Jamie Lee Curtis

by ethnic on August 7, 2009

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 22, 1958

Ethnicity:
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Danish, smaller amounts of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Swiss-German, remote French

Jamie Lee Curtis is an American actress and author. Known as a Scream Queen, she has starred in the Halloween films, as well as The Fog, Terror Train, True Lies (for which she won a Golden Globe Award), and Freaky Friday, among many other roles.

Jamie Lee is the daughter of actors Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz) and Janet Leigh (born Janett Helen Morrison). Jamie Lee is married to actor, director, and author Christopher Guest, with whom she has two children. Through her marriage to Christopher, a Baron in the British peerage, she is known as Jamie Lee Haden-Guest, Baroness Haden-Guest, or as The Lady Haden-Guest.

Jamie Lee’s father was Jewish, and was the son of Jewish emigrants from Hungary and Slovakia. Jamie Lee’s mother was of English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Swiss-German, and remote French, ancestry on her own father’s side of the family, and of Danish ancestry on her own mother’s side of the family.

Jamie Lee’s paternal grandfather was Emanuel “Manuel” Schwartz (whose parents likely were Eisig Izsák Schwarcz and Chana Ettie Jütte Anna Speiser). Emanuel was a Jewish emigrant, from Ópályi, now in Mátészalka, eastern Hungary.

Jamie Lee’s paternal grandmother was Helen Klein (the daughter of Izidor Klein and Matilda Grűnwald). Helen was a Jewish emigrant, from Vaľkovo, in central Slovakia.

Jamie Lee’s maternal grandfather was Frederick/Fred Robert Morrison (the son of John Beauregard Morrison and Katharine/Katherina/Katherine Francis/Frances Reeb). Frederick was born in California. John was the son of McHenry/Henry Morrison and Susan Ellen/Eliza Tichenor/Titchenal, and had English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and remote French, ancestry. Katharine was the daughter of George Reeb/Rube, who was born in Zutzendorf Bas-Rhin, France, to an ethnic German family, and of Rosina Hunziker, who was from Switzerland, and was of Swiss-German descent.

Jamie Lee’s maternal grandmother was Helen Lita Westergaard (the daughter of Wilhelm/William Marius/Marios Anders Westergaard and Lita Olga Gordia Magelia Kofoed/Coffee). Helen was born in California, to Danish parents. Lita was the daughter of Peter Lucius/Lucias Kofoed/Kofod/Coffee, who was born on the Danish island Bornholm, in the Baltic Sea, and of Laura Margrethe/Margarethe Kristine/Christina Larsen.

Sources: Genealogies of Jamie Lee Curtis – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com

Jamie Lee’s father’s family background – http://www.pitt.edu

Genealogy of Jamie Lee’s mother – https://www.findagrave.com

Jamie Lee’s maternal great-great-grandparents, George Reeb/Rube and Rosina Hunziker, on the 1870 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Jamie Lee’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Peter Lucius/Lucias Kofoed/Kofod/Coffee and Laura Margrethe/Margarethe Kristine/Christina Larsen – https://www.familysearch.org

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andrew May 20, 2017 at 5:27 am
Adrian1Cram February 6, 2016 at 11:33 am

I only know her from freaky friday.

Sven February 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

Janet Leigh is also Norwegian on her mother’s side, hence Jaent Leigh’s mother was called Westergard (a Norwegian name).

Clem February 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Westergaard is just as Danish as it is Norwegian…

levangelista36 August 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

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