Brooke Shields

by ethnic on February 13, 2010

Birth Name: Brooke Christa Shields

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

Date of Birth: May 31, 1965

Ethnicity: Irish, German, 1/8th Italian, English, Scottish, with distant Scots-Irish, Welsh, Spanish, French, and Dutch

Brooke Shields is an American actress and model.

Brooke is the daughter of Maria Theresia “Teri” (Schmon) and Francis Alexander Shields, a businessperson and executive. Brooke is married to television writer Chris Henchy, with whom she has two children.

Her paternal grandfather was of Irish descent. Her paternal grandmother, who was born in Italy, was of Italian, English, Scottish, and distant Spanish, French, and Dutch, descent. Her mother had English, German, Scotch-Irish, and Welsh ancestry.

On the television show Who Do You Think You Are? (2010), Brooke explored her paternal grandmother’s remote French ancestry.

Brooke’s paternal grandfather was Frank Shields (Francis Xavier Alexander Shields, the son of Alexander John Shields and Alice A. Haggerty). Frank was born in New York, and was a top-ranking amateur tennis player, and an actor. He was of Irish descent. Brooke’s great-grandfather Alexander was the son of Alexander John Shields and Ellen Maria Holtan. Alice was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, Dennis Haggerty, from County Donegal, and Margaret Gallagher.

Brooke’s paternal grandmother was Donna Marina Torlonia, dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi (the daughter of Don Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi, and of Mary Elsie Moore). Brooke’s grandmother Donna Marina, an aristocrat, was born in Rome, Lazio, Italy, and was an Italian princess. Don Marino Torlonia was Italian, and also had distant Spanish and French descent; he was the son of Guido/Giulio Torlonia and Teresa Chigi della Rovere-Albani. Mary Elsie was American-born, and had English, Scottish, and remote Dutch, descent, the daughter of Charles Arthur Moore and Mary Kate Campbell.

Brooke’s maternal grandfather was John W. Schmon (the daughter of John Schmon and Bertha Walker). Brooke’s grandfather John was born in New Jersey. Brooke’s great-grandfather John was the son of Robert Schmon and Barbara Meyer.

Brooke’s maternal grandmother was Theresa A. Dollinger (the daughter of John Daniel Dollinger and Ida E. McCarl). Theresa was born in New Jersey. John was the son of Joseph Dollinger and Theresa Murphy.

Brooke is a second cousin, once removed, of actress Glenn Close. Brooke’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Arthur Moore and Mary Kate Campbell (the parents of Mary Elsie Moore), were also Glenn’s maternal great-grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Brooke Shields –

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andrew June 28, 2016 at 6:02 pm
cwm85 August 26, 2015 at 5:30 pm

I’ve never thought she was as pretty or hot as people have made her to be…

ashash September 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm

She was pretty when she was a teenager.

andrew August 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm
ann June 28, 2013 at 1:44 am

If we trace her ancestry to many centuries ago, she has almost every European royal blood. Ancestors are from the Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Byzantium, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Bohemia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium.

Fatmonkey June 27, 2013 at 8:13 am

The thing about the celebrities descended from royalties is that they actually “sum” the ethnicities of all the people in the past who had a royalty. E.g. among the ancestors of Brooke Shields are the medieval monarchs of Bohemia (present day Czech Republic), Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine, Byzantium, Bulgaria, Denmark, and more… I guess the reason why Brooke’s full ancestry list is never put is because it would be deemed too long, but still her current ancestry list is far from sufficient.

follers June 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Almost everybody in Europe is descended from royalty if you go back far enough. That is why I think it becomes meaningless as you go back through the centuries.

Fatmonkey June 27, 2013 at 2:52 pm

I think the royal descent can hardly be applied to “entire” Europe, if by “Europe” you mean both the West and the East (and by “East” the countries such as Russia, Serbia (my native country and ethnicity), Bulgaria, Poland, etc.). I am familiar with statements that a large percent of people in Great Britain, and somewhat less in Germany, France and Benelux countries are of remote royal descent, but that’s because the royal ancestors of all those people were Westerners (Lady Joan Beaufort, Henry II of England, Edward III of England, Louis VI of France, to name but a few trademark ‘patriarch monarchs’).

Some medieval Russian, Bulgarian, or Serbian monarch might also have had side-offspring which spread across their territories – I don’t know. It’s just that the royal descent of East Europeans had never been researched and proved, whereas the royal descent of our Western counterparts has.

I do know, on the other hand, that one of the ancestors of Edward III of England (reputed to be the ancestor of at least 80% population in Great Britain) was a Serbian prince, Uroš Vukanović (Urosh Vukanovich, in anglicized version). That said, 80% of Britons have partly Serbian ancestry. But, as you stated, the trace is so sparse and remote that it doesn’t make much sense to make it official.

follers June 28, 2013 at 12:37 am

Those are good points, and probably true about Eastern Europe (although you never know).

Any English family tree I see that goes back to before 1500, almost immediately goes back to foreign-born ancestors and/or to kings and the like. It’s universal.

andrew June 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm

“Almost everybody in Europe is descended from royalty if you go back far enough”: everybody?

theropod June 26, 2013 at 4:04 am

Thought she was Jewish.

She has that exotic Rachel Weisz look.

andrew June 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

what isnt exotic to you?

follers June 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Daniel Craig.

pookerella April 15, 2013 at 10:37 am

Correction: Brooke’s PATERNAL grandmother was Donna Marina Torlonia and there is royalty in her father’s ethnicity that goes back centuries, in France and Italy on her father’s side.

nnnnn September 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

She’s the beautiful woman. How could Agasi prefer Steffi Graf?
Perhaps, she has a better character

me January 28, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I always thought she was Eastern European for some odd reason.

Haley January 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm

She is part Irish, but not part Danish.

Dagmar July 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I thought she was Danish-Irish.

V.E.G. June 23, 2011 at 9:02 am

She is the distant cousin of Fred Shields, a Corliss Archer actor.

whitebabe June 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

love her. she’s just like me.

Robert March 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I always thought she had some Eastern European in her.

aps March 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Is it true, but very few.

Rockxxz August 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I know she is not full french. But she looks like many french women here. In the movie “the blue lagoon” ,she really looks like french kids, here. But french from “Savoie” . But for be realist, it’s true a important part of actual ethnic french, have italian, spanish and but lesser spanish, polish, german, african, and arab blood.

I really like , when i see her , i think she looks :
French , Italian, german

LiL VACHA May 3, 2010 at 1:47 am


meagan May 3, 2010 at 12:51 am

yeah I agree with kim because I watched the ”Who do you think you are” which helps celebs find there ancestry and she found out that she had french ancestry too,so I would say she is also french.

Adriana April 20, 2010 at 7:38 am

Kim4 do you have a source for that?

Kim4 April 7, 2010 at 4:47 am

She is of French ancestry. She is related to Henry the 4th and Louis the 14th.

Anonymous February 13, 2010 at 2:36 am

Yay, i love her <3

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