Jill Hennessy

Hennessy in 2012, image via kathclick/bigstock.com

Birth Name: Jillian Noel Hennessy

Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date of Birth: November 25, 1968

Ethnicity: Irish, French-Canadian, Swedish, Italian, Ukrainian, Austrian, Romani

Hennessy is a Canadian actress and musician. She is known for her roles on the television series, Law & Order and Crossing Jordan. She is the daughter of Maxine and John Hennessy. Her sister is Jacqueline Hennessy, a journalist, television host, and actress. She is married to Paolo Mastropietro, with whom she has two children.

She has said that her mother is mainly a “Ukrainian Gypsy.”

Jill’s paternal grandfather was named John D. Hennessy.

Jill’s paternal grandmother was Eleanor Marie Renaud (the daughter of Raymond Renaud and Rose Carnegie/Carnaghie). Rose was born in Ontario, to Italian parents, Louis Carnaghie and Mary.

Jill’s maternal grandmother was the daughter of Ukrainian parents. Jill has said, “My grandmother was a powerhouse force of nature… She grew up in a Ukrainian camp outside of Edmonton, not speaking any English.”

A picture of Jill with her mother can be seen here.

Sources: Obituary of Jill’s paternal grandmother, Eleanor Marie (Renaud) Hennessy – http://erbgood.com

Jill’s paternal great-grandmother, Rose (Carnegie/Carnaghie) Renaud, on the 1911 Canada Census – https://www.familysearch.org


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  1. madman says:


    “The fact that she is singing at a Ukrainian center is appropriate. One new song, “Edmonton,” is about her maternal grandmother, who was born to Ukrainian immigrants.

    “My grandmother was a powerhouse force of nature,” says Hennessy. “She grew up in a Ukrainian camp outside of Edmonton, not speaking any English.” The family later moved to Edmonton, where they had to deal with intolerance and prejudice.”


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