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Lupita Nyong’o

by ethnic on February 28, 2017

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Birth Name: Lupita Amondi Nyong’o

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: 1 March, 1983

Ethnicity: Luo Kenyan

Lupita Nyong’o is an actress and director. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave (2013).

She was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu Nyongo and Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, a college professor and politician, who has been Governor of Kisumu County, since 2017, and had previously served as a Member of the Kenyan Parliament, from 2003 to 2013, and a Minister of Medical Services in the Kenyan government, from 2008 to 2013. She is of Luo descent. Lupita is fluent in Spanish, Luo, English, and Swahili.

Her parents were living Mexico at the time of her birth because her father was a political enemy of Daniel arap Moi, who was President of Kenya from 1978 to 2002. Her father’s brother, Charles, died in a fall from a boat, possibly as a politically-motivated murder to intimidate Lupita’s family. Lupita’s father was a working as a visiting lecturer at a Mexican university when she was born.

It is a Luo tradition to name a child after the day’s events, and so, because of the family’s Mexican residence and her Mexican birth, she was named Lupita as a tribute to Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Lupita’s parents moved back to Kenya in the mid 1980s, though Lupita spent some more time in Mexico, in Taxco, Guerrero, during her teen years. Her father was imprisoned and tortured by the Kenyan government in 1987.

Lupita’s paternal grandmother was named Dorca Owino Amolo. Dorca was born in Agok, Uyoma, Kenya.

Lupita’s maternal grandfather was Laban Onyango Buyu (the son of Adere Buyu). Laban was born in Kisumu, Kisumu, Kenya.

Lupita’s maternal grandmother was named Roscmcll Jane Achieng.

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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’s paternal grandparents were John Quincy Saint (the son of Jonathan E. Saint and Emily Grace Johnson) and Lydia Gordon (the daughter of Charles Gordon and Anna H. Macy).

Eva’s maternal grandparents were William Martin Rice (the son of Philip Jacob Reisch/Reiss/Rice and Clara Olivia Pendleton) and Adalaide Louise Russell (the daughter of Albert Russell and Sophia Maria Bradgate). Philip was born in Baden, Achim, Lower Saxony, Germany. Albert was born in London, England. Sophia was born in Bath, England.

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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

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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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