German Jewish

Jolene Purdy

by stlucas on January 10, 2018

Jolene Purdy – Audi Celebrates the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Catch LA, 8715 Melrose Avenue – West Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Jolene Aiko Purdy

Place of Birth: Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 9, 1983

*English, Scottish, Irish, German, at least 1/8 Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Japanese (mother)

Jolene Purdy is an American actress.

Jolene is the daughter of Cheryl A. (Sugimoto) and Donald Allen Purdy. Jolene’s father has German, English, Irish, and Scottish, as well as German Jewish and Polish Jewish, ancestry. Jolene’s mother has Japanese roots.

Jolene’s paternal grandfather was Carl Burdett Purdy (the son of Lawrence/Laurence William Purdy and Mabel Leona Livingston). Lawrence was the son of James Ira/Ira Rodgers Purdy and Sarah Elizabeth Mason. Mabel was the daughter of Chester M. Livingston and Martha Mickey.

Jolene’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Ann Schueler (the daughter of William A. Schueler and Naomi C. Mincer). William was the son of William Schueler and Augusta, who were from Germany. Naomi was the daughter of Oscar Joseph Mincer, whose parents were Polish Jews and German Jews, and of Lena Salina Hicks, who had English and Irish ancestry.

Jolene’s maternal grandparents were surnamed Sugimoto and Sugai.

Sources: Birth record of Jolene Purdy –

Birth record of Jolene’s father –

Birth record of Jolene’s mother –

Marriage record of Jolene’s parents –

Genealogy of Jolene’s paternal grandfather, Carl Burdett Purdy (through his own brother, Robert Lawrence Purdy) –

Obituary of Jolene’s paternal grandfather, Carl Burdett Purdy –

Jolene’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Ann Schueler, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Jolene’s paternal great-grandmother, Naomi C. Mincer (through Naomi’s own brother, Norman Oscar Mincer) –


Danielle Steel

by stlucas on December 29, 2017

Danielle Steele – Clive Davis and the Recording Academy’s 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson – Arrivals – Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos 

Birth Name: Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel

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

Date of Birth: August 14, 1947

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Portuguese [including Azorean], at least 1/128 English (mother)

Danielle Steel is an American novelist.

Danielle is the daughter of Norma (da Câmara Stone dos Reis) and John Schuelein/Schülein-Steel. Danielle’s father was a German Jew. Danielle’s mother was born in Massachusetts, of Portuguese, as well as some English, descent. Her English ancestry can be traced back to John Stone, who was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the Azores before 1760.

Danielle has nine children, including five with her former husband, John Traina. She is also the mother of late singer Nick Traina, who died in 1997, from her relationship with William George Toth.

Danielle’s paternal grandfather was Julius Schülein (the son of Joseph Schülein and Ida Bär). Joseph was born in Thalmassing, Bavaria, Germany, the son of Joel/Julius Schülein and Jeanette Gunzenhäuser. Ida was born in Grabfeld, Thuringia, Germany.

Danielle’s paternal grandmother was Minni Laura Kahn (the daughter of Julius Kahn and Aurelie).

Danielle’s maternal grandfather was Gil da Câmara Stone dos Reis (the son of João Besto dos Reis and Alexandrina da Câmara Stone). Gil was born in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores. João was born in the Azores. Alexandrina was also born in the Azores, the daughter of Manuel da Câmara Stone and Leonarda da Glória de Almeida.

Danielle’s maternal grandmother was named Norma. Norma was born in Lisbon, Portugal.

Source: Genealogy of Danielle Steel –


Mark Harelik

by stlucas on December 13, 2017

Mark Harelik – “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” with Cherry Jones Cast Photocall – 32 East 31st Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Marcus Frank Harelik

Place of Birth: Hamilton, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 5, 1951

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Mark Harelik is an American television, film, and stage actor, and playwright.

Mark is the son of Geraldine Lee (Finkelstein) and Milton Joseph Harelik. Mark’s parents were Jewish. Mark is married to actress/writer Spencer Kayden, with whom he has one child.

Mark’s paternal grandparents were Haskell Chatzkel Harelik and Matley Paley. Haskell was born in Belarus (under Russian Empire), the son of Max/Mottel/Mordecai Harelik and Bailey M. Gorelik. Matley was also from Russia.

Mark’s maternal grandparents were Samuel M. “Sam” Finklestein (the son of Frank Finklestein and Sophia) and Rose Dean. Frank and Sophia were from Poland. Rose’s parents were from Germany.

Sources: Genealogy of Mark Harelik (focusing on his father’s side) –

Birth record of Mark Harelik –

Mark’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –


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 –


Kevin Weisman

by stlucas on December 7, 2017

Kevin Weisman – 27th Annual “Night of 100 Stars” Oscars Viewing Gala – Beverly Hilton Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Sheri Determan /

Birth Name: Kevin Glen Weisman

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 29, 1970

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Kevin Weisman is an American film, television, and stage actor.

Kevin is the son of Andrea Carol (Bayes) and Mark Lee Weisman. Kevin’s parents are/were Jewish. He has two children with his former wife, Jodi Tanowitz.

Kevin’s paternal grandparents were Sydney/Sidney J. Weisman and Marjorie Z. Zalk (the daughter of Louis Z. Zalk and Lylian/Lilian Shapiro). Louis was born in Lithuania, the son of Haskel B. “Yechezkiel” Zalk and Miriam Leavitt. Lylian was born in Minnesota, to parents from Germany.

Kevin’s maternal grandmother was surnamed Peyser.

Sources Birth record of Kevin Weisman –

Marriage record of Kevin’s parents –

Birth record of Kevin’s father –

Genealogy of Kevin’s paternal grandmother, Marjorie Z. Zalk –

Birth record of Kevin’s mother –