Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Eva Marie Saint

by follers on August 24, 2015

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 16: Eva Marie Saint at the "Superman Return

Place of Birth: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 4, 1924

Ethnicity: English, some German

Eva Marie Saint is an American actress and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for On the Waterfront (1954).

Eva is the daughter of Eva Marie (Rice) and John Merle Saint. She was married to producer and director Jeffrey Hayden, until his death, with whom she has two children.

Eva’s paternal grandfather was John Quincy Saint (the son of Jonathan E. Saint and Emily Grace Johnson). John was born in Indiana. Jonathan was the son of William Saint and Ashah Elliot. Emily was the daughter of James Johnson and Mary Foster.

Eva’s paternal grandmother was Lydia Gordon (the daughter of Charles Gordon and Anna H. Macy). Lydia was born in Indiana. Charles was the son of Charles Gordon and Ruth Williams.

Eva’s maternal grandfather was William Martin Rice (the son of Philip Jacob Reisch/Reiss/Rice and Clara Olivia Pendleton). William was born in New Jersey. Philip was born in Baden, Achim, Lower Saxony, Germany, the son of Conrad Philip Reiss/Rice and Elizabetha Ann Hood. Clara was the daughter of James Alden Pendleton and Clarissa Libby Ackley.

Eva’s maternal grandmother was Adalaide Louise Russell (the daughter of Albert Russell and Sophia Maria Bradgate). Adelaide was born in New Jersey. Albert was born in London, England, the son of Henry Lewis Russell and Charlotte. Sophia was born in Bath, England, the daughter of James Broadgate/Bradgate and Sophia Downes.

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Donna Reed

by follers on August 19, 2014

Birth Name: Donna Belle Mullenger

Date of Birth: January 27, 1921

Place of Birth: Denison, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Death: January 14, 1986

Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California

Ethnicity: English, German, Scottish, Irish

Donna Reed was an American actress and producer. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for From Here to Eternity (1953).

Donna was the daughter of Hazel Jane (Shives) and William Richard Mullenger.

Donna’s paternal grandfather was William George Mullenger (the son of William Reform Mullenger and Mary Tyler). Donna’s great-grandfather William was born in London, England, the son of George Mullenger and Mary Stanley. Donna’s great-grandmother Mary was also English, the daughter of Peter Temple Tyler and Sara Anderson.

Donna’s paternal grandmother was Mary Ann Johnston (the daughter of Richard Bartley Johnston and Elizabeth Herner). Richard was the son of John Johnston and Jane Murphy. Elizabeth was the daughter of Canadian parents, George Herner and Sarah Sherk.

Donna’s maternal grandfather was Charles Shives (the son of Charles Alexander Shives and Annalila Elizabeth Coffin). Donna’s great-grandfather Charles was the son of Johan Phillip Shive and Katharine/Catherine Fink. Annalila was the daughter of William Coffin and Anna Swain.

Donna’s maternal grandmother was Mary Etta Petty (the daughter of William Henry Petty and Sarah Jane Hoyt). William was the son of Edward Petty and Mary Laughery. Sarah was the daughter of Tillman Knox Hoyt and Sarah W. Bailey.

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Vanessa Redgrave

by follers on August 6, 2014

55th Annual London Evening Standard Theatre Awards - Arrivals

Place of Birth: Greenwich, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 30 January, 1937

Ethnicity: English

Vanessa Redgrave is an English actress and political activist. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Julia (1977).

She is a sibling of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave. Her parents were actors Michael Redgrave (Michael Scudamore Redgrave) and Rachel Kempson, and her paternal grandparents were actors Roy Redgrave and Margaret Scudamore. She is married to Italian actor Franco Nero. She is the mother of actresses Natasha Richardson (who is deceased) and Joely Richardson, with her first husband, director and producer Tony Richardson; and of screenwriter and filmmaker Carlo Gabriel Nero, with Nero.

Vanessa’s paternal grandfather was Roy Redgrave (born George Ellsworthy Redgrave, the son of George Augustus Redgrave and Zoe Beatrice Elsworthy Pym). Vanessa’s great-grandfather George was the son of Cornelius Redgrave and Alice Harriet Tilley. Zoe was the daughter of Edward Elsworthy Pym and Anna Nicholson.

Vanessa’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Scudamore (born Daisy Bertha Mary Scudamore, the daughter of William George Scudamore and Clara Linington). William was the son of William Scudamore and Mary Bascombe/Bascomb.

Vanessa’s maternal grandfather was Eric William Edward Kempson (the son of Frederick Robertson Kempson and Julia Madeleine Jay). Frederick was the son of William Brooke Kempson and Elizabeth Robertson. Julia was the daughter of James Jay.

Vanessa’s maternal grandmother was Beatrice Hamilton Ashwell (the daughter of Laurence Thomas Ashwell and Henrietta Maria Kingham). Laurence was the son of Davis Ashwell and Sarah.

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Sandy Dennis

by follers on July 9, 2014

Birth Name: Sandra Dale Dennis

Date of Birth: April 27, 1937

Place of Birth: Hastings, Nebraska, U.S.

Date of Death: March 2, 1992

Place of Death: Westport, Connecticut

Ethnicity: English, some German, Welsh, and Irish

Sandy Dennis was an American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).

Sandy’s paternal grandparents were Joseph Frank Dennis (the son of Benjamin A. Dennis and Martha A. Stogsdill) and Fanny Annie Hinkle (the daughter of Jacob Henry Hinkle and Clarissa A. Dalrymple).

Sandy’s maternal grandparents were Jess Howard Hudson (the son of James Walter Hudson and Ida Mae Hudson) and Bessie May Chamberlain (the daughter of Louis Henry Chamberlain and Lena Rivers Stiverson).

Sources: Genealogy of Sandy’s paternal grandmother, Fanny Annie Hinkle (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Sandy’s paternal grandmother, Fanny Annie Hinkle (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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Lee Grant

by follers on July 8, 2014

Birth Name: Lyova Haskell Rosenthal

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

Date of Birth: October 31, 1925

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lee Grant is an American actress and director. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Shampoo (1975). Her father, Abraham Rosenthal, was born in New York, to Romanian Jewish parents. Her mother, Witia (Haskell), was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Her daughter is actress Dinah Manoff.

Lee took the surname “Grant” after President Ulysses S. Grant.

Lee’s paternal grandparents were Fishel George Rosenthal and Ida Palca/Pelker.

Lee’s maternal grandparents were Leon Haskell/Haskelovich and Dora Kogan/Kogen (the daughter of Volf Kogan and Sarah Cohen).

Sources: Genealogy of Lee Grant (focusing on her father’s side) –

Lee’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Lee’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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