Lin Shaye

by follers on July 15, 2014

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Birth Name: Linda Shaye

Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 12, 1943

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lin Shaye is an American actress. She is known for starring as paranormal warrior Elise in the Insidious series, among many other of her horror film roles of the 2010s.

She is the sister of film executive Robert Shaye. Her paternal grandparents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. Her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Lin’s paternal grandparents were Reuben Schayowitz and Anna Hana Kitlar (the daughter of Kiva/Keever/Kieva Kitlar and Hinda Schmuelivitz/Schmolovitz). Hinda was the daughter of Schmiel Schmuelivitz and Kala Kaela.

Source: Genealogy of Lin’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna Hana (Kitlar) Schayowitz –

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follers July 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Ethnic, if you’re wondering how I got this picture, you used to have it up for Lynn Redgrave (incorrectly).

ethnic July 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Thanks follers. Did you upload the pic from the media library?

follers July 15, 2014 at 9:30 pm

No, I copied the exact coding that used to be in Lynn Redgrave’s page.

ethnic July 15, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Clever you

follers July 15, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Just curious, where did you find that information about Thomas Sadoski’s paternal grandmother? (about her being descended from the “Strong” family).

I looked it up and the addition was definitely right. “Kantorski” was just her married name, which means his grandmother married two Polish-Americans (without being one herself).

ethnic July 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I communicated with his mother who was kind enough to give some more info about their family. His mother is keen on ancestry research too and likes this site.

follers July 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm


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