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