Etta James

by ethnic on February 8, 2009

Birth Name: Jamesetta Hawkins

Date of Birth: January 25, 1938

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California

Date of Death: January 20, 2012

Place of Death: Riverside, California

Ethnicity: African-American, Swiss

Etta James was an American singer. Her mother, Dorothy Hawkins, was African-American. According to Etta, her biological father was Rudolf Wanderone, a professional billiards player, who was of Swiss origin.

Rudolf was the son of Rudolph Wanderone and Rosa Bergin.

Source: Genealogy of Etta James (focusing on Rudolf Wanderone’s ancestry) –

Joe Seer /

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andrew August 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm
neiltennant September 22, 2015 at 3:18 pm

i don’t get it

she claimed that she had met once WANDERONE when she was an adult but didn’t talk to him and did not say anything

why ?

WTF August 17, 2014 at 6:09 am

she looked blasian instead of mulatto

neiltennant July 29, 2014 at 4:31 pm

in the 70s she lost a lot of weight but in the golden 50s and 60s she had overweight(when it was not a crime to be big)

no wonder that she had swiss-roots.

i bet she loved cheese and chocolate in the 50s :-)

neiltennant July 29, 2014 at 4:21 pm

CORRECTION.—– its not sure if her Father was Rudolf Wanderone !!
But she was of course biracial

you should correct this. Its according to her that he was the billiard player Wanderone . But there is no proof

but one thing is sure. Her father was white !!!!!!!

in her early days of success in the 50s and 60s she was a big girl


but good for her, that in that time being fat was not linked with discrimination.

later she lost a lot of weight.

But in several decades one can see, that she was biracial.
She looked biracial, she had a rather white skin and european features.

Her nose was typical european (even in the 50s ) and her eyes were hazel or nearly forest green-

follers July 29, 2014 at 8:32 pm

It already says it’s just “According to Etta”.

ihatemostpeople March 2, 2014 at 1:19 am

She had Asian looks tho…..

andrew October 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm
Duke And Banner January 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm

She was African American and Swiss? I always thought of her as a big cheese in music.

someone from somewhere December 18, 2011 at 3:16 am

I didn’t know she was biracial

kaeyla July 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

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