Birth Name: Steven Allan Spielberg
Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Date of Birth: December 18, 1946
Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish
Steven Spielberg is an American director, producer, and screenwriter.
Steven is the son of Leah Frances (Posner), a concert pianist and restaurateur, and Arnold Meyer Spielberg, an electrical engineer involved in the computer industry. His sister, Nancy Spielberg, has worked as a producer.
Steven was born into a Jewish family (from Russia and Poland). He stated in an article in the New York Times that he was often bullied in school in California for being Jewish. His family has direct ties to victims of the Holocaust, in the Ukraine and Poland. Steven was married to actress Amy Irving. He is now married to actress Kate Capshaw, who is a convert to Orthodox Judaism. His stepdaughter is actress Jessica Capshaw.
Steven’s paternal grandparents were Shmuel/Samuel C. Spielberg (the son of Mayer/Meyer Pesach Spielberg and Bertha/Bessie Sandelman/Sandleman) and Rebecca Chechick/Chichik (the daughter of Nachman/Nathan Morduhov Chechik and Reitzl/Rachel Nigonova Gendler/Hendler). Shmuel and Rebecca were both born in Russia.
Steven’s maternal grandfather was Fievel/Phillip/Philip Posner (the son of Simon Posner and Miriam Rasinky). Phillip was born in Odessa, Russia. Simon was the son of Ezekiel Posner and Anna Fildman. Miriam was the daughter of Benjamin Rasinsky.
Steven’s maternal grandmother was Jennie Friedman/Fridman (the daughter of Louis Friedman/Fridman and Sarah Leah Nathan). Jennie was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to parents from the Russia-Poland area. Louis was the son of Israel Friedman/Fridman and Sarah Wittstein. Steven’s great-grandmother Sarah was the daughter of Reuben Nathan Kriviansky and Sarah Riva Mauerberger.
One ancestral line of Steven’s can be traced back to his maternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, Leizer Mauerberger and Sora Berko, who were born in the early 1700s, in Poland.
New York Times article – http://www.writing.upenn.edu
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