Birth Name: Elizabeth Melise Jow
Place of Birth: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Date of Birth: February 18, 1991
*English, Scottish, possibly other (mother)
Malese Jow is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She played Emma Roberts’ character’s best friend, Geena Fabiano, on the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous, and Anna on The CW’s series The Vampire Diaries.
Her father is Chinese. Her mother, Lanae (Tillery), is white, and has English and Scottish ancestry. Malese’s mother is said to have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee ancestry has been verified/documented.
Malese’s maternal grandparents were James N. “Jiggs” Tillery and Elizabeth Maxine Pharr (the daughter of Robert E. Pharr and Clara Louisa/Louise “Polly” Pool). Robert was the son of Robert Alfred Pharr and Cora Ianna Greer. Clara was the daughter of Campbell Gouley Pool and Lula Bell Lamons.
Source: Genealogy, and obituary, of Malese’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Maxine (Pharr) Tillery – https://www.findagrave.com
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