Costa Rican

Danny Burstein

by follers on June 15, 2015

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Birth Name: Daniel Melcher (likely)

Place of Birth: Mt. Kisco, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 16, 1964

Ethnicity:
*Costa Rican-Spanish (mother)
*unclear (biological father)

Danny Burstein is an American actor.

Danny’s mother, Virginia (Vega), who is Catholic, is from Costa Rica (with Spanish ancestry). Danny’s mother and biological father, Michael Melcher, separated when he was two months old.

When Danny was six, his mother married Harvey Burstein. Harvey, who became Danny’s stepfather, helped raise him. Harvey is from a Jewish family.

It is not (publicly) clear what Danny’s biological father’s ancestry is. Danny’s first language is Spanish. Danny has also said that his mother has some degree of Sephardi Jewish ancestry, although his mother and her family were Catholic by religion.

Danny is married to actress, singer, and recording artist Rebecca Luker. He has two children.

Danny’s maternal grandfather was Francisco Alvarado Vega Aronis (the son of Jeami Vega and Maria Alvarado Aronis). Francisco was born in Tres Rios, Cartago, Costa Rica.

Danny’s maternal grandmother was Alicia Adela Valverde Vargas (the daughter of Juan Maria Valverde Rojas and Elodia Vargas Fonseca). Alicia was born in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Sources: Obituary of Danny’s maternal grandfather, Francisco Alvarado Vega Aronis – http://www.findagrave.com

Marriage record of Danny’s maternal great-grandparents, Juan Maria Valverde Rojas and Elodia Vargas Fonseca – https://www.familysearch.org

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Madeleine Stowe

by andrew on January 2, 2014

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Birth Name: Madeline M. Stowe

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 18, 1958

Ethnicity:
*Dutch, German, English (father)
*Spanish/Spanish-Costa Rican, one quarter German (mother)

Madeline Stowe is an American actress.

Her father, Robert Alfred Stowe, was a civil engineer from a “poor Oregon family,” and had Dutch, German, and English ancestry. Her mother, Mireya Maria (née Mora Steinvorth), was from a prominent family in Costa Rica. One of Madeleine’s maternal great-grandfathers was a German immigrant to Costa Rico, while much or all of the rest of Madeleine’s mother’s ancestry was Costa Rican/Spanish-Costa Rican.

Madeline is married to actor Brian Benben, with whom she has a daughter.

Madeleine’s paternal grandfather was Walter Westing Stowe (the son of Walter A. Stowe and Jennie Westing). Madeleine’s grandfather Walter was born in Michigan. Madeleine’s great-grandfather Walter was the son of George Stowe. Jennie was the daughter of Dutch parents, Dirk Westing and Janna “Jane” Zeldenrust.

Madeleine’s paternal grandmother was Madeline E. Phillips (the daughter of Royal/Roy Phillips and Dorothy Meyers). Madeleine’s grandmother Madeline was born in Michigan. Royal was of at least part German ancestry, and was the son of James P./A. Phillips and Ruth Jane Lucas. Dorothy was German.

Madeleine’s maternal grandfather was Federico Mora Carranza (the son of Federico Mora Gutiérrez and Micaela Carranza Montealegre). Madeleine’s great-grandfather Federico was the son of José Joaquín Mora Porras and Dolores Gutiérrez Peñamonje. José Joaquín Mora Porras, a politician, was a younger brother of President Juan Rafael Mora Porras, who governed Costa Rica, from 1849 and 1859.

Madeleine’s great-grandmother Micaela was the daughter of José Bruno Carranza Ramirez and Gerónima de Jesús Montealegre Fernández. José Bruno Carranza Ramirez was President of Costa Rica in 1870, albeit briefly, as he resigned three months after taking power. Madeleine’s great-great-grandmother Gerónima de Jesús Montealegre Fernández was the sister of President José María Montealegre Fernández, who governed Costa Rica, from 1859 to 1863. José María’s paternal grandparents were Ignacio de Montealegre Balmaceda, who was born in Granada, Spain, and Josefa Bustamante, from Guatemala.

Madeleine’s maternal grandmother was Rosita Steinvorth Marín (the daughter of Wilhelm/Guillermo Steinvorth Ulex and Rosaura Marín Blanco or Rojas). Wilhelm was a German emigrant to Costa Rico; he was born in Lüneburg, Germany, and was the son of Heinrich Dietrich Steinvorth and Henriette Ch. Ulex. He was the Vice president of Banco Anglo Costarricense (Anglo-Costa Rican Bank). Madeleine’s great-grandmother Rosaura was the daughter of Ramon Marin Sola and Martina Bustamante.

Madeleine is a relative of playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, through their descent from Mariano Ignacio de Montealegre y Balmaceda, who was born in Grenada, Spain, and from Mariano’s wife, Manuela Casimira de Romero y Sáenz Vásquez de Quintanilla y Bonilla, who was born in Cartago, Costa Rica.

Sources: Genealogy of Madeleine’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://image1.findagrave.com

Madeleine’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Genealogy of Madeleine’s maternal great-great-grandfather, José Joaquín Mora Porras – http://gw.geneanet.org

Genealogy of Madeleine’s maternal great-grandmother, Micaela Carranza Montealegre – https://www.geni.com

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Heather Hemmens

by ethnic on October 17, 2010

Place of Birth: Waldo, Maine, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 10, 1988

Ethnicity:
*English, possibly other (father)
*Costa Rican (mother)

Heather Hemmens is an American actress, film director, and film producer. She starred as Alice Verdura on The CW’s Hellcats.

She has said:

I grew up in Maine in the woods without electricity… We had wood stoves and fireplaces and it throws people off. But my parents go to their friends house to watch [her show] each week… my dad is kind of a hippie and my mom grew up in Costa Rica.

She also told Latina.com, “I’m Latina…There’s not much more to it,” and that she is the daughter of a white father and Costa Rican mother.

image via Joe Seer/bigstock.com

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