Debi Mazar

by ethnic on September 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES - NOV 2:  Debi Mazar arrives at the Decades Denim Fa

Birth Name: Deborah Mazar

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

Date of Birth: August 15, 1964

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father, who was raised Christian)

Debi Mazar is an American actress and television personality. She started out as a B-girl in the New York hip hop scene in the early 1980s. She is known for her role as Shauna Roberts on the HBO series Entourage and for appearing on season nine of Dancing with the Stars.

Her father, Harija/Harry Fogelmanis/Mazar, was born in Riga, Latvia, to a Jewish family (though he was raised Catholic). Her mother, Nancy Kapies, was born Catholic, later converted to Judaism, then became a Buddhist, and then a Jehovah’s Witness, for a time.

Debi is married to Italian celebrity cook Gabriele Corcos (who is of mostly Jewish background).

Photo by kathclick/

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madman August 8, 2017 at 12:44 pm

Any ideas about her mother? Probably Eastern European, right?

follers August 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Boy, that was fast. I put her on featured posts last night. It worked!

I think Kapies might be a surname from a previous marriage, or a misspelling.

The internet used to say that her mother is Italian, but I believe Mazar explicitly corrected that.

madman August 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm

I actually searched for her profile to see if she had a page.

Misspelling seems likely, probably taken from this marriage record:

There are a few Hungarian Kapies. At first the surname struck me as Lithuanian or Greek.

neiltennant August 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm

she was a friend of madonna and appeared in 3 of her hit videos

and both of her parents were Jewish

the family of his father decided to forget their Jewishness

Stefania August 16, 2011 at 1:12 am

I thought she was Italian

Sillau November 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

well my sister was thinking she was italian,since she has an italian husband,they both have a food show,but i knew she wasnt italian,cuz she didnt look italian,but shes pretty,& seems nice.

neiltennant August 8, 2017 at 5:14 pm

me too

she ate gelato with madonna and whipped her black hair in TRUE BLUE

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