Joan Bennett

by ethnic on July 27, 2010

Birth Name: Joan Geraldine Bennett

Date of Birth: February 27, 1910

Place of Birth: Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Death: December 7, 1990

Place of Death: Scarsdale, New York

Ethnicity: English, some Sephardi Jewish

Joan Bennett was an American actress. She was the daughter of Richard Bennett (Clarence Charles William Henry Richard Bennett), an actor, and Adrienne Morrison (Mabel Adrienne Morrison), an actress and literary agent. Her siblings were actress Constance Bennett and actress and dancer Barbara Bennett.

Joan was married to publisher and film critic David Wilde, until her death. She had a daughter with her former husband, John Marion Fox; a daughter with her former husband, screenwriter and producer Gene Markey, and two children with her former husband, producer Walter Wanger.

Joan’s paternal grandparents were George Washington Bennett and Eliza Huffman.

Joan’s maternal grandfather was Lewis/Louis “Morris” W. Morris/Morrison. Lewis was born in the West Indies, likely Jamaica, to an English-born father and a Spanish-born mother. Lewis’s mother’s family, the Carvalhos, were Sephardi Jews.

Joan’s maternal grandmother was Rosebelle/Rosabella/Rose M. Wood.

Sources: Genealogy of Joan Bennett –

Obituaries of Joan’s parents and maternal grandparents, Lewis/Louis “Morris” W. Morris/Morrison and Rosebelle/Rosabella/Rose M. Wood –

Marriage record of Joan’s maternal grandparents, Lewis/Louis “Morris” W. Morris/Morrison and Rosebelle/Rosabella/Rose M. Wood –

Joan’s maternal grandfather, Lewis/Louis “Morris” W. Morris/Morrison, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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follers September 23, 2017 at 5:45 pm

Ethnic, is there a picture, please?

ethnic October 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

no sorry

bablah September 23, 2017 at 5:22 pm
follers September 23, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Yes, the Carvalho family was definitely Jewish. I’m unsure of Bennett’s grandfather’s parents’ names, though. I think they were probably both Jewish.

bearboy September 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm

Follers, mind looking into the Portelli side of the Spear’s family tree. thanks. sincerely, Bearboy

Midnight July 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Hey, I heard her Great Great Grandfather or Great Grandfather was West Indian. I loved her on Darkshadows

Arnold & Willis March 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

She is related to Robert Downey, Jr. somehow.

Jennifer August 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm

What is Anglo? Anglo-Saxon are an old ethnic group from England that don’t exist anymore and haven’t for almost 1000 years. They were a Teutonic (Germanic) invader that blended in with native Brits, blended Roman Brits, Normans among others.

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