Olivia Newton-John

by smiley on December 29, 2012

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Place of Birth: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 26 September, 1948

Ethnicity:
*50% Welsh
*37.5% Ashkenazi Jewish
*12.5% German

Olivia Newton-John is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress.

Olivia was born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, the daughter of Irene Helene (Born) and Brinley “Bryn” Newton-John, an MI5 officer, who worked on the Enigma project at Bletchley Park. Her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when she was six.

Her father was Welsh, from Cardiff. Her mother was born in Germany. Olivia’s maternal grandfather was of Jewish background, while Olivia’s maternal grandmother was born to a father of Jewish descent and a mother of non-Jewish, German, descent. Olivia’s mother’s family left Berlin to escape the Nazi regime. Olivia’s mother’s family was Lutheran by religion by the time of Olivia’s mother’s birth. Among Olivia’s Jewish ancestors are German Jews, Polish Jews, and Czech Jews.

Olivia is the mother of Chloe Rose Lattanzi, an actress and singer, with her ex-husband, actor and dancer Matt Lattanzi (Matt is of Italian and Polish descent).

Olivia’s paternal grandparents were Oliver John (the son of William John and Jane) and Daisy Newton (the daughter of James Newton and Elizabeth).

Olivia’s maternal grandather was Max Born, a scientist, who won the 1954 Nobel Prize in Physics (the son of Gustav Jacob Born, a histologist and author, and Margarethe Gretchen Kaufmann/Kauffmann). Max was a German Jew, who was born in Wrocław, Dolnośląskie, Poland. He was later baptized a Lutheran. Gustav was born in Kempen, the son of Dr. Marcus Buttermilch/Born and Fanny Epstein. Olivia’s great-grandmother Margarethe was born in Tannhausen, the daughter of Saloman Kaufmann/Kauffmann and Marie Joachimstal/Joachimsthal.

Olivia’s maternal grandmother was Hedwig “Hedi” Martha Ehrenberg (the daughter of Victor Gabriel Ehrenberg, a jurist, and Elise Marie A. Helene von Jhering). Victor was a German Jew, born in Wolfenbüttel, who had converted to the Lutheran religion. He was the son of Rabbi Philipp Ehrenberg, who was born in Wolfenbüttel, and of Julie Fischel, who was born in Prague. Olivia’s great-grandmother Elise was of German, non-Jewish background, and was the daughter of Caspar Rudolph Ritter von Jhering, a jurist, from Aurich, Lower Saxony, and of Ida Christina Frölich.

Source: Genealogy of Olivia Newton-John – https://www.geni.com

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