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John Heard

by follers on June 19, 2017

John Heard – “Homecoming” Los Angeles Premiere –  Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos 

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: March 7, 1945

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Ashkenazi Jewish

John Heard is an American actor. He is the son of Helen (Sperling) and John Heard. The Heard family is said to have settled in the Ipswich, Massachusetts, area, in 1640.

His father was of English and Irish descent. His mother was of half Ashkenazi Jewish (from her father) and half English/British Isles (from her mother) descent.

John was raised Catholic.

John has three children, including a son with his former partner, actress Melissa Leo.

John’s paternal grandfather was John L. Heard (the son of John Heard and Alice “Abbie” Leeds). John’s great-grandfather John was the son of George Washington Heard and Elisabeth Ann Farley. Alice was the daughter of George C. Leeds and Caroline Treadwell.

John’s paternal grandmother was Grace Irene Clifford (the daughter of Theodore J. Clifford and Mary Ellen O’Connell/Cornel/Connel). Theodore was born in Massachusetts, the son of Irish parents, Jeremiah J. Clifford, from Kerry, and Mary A. Fenton. John’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was also born in Massachusetts, and was also the daughter of Irish parents, Phillip/Philip O’Connell and Margaret.

John’s maternal grandfather was Harry Louis Sperling (the son of Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock). Harry was born in New York, to Jewish parents, his father from Dobrzyń, Poland, and his mother from Barcza, either in Hungary or Poland. Jacob was the son of Mayer/Meyer/Myer Josef/Joseph Sperling and Hani/Hannah/Hanna. Rebecca was the daughter of Solamon Roth and Rozi.

John’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth “Ebeth” A. Burton (the daughter of William Stancil Burton and Eliza E. Hayes). William was the son of Allen C. Burton and Elizabeth Ann Holmes. William’s brother, John’s great-great-uncle Joseph R. Burton (Joseph Ralph Burton), was a Republican U.S. Senator from Kansas, from 1901 to 1906.

Sources: Marriage record of John’s paternal great-grandparents, Theodore J. Clifford and Mary Ellen O’Connell/Cornel/Connel –

John’s paternal great-grandparents, Theodore J. Clifford and Mary Ellen O’Connell/Cornel/Connel, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of John’s maternal great-grandparents, Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock –

John’s maternal great-grandparents, Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock, on the 1880 U.S. Census –
Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Jacob Sperling and Rebecca/Rebeka Roth/Rock on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Marisa Berenson

by stlucas on June 3, 2017

Birth Name: Vittoria Marisa Schiaparelli Berenson

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

Date of Birth: February 15, 1947

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Swiss-French, Breton, Polish (maternal grandfather)
*Italian (maternal grandmother)

Marisa Berenson is an American actress and model. Marisa’s sister was photographer Berinthia “Berry” Berenson, who died in the September 11 attacks. Berinthia was married to actor Anthony Perkins.

Marisa is the daughter of socialite Gogo Schiaparelli (born Maria-Luisa Yvonne Radha de Wendt de Kerlor) and diplomat Robert Lawrence/Laurence Berenson.

Marisa’s father was Jewish, from a Jewish family from Lithuania, Russia, France, and Hungary. His family’s surname was originally spelt “Valvrojenski”. Marisa’s mother had Italian, Swiss-French, Breton, and Polish roots.

Marisa’s paternal grandfather was Bernard Berenson (the son of Leyb/Louis/Lewis Berenson and Sarah Bernstein). Bernard was born in Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish parents. Leyb was the son of Wolf Berenson and Baylee. Sarah was the daughter of Isaac Bernstein and Slova. Through this side, Marisa is a second cousin, once removed, of art historian Bernard Berenson and athlete and educator Senda Berenson, who is one of the first two women elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Marisa’s paternal grandmother was Corinne Francesca Levy (the daughter of Anatole/Anatol Levy and Elizabeth/Eliza Nathan). Anatole was born in France, the son of Nathan Levy and Rachel/Rachiel Klein. Elizabeth was born in Hungary, the daughter of Emanuel Nathan and Fanny.

Marisa’s maternal grandfather was Wilhelm Frederick Radha de Wendt de Kerlor. Wilhelm was born in Switzerland, of French, Breton, and Polish descent.

Marisa’s maternal grandmother was Elsa Luisa Maria Schiaparelli (the daughter of Celestino Schiaparelli and Maria-Luisa Domenitis). Elsa was a prominent fashion designer, from Rome, Italy. Celestino was a prominent scholar, from Piedmont, and was the son of Luigi Schiaparelli. Maria-Luisa was from a Neapolitan family, of aristocratic background. Elsa’s uncle, Giovanni Schiaparelli, was a prominent astronomer.

Sources: Genealogy of Marisa Berenson –

Marisa’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Marisa’s paternal grandparents, Bernard Berenson and Corinne Francesca Levy –

Marriage record of Marisa’s paternal great-grandparents, Leyb/Louis/Lewis Berenson and Sarah Bernstein –

Genealogy of Marisa’s paternal grandmother, Corinne Francesca Levy (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Marriage record of Marisa’s paternal great-grandparents, Anatole Levy and Elizabeth/Eliza Nathan –

Frocking Life: Searching For Elsa Schiaparelli (2016), by Jean Druesedow –

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Mace Neufeld

by stlucas on May 15, 2017

Birth Name: Mace Alvin Neufeld

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

Date of Birth: July 13, 1928

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Mace Neufeld is an American film and television producer.

Mace is the son of Margaret Ruth (Braun) and Philip M. Neufeld. They were both Jewish.

Mace’s paternal grandparents were Morris Neufeld and Rebecca Zirinsky. Morris and Rebecca were born in Russia.

Mace’s maternal grandparents were Joseph Braun and Gabriella Stein. Joseph and Gabrielle were born in Hungary.

Sources: Marriage record of Mace’s parents –

Mace’s parents, Philip M. Neufeld and Margaret Ruth Braun, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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David Wein

by stlucas on May 1, 2017

Birth Name: David Benjamin Wain

Place of Birth: Shaker Heights, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 1, 1969

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

David Wein is an American comedian, writer, actor, and director.

David is the son of Nina Kaye (Saul) and Norman Wain/Weinstock. Both David’s parents are/were Jewish.

David’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin “Ben” Weinstock. Benjamin was born in Russia.

David’s paternal grandmother was Pearl Bellibroff (the daughter of Max/Meckel Bellibroff and Lena Wolinsky). Pearl was born in Russia. Max was the son of Isaac Bellibrov and Bessie.

David’s maternal grandfather was Albert D. Saul (the son of Charles Saul and Hannah Bernstein). Albert was born in Poland.

David’s maternal grandmother was Sylvia Cohn (the daughter of David L. Cohn and Rose Grenstein). Sylvia was born in Ohio, to a father from Poland and a mother from New York, whose own parents were from Hungary.

Sources: Genealogy of David Wein (focusing on his father’s side) –

David’s paternal grandfather, Benjamin “Ben” Weinstock, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of David’s mother, Nina Kaye (Saul) Wein –

Marriage record of David’s maternal grandparents, Albert D. Saul and Sylvia Cohn –

David’s maternal grandparents, Albert D. Saul and Sylvia Cohn, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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Sam Raimi

by stlucas on April 28, 2017

Birth Name: Samuel M. Raimi

Place of Birth: Royal Oak, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 23, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Sam Raimi is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.

Sam is the son of Celia Barbara (Abrams) and Leonard Ronald Raimi. He was raised in Conservative Judaism in Birmingham, Michigan. His brother is actor Ted Raimi. Sam is married to Gillian Greene, the daughter of actor Lorne Greene.

Sam’s paternal grandparents were Samuel “Sam” Raimi (the son of Beryl Reingewertz and Golda Grosbard) and Rosa/Rose/Roiza Grossbard (the daughter of Simcha Grossbard). Sam’s grandparents Samuel and Rosa were born in Poland. Simcha was the son of Schumuel Lieb Grossbard and a woman whose surname was Neimark.

Sam’s maternal grandparents were Isadore Richard Abrams and Rose Greenspon (the daughter of Aaron Greenspan and Rachel Kaldezar). Isadore was born in Michigan, to parents from Russia. Sam’s grandmother Rose was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Hungary. Sam’s great-grandmother Rachel was the daughter of David Kaldezar and Pessel.

Sources: Genealogy of Sam Raimi –

Sam’s father, Leonard Raimi, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Sam’s mother, Celia Abrams, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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