Anne Meara RIP

by ethnic on May 1, 2015

Anne Meara

Date of Birth: September 20, 1929

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

Date of Death: May 23, 2015

Place of Death: Irvine, California

Ethnicity: Irish (converted to Judaism)

Anne Meara was an American actress and comedian. She was married to comedian Jerry Stiller, and was the mother of actors Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller.

Anne was born to a family of Irish descent. She converted from Catholicism to Judaism early on in her marriage to Jerry Stiller, around 1961. The decision to convert was her own.

Anne’s paternal grandparents were James Meara and Annie Breslin. James and Annie were both born in Ireland.

Anne’s maternal grandparents were John Joseph Dempsey and Mary Elizabeth Shine. John was born in New York, to Irish parents. Mary was born in New York, to an Irish father, and to a New York-born mother, Mary (born c. 1847), whose own parents were Irish immigrants.

Sources: Anne’s father, Edward Joseph Meara, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Anne’s mother, Mary T. Dempsey, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Ben Stiller

by ethnic on April 18, 2015

Birth Name: Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller

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

Date of Birth: November 30, 1965

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Irish (mother; who converted to Judaism)

Ben Stiller is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of comedians/actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His sister is actress Amy Stiller. He has starred in the films There’s Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Ben is married to actress Christine Taylor.

Ben’s father’s family were Jewish (they immigrated from Austria and Poland). Ben’s mother’s family were of Irish Catholic background. Ben’s mother converted to Judaism before Ben was born, around 1961.

Ben’s paternal grandparents were William “Willie” Stiller (the son of Samuel Stiller and Anna Intel) and Bella Citrin (the daughter of Yussef Citron and Devorah). William’s parents were from Chijika in Galicia. Bella was a Jewish immigrant from Frampol, Poland.

Ben’s maternal grandfather was Edward Joseph Meara (the son of James Meara and Annie Breslin). Edward was born in New York. James and Annie were both born in Ireland.

Ben’s maternal grandmother was Mary T. Dempsey (the daughter of John Joseph Dempsey and Mary Elizabeth Shine). Mary Dempsey and her parents were all born in New York. Mary Dempsey’s paternal grandparents, as well as her maternal grandfather, were Irish immigrants. Mary Dempsey’s maternal grandmother, also named Mary, was born in New York, to Irish-born parents. Thus, Ben’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary, born in New York, c. 1847, was Ben’s first American-born ancestor.

Sources: Genealogy of Ben Stiller (focusing on his father’s side) –

Ben’s maternal grandfather, Edward Joseph Meara, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Ben’s maternal grandmother, Mary T. Dempsey, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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Alicia Vikander

by follers on May 7, 2014

EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 - Arrivals

Place of Birth: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden

Date of Birth: October 3, 1988

Ethnicity: Swedish

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress and dancer. She is the daughter of Maria Fahl Vikander, an actress, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist.

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Shelley Long

by follers on May 26, 2015

Shelley Long

Birth Name: Shelley Lee Long

Place of Birth: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Date of Birth: August 23, 1949

Ethnicity: English, some German and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), distant Dutch

Shelley Long is an American actress.

Shelley’s paternal grandparents were Bert Harrison Long (the son of Charles Wesley Long and Armintha E. Day) and Leah Louise Crandall (the daughter of Walter E. Crandall and Alice Evelyn Phelps).

Shelley’s maternal grandparents were Harry Howard Williams (the son of Charles Ellis Williams and Estella Rowena Robins) and Merlee Brothers (the daughter of Christopher Henry Brothers and Claymanthia “Samantha” Helen Fritchey).

Sources: Genealogy of Shelley Long (focusing on her father’s side) –

Shelley’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Shelley’s paternal grandfather, Bert Harrison Long (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Shelley’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Shelley’s maternal great-grandfather, Charles Ellis Williams (focusing on his own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Shelley’s maternal great-grandmother, Estella Rowena Robins (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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Megyn Kelly

by bearboy on May 26, 2015

2014 Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala - Arrivals

Birth Name: Megyn Marie Kendall

Place of Birth: Syracuse, NY

Date of Birth: November 18, 1970

Ethnicity: Italian, and other

Family Info: Megyn Kelly is a journalist, former attorney, and a political commentator on Fox News.


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