Jennifer Tilly

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Birth Name: Jennifer Ellen Chan

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 16, 1958

Ethnicity:
*Chinese (father)
*Finnish, Irish (mother)

Jennifer Tilly is an American/Canadian actress and poker player. She is the sister of actress Meg Tilly. Her father, Harry Chan, a car salesman, was of Chinese descent. Her mother, Patricia Ann Tilly, a Canadian teacher and actress, had Irish, Finnish, and possibly First Nations, ancestry. Her birth surname was Chan, but after her parents’ divorce, her name was changed to her mother’s maiden name, Tilly. Jennifer was raised mostly in British Columbia, Canada.

Jennifer’s sister Meg has said:

My mother was Irish/Finnish. Unfortunately, we were not raised to respect our Chinese history and tradition. My mother and father divorced in 1963, when I was three. My mother was quite bitter… We were told that we must never tell anyone that we were half Chinese, because if people knew they wouldn’t let their children play with us… for many years, I had my mother’s warnings echoing in my ears. I didn’t tell anyone. I was grown, but still, I was scared. Thought it would limit me, the roles I would be offered. It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that I started to tell the people closest to me. When they didn’t run in horror, I got braver and spoke of it more. What a relief it was to finally acknowledge all of me.

Source: The Independent – http://www.independent.co.uk

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37 Responses

  1. Pegzi says:

    Seriously someone delete my fucking account. I’m sick of this site.

  2. madman says:

    Daughter of Patricia Ann Tilly, a teacher and former actress, and Harry Chan, a car salesman. Her mother is Canadian.

    Is there a source for her mother’s ancestry?

  3. Pegzi says:

    is her native ancestry documented/varified?

  4. Pegzi says:

    She’s beautiful

  5. phaedra says:

    Doesn’t look Asian at all?

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