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Michelle Collins

by Manila on February 24, 2018

Michelle Collins – Look Good Feel Better Launch Champagne Reception – Arrivals – Anna Casa Interiors – London, UK – Photo Credit: Landmark / PR Photos

Birth Name: Michelle Danielle Collins

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

Date of Birth: 28 May, 1962

Ethnicity: English, Welsh, Ashkenazi Jewish

Michelle Collins is a British actress and television presenter.

Her biological father is English. Her mother, Mary Josephine Collins, is Welsh. Michelle has a daughter her former partner, Fabrizio Tassalini.

One of her grandfathers was Jack Horton. Jack was a Belgian Jewish-born Welsh professional boxer, from Antwerp, who emigrated to the United Kingdom, and was adopted by the Horton family at the age of five in 1915.

Sources: News articles about Michelle’s ancestry –

Birth record of Michelle Collins –


Ricki Noel Lander

by stlucas on September 1, 2017

Birth Name: Ricki Ross Noël Lander

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

Date of Birth: December 14, 1979

*Ashkenazi Jewish, Dutch/Frisian (mother)

Ricki Noel Lander is an American actress, designer, entrepreneur, and model.

Ricki is the daughter of Peggy Irene (Smith) and Robert A. Lander, II. Ricki’s mother has Dutch/Frisian and Dutch Jewish, along with some German Jewish, ancestry.

Ricki’s mother has stated:

I am looking for information on Maurice Wolf and his wife Frederika Fierlier Wolf. They immigrated from Rotterdam to the Dutch East Indies in 1919. Maurice Wolf was a jeweler and had four shops there. They had two children: Andre Maurice Wolf and Flora Wolf. The family was taken hostage in a Japanese POW camp during WWII. After the war, Maurice and Frederika went back to Holland. Andre Maurice Wolf immigrated to Long Beach, California, USA. Andre Maurice Wolf is my father. I have very little information on him.

Ricki’s maternal grandfather was Robert Smith, whose original name was Andre Maurice Wolf (the son of Maurits “Maurice” Leman Wolf and Frederika “Freddie” Fierlier). Andre was born in Antwerp, Belgium, to Dutch Jewish parents. Maurits was the son of Leman Joel Wolf and Flora van Coevorden. Frederika was the daughter of Nathan Fierlier and Sara Veerman.

Ricki’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth/Elisabeth Dykstra (the daughter of Albertus/Albert Dykstra and Froukje/Frouke Hager). Elizabeth was born in Hitzum, Friesland, the Netherlands. Albertus was the son of Tamme Dijkstra and Geertje Van Dompselaar. Froukje was the daughter of Klaas Hager and Elizabeth Wiersna.

Sources: Marriage record of Ricki’s parents –

Marriage record of Ricki’s maternal grandparents –

Obituary of Ricki’s maternal grandmother –

Genealogy and Information about Ricki’s maternal great-grandparents, Maurits “Maurice” Leman Wolf and Frederika “Freddie” Fierlier –

Genealogy of Ricki’s maternal great-grandparents, Albertus/Albert Dykstra and Froukje/Frouke Hager –

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Stephanie Beatriz

by stlucas on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Stephanie Beatriz Bischoff Alvizuri

Place of Birth: Neuquén, Argentina

Date of Birth: February 10, 1981

*Colombian [German, 1/4 Sephardi Jewish, Dutch, Spanish, Basque, possibly other] (father)
*Bolivian [Spanish, Indigenous, Basque, possibly other] (mother)

Stephanie Beatriz is an Argentine-born American actress.

Stephanie was born in Neuquén, Argentina, the daughter of Silvia Rosario Alvizuri Luna and Ernesto Bischoff Cortissoz. Beatriz moved to the U.S. at the age of two, and was raised in Texas. She has a sister, Jennifer.

Stephanie’s father is Colombian, and has recent German ancestry, as well as one quarter Sephardi Jewish, and some Dutch (from Curaçao) and Spanish, roots. Stephanie’s mother is Bolivian, and likely has Spanish and Indigenous roots. Some of the surnames in Stephanie’s family tree suggest Basque ancestry, on both sides.

Stephanie’s paternal grandfather was Luder Heinrich Bischoff Siefken (the son of Eduard August Bischoff Katenkamp and Cornelia Amalia “Nelly” Siefken Hoyer). Eduard was born in Bremen, Germany, the son of Lüder Heinrich Bischoff Meyer and Auguste Christine Katenkamp Bernhard. Cornelia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, the daughter of Friedrich Moritz Siefken, who was from Bremen, Germany, and of Dorothea Cornelia Hoyer, who was from Curaçao, and was of Dutch, as well as some German (from Saxony), descent.

Stephanie’s paternal grandmother was Cecilia Cortissoz Rodriguez (the daughter of Ernesto Cortissoz Alvares-Correa and Esther Rodriguez Gonzales). Ernesto was a Sephardi Jew, and was the son of Jacob Cortissoz Jesurun-Pinto and Julia Alvares-Correa; his family lived in the Virgin Islands, Curaçao, the Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, Barbados, and England. Esther was born in Colombia, of Spanish (with roots in Asturias), and possibly other, ancestry; she was the daughter of Enrique Rodriguez Blanco and Cecilia Gonzalez Vengoechea.

Stephanie’s maternal grandparents were Guillermo Alvizuri and Angelica Luna.

Sources: Genealogy of Stephanie Beatriz (focusing on her father’s side) –

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David Paymer

by stlucas on April 18, 2017

Birth Name: David Charles Paymer

Place of Birth: Oceanside, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 30, 1954

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Paymer is an American actor and television director.

David is the son of Sylvia and Marvin E. Paymer. Both his parents are Jewish; David’s mother was born in Belgium and left for the U.S. after the Nazi ocupation of Belgium. David has a brother, Steve Paymer, who is also an actor and director.

David’s paternal grandparents were Michael/Michal Paymer/Peymer and Rose Kassel. Michael was born in Russia. Rose was born in New Jersey, to parents from Russia.

Sources: David’s paternal grandparents, Michael/Michal Paymer/Peymer and Rose (Kassel) Paymer, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s paternal grandmother, Rose (Kassel) Paymer –

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Jordana Spiro

by andrew on November 14, 2016

LOS ANGELES - JUL 23:  Jordana Spiro arriving to FOX All-Star Pa

Birth Name: Jordana Ariel Spiro

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

Date of Birth: April 12, 1977

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Cajun/French, Irish, English (mother)

Jordana Spiro is an American film and television actress.

Her father was from a Jewish family (from Russia, Belgium, and Germany). Her mother has Cajun/French, Irish, and English ancestry.

Jordana was raised Jewish.

She is married to Matthew Spitzer.

Jordana’s paternal grandfather was Harry Spiro (the son of Jacob Spiro and Jeannette Hirsch). Jacob was born in Louisiana, the son of Joseph Spiro and Adèle Neumann/Newman, who were from Russia. Jeanette was also born in Louisiana, the daughter of Joseph Hirsch, who was born in Belgium, and of Henriette Buel, who was born in Germany.

Jordana’s paternal grandmother was Rebecca Belle Cohen (the daughter of Isaac Cohen and Bella/Belle Lakofsky/Lakowsky). Isaac was born in Louisiana, the son of German-born parents, Robert Cohen and Rosa Lakofsky. Bella was the daughter of Marcus/Marion Lakowsky and Bertha Kahn.

Jordana’s maternal grandfather was John Alvin O’Quin (the son of John Lovett O’Quin and Florence Guillaumin). Jordana’s great-grandfather John was the son of John Lovett O’Quin and Letitia Ann Parks Vernon. Florence was the daughter of Eugene Louis Odin Guillaumin and Emily Martin.

Jordana’s maternal grandmother is named Lottie Vidrine.

Sources: Jordana’s paternal grandfather, Harry Spiro, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jordana’s maternal grandfather, John Alvin O’Quin (through John’s sister, Hazel O’Quin Johnson) –

Obituary of Jordana’s maternal grandfather, John Alvin O’Quin –

Genealogy of Jordana’s maternal great-grandmother, Florence Guillaumin –

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