the daughter of John Quincy Adams Croley and Minnie Lee Page). John was the son of John Tyler Croley and Susan Martha Thomas. Minnie was the daughter of Jeptha Amos Page and Colie Rebecca Lee Stephens.

Mandy’s maternal grandfather was Julian Lenoard Friedman (the son of Samuel W. Friedman and Anna Rotter). Samuel and Anna were Russian Jewish immigrants.

Mandy’s maternal grandmother was Eileen Mary Hardy (the daughter of William Hardy and Caroline E. Barney). Eileen was born in England.

Sources: Genealogy of Mandy Moore –

Genealogy of Mandy’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Mandy’s maternal grandfather, Julian Lenoard Friedman –

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Jillian Bell

by follers on August 4, 2010

"22 Jump Street" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

Birth Name: Jillian Leigh Bell

Place of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 25, 1984

Ethnicity: Romanian, Scottish, Irish, English, distant German

Jillian Bell is an American comedian, actress, and screenwriter.

Jillian’s paternal grandfather was Marvin F. Bell (the son of Samuel Bell and Bessie Helen Ford). Samuel was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Samuel Bell and Margaret Orr. Bessie was the daughter of George Hampton Ford and Cora Arnetta/Remitta/Ruth Miller.

Jillian’s paternal grandmother was Agnes Teresa Carey (the daughter of Michael Thomas Carey and Loretta/Lollie Josephine Connelly/Connolly). Agnes was of Irish descent. Michael was born in New York, the son of Michael Theo/Thomas Carey and Mary “Winnie”/”Minnie” King. Loretta was born in Michigan, the daughter of Edward Francis Connelly and Mary Anne/Ann Keleher/Kehler, who were born in Canada, to immigrant parents.

Jillian’s maternal grandmother was Aline Emma Papusa Valcea (the daughter of Constantin G. Valcea and Eugenia Celus). Aline was born in Cluj, Romania.

Sources: Genealogy of Jillian’s paternal grandfather, Marvin F. Bell (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Obituary of Jillian’s paternal grandfather, Marvin F. Bell –

Genealogy of Jillian’s paternal great-grandfather, Samuel Bell –

Genealogy of Jillian’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Helen Ford –

Obituary of Jillian’s paternal grandmother, Agnes Teresa (Carey) Bell –

Obituary of Jillian’s maternal grandmother, Aline Emma Papusa (Valcea) Davies –

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Isabela Moner

April 14, 2009

Birth Name: Isabela Yolanda Moner Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Date of Birth: July 10, 2001 Ethnicity: *possibly French (father) *Peruvian (mother) Isabela Moner is an American actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, and ukulele player. Her father is American, from Louisiana, and possibly has French ancestry. Her mother is Peruvian, from Lima. Isabela’s paternal grandmother’s […]

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Zoë Kravitz

July 23, 2008

Birth Name: Zoë Isabella Kravitz Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States Date of Birth: December 1, 1988 Ethnicity: *37.5% African-American *12.5% Afro-Bahamian *50% Ashkenazi Jewish Zoë Kravitz is an American actress, singer, and model. She is the daughter of musician and actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. Zoë’s father is of half […]

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Dick Durock

June 22, 2017

Birth Name: Richard Durock Place of Birth: South Bend, Indiana, U.S. Date of Birth: January 18, 1937 Place of Death: Oak Park, California, U.S. Date of Death: September 17, 2009 Ethnicity: Serbian Dick Durock was an american actor best known for his portrayal of Swamp Thing. He was born in Indiana to Serbian parents David Durock and Sadie Medich. Source: […]

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Robert Emhardt

June 22, 2017

Birth Name: Robert Christian Emhardt I Place of Birth: Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S Date of Birth: July 24, 1914 Place of Death: Ojai, California, U.S. Date of Death: December 26, 1994 Ethnicity: German Robert Emhardt was an American stage, film and television actor. Robert’s paternal grandfather was John/Johannes Emhardt/Emhard who was born in Möhringen auf den Fildern, Germany to Johann […]

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Tom Roach

June 22, 2017

Birth Name: Thomas Michael Roach Jr. Place of Birth: White Plains, NY Date of Birth: September 19, 1961 Ethnicity: English, likely other Family Background: Tom Roach is an American politician and the Mayor of the City of White Plains, New York. Source:  

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Melanie Scrofano

June 22, 2017

Birth Name: Melanie Neige Scrofano Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Date of Birth: abt. 1982 Ethnicity: Italian and French-Canadian Family Background: Her paternal Grandmother was from the Italian region of Sicily. Source:  

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Ciara Renée

June 22, 2017

Birth Name: Ciara Renée Harper Place of Birth: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S Date of Birth: October 19, 1990 Ethnicity: African-American, Caucasian, Indian and Native American Family Background: She and her older brother were both raised by their single mother, who is Latina. She stated in an interview: I always tell people, I’m black, white, Indian and Indian, because […]

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