Amanda Peet

amanda peet

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 11, 1972

*50% Ashkenazi Jewish
*37.5% British Isles: mostly English, with some Scottish
*12.5% German

Amanda Peet is an American actress and author.

Amanda’s father is a Quaker, of English, and some Scottish and German, descent. Amanda’s mother is Jewish (of German Jewish, Russian Jewish, and Hungarian Jewish descent). Amanda is married to writer and producer David Benioff (David is Jewish).

Amanda’s paternal grandfather was Charles D. Peet (the son of James Oliver Peet and Anna Louisa/Louise Killeen). Charles was of English descent, with many family lines going back in the U.S. to the 1600s. James was the son of Kosciusko Pulaski Peet and Lydia Maria Sage. Anna was the daughter of George Drake Killeen and Cornelia Rosalie Whaley.

Amanda’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Louise Sherman (the daughter of Harry Melville Sherman and Elise Pauline Wilhelmina Stickels/Stackel). Harry was of English and Scottish descent, the son of Eber Crandall Sherman and Margaret/Margarett “Maggie” McIntosh. Elise was the daughter of Wilhelm Stickels/Stackel, who was German, and of Louisa/Louise Prey, who was born in Michigan, to German parents.

Amanda’s maternal grandfather was Lawrence Harold Levy (the son of Samuel Levy and Sadie Vesell/Vessel). Samuel was a New York City lawyer, businessman, and public official, who served as Manhattan Borough President. Samuel was born in New York, to German Jewish parents, Jacob Levy and Carrie Keilus. Sadie was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents, Meyer Vesell/Vessel and Rosa Hertzberg.

Amanda’s maternal grandmother was Beta Rothafel (the daughter of Samuel Lionel Rothafel and Rosa Freedman). Samuel, known as “Samuel Roxy Rothafel”, was a theatrical impresario and entrepreneur. Samuel was born in Minnesota, to German Jewish parents, Gustave Rothafel/Rothapfel and Cecilia/Cecelia Schwessens/Schwerzens. Rosa was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, the daughter of Julius Freedman.

Sources: Genealogies of Amanda Peet –

Genealogy of Amanda’s paternal great-grandparents, James Oliver Peet and Anna Louisa/Louise Killeen –

Amanda’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Louise Sherman, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Amanda’s maternal grandfather, Lawrence Harold Levy, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Wikipedia biography of Amanda’s maternal great-grandfather, Samuel Levy –

Amanda’s maternal grandmother, Beta Rothafel, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Wikipedia biography of Amanda’s maternal great-grandfather, Samuel Roxy Rothafel –

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4 Replies to “Amanda Peet”

  1. She does look ‘exotic’. I thought she had Turkish or Portuguese blood (she looks similar to Nelly Furtado), but then they said she is Jewish. Not surprised and expected.

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