Jamie Lee Curtis

by ethnic on August 7, 2009

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 22, 1958

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, German, Swiss-German, remote French (maternal grandfather)
*Danish (maternal grandmother)

Jamie Lee Curtis is an American actress and writer. A Scream Queen, she is known for starring 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 is the daughter of actors Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz) and Janet Leigh (born Janett Helen Morrison). Jamie is married to actor, director, and writer Christopher Guest, with whom she has two children.

Jamie Lee’s father was Jewish (the son of 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 were likely 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). 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’s parents were Danish immigrants. Lita was the daughter of Peter Lucius/Lucias Kofoed/Kofod/Coffee, who was born on the island Bornholm, and of Laura Margrethe/Margarethe Kristine/Christina Larsen.

Sources: Genealogies of Jamie Lee Curtis – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.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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