Place of Birth: Farmington Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 28, 1972
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Elizabeth Berkley is an American television, film, and theater actress, dancer, and model. Her most notable roles were in the television series Saved by the Bell, and the Paul Verhoeven film Showgirls. She is the daughter of Jere and Fred Berkley.
Her parents are both Jewish, of Russian Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Austrian Jewish descent. Elizabeth was raised in the Conservative denomination of Judaism, and was Bat Mitzvah. Elizabeth is married to actor Greg Lauren, who is the nephew of designer Ralph Lauren. The couple has a son.
Elizabeth’s paternal grandparents were Benjamin R. Berkley (born Benjamin Berkowitz, the son of Joseph Berkowitz and Rose) and Celia Forman. Benjamin was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Celia was a Russian Jewish immigrant.
Elizabeth’s maternal grandparents were Adolph Gottfurcht (the son of Joseph Gottfurcht and Ella Biederman) and Ruth Levitt (the daughter of Alexander Lavitt and Anna Nachamowitz). Adolph was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Polish Jewish father and an Austrian Jewish mother. Ruth was born in Michigan, to Russian Jewish parents.
Sources: Obituary of Elizabeth’s paternal grandmother, Celia (Forman) Berkley – http://blitzkriegpublishing.freeyellow.com
Elizabeth’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Levitt, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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