Jennifer Jason Leigh

by ethnic on July 12, 2010

In The Cut Movie Premiere

Birth Name: Jennifer L. Morrow

Place of Birth: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 5, 1962

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American actress. She is the daughter of actor Vic Morrow (born Victor Morozoff) and screenwright Barbara Turner (born Gloria Rose Turner). Her parents were both Jewish (their families immigrated from Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire).

Jennifer uses the middle name “Jason” in tribute to actor Jason Robards, who was a family friend.

Jennifer was previously married to writer/director Noah Baumbach (Noah’s father is Jewish and his mother is Protestant). Noah and Jennifer have a son.

Jennifer’s paternal grandparents were Harry Morozoff and Jeanette/Jean Kress/Krez. Harry and Jeanette were both Russian Jewish immigrants.

Jennifer’s maternal grandparents were Alexander Turner and Pearl Pauline Zisez/Zises (the daughter of Samuel/Sam Zisez/Zises and Fannie/Fanny). Alexander was a Jewish immigrant, from Galicia. Pearl was born in New York, to Jewish parents from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Sources: Genealogies of Jennifer Jason Leigh –

Jennifer’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal grandparents, Alexander Turner and Pearl Pauline Zisez/Zises, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Alexander Turner and Pearl Pauline Zisez/Zises on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother, Pearl Pauline Zisez/Zises, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Pearl Pauline Zisez/Zises on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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andrew November 12, 2016 at 6:39 pm
celebfan October 6, 2016 at 11:06 am

Jennifer Jason Leigh was estranged from her father when she began her professional career. The name Jason was in honor of Jason Robards, a longtime family friend. Leigh is her middle name. She refused to use the name Morrow because she didn’t want to be associated with him.

pookerella February 23, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Technically, Galicia is not Austria. It was part of Austro-Hungary and encompassed portions of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Belarus and Ukraine. It was never in Austria proper, so saying someone from Galicia is Austrian is like saying someone from Estonia is Russian. Just because a country takes over another country, doesn’t mean it has anything whatsoever to do with the ethnicity of that area.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 4:40 am

Definitely does look Jewish.

I had a (hijabi) Lebanese teacher, who had her skin tone, and she resembled her a lot!

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