Phoebe Cates

by ethnic on March 8, 2010

Birth Name: Phoebe Belle Cates

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

Date of Birth: July 16, 1963

*75% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% Chinese

Phoebe Cates is an American film actress, model, and entrepreneur. She is known for her roles in the films Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins.

Phoebe is the daughter of Lily (born Helene/Helen Sergeyeevna Lue or Belotserkovsky) and Joseph Cates, who was a producer and director. Her uncle was producer Gilbert Cates. Phoebe is married to actor, comedian, and singer Kevin Kline, and their children are Owen Kline, who has also acted, and Frankie Cosmos (born Greta Simone Kline), a musician, singer, and songwriter.

Phoebe’s paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants, from Podolia, Ukraine. Phoebe’s mother was born in Shanghai, China, and appears to be of Russian Jewish and Chinese descent.

Phoebe’s paternal grandfather was Nathan Katz (the son of Jacob Katz and Mitchel Gilman).

Phoebe’s paternal grandmother was Nina Peltzman (the daughter of Nathan Peltzman and Bella Silverman).

Sources: Genealogy of Phoebe Cates (focusing on her father’s side) –

Phoebe’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Phoebe’s paternal grandparents, Nathan Katz and Nina Peltzman –

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

bablah October 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm
Both of them were from Podolia in Ukraine.

madman August 18, 2016 at 7:55 am

*75% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% Chinese

anen87 July 22, 2016 at 7:26 am

What does “Chinese-filipino” mean? Is that a full blooded chinese person born in fhilipines?

ihatemostpeople May 6, 2014 at 10:52 pm

I knew she was mixed with Asian. I can see the Filipino in her for sure.

myspace celebrity July 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm

A lot of people say that she has a nice rack; however, I don’t notice things like that on other girls since I’m straight. Her eyes are her bset feature.

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