Birth Name: Michelle Marie Pfeiffer
Place of Birth: Santa Ana, California
Date of Birth: April 29, 1958
*25% mix of English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, and Irish
Michelle Pfeiffer is an American actress and singer.
Her paternal grandfather was of German descent, and her paternal grandmother had English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, and Irish ancestry. Her mother was of half Swiss-German and half Swedish descent. Her sister is actress Dedee Pfeiffer.
Michelle is married to writer and producer David E. Kelley. She has two children, an adopted daughter, Claudia Rose Pfeiffer, and a biological son, John Henry.
Michelle’s paternal grandfather was William J. Pfeiffer, Jr. (the son of Wilhelm Frederick John Pfeiffer and Susanna A. Mueller). Wilhelm was born in Colbe, Satle Province, Saxony, Germany, to Ernst Pfeiffer and Henrietta Borchert. Susanna was born in Minnesota, of German descent, the daughter of John Henry Mueller and Catherine Myers.
Michelle’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Stanley (the daughter of James Bert/Burton Stanley and Blanche Hulda Griffith). Dorothy, her parents, and all of her grandparents, were from Pennsylvania. Dorothy had English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, and Irish ancestry. Blanche was the daughter of Abner Messenheimer Griffith and Rachel Penrose; Rachel was the daughter of William Penrose and Rebecca Wright.
Michelle’s maternal grandfather was Jacob “Jake” Bernhard Taverna (the son of Jacob Taverna and Dorethea “Dorothy” Bernard). Michelle’s grandfather Jacob was born in New Rockford, Eddy Co, North Dakota, to Swiss parents (his father from Davos). He was of Swiss-German descent. Jacob may have been related to the “Von Taverna” family of Switzerland. Michelle’s great-grandfather Jacob was the son of Hans Taverna and Anna Engel.
Michelle’s maternal grandmother was Delma Lillian Hill (the daughter of John Sigurd Hill and Amanda Karolina Olson). John was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents, Johan Gustaf Peterson and Martha Kristina Johnsdotter. Amanda was born in Hornaryd, Sweden, the daughter of Sven Johan Olson and Sara Katarina Petersdotter.
Sources: Genealogy of Michelle Pfeiffer (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Michelle’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Stanley, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Michelle’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Rachel Penrose (through Rachel’s brother, Mahlon Penrose) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Michelle Pfeiffer (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Michelle’s maternal grandfather, Jacob “Jake” Bernhard Taverna, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Michelle’s maternal grandfather, Jacob “Jake” Bernhard Taverna – http://records.ancestry.com
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