Danielle Darrieux RIP

by ethnic on July 24, 2017

Birth Name: Danielle Yvonne Marie Antoinette Darrieux

Date of Birth: 1 May, 1917

Place of Birth: Bordeaux, France

Date of Death: 18 October, 2017

Place of Death: Bois-le-Roi, France

Ethnicity: French, some Polish and German

Danielle Darrieux was a French actress and singer. She was the daughter of Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Germain Jean Darrieux.

She was married to Georges Mitsinkidès, until his death.

Danielle’s paternal grandfather was Maurice Jean Jacques Edmond Darrieux (the son of Jean Jacques Paul Darrieux and Marie Aglaé Durand). Maurice was born in Bordeaux, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Danielle’s great-grandfather Jean was the son of Germain Maurice Darrieux and Suzanne Augustine Caroline Durand. Marie Aglaé was the daughter of John Durand and Marie Laurencine Goudin.

Danielle’s paternal grandmother was Suzanne Antoinette Lermier (the daughter of Jacques Eugène Lermier and Marie Darrieux). Suzanne was born in Le Bouscat, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Danielle’s maternal grandfather was Charles Auguste Witkowski. Charles was born in Annaba, Annaba Province, Algeria.

Danielle’s maternal grandmother was Louise Marie Pauline Boitel (the daughter of Gustave Louis Boitel and Marie Marguerite Ehrenpfort). Louise was born in Alger, Algeria. Gustave was born in La Fère, Aisne, Hauts-de-France, France. Danielle’s great-grandmother Marie Marguerite was the daughter of Victor Ehrenpfort, who was born in Haguenau, Bas-Rhin, Grand Est, France, and of Augustine Honorine Bez.

Source: Genealogy of Danielle Darrieux – https://www.geni.com


Waka Flocka Flame

by ethnic on October 17, 2016

Waka Flocka Flame – Waka Flocka Flame Visits Power 99 FM WUSL’s iHeartRadio Theatre in Bala Cynwyd – June 09, 2012 – Power 99 FM WUSL’s iHeartRadio Theatre – Bala Cynwyd, PA, USA – Photo Credit: Paul Froggatt / PR Photos

Birth name: Juaquin James Malphurs

Place of Birth: South Jamaica, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 31, 1986

Ethnicity: African-American

Waka Flocka Flame is an American rapper. He was born in South Jamaica, New York, to black parents.

He has controversially declared “I’m not Black”, specifically stating:

I’m not African-American at all… My folks is not from Africa. A lot of people in this room’s folks ain’t from Africa. Might be a couple, but people just don’t understand. I asked my grandma, ‘Yo grandma, what’s your background?’ She said ‘Red foot and black tail Indian.’ I said, ‘What?’ She said, ‘Yeah.’ My mother and my father, we 100% Indians.’ I asked my other grandmother, and we got Cherokee in us, and European and Italian. A little Dominican… I’m damn sure not Black. You’re not gonna call me Black.”

It is not clear if Waka Flocka Flame’s Native American, European, Italian, and/or Dominican ancestries have been verified/documented.

He was an independent candidate for President of the United States in 2016.

Waka Flocka Flame is married to television personality, singer, fashion designer, and businessperson Tammy Rivera.

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Ruby Modine

by stlucas on May 16, 2013

Birth Name: Ruby Wylder Rivera Modine

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: July 31, 1990

*English, some Swedish, Scottish, and German, distant Dutch (father)
*Puerto Rican [Spanish, African, possibly other] (mother)

Ruby Modine is an American actress and singer.

Ruby is the daughter of Caridad (Rivera) and actor Matthew Modine. She has a brother, Boman. Her great-aunt is actress Nola Fairbanks.

Ruby’s father is of English, one eighth Swedish, some Scottish and German, and distant Dutch, descent. Ruby’s mother is Puerto Rican.

Ruby has said:

I am very proud [of my descent]… Many people don’t believe that I am of black, Puerto Rican and Caucasian descent. That is why you cannot assume that you know what people are about based on what they look like. We are all a unique mix of races… My mom was born and raised on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, aka Alphabet City… My grandmother, Aida, was born in Puerto Rico, then moved to New York City with my grandfather, Manuel. They raised my mom and my six aunts there.

Ruby’s paternal grandfather was Mark Alexander Modine (the son of Alexander Revard Modine and Zella Vonola Fairbanks). Ruby’s great-grandfather Alexander was the son of Andrew Daniel Andreassan Modine, who was Swedish, born in South Hokaslatt, Slatthag, Kokaboda, and of Margaret Josephine Campbell. Zella was the daughter of Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks and Celestia Adelaide Johnson. Ruby’s great-great-grandfather Ralph Fairbanks was a noted pioneer and prospector, who established several towns in the Death Valley area of California.

Ruby’s paternal grandmother was Dolores Lillian Warner (the daughter of Lloyd Webster Warner and Lillian Augusta Bogart). Lloyd was the son of William A. Warner and Bertha May Smith. Lillian was the daughter of William A. Bogart and Ethel F. Newell.

Ruby’s maternal grandparents are Manuel Rivera and Aida.

Sources: Genealogy of Ruby Modine (focusing on her father’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Ruby Modine – http://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ruby’s father (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Ruby’s paternal grandmother, Dolores Lillian Warner, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Interview with Ruby Modine – https://theknockturnal.com

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Jackie Chan

by ethnic on July 9, 2009

Birth Name: Chan Kong-sang

Place of Birth: Victoria Peak, British Hong Kong (now Hong Kong)

Date of Birth: 7 April, 1954

Ethnicity: Chinese

Jackie Chan is a Chinese actor, martial artist, director, producer, stuntman, and singer. He was born in Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, while it was still a British territory, to Chinese parents, Lee-Lee/Lily Chan and Charles Chan (born Fong Dao-Long or Fong Dou-Loong).

Jackie’s birth name, Chan Kong Sang, literally means “born in Hong Kong”.

Jackie is married to Taiwanese actress Joan Lin. He has a son, singer and actor Jaycee Chan, with Joan; and a daughter, from his relationship with actress Elaine Ng Yi-Lei.

Jackie’s paternal grandfather was named Fang Zhengwen.

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Kate Hudson

by ethnic on May 18, 2009

Birth Name: Kate Garry Hudson

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: April 19, 1979

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian (paternal grandmother), Ashkenazi Jewish (maternal grandmother), English, 1/16th German, remote French

Kate Hudson is an American actress. She has starred in the films Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Le Divorce, among many others.

She is the daughter of musician and actor Bill Hudson and actress, director, singer, and producer Goldie Hawn. She was raised by her mother and her mother’s partner, actor Kurt Russell. Her brother, Oliver Hudson, is also an actor, as is her half-brother, Wyatt Russell, who is also a professional hockey player. Kate has a son with her former husband, musician Chris Robinson, and a son with her former partner, musician Matthew Bellamy.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was of Italian/Sicilian descent, and Kate’s maternal grandmother was from a Hungarian Jewish family. Kate’s grandfathers both had English ancestry, with her paternal grandfather also having remote French roots (from an ancestor named Hester le Mahieu, born, c. 1585, in Leiden, Holland, Netherlands) and her maternal grandfather also having one quarter German ancestry.

Kate has stated that she was raised in her maternal grandmother’s Jewish religion. Her family has also practiced Buddhism.

Kate’s paternal grandfather was William Louis Hudson (the son of John L./Dixon Hudson and Blanche Viola Babcock). Blanche was the daughter of Samuel Alonzo Babcock and Sessie Anna Holmes.

Kate’s paternal grandmother was Eleanor Salerno (the daughter of Giuseppe/Joseph L. Salerno and Theresa Maruco). Giuseppe was from Carlentini, Province of Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Theresa was born in Pennsylvania, to Italian parents.

Kate’s maternal grandfather was Edward Rutledge Hawn (the son of Otto Delphia Hawn and Claire Estelle Johnson). Otto was the son of Aaron Madison Hawn, who was of German descent, and of Nannie Ada Hevrin. Claire was the daughter of Henry Spencer Johnson and Mary Frances Hall.

Kate’s maternal grandmother was Laura Steinhoff (the daughter of Michael/Max B. Steinhoff and Frances “Fanny/Fannie” Weiss). Frances was the daughter of Menachem Mendel Weiss and Esther Schwartz; Esther was the daughter of Ignatz Schwartz and Goldie.

Sources: Genealogy of Kate Hudson – http://gw.geneanet.org

Kate’s paternal grandmother, Eleanor Salerno, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Kate Hudson (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Kate’s maternal grandmother, Laura Steinhoff, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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November 29, 2008

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William H. Macy

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Mary Steenburgen

April 30, 2008

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Rebecca Hall

April 16, 2008

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Israel Broussard

March 4, 2008

Birth Name: Isaiah Israel Adams (likely) Place of Birth: Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S. Date of Birth: August 22, 1994 Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, some Irish, more distant Swiss-German, remote Cornish and Jersey (Channel Islander) Israel Broussard is an American actor. He has starred in the films The Bling Ring (2013) and Happy Death Day (2017). Israel […]

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Pierce Brosnan

January 25, 2008

Birth Name: Pierce Brendan Brosnan Place of Birth: Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland Date of Birth: 16 May, 1953 Ethnicity: Irish Pierce Brosnan is an Irish actor, film producer, environmentalist, and activist. He is known for playing James Bond. Pierce was born in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith) […]

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Tammy Rivera

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Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S. Date of Birth: July 30, 1986 Ethnicity: *Nicaraguan (father) *African-American (mother) Tammy Rivera is an American television personality, singer, fashion designer, and businessperson. Her father is Nicaraguan and her mother is African-American. She stated her heritage in an interview with Ebro on Hot 97. Tammy is married to rapper Waka Flocka […]

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Joel Schumacher

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Paulo Coelho

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Ray Wise

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Alexander Armstrong

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