Dionne Warwick

by ethnic on July 7, 2010

LOS ANGELES - FEB 12:  Dionne Warwick arrives at the 2011 Pre-GR

Birth Name: Marie Dionne Warrick

Place of Birth: East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 12, 1940

Ethnicity: African-American, with distant English, Irish, and Scottish

Dionne Warwick is an American singer, actress, and television show host. She is a U.N. Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a U.S. Ambassador of Health.

Her parents, Lee Drinkard and Mancel Warrick, were both African-American, and she also has distant English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. She is a first cousin of singer Whitney Houston, and a first cousin, once removed, of Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

Warwick ranks as the 20th most popular hit-maker of the entire rock era (1955–1999), based on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Charts. According to Billboard Magazine, Warwick ranks second only to Aretha Franklin as the most popular female vocalist with 56 chart singles on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts from 1962 through 1998.

Dionne’s mother’s sister, singer Cissy Houston, the mother of Whitney Houston, stated in an interview that they have Dutch and Native American ancestors. It is not clear if this Dutch and/or Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Dionne has two children with her former husband, actor and musician William Elliott.

Dionne’s paternal grandfather was named Elzae Warrick.

Dionne’s maternal grandfather was Nitcholas Auther Drinkard (the son of John T. Drinkard and Susie/Susan Belle/Bell Fuller). Nitcholas was born in Georgia. John was the son of John Drinkard and Victoria Hansom. Susie was the daughter of Moses Knox Fuller and Elizabeth Brown.

Dionne’s maternal grandmother was Adelia/Delia/Dealyer Mae McCaskill (the daughter of Stephen McCaskill and Emma Houston). Adelia was born in Florida. Stephen was the son of John Jett McCaskill and Annie. Emma was the daughter of Oliver Houston and Rachel Hill.

Sources: Genealogies of Dionne Warwick – http://www.geni.com

Dionne’s maternal grandmother, Adelia/Delia/Dealyer Mae McCaskill, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dionne’s maternal great-grandparents, Stephen McCaskill and Emma Houston, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Dionne’s maternal great-grandfather, Stephen McCaskill, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

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tinasheeeee June 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm

CORRECTION: She is of African American, Native American, Brazilian & Dutch decent. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_Warwick

follers June 25, 2015 at 2:01 am

Already addressed in the text, other than Brazilian, which someone just randomly added to Wikipedia.

tinasheeeee June 25, 2015 at 7:36 am

She isn’t Brazilian?

andrew September 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

Dionne Warwick


bzbunni October 23, 2010 at 7:15 pm

I always thought she looked Mongolian

total23 July 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm

FINALLY! Thank You Ethnic!

ethnic July 8, 2010 at 6:40 am

no problem sorry for the delay.

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