Birth Name: Kimberly Alexis Bledel
Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: September 16, 1981
Ethnicity: Danish, Scottish, English, Irish, distant German, possibly French
Alexis Bledel is an American actress. She is famous for her roles in the movies Tuck Everlasting and Frank Miller’s Sin City, and on the television series Gilmore Girls (one of Alexis’s paternal great-great-grandmothers was surnamed “Gilmore”). Alexis is married to actor Vincent Kartheiser.
Alexis’s father, Martin Bledel, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was raised. Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Argentinian-born (and was of Danish, and distant German, ancestry), and Alexis’s paternal grandmother was American-born (and had Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry).
Alexis’s mother, Nanette (Dozier), was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Mexico at the age of eight. According to interviews, Alexis’s mother considers herself to be Mexican; she is not of Hispanic ancestry (her surname, Dozier, can be French).
Alexis is fluent in Spanish, and has described herself as a Latina. She did not start speaking English until she began school.
Alexis’s paternal grandfather was Enrique Einar Bledel Huus (the son of Einar Rudolf Dons-Blaedel Heise and Elena Maria Huus). Enrique was born in 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and died in 2003. The surname “Bledel” originates from Paulus Blaedel, Alexis’s distant ancestor, a German who moved to Denmark (making Alexis of at least 1/128th German ancestry, at least from that line). Alexis’s great-grandfather Einar was born in Denmark, to Poul Dons-Blaedel and Charlotte Christine Heise. Alexis’s great-grandmother Elena was born in Argentina, to Danish parents, Frits Johannes Raahauge Huus and Inger Marie Andersen.
Alexis’s paternal grandmother is Jean Campbell (the daughter of Norman Walter Campbell and Irene Slater). Jean was born in Troy, New York, and has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Jean moved to Argentina after meeting Alexis’s paternal grandfather. Norman was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the son of Robert Archibald Campbell and Evelyn Smith. Irene was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, the daughter of Warren H. Slater and Rebecca Richardson Gilmore; Rebecca’s maternal grandparents were Irish.
Sources: Genealogy of Alexis Bledel (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Obituary of Alexis’s paternal grandfather, Enrique Einar Bledel Huus – http://www.legacy.com
Genealogy of the Bledel family, mentions Alexis’s father and paternal grandparents – http://dons.dk
Alexis’s paternal great-grandmother, Irene Slater, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Alexis’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Rebecca Richardson Gilmore, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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