Alicia Vikander

by follers on May 7, 2016

EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 - Arrivals

Birth Name: Alicia Amanda Vikander

Place of Birth: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden

Date of Birth: October 3, 1988

Ethnicity: Swedish, small amount of Finnish, distant Baltic German

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress and dancer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl (2015).

She is the daughter of Maria Fahl Vikander, an actress, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. Alicia is married to German-Irish actor and producer Michael Fassbender.

Alicia has said that the filmmakers of her movie The Danish Girl were:

…obsessed with me not looking Scandinavian and I was like, ‘I’m the only Scandinavian in the whole film.’ They paled my skin, to make me lighter. People say that I’m tanned, but that’s my natural color.

In an interview on Conan O’Brien’s show on May 5, 2015, Conan told Alicia,

there’s a misconception… there’s this belief that everyone who’s Swedish has blonde [hair], blue eyes… clearly you’re proof that that’s not the case.

Alicia replied,

I always get that question… where are your parents really from?… Do you know where your dad’s from?… [My parents] are both from very small villages, from up north and south of Sweden… I’m a quarter Finnish, but that doesn’t really make me much darker.

Alicia’s maternal grandfather was Anders Gustaf Edvard Fahl (the son of Gustaf Adolf Fahl and Anna Margareta Heideman/von Heideman). Alicia’s grandfather Anders was born in Annedal, Göteborg och Bohus, Sweden. Along with Swedish, Anders also had a small amount of Baltic German ancestry, and descent from Finland-Swedish nobility. Alicia’s great-grandfather Gustaf was the son of Erik Gustaf Georg Anders Henrik Fahl and Maria Andersdotter. Alicia’s great-grandmother Anna was the daughter of Georg Carl Fredrik Heideman/von Heideman and Gustafva Katarina Ulrika Raab.

Alicia’s maternal grandmother was Solveig/Solweig Waldemarsdotter/Valdemarsdotter (the daughter of Gustav Waldemar Timper, later Hasse, and of Elmi Irene Maria Sandholm). Solveig was Finnish. Gustav was the son of Karl Gustav Timper and Aina Wilhelmina Skoglund. Elmi was the daughter of Alfred Gabriel Sandholm and Anna Charlotta Asujamaa.

LOS ANGELES - FEB 28: Alicia Vikander, parents at the 88th Annu

Vikander and her parents by kathclick/Bigstock

Sources: Genealogy of Alicia Vikander (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Alicia’s maternal grandfather, Anders Gustaf Edvard Fahl –

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Cynthia Nixon

by follers on May 11, 2014

Cynthia Nixon at And VH1's 2013 Do Something Awa

Birth Name: Cynthia Ellen Nixon

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

Date of Birth: April 9, 1966

Ethnicity: German (maternal grandfather), English, some Scottish, Irish, and Welsh, remote Dutch and French Huguenot

Cynthia Nixon is an American actress, activist, and politician. She is the daughter of Walter Elmer Nixon, Jr., a radio journalist, and Anne Elizabeth Knoll, an actress. Cynthia is married to education activist Christine Marinoni. She has a son with Christine, and two children with her former partner, teacher Danny Mozes.

Her maternal grandfather was of German descent. Her other ancestry includes English, some Scottish, Irish, and Welsh, and remote Dutch and French Huguenot.

Cynthia has said that her mother had often stated:

I lived through World War II with a father named Adolph and through the ’70s with a husband named Nixon.

Cynthia is a member of a prominent LGBTQ synagogue, though it appears that she has not formally converted to Judaism. Her former partner Danny is Jewish.

Cynthia’s paternal grandfather was Walter Elmer Nixon, Sr. (the son of Samuel Fern Nixon and Margaret J. Eaton/Easton). Walter was born in Missouri. Samuel was the son of Samuel J. Nixon and Mary M. Curnutt/Casto. Margaret was the daughter of James M. Eaton and Ann E.

Cynthia’s paternal grandmother was Grace Truman McCormack (the daughter of William Franklin McCormack and Flora Hazeltine Wilbanks). Grace was born in Tennessee. William was the son of William Albert McCormack and Rachel Leath. Flora was the daughter of The Rev. Jacob Burroughs Wilbanks and Nancy Ophelia Reeves.

Cynthia’s maternal grandfather was Adolph O. Knoll (the son of Ferdinand Knoll and Anna Elsie/Elisa Mueller/Miller). Adolph was born in Wisconsin. Ferdinand was the son of Carl Knoll and Maria E. Goesing. Anna was the daughter of Adolph Franz/Frank Mueller and Louisa/Louise D. Koepecick.

Cynthia’s maternal grandmother was Elta/Etta Elizabeth Williams (the daughter of Benjamin “Ben” Williams and Cynthia Ann Dial). Elta was born in Missouri. Benjamin was the son of Wade Alexander Williams and Elizabeth Barnett. Cynthia’s great-grandmother Cynthia Dial was the daughter of William Lewis Dial and Mary Elizabeth Cochran.

Sources: Information about Cynthia’s religious involvement –

Information about Cynthia’s appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, 2014 –

Genealogy of Cynthia Nixon –

Genealogies of Cynthia Nixon (focusing on her father’s side) –

Cynthia’s paternal grandmother, Grace Truman McCormack, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Cynthia’s maternal grandparents, Adolph O. Knoll and Elta/Etta Elizabeth Williams –

Information about Cynthia’s maternal great-grandparents, Benjamin “Ben” Williams and Cynthia Ann Dial –

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Nick Robinson

by follers on April 22, 2014

Nick Robinson at "The Kings of Summer" Los Angeles Special Scree

Birth Name: Nicholas John Robinson

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 22, 1995

Ethnicity: Croatian (maternal grandfather), Swedish, Danish, English, possibly other

Nick Robinson is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the films The Kings of Summer (2013), Jurassic World (2015), and Love, Simon (2018).

Nick’s maternal grandfather is Lawrence John Podnar (the son of George L. Podnar and Mary L. Srmeg). George was born in Minnesota, to Croatian parents, Juraj “George” Matthew Podnar, from Fratrovci, and Helen C. Kalcevic. Mary L. was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Ignatius/Ignatz/Ignac Srmek/Srmeg and Tereza/Theresa Sohar, who were also ethnic Croatians, with Ignatius being from Joska.

Nick’s maternal grandmother is Lael Marthine Peterson (the daughter of Henry Peterson and Sadie Louise Hill). Henry was born in Washington, the son of Swedish parents, Axel Peterson and Bessy/Bessie Pearson. Sadie was born in Montana, the daughter of Charles Judson Hill, who was born in Minnesota, and of Josephine Nelson, who was born in Utah, and whose parents, James and Mary, were Danish.

Sources: Nick’s maternal great-grandfather, George L. Podnar, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Nick’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary L. Srmeg, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Nick’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Peterson, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Nick’s maternal great-grandfather, Henry Peterson –

Nick’s maternal great-grandmother, Sadie Louise Hill, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Sadie Louise Hill on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Nick’s maternal great-grandmother, Sadie Louise (Hill) Peterson –

Marriage record of Nick’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Judson Hill and Josephine Nelson –

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Alexandra Shipp

by follers on January 22, 2013

Alexandra Shipp

Place of Birth: probably Phoenix, Arizona

Date of Birth: July 16, 1991

*African-American (father)
*European (mother)

Alexandra Shipp is an American actress. She played singer Aaliyah in the television biography Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B (2014) and Storm in the film X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

Her father is black and her mother is white.

A picture of Alexandra and her mother can be seen here.

Alexandra’s maternal grandmother was named Linda Bell Jones.

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Joey Pollari

by follers on April 7, 2011

Joey Pollari

Birth Name: Joseph James Pollari

Place of Birth: Ramsey, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: April 9, 1994

Ethnicity: Finnish (paternal grandfather), Scottish, English, German, Irish, French-Canadian, 1/16th Swedish

Joey Pollari is an American actor. His surname is Finnish.

Joey’s paternal grandfather was Charles Richard Pollari (the son of Kaarle C. “Charles” Pollari and Aune Esther Hill). Joey’s grandfather Charles was born in Michigan. Kaarle was born in Wisconsin, to Finnish parents, John Victor Pollari, a minister in the Finnish church, and Maija Liisa Järvelä. Aune was born in Colorado, also to Finnish parents, Samuel “Sam” Hill and Ida Kleimola.

Joey’s paternal grandmother is Lois Mae Clintsman (the daughter of Leland William Clintsman and Margaret Irene Hughes). Lois was born in Minnesota. Leland was the son of Charles Henry Clintsman and Sophia M. Davis. Margaret was the daughter of John Duffy Hughes, who was born in Scotland, and of Estelle/Estella Roberta Tucker.

Joey’s maternal grandfather is Richard Young Copeland (the son of John Robert Copeland and Dorothy Frances Young). Richard was born in Minnesota. John was the son of John Malcolm Copeland, who was Scottish, from Palmire, Wigtownshire, and of Hannah H. Hedback, who was Swedish, from Väse. Dorothy was the daughter of Francis/Frank Xavier Young, who was born in Illinois, to Irish parents, his father from Tyrone and his mother from Ballyannis, Mayo, and of Flora Barclay Ingram, who was Scottish, from Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Joey’s maternal grandmother is Mary Joan Holtby (the daughter of Woodrow Alfred Holtby and Gertrude Vidella Oelke). Mary Joan was born in Minnesota. Woodrow was the son of James Fred Holtby/Haltby and Nelly/Nellie Ellen Raiche. Gertrude was the daughter of Albert Oelke, who was of German descent, and of Della E. Dubois, who was of French-Canadian ancestry.

Joey’s matrilineal line can be traced back to his great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, Joseph Lussier and Emillie Brunette, who were born, c. the early 1800s, in Canada.

Sources: Genealogy of Joey’s paternal grandfather, Charles Richard Pollari –

Joey’s paternal grandmother, Lois Mae Clintsman, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Joey’s paternal great-grandfather, Leland William Clintsman (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Joey Pollari (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Joey’s maternal great-grandmother, Gertrude Vidella Oelke (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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Katherine Langford

May 3, 2009

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August 29, 2008

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Savannah Jayde

March 21, 2018

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Rob Raco

March 21, 2018

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Rob Mayes

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Mark Mothersbaugh

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Lucy Boynton

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