Birth Name: Alexa Davalos Dunas
Place of Birth: Paris, France
Date of Birth: May 28, 1982
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Dutch, Spanish, Finnish, evidently some Asian (mother)
Alexa Davalos is an American actress. She was born in Paris, France, to American parents, photographer Jeff Dunas and actress Elyssa Davalos. Her grandfather was actor Richard Davalos and her aunt is rock singer and bass player Dominique Davalos. She was raised in France, Italy, and New York, U.S.
Alexa’s father is from a Jewish family, from Russia and Lithuania. Alexa’s maternal grandfather was said to have Spanish and Finnish ancestry. Alexa’s maternal grandmother is Dutch-born, and has been described as Eurasian.
Alexa has said:
I was raised without much religion, to be honest… [my parents] were traveling around like mad and took me everywhere, so we didn’t celebrate traditionally. When I was very young, about 7, we came to Los Angeles from France for a brief time and my parents enrolled me in school at Temple Emanuel and I learned Hebrew. I do remember it had an impact on me. I’ve always felt a connection to [Judaism].
Alexa’s paternal grandfather is Ronald Sanders Dunas (the son of Joseph Charles Dunas and Beatrice Sanders). Ronald was born in Illinois. Joseph was born in Illinois, to Cassel/Charles Dunas and Tillie Kurtzon, who were Jewish emigrants, Cassel evidently from Russia and Tillie from Lithuania. Beatrice was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents, Emile M. Sanders and Marie Massover.
Alexa’s paternal grandmother is Romelle Barbara Gross (the daughter of Jacob/John Charles Gross and Dorothy/Dora Zagon). Romelle was born in Illinois. Jacob was born in New York, and was also Jewish. Dorothy was born in Chicago, the daughter of Hyman Zagon and Rose Lurie, who were Russian Jewish immigrants.
Alexa’s maternal grandfather was Richard Davalos (Richard Norman Davalos). Richard was an actor. He was born in New York City.
Alexa’s maternal grandmother is Ellen Hedwig van der Hoeven. Ellen is a dancer and actress. She was born in the Netherlands, and evidently is of part Asian ancestry.
Sources: Genealogy of Alexa Davalos – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of some of Alexa’s father’s family – http://184.108.40.206:8080
Alexa’s paternal grandfather, Ronald Sanders Dunas, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alexa’s paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Charles Dunas, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alexa’s paternal great-grandmother, Beatrice Sanders, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alexa’s paternal great-grandmother, Dorothy/Dora Zagon, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Alexa’s maternal grandfather, Richard Norman Davalos – http://www.telegraph.co.uk
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