Birth Name: Alexa Davalos Dunas
Place of Birth: Paris, France
Date of Birth: May 28, 1982
*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Spanish, Finnish, possibly other (mother)
Alexa Davalos is an American actress. She was born in Paris, France, to American parents, photographer Jeff Dunas and actress Elyssa Davalos.
Alexa’s father is from a Jewish family (from Russia and Lithuania). Alexa’s mother is said to have Spanish and Finnish ancestry on her own father’s side.
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 both Jewish immigrants, 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). Jacob was born in New York, and was also Jewish. Dorothy was born in Chicago, to Hyman Zagon and Rose Lurie, who were Russian Jewish immigrants.
On her mother’s side, Alexa is the granddaughter of Richard Davalos, an actor, and Miriam.
Sources: Genealogy of some of Alexa’s father’s family – http://220.127.116.11:8080
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
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