Birth Name: Alessandra Olivia Toreson
Place of Birth: Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, United States
Date of Birth: May 29, 1987
Ethnicity: 3/8ths Polish, 1/8th Austrian (possibly Austrian-Italian), along with German, Irish, English, some Welsh
Alessandra Torresani is an American actress. She was born Alessandra Olivia Toreson.
Alessandra’s father has Austrian (possibly Austrian-Italian), Irish, German, English, and some Welsh, ancestry. Alessandra’s mother is of three quarters Polish and one quarter German descent.
Alessandra has stated that she is “half Jewish”. However, this is not correct. Alessandra is not of Jewish heritage. Alessandra is also listed in many places on the internet as being the daughter of Italian immigrants (she is not), or as being of Italian ancestry. Alessandra may not be of Italian descent in the traditional sense, although one eighth of her ancestry is from Tyrol, Austria, which had an Italian population, and she may have Italian ancestors through that line (her great-grandfather listed his language as “Tyrolean”; Tyrol is an area, now split between both Austria and Italy, which had a historically ethnically Austrian and Italian population, among others).
Alessandra’s paternal grandfather was James R. Toreson (the son of Sylvester Ludwig Toreson and Catherine Boyle). Sylvester was born in Tyrol, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Catherine was born in Pennsylvania. Catherine’s father, Manus Boyle, was Irish, the son of Manus Boyle and Mary Ferry. Catherine’s mother, Catherine Elisabeth Lindeman, was German, the daughter of Conrad Lindeman and Anna Dorothea Jane Coleman/Collmann.
Alessandra’s paternal grandmother was Ruth E. Babcock (daughter of Bert H. Babcock and Lulu E. Davis). Ruth was born in Michigan, and had English, and some Welsh, ancestry. Bert was the son of Caleb S. Babcock and Sarah L. Thomas. Lulu was the daughter of Joseph Horace Davis and Willamina Elizabeth Georgina Bothwell.
Alessandra’s maternal grandparents were Stanley A. Glow (originally Glowczewski, the son of Stanley Ignacy Glowczewski and Mary Magdalene Kahler) and Dorothy M. Kaminski (the daughter of Frank J. Kaminski and Stella/Estella Lewandowska/Lewandowski). Alessandra’s great-grandfather Stanley was of Polish descent, the son of Ignatius F. Glowczewski and Francis Slupecki/Slupeck. Alessandra’s great-grandmother Mary was of German ancestry, the daughter of Frank Kahler and Louisa Nieman. Alessandra’s maternal grandmother Dorothy was of Polish descent.
Alessandra’s matrilineal great-grandmother Stella was the daughter of John Lewandowski and Marianna Pawlowska.
Sources: Genealogy of Alessandra Torresani (focusing on her father’s side) – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Marriage record of Alessandra’s paternal grandparents, James R. Toreson and Ruth E. Babcock – https://familysearch.org
Alessandra’s paternal grandfather, James R. Toreson, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal grandfather, Stanley A. Glow – http://www.legacy.com
Alessandra’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy M. Kaminski, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy M. (Kaminski) Glow – http://www.findagrave.com
Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal great-grandmother, Stella/Estella (Lewandowska/Lewandowski) Kaminski – http://news.google.com
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