Karen Akers

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Birth Name: Karen Orth-Pallavicini

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 13, 1945

Ethnicity:
*Austrian, Swiss-Italian (father)
*Scottish, Irish (maternal grandfather)
*Russian, Norwegian, French (maternal grandmother)

Karen Akers is an American actress and singer.

Karen is the daughter of Mary Louise (Adams), a chaplain, and Heinrick Christian Orth-Pallavicini. Her father was born in Breslau, Germany, of Austrian and Swiss-Italian descent. He was from a European nobility family, but dropped his title when he came to America. Karen’s mother was American. Karen was raised a Roman Catholic.

Karen is married to Kevin Patrick Power, the vice president of the satellite communications company Orion Network Systems. She has two children with her former husband, Jim Akers.

Karen has stated:

On my mother’s side, my grandmother is Russian, Norwegian, and French and my grandfather is Scots-Irish. My father’s side is Austrian on one side and Swiss-Italian on the other.

Karen has also said:

I grew up feeling more French than American in a funny way. My father’s European, and my grandmother’s Russian, and she and my mother spoke French all the time when I was growing up.

Karen’s maternal grandfather was James Donald Adams (the son of James Adams and Mary Louise Barron/Barrow). Karen’s grandfather James was born in New York, and was an editor, writer, and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Karen’s great-grandfather James was Scottish. Mary was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Karen’s maternal grandmother was Elvine Georgievna Simeon (the daughter of George Simeon and Caroline Huldman). Elvine was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Sources: Marriage record of Karen’s parents – https://www.familysearch.org

Karen’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Karen’s maternal grandfather, James Donald Adams, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Biographical profile of Karen’s maternal grandfather, James Donald Adams – https://prabook.com

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4 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Here’s Elvina’s passenger record (doesn’t reveal much, other than she was Lutheran):
    http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?id=CANIMM1913PLIST_0000408272-00623&op=img&app=passengerlist

    I think it’s more likely she was of Swedish than Norwegian descent.

  2. madman says:

    @ann
    Could you look into Karen’s Russian background?

  3. madman says:

    Karen’s maternal grandfather was James Donald Adams (the son of James Adams and Mary Louise Barron/Barrow). Karen’s great-grandfather James was Scottish. Mary was born in New York, to Irish parents.

    Karen’s maternal grandmother was Elvine Georgievna Simeon (the daughter of George Simeon and Caroline Huldman). Elvine was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

    https://prabook.com/web/james_donald.adams/1671339
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X45M-5LB
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24WJ-2C8
    https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M5WR-BQG

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