Ali Landry

by ethnic on August 22, 2009

Birth Name: Ali Germaine Landry

Place of Birth: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 21, 1973

Ethnicity: Cajun/French (mostly), along with small/distant amounts of Spanish, Basque, Belgian Flemish, Swiss-French, Swiss-German, German, English, Belgian Walloon, as well as 1/256th Italian, 1/256th Mi’kmaq First Nations, 1/256 Breton, 1/512 Guernsey Channel Islander, 1/1024 Scottish

Ali Landry is an American model and actress. She won Miss USA 1996, and is well known as the Doritos Girl from the 1998 Superbowl Commercial.

Ali is the daughter of Renella (Ray) and Gene Allen Landry. She was born in a Southern region of Louisiana also known as Acadiana, which is in the center of Cajun country, and is of mostly Cajun (French) ancestry. Ali is married to Mexican director Alejandro Gómez Monteverde, with whom she has three children.

Ali’s paternal grandfather was Wade Joseph Landry (the son of Cyrus Joseph Landry and Armance Richard). Wade was born in Louisiana. Cyrus was the son of Gustave Landry and Eugenie Guidry. Armance was the daughter of Homer/Omer Felicien Richard and Euzeida Patin.

Ali’s paternal grandmother was Agnes Angelle (the daughter of Alphonse Angelle, Sr. and Cecile Castille). Agnes was born in Louisiana. Alphonse was the son of Azaise/Cesaire Angelle and Modeste Quebedeaux. Cecile was the daughter of Durel Castille and Clemence Potier.

Ali’s maternal grandfather was named Lloyd Joseph Ray.

Ali’s maternal grandmother was Lavina Guidry (the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Guidry and Germaine Angelle). Lavina was born in Louisiana. Thomas was the son of Eugene Guidry and Marcelite Lapointe. Germaine was the daughter of Edmond Angelle and Marie Caillier.

Sources: Genealogy of Ali Landry – http://www.wikitree.com

Family history of Ali Landry (focusing on her father’s side) – http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Genealogy of Ali’s father – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com

Obituary of Ali’s maternal grandmother, Lavina (Guidry) Ray – http://www.pellerinfuneralhome.com

Information about Ali’s Angelle relatives – http://www.gladysdevilliers.acadian-home.org

photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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neiltennant May 20, 2018 at 11:10 am

she looks very AMERICAN

american =mixture of some european plus native american

i will never forget the DORITOS commercial where she was the love interest of the GAY sean hayes

andrew May 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm

“Joseph Angelle” is an odd name for a Spaniard.

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=davidleleux&id=I163654

His mother, Marie Etcheverry, was a French Basque.

andrew May 20, 2016 at 3:41 pm
madman April 4, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Having all the fractions actually in her ethnicity just makes it look messy and confusing. As I said, they are approximations, not super-accurate, and I simply wrote them out so that you could get a sense of to what degree she had them. I suggest simply writing “small amounts of” or “distant”, before listing them off.

follers April 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm

But then someone will write in saying, “I knew it, she does look Spanish”, or, “the Native American in her really shows”, etc. 1/32 deflates it better than putting “distant” somewhere in front of the whole listing, especially since people have different definitions of “distant”.

madman April 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm

But writing it like this does no good either. Her ethnicity is now five rows and annoying to look at, even more so to read when you just want a quick glimpse on her background. Maybe the fractions can appear in a paragraph in the description instead?

follers April 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Without the fractions, her ethnicity would be about four rows, which isn’t that much smaller.

Most people don’t read below the picture, much less below the bolded “Ethnicity:” line.

madman April 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Well, it is also misleading to say the least. This phrasing makes it look like she has one sixth great-grandparent who was Native Canadian, when in fact she has four ancestors who together makes up approximately 1/256 of her ancestry. People who are interested in knowing more details about her ethnicity will read the description, many profiles are writted like this even when the fractions are much lower.

follers April 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm

I changed the format, but you may dislike this one, too.

I don’t think it necessarily reads like she has one sixth great-grandparent. Fractions on this site often combine ancestors.

If you know of generally precise fractions for other pages, I’m not against putting those in, too.

ethnic April 5, 2016 at 5:11 am

I think its interesting but others will think its way too much info

fuzzybear44 April 6, 2016 at 12:25 am

I don’t know , some of the people on this site suck at math. So no matter what you put, they still want get it

Jordan May 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

I fully disagree. I hate seeing small amounts of or distant, it’s useless. It’s perfect as it is, truly.

madman April 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm

Her genealogy is very detailed now. Her ethnicity is:
Cajun (French, distant Swiss-French, Walloon, Breton, and Mi’kmaq Native American), small amounts of German, Swiss-German, Spanish, Belgian (Flemish), Basque (from France), English, Italian, and remote Scottish

Genealogy of Ali’s maternal grandmother – http://www.wikitree.com/genealogy/Guidry-Family-Tree-307

follers April 3, 2016 at 7:04 pm

Who were the Mi’kmaq, Spanish, and Italian ancestors? Are all those groups you mentioned through her grandfather? Actually, do you know the fractions of all the groups you mentioned? Since she’s so French, fractions would be helpful to show how distant the rest are.

bablah April 4, 2016 at 8:07 am

From the wikitree link madman posted:
Joseph Angelle b. 1789 (Lavina Guidry’s maternal great great grandfather) is from Valladolid, Spain and appears on her father’s side also
from rootsweb:
Pierre LeJeune (b.1595) was married to a Mi’kmaq woman (10)
Priscilla (Melancon) Malleson (b.1613) was from Yorkshire (7)
Francois ‘Gauterot’ Gautreaux (b.1613) was married to Marie (b.1618) who was Mi’kmaq (6)
Phillippe Muis ‘d’Azit’ d’Entremont II (b. 1660) is married to another Mi’kmaq woman called Marie (b. cca 1660)
Jean Beneque Pitre (b.1636) is from Flanders, Belgium (not sure if Flemish or Walloon) (2)
Angelus ‘Angelbert’ ‘Ange’ Degeyter (b. 1799) is Flemish, from Senetlede
Jean ‘dit La Fortune’ Potet (b. 1624) was from Lucerne, Switzerland (2)
Francois Joseph ‘de Savoy’ Savoie (b. 1621) is supposed to be the son of Thomas Francis of Savoy, Prince of Carignano, but he had no child by that name (3)
Jean LaCasse (b. 1695) is from Bern, Switzerland
George ‘Jean’ ‘Jacques’ Stelly (Stehlin) (b. 1716) is from Alberhausen, Wurttemburg, Germany
His wife Marie Christine ‘LeMaire’ Edelmeier (b. 1722) is born in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana to German parents from Rheinland and Alsace
Their son Jean Baptiste Stelly (b.1753) is married to Marie Madeleine Ritter (b.1747) also of German descent
Charles Robert Burleigh (b. 1755) is born in Wilmington, Hanover, North Carolina to English immigrant parents
His wife is Elizabeth Anne Miller (b. 1762) in Pensacola, Florida and is probably also English
William ‘Billy’ ‘Jeansonne’ Johnson (b. 1680) is from Scotland
Anna Maria Frederich (b.1712) was born in Rothenburg, Baden, Germany
Marie Catherine ‘Domaire’ Domer (b. 1674) from Hainaut, Belgium
Philippe Pinet (b. 1654) is the son of Anne Marie Metisse (b.1631) of Indian nation (metisse maybe indicates mixed ancestry)
Louis Armand DuCrest (b. 1722) was from Geneva, Switzerland (3)
Nicolas ‘Weiss’ Wiltz (b. 1699) from Wolkringen, Switzerland married Marie Madeleine ‘Binten’ Pinter from Arenbac, Switzerland (4)
Jose Raphael Ignacia Buenaventura Castille (b. 1732) was from Port Mahon, Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain (2)
Not sure what Cunegonde Nacdotieque (b. 1681) was, but she was born in Illinois
Marie Barbe ‘Poche’ ‘Pauche’ Bock (b. 1727) was born to german immigrant parents from Baden
The numbers in the parethesis at the end show how many times she’s desended from that person.
Everybody else is Frenchy French and more often than not, related to each other not only in New World, but also back in France (loooots of inbreeding)
Could you tell I was bored? hahhaha

On a sidenote it should be noted in the article that her parents’ names are Gene Allen Landry and Renella Landry.

follers April 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Thank you.

madman April 4, 2016 at 9:18 am

The ancestors are mostly from her father. She is descended from many people multiple times, which is why I didn’t write the fractions. Adding them up, she is approximately:
1/32 Spanish
3/128 Basque
1/64 Belgian (Flemish)
3/256 Swiss-French
3/256 Swiss-German
3/256 German
1/128 English
1/128 Belgian (Walloon)
1/256 Italian
1/256 Mi’kmaq Native American
1/256 Breton
1/512 Guernsey (Channel Islander)
1/1024 Scottish

These are all of her Native American ancestrors (all but the first is actually labelled Mi’kmaq).
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=davidleleux&id=I070124
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=davidleleux&id=I017870
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=davidleleux&id=I017877
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=davidleleux&id=I117685

I know that they are remote, but she is descended from these through so many directions that, adding it all up, she is of approximately 1/256 Native American descent in total.

These are her recent Spanish ancestors (she has some remote ones as well):
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=davidleleux&id=I064298
http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=davidleleux&id=I091157

And the Italian one:
http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Montanari-9

Also found a Guernsey:
http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Lemaire-20

veevie June 24, 2015 at 2:28 pm

She is from down south Louisiana and most likely have a relative that crossed over. Mixed with black that could pass for white. That is very common here, although not likely for them to admit.

WTF June 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

she looks part mexican or native american. definitely not 100% white

Check7t February 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Sexy sexy sexy!

ihatemostpeople February 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm

She looks half Hispanic or something….

LucyWitten February 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

she looks part native american. she can’t be 100% french

follers March 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Why not? She could be.

ashash April 1, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I think all of her genealogy is online. There appeared to be no ancestors in it who weren’t French. But I could be wrong. You should look into it.

WTF June 5, 2014 at 3:19 pm

i said the same thing too. she looks part native american

Caution January 18, 2014 at 12:24 am

yeah she look part Native, probably is.

Shawn January 13, 2014 at 12:54 am

She looks a little Native.

Janet Sharrow November 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm

CORRECTION: Shania Twain is NOT Native American, she admitted to making that up, she is all Caucasian.

follers November 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm
andrew June 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm

aly looks like shania

[email protected] June 5, 2013 at 2:51 am

Cajun are the descendants f french but for me she look a like a mestizo(a mixture of spanish and red indian)

Jamangel March 28, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Beautiful, stunning.

Ryan January 18, 2013 at 6:12 am

She looks to have Native

rickyflo April 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

Really?? she does not look native at allllll! Native have that certain wrinkled, wide look. And also, a person that is brunette, brown eyes, and olive skin are not only native, but caucasian, and asian. Italians, I am, Spaniards, Belgiums, and Frenches are Caucasian and somewhat the same. Anyhow, She looks french, acts french, and lives french-american. Ya can see such!

guurl August 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm

“native have that certain wrinkled, wide look” Only the old ones. “wide look” Not all.

Justify May 15, 2013 at 12:19 am

I agree! She looks a bit like Shania Twain who is half Native on her dad’s side, so yeah I definitely see American Indian in her.

follers May 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

Shania Twain’s stepdad was the one who was Native, not her dad. Shania has no traceable Native ancestry, although she is 1/8th French.

andrew May 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

“Justify” can’t seem to get ethnicity’s right.

WTF June 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm

she does look native american

Affellay January 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

So generally Cajuns r descendants of French Canadians?

sadie March 19, 2012 at 12:01 am

Why is she being condemned for her ethnicity God is the one who gave her to her parents. Oh and hispanics are in the caucasian race. She is beautiful!

oooooooo March 17, 2012 at 2:46 pm

SHE LOOKS HISPANIC

eMI February 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm

SHE IS FRENCH?I THOUGHT SHE WAS AMERICAN

Marko February 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

She can pass for a french person pretty easily! Especially southern french her look is quite typical for a southern French person, and sometimes even in the northernmost parts of France there are people who look like her. She can probably pass for a German or Brit too, believe it!! As fro hispanic, yeah hispanics can look like anything white, brown, yellow, or black! SO yeah she can pass as a hispanic.

Dupre January 29, 2012 at 6:17 am

I’m Cajun from Louisiana, and let me tell you, if you go to France, there are French people of her color. Some French are tan, some are fair, some have dark hair, some have light hair. She is French descent. She is a white woman. No wonder many people say us Americans are dumb, many of my countrymen can’t even accept the idea that not all Europeans look like British. Much of Europe is tan with dark hair. My fellow Americans, try reading educational things online instead of Facebook. Half of Europe looks like this woman, but my fellow Americans think you have to look like a German to be “white”. Heck, even some southern Germans look like this. Education people.

BLANK February 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

How are you stating that she is Hispanic or Latin when it CLEARLY reads that she is Cajun? Her backgrounds go back to places in France where when people migrated here, they mixed and made a whole new ethnicity. I dont see why some people have a problem with the fact that race is a color palate.

ignorant killer 2 March 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

you said ali is a black women. you must be on crack.

Lopac Is My RACIST Lover March 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I could say the same about you, Lopac.

george March 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

You are mistaken.Many Germans have dark hair and dark eyes just like this woman.You are thinking in stereotypes.I have seen Irish people with jet black hair and eyes and not exactly pale in complexion.”white” people are not one set type.They range from peaches and cream to tan skin,from blond to black hair, and from blue eyes to black eyes.Even hilter who was supposed to be of “the german race” had dark black hair,not the stereotypical blonde.Go to Germany.More people have brown and black hair than blonde

esther January 14, 2012 at 6:52 am

SPICE OF LIFE are you crazy??
she is white.so what? SPAIN IS IN EUROPE IF YOU DIDNT KNOW and she isnt even from Spain. You think that people from France are black only because there is a lot of immigrants from Africa?
Very mature..

SparkleTime January 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ACADIAN-CAJUN/2005-02/1109205820

I found part of Ali’s genealogy. She is very French, to put it lightly. She was born to Gene Allen Landry and Renella Ray, both Cajuns of French descent. She is a descendant of Marie Bernard and Rene Landry. If you extend her family tree, she may possibly have some Native and/or African ancestors, although it would be very distant.

Anyway, I was watching Eve today, and she would constantly refer to herself as a white woman, so I was curious about her ethnicity.

She is gorgeous.

COMMONSENSE January 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

http://www.electroauthor.com/marcotte_genealogy/AliLandry.htm

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ACADIAN-CAJUN/2005-02/1109205820

http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/LANDRY/2001-08/0997188254

yeah. her genealogy is all over the Internet. I wonder why? Anyway I am Cajun and love that she is too.

and I just watch reruns of Eve for Ali. she is funny and beautiful

me January 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm

seriously that she regards herself as a white woman? she needs a mirror.

COMMONSENSE January 10, 2012 at 6:00 pm

um she needs a mirror? What are you talking about? Cajuns are white. I suppose you think Italians and a bunch of other whites need a mirror too? You need to get a life and stop being so ignorant

me January 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

SparkleTime/COMMONSENSE you are ignorant, her ugly face has never deceived me.

COMMONSENSE January 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Who’s ugly face? Ali’s? She is definitely not ugly and much prettier than you. Why are you even on this page if you are only going to spout negativity and ignorance? You are nothing but a sad little troll. Ali is beautiful and was top six in the Miss Universe pageant

COMMONSENSE January 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I’m just as dark as Ali. We are even related through Marie Bernard. Our ancestry goes back to France. We are white. What is your problem? Should Catherine Zeta Jones not see herself as a white woman because she is darker than most Northern Europeans, even though she is in fact white? I now see what people say about you. you really are ignorant, racist, and stupid

me January 10, 2012 at 6:21 pm

You must have an inferiority complex, always arguing that a celebrity is white, I’m sorry for you

COMMONSENSE January 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I’m not arguing anyone is white. What is there to argue about? Ali IS white. There is nothing to it and she is not that well known of a celebrity. I came here to pay homeage to her because she has similar ancestry as me. You are the one who swooped in and made the comment “she regards herself as a white woman? (yes she does because she IS) she needs a mirror.” YOU came in and made that ignorant comment when most people were just discussing her genealogy. you are not a fan of this woman nor do you care about her. You came here solely to make ignorant remarks and call her ugly. I feel sorry for YOU

Kimberly June 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Ali is definitly a cajun girl, that looks like a mixture of white / french, she does not have any features that say she has any spanish in her.
I have one brother that last name is Landry, his Grandmother is white, and Grandfather is black, my brother dad is mixed with both, and he looks white, Ali looks like some of my brother relatives and my brother also. My brother looks like his dad very much and has nice fine hair that is straight and slightly wavy and is very light skin. My brother has one daughter that favors his dad and him with long straight hair and has grey eyes that sometimes turns hazel in color. He has also one other sister besides me that shares the same father of him that also favors him more than I do and looks like she is white, my niece which is my brother daughter favors her. My brother and I have the same mother, but different father’s. His Grandfather and Grandmother is both from Louisiana-I think the South side. I will strongly encourage my brother to research his peeps background history. Who knows she may be a relative. And hey I would not be surprise that she has black in her also, she has high cheek bones.

ethnic March 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

that link doesnt work

Anonymous February 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Here is her ancestry: http://www.electroauthor.com/marcotte_genealogy/AliLandry.htm

I am a very, very distant cousin of hers. We share some of the same Acadian and Native American ancestors. From what I’ve seen regarding her family history, she has no Spanish ancestry. A lot of us who have Indigenous ancestors along with the French (AKA – Metis) have the hispanic look.

Louisianian February 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

The region is called “Acadiana” not “Arcadia”. Cajun is a regional and linguistic identity rather than an ethnicity. Cajuns are a mixture of the ethnic groups that settled South Louisiana and the Native American Groups found there. They are usually some French/Spanish/Native American/African and Irish, English, German or Italian and sometimes Middle Eastern.

She actually looks like she might be part Native American and Spanish, but in Acadiana, French trumps all.

Only recent immigrants are Hispanic in S. LA. Those of Spanish heritage were here in the 1700s and came directly from Spain during the period when LA was a Spanish colony.

Joe January 2, 2010 at 10:14 pm

She’s Hispanic. Deal with it.

SparkleTime January 3, 2012 at 7:36 pm

She is a Cajun of French descent with possibly some Native and/or African ancestors.

ethnic November 23, 2009 at 11:24 am

Great link Guy thanks for that.

Ethnic

Guy November 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I don’t think she has any Spanish ancestry. All of the names in her genealogy look French, and the article below describes her only as “a Cajun girl.”

http://www.neworleanscitybusiness.com/viewStory.cfm?recID=14893

ethnic September 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Tunisia Thanks for that.

ethnic
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Tunisia September 29, 2009 at 2:25 am

She was actually Miss USA in 96.

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