French Jewish

Sarah Bernhardt

by follers on December 17, 2017

Birth Name: Henriette Rosine Bernard

Date of Birth: 22/23 October, 1844

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Death: 26 March, 1923

Place of Death: Paris, France

*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
*unknown (father)

Sarah Bernhardt is a French stage actress.

Her mother, Julie/Judith Bernardt, was a courtesan to wealthy men.

Sarah’s mother, who was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was Jewish. The identity of Sarah’s biological father is not known. He was likely Catholic.

Sarah was married to military officer and actor Jacques Damala, until his death.

Sarah’s maternal grandfather was Moritz Baruch Bernardt (the son of Baruch Bernardt and Jetta Wolf). Moritz was born in Rotterdam.

Sarah’s maternal grandmother was Janetta Hartog (the daughter of Hartog Jacob and Rebecca). Janetta was born in Gorinchem.

Source: Genealogy of Sarah Bernhardt (focusing on her mother’s side) –


Gina Hecht

by stlucas on December 9, 2017

Gina Hecht – HBO’s “Hung” Los Angeles Premiere Season 2 – Arrivals – Paramount Pictures Studio – Los Angeles, CA. USA – Photo Credit: Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

Birth Name: Gina Edna Hecht

Place of Birth: Houston, Harris, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 6, 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Gina Hecht is an American actress.

Gina is the daughter of stage actress Pauline Hecht (born Pauline Julienne Meyer) and Harold Hecht. Gina’s parents were Jewish. Gina is married to Brian Herskowitz.

Gina’s paternal grandparents were Jacob S. Hecht and Edna Heymann. Jacob and Edna were born in New York, to parents from Germany.

Gina’s maternal grandfather was Marcus N. Meyer (the son of Archille Meyer and Maline/Mallina Kahn). Archille was born in Wolfisheim, Alsace-Lorraine, France. Maline was born in Louisiana, to parents from France.

Gina’s maternal grandmother was Carrie Dreyfus (the daughter of Jules/Julius/Josué Dreyfus and Pauline Haas). Jules was born in Schirrhoffen, Alsace-Lorraine, the son of Jacques Dreyfus and Juliette/Judel Kahn. Pauline was born in Pfastatt, Alsace-Lorraine, the daughter of Léopold Haas and Fanni Weill.

Sources: Birth record of Gina Hecht –

Obituary of Gina’s brother –

Obituary of Gina’s mother –

Gina’s maternal grandfather, Marcus N. Meyer, on the 1910 U.S. Census –



by madman on December 5, 2017

Birth Name: Elsa Lunghini

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: May 20, 1973

*Italian (father)
*Sephardi Jewish (mother)

Elsa is a French singer and actress. She is the daughter of Christiane Jobert, a painter, and George Lunghini, an actor, photographer, and songwriter.

Elsa’s cousins are actress and model Eva Green and actress and singer Joséphine Jobert. Her aunt is actress, singer, and author Marlène Jobert.

Elsa’s father is of Italian descent. Her mother was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish background (considered to be Pied-Noir), with roots in Birkhadem.

Elsa’s maternal grandparents were Charles Jobert and Éliane or Andrée Azoulay/Azulay.


Joséphine Jobert

by madman on December 5, 2017

Josephine Jobert – 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival – “Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian” Premiere – Arrivals – Palais des Festivals – Cannes, France -Photo Credit: Pixplanete / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: April 24, 1985

*Sephardi Jewish (father)
*Martiniquais, Spanish, possibly Chinese (mother)

Joséphine Jobert is a French actress and singer. She is the daughter of Véronique Mucret Rouveyrollis, a photographer, musician, writer, actor, and director, and Charles Jobert, a camera operator and director of photography.

Joséphine’s cousins are actress and model Eva Green and singer and actress Elsa. Her aunt is actress, singer, and author Marlène Jobert.

Joséphine’s father was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish background (considered to be Pied-Noir), with roots in Birkhadem. Her mother is from Martinique, and Joséphine has stated that she has Martiniquais and Spanish ancestry. She is also said to have Chinese ancestry from her mother.

Joséphine’s paternal grandparents were Charles Jobert and Éliane or Andrée Azoulay/Azulay.


Groucho Marx

by bablah on November 26, 2017

Birth Name: Julius Henry Marx

Date of Birth: October 2, 1890

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York, New York, United States

Date of Death: August 19, 1977

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Groucho Marx was an American comedian, writer, and star of stage, film, radio, and television. He made 13 feature films with his siblings the Marx Brothers (Harpo Marx and Chico Marx) and also had a successful solo career.

His father, Samuel/Simon Marx, was born in Mertzwiller, Alsace. His mother, Miene/Minnie (Schönberg/Schöenberg), was born in Dornum, Lower Saxony. His uncle (mother’s brother) was comedian and vaudeville performer Al Shean (born Abraham Elieser Adolph Schönberg), half of the comedy team Gallagher and Shean.

He had two children with his former wife, chorus girl Ruth Johnson, and a daughter with his former wife, Kay Marvis.

Groucho’s paternal grandfather was Simon Mark/Marx (son of Simon Marx and Babette/Babet Weil).

Groucho’s paternal grandmother was Johanna Haennchen/Hanna/Hanne Adele Levi (daughter of Isaac Levi).

Groucho’s maternal grandfather was Levy/Levi/Louis Schönberg/Schöenberg (son of Abraham Moses Schönberg and Jeanette Schöntje Weiler). Levy was born in Fulkum, Holtgast, Niedersachsen. Abraham was the son of Moses Abraham Israel/Schönberg and Prinzgen Hartog. Jeanette was born in Varel, the daughter of Isaak Weiler and Jette. She later remarried to Gossel Lazarus Funk.

Groucho’s maternal grandmother was Fanny Sophie Salomons. Fanny was born in Bruchhausen, Cologne, Rhineland-Palatinate.

Sources: Family history of Groucho Marx –

Genealogies of Groucho Marx –

Genealogy of Groucho Marx (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Groucho Marx on the 1910 U.S. Census –

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