Birth Name: Alexandra Estella DeAnna Meneses
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 12, 1965
*Ukrainian, possibly some Polish (mother)
Alex Meneses is an American actress and model.
Alex is the daughter of Miroslawa “Marilyn” (Tarandy) and Luis Manuel Meneses. Alex’s father was from Mexico City, Mexico. Alex’s mother was born in Illinois, U.S., to Eastern European parents, of Ukrainian, and possibly some Polish, descent.
Alex has stated:
I love to cook. I’m half Mexican, half Ukrainian, and I grew up on really heavy food. I like to make the food I grew up on, but healthy, without all the lard.
Alex’s maternal grandparents were Michael “Mike” Tarandy (the son of Nicholas Tarandy and Anastacia Kowalski) and Stella Kohutinska/Kohutynski/Kawecki. Michael and Stella were born in either Austria or Poland, of Ukrainian descent. Stella may have also been of part Polish ancestry.
Sources: Obituary of Alex’s father, Luis Manuel Meneses – http://www.legacy.com
Birth record of Alex’s mother – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Alex’s uncle (mother’s brother), Dennis Michael Tarandy – http://articles.chicagotribune.com
Alex’s maternal grandparents, Michael “Mike” Tarandy and Stella Kohutinska/Kohutynski/Kawecki, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Naturalization record of Alex’s maternal grandfather, Michael “Mike” Tarandy – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Alex’s maternal grandfather, Michael “Mike” Tarandy – https://familysearch.org