Academy Award for Best Actress

Geraldine Page

by madman on August 17, 2016

Birth Name: Geraldine Sue Page

Date of Birth: November 22, 1924

Place of Birth: Kirksville, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Death: June 13, 1987

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

Ethnicity: English

Geraldine Page was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Trip to Bountiful (1985).

She was the daughter of Edna Pearl (Maize) and Leon Elwin Page. She was married to actor Rip Torn, until her death. The couple had three children.

Geraldine’s paternal grandparents were Fred Leroy Page (the son of Seth Fuller Page and Alma Thompson Ayers) and Lucia Viola Harriman (the daughter of Frederick H. Harriman and Rosalia Augusta Williams). Seth was the son of Daniel Bodwell Page and Rebecca Fuller.

Geraldine’s maternal grandfather was Pinkney Maize (the son of William Henry or Robert Maize and Susannah Poe) and Susan Grindel (the daughter of Daniel Grindle and Hannah Mira Zarley).

Sources: Genealogies of Geraldine Page (focusing on her father’s side) –


Patricia Neal

by madman on August 17, 2016

Patricia Neal – 2007 Official New York Oscar Night Celebration – St. Regis Hotel – New York City, Photo Credit: Steve Mack / Photorazzi -Prphotos

Birth Name: Patsy Louise Neal

Date of Birth: January 20, 1926

Place of Birth: Packard, Kentucky, U.S.

Date of Death: August 8, 2010

Place of Death: Edgartown, Massachusetts, U.S.

Ethnicity: Irish, English, small amounts of German, Swiss-German, Dutch, 1/512th French, 1/512th Norwegian

Patricia Neal was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Hud (1963).

She was married to writer Roald Dahl.

Patricia was the daughter of Eura Mildred (Petrey) and William Burdette Neal. Her father had English and Irish ancestry. Her mother was of English, as well as small amounts of German, Swiss-German, Dutch, 1/256th French, 1/256th Norwegian, and 1/256th Irish, descent. Some of the surnames in Patricia’s family tree might indicate Welsh ancestry as well.

Patricia’s paternal grandfather was William David Neal (the son of Abram Thomas Neal and Mary Owen). Abram was the son of David J. Neal and Martha Burnett.

Patricia’s paternal grandmother was Mary Lou Fitzgerald (the daughter of Peter Fitzgerald and Mary O’Connor). Patricia’s grandmother Mary was born in Virginia, to Irish parents.

Patricia’s maternal grandparents were Pascal/Paschal Gennings Petrey (the son of Samuel Petrey and Elizabeth Bryant). Samuel was the son of Adam Petrey/Petre and Frances “Frankie” Oakes. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Henry Bryant and Anna Eaton.

Patricia’s maternal grandmother was Florence “Flora” Jane Siler (the daughter of Green Adam Siler and Susan Jones). Green was the son of John Wesley Siler and Lucinda Evans. Susan was the daughter of Isham Jones and Jane “Jennie” Stanfield/Stanfill.

Sources: Genealogies of Patricia Neal –

Genealogies of Patricia Neal (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Patricia Neal on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Patricia’s mother –


Shirley Booth

by madman on August 17, 2016

Birth Name: Marjory Ford

Date of Birth: August 30, 1898

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

Date of Death: October 16, 1992

Place of Death: North Chatham, Massachusetts, United States

*English (father)
*Northern Irish, English, Irish (mother)

Shirley Booth was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Come Back, Little Sheba (1952).

Shirley was the daughter of Virginia Martha (Wright) and Albert James Ford. Her mother was of one half Northern Irish, one quarter English, and one quarter Irish, ancestry. Her father, who was born in New York, had English ancestry.

Shirley’s paternal grandparents were Albert James Ford and Jane/Jennie Blanson/Bladson. Albert was English.

Shirley’s maternal grandparents were John F. Wright and Margaret Casson (the daughter of William Casson and Margaret). John was born in Northern Ireland. Margaret was born in New York, to an English father, from Croston, Lancashire, and an Irish mother.

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Shirley’s father on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Shirley Booth (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Glenda Jackson

by madman on August 15, 2016

Glenda Jackson – London Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street – London, England, UK – Keywords: Ref: LMK73-J1239-041217 Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 Headshot – False – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Glenda May Jackson

Place of Birth: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 9 May, 1936

Ethnicity: English, Welsh

Glenda Jackson is an English actress and politician. She has twice won the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Women in Love (1970) and A Touch of Class (1973). A member of the Labour Party, she served as a Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Highgate, later Hampstead and Kilburn, from 9 April, 1992 to 30 March, 2015.

Glenda is the daughter of Joan (Pearce) and Harry “Micky” Jackson. She has a son, newspaper columnist Dan Hodges, with her former husband, Roy Hodges.

Glenda’s maternal grandparents were James George Pearce and Mabel “May” Roberts (the daughter of Samuel Roberts and Mary). Mabel was Welsh, from Denbighshire.


Joanne Woodward

by madman on August 14, 2016

City Center's Spring Gala Fundraiser

Birth Name: Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward

Place of Birth: Thomasville, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 27, 1930

Ethnicity: English, French [including Swiss-French and French-Dominican Republic], distant Scottish

Joanne Woodward is an American actress, producer, activist, and philanthropist. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for The Three Faces of Eve (1957).

Joanne is the daughter of Eleanor/Elinor Gignilliat Gasque (Trimmier) and Drayton/Heyward Wade Woodward. She was married to actor Paul Newman, until his death. They have three children, including actresses Nell Newman and Melissa Newman.

Joanne’s paternal grandfather was Wade Woodward (the son of Solomon R. Woodward and Martha Elizabeth Wade). Solomon was the son of Richard Woodward and Sarah Elizabeth Wade. Martha was the daughter of William Drayton Wade and Temperance Cushman.

Joanne’s paternal grandmother was Minnie Waunita Verdery (the daughter of Richard Walthall Verdery and Georgia Ann Leonard). Richard was the son of Benjamin Francis Verdery and Mary Ann Jackson. Benjamin was born in Georgia, to a French father and a mother of French descent, from San Domingo, Dominican Republic. Joanne’s great-grandmother Georgia was the daughter of Uriah L. Leonard and Cassandra Magruda Drane.

Joanne’s maternal grandfather was James Lloyd Trimmier (the son of James Wilson Trimmier and Virginia P. “Jennie” Shelton). James was the son of William H. Trimmier and Martha Ann Kirby.

Joanne’s maternal grandmother was Eleanor Gasque Gignilliat (the daughter of John Farguhar/Farquhar Gignilliat and Nancy Wragg Porcher). John was the son of Norman Page Gignilliat and Charlotte Gignilliat Trezevant. Nancy was the daughter of Richard Shackleford Porcher and Esther Charlotte Gasque.

Sources: Genealogies of Joanne Woodward –

Genealogies of Joanne Woodward (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Joanne Woodward (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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