Roseanne Barr

by ethnic on August 9, 2009

Birth Name: Roseanne Cherrie Barr

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 3, 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Roseanne Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, director, and politician. She is known for her series Roseanne (1988-1997; 2018). She was also the host of The Roseanne Show from 1998 to 2000.

She was the Peace and Freedom Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2012. She was also a candidate for the Green Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2012.

Roseanne is the daughter of Helen Ruth (Davis) and Jerome Hershel Barr. She was born to a Jewish family, from Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Lithuania.

During her childhood in Utah, her parents kept their Jewish heritage secret from many of their neighbors, and at the time, Roseanne was partly involved in the Mormon (LDS) church.

She has five children, including three with her former husband, Bill Pentland, and one with her former husband, Ben Thomas.

Roseanne’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Borisofsky/Barr (the son of Lazar B. Borisofsky and Bossie Saslavsky). Samuel was born in Kiev, in the Russian Empire, and was descended from a long line of rabbis. He had changed his surname from Borisofsky to Barr.

Roseanne’s paternal grandmother was Frances/Francis Bertha “Fannie”/Fanny Katz (the daughter of Joseph “Joe” Katz and Sheva/Sophia/Sophie S. “Beckie” Schandra/Ber). Frances was born in Minnesota, to Russian-born parents. Sheva was the daughter of Leizer Ber.

Roseanne’s maternal grandfather was Ben/Benjamin “Bennie” Davis (the son of Morris/Moritz Davidovitz/David Davis and Pearl Rosenblum/Rosenbloom). Ben was born in Austria-Hungary. Pearl was the daughter of William Wolfe Rosenblum/Rosenbloom.

Roseanne’s maternal grandmother was Mary Betnum/Bitnum (the daughter of Gerishon/Gershon Tevel Bitnum and Rebecca/Rivka). Mary was born in Lithuania, and was a devout Orthodox Jew.

Sources: Family history of Roseanne Barr –

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Genealogies of Roseanne Barr –

Marriage record of Roseanne’s maternal grandparents, Ben/Benjamin “Bennie” Davis and Mary Betnum/Bitnum –

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neiltennant July 26, 2018 at 1:06 pm

im sorry for that sentence

i liked her for years but now i have found out what she said about ethnic minorities :-/

im sorry. She is just crazy

TheHelper July 26, 2018 at 8:21 pm

Please stop using the phrase “ethnic minority.” Black people around the world are in no way a minority. In the entire world White people are the minority.

guyinsf August 10, 2018 at 7:49 pm

Clearly it’s all in the context of the terms being used. Ethnic or minority would be used for black or any other non-caucasian person in the US because white people are still the minority in the US.

neiltennant September 3, 2018 at 7:23 am

you are not intelligent enough to understand racism and terms like minority

In south africa there was apartheid although blacks were the majority

neiltennant July 25, 2018 at 3:58 am

although a jew she made very strange comments about jews

madman July 25, 2018 at 7:49 am

The same could be said about you

neiltennant July 26, 2018 at 7:21 am

f–k you

madman July 26, 2018 at 10:14 am

You’re only mad because it’s true

neiltennant July 26, 2018 at 1:04 pm

you have to research the twitter account and then i want an apology from you

neiltennant July 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm


no problem

TheHelper July 26, 2018 at 8:22 pm

Well Jewish isn’t a race, no matter how much people want it to, it will never be.

neiltennant July 27, 2018 at 1:56 am

Jewish is both a race and religion

interesting many people even in my childhood asked me if I were Jewish although I didn’t tell them

andrew August 31, 2017 at 12:57 pm
andrew August 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm
andrew August 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm

* Her paternal grandfather, descended from a long line of rabbis, had changed his name from Borisofsky to Barr when he arrived from Russia
* Her maternal grandmother was a devout Orthodox Jew
* Her parents kept their Jewish heritage secret from their neighbors and were partially involved in the LDS/Mormon Church

She has stated: “Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning I was a Jew; Sunday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, and Wednesday afternoon we were Mormons”

Delete this:

Connerfromvine December 26, 2015 at 2:39 pm

She really does look like a sexy (asian) mixed chick of Asian and European descent.

Greyface March 19, 2016 at 1:08 pm

what the

bearboy April 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm

She is probably the most beautiful celebrity on this website!

neiltennant June 22, 2017 at 7:58 am

Im sure that her Jewish ancestors were from RUSSIA

there are people living in Afghanistan and in some regions of the former Soviet Union who look the same

some Hazaras in Afghanistan look like her

so the SENTENCE she looks Asian is right !!!!!!

PEOPLE in those areas have Asian blood through the Mongoles

neiltennant July 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

i swear my two aunts looks the same like her. And we made fun as kids and laughed when our aunt visited us

and every time our relatives visited us we were not allowed to make tv on because of roseanne

both of my aunts are afghans of russian and eurasian descent !

but on the other hand her brother for example looks different

christianz June 15, 2012 at 6:21 am

she looks like a typical eurasian woman

there are people in ukraina , russia or even in afghanistan who look like her

sadie April 10, 2012 at 4:43 am

She is gross!

hey August 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

i wouldve thought roseanne had some asian and native american in her.

neiltennant June 22, 2017 at 7:58 am

she has Russian Jewish ancestors

that would explain her ASIAN look

bo July 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

The Jews didn’t have a country of their own until the 20th century. So they’re called Jews not Egyptians…Get it?

Rabco March 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm

not doubting anything listed above for Roseanne’s ancestry but English/Irish/Scottish and Native American were left out.

levangelista36 June 19, 2012 at 4:20 am

Is she really? Can you provide a source so that Ethnic can add it to her ethnicity?

Rabco March 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm
Mariska September 1, 2010 at 7:55 am

Weeeelll, I’m an Ashkenazi Jew as well {:

and Hungarian, Italian and Spanish.

Thanks for the info!


levangelista36 June 19, 2012 at 4:20 am

That’s a nice mix. :]

delnegro June 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Omg bitch quit actin nice

drexxx April 3, 2010 at 5:25 am

To LIL V4CH4: Ashkenazi, Sepharadi are ethnicities, but we can’t really say that Jewish is an ethnicity, because there are also black Jews from Ethiopia called Falashas. (I also read about some black Jews in West Cameroon but I have to make more resaerches about it)

LiL V4CH4 April 3, 2010 at 2:14 am

Jewish IS and CAN be an ethnicity! Haven’t you heard of Ashkenazi Jews, Sephardi Jews, and Mizrahi Jews. Those are all ethnic backgrounds.. Jewish is a Religion and Ethnicity. Roseanne Barr is an Ashkenazi Jew.

Amber Berg July 11, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I’m part Ashkenazi Jew- and black

Fuzzybear April 3, 2010 at 10:22 am
cimmi February 28, 2010 at 11:31 am

Jewish is an ethnicity

Briana December 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Well, I’m Jewish

My ethnicity is Czechoslovakian, Romanian, Polish, Spanish, Native American, Greek & Eastern European.. Long, I know.

I usually just say “European” Since, All of the countries are in Europe.

From Russia with Love. September 17, 2010 at 6:03 am

You must not be a very smart Jew then…

Briana December 10, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Roseanne rocks!

ethnic December 10, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I have updated the profile.

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