Michael Polish

by stlucas on June 7, 2018

Michael Polish, Kate Bosworth – Warner Bros. Pictures “Tomb Raider” U. S. Premiere – Arrivals – TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: Michael J. Polish

Place of Birth: El Centro, Imperial, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 30, 1970

*Croatian (paternal grandfather)
*English, German, Czech (paternal grandmother)
*Mexican (mother)

Michael Polish is an American screenwriter and film producer. Michael and his twin brother Mark Polish are informally known as the Polish brothers filmmaking team.

Michael is the son of Adriana (Araiza) and Delbert Mathew Polish. Michael’s father is from Montana, and has Croatian, English, German, and one eighth Czech, ancestry. Michael’s mother is of Mexican descent, and was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

Michael is married to actress Kate Bosworth.

Michael’s paternal grandfather was Matthew Thomas “Matt” Polish (the son of Mathias/Matthew Polish and Agathia/Agnes “Aggie” Tadevech/Todovich). Michael’s grandfather Matthew was born in Montana. Mathias was born in Agram, Austria (now Zagreb, Croatia), the son of Joseph Polish and Mary Thomanovich. Agathia was also born in Croatia. Mathias and Agathia were listed as Croatian speakers on the 1920 U.S. Census.

Michael’s paternal grandmother was Iva May G. Bourn (the daughter of William M. Bourn and Nettie Malinda Stepanek). Iva was born in Nebraska. William was the son of Joseph Mortimer Bourn and Elizabeth Buffington. Nettie was the daughter of Joseph Stepanek, who was from Bohemia, and of Anna Emma Statzer, whose parents were German.

Sources: Birth record of Michael Polish –

Marriage record of Michael’s parents –

Michael’s paternal grandfather, Matthew Thomas “Matt” Polish, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Michael’s paternal grandmother, Iva May G. (Bourn) Polish Digiovanni –

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Jordyn Taylor

by madman on June 3, 2018

Trevor Noah, Jordyn Taylor – 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards – Arrivals and Press Room – The Shrine Auditorium – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit:

Birth Name: Jordyn Taylor Braff

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 14, 1990

Ethnicity: Filipino, Mexican, likely some Chinese, Austrian, other

Jordyn Taylor is an American singer, songwriter, and model. She is the daughter of Elaine/Elayne Danette (Valdez) and Jason Arnado Braff.

Jordyn has ancestors from the Philippines, Mexico, and Austria. She is also sometimes said to have Albanian and African-American roots. It is not clear if this is accurate. She likely also has Chinese ancestry, through the surname Quizon.

Jordyn’s paternal grandfather was Harry Canlas Braff (the son of Samuel Braff and Irene Canlas). Harry was born in the Philippines. Samuel was American. He was an Austrian immigrant to the U.S., and was the son of Joseph Braff; he may been Jewish. Irene was a Filipina. Her parents had the surnames Canlas and Quizon.

Jordyn’s paternal grandmother was Lily/Lilia Arnado. Lily was born in the Philippines.

Jordyn’s maternal grandfather was the son of David Flores Valdez and Anita Martinez. Jordyn’s grandfather was born in New Mexico, of Mexican descent. David was the son of Jesus M. Valdez and Franinquita/Franquisita/Francisca.

Sources: Obituary of Jordyn’s paternal great-aunt –

Obituary of Jordyn’s paternal great-grandfather, Samuel Braff –

Obituary of Jordyn’s maternal great-grandfather, David Flores Valdez –


Monica Barbaro

by stlucas on June 3, 2018

Monica Barbaro – “Gifted” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Pacific Theatres at The Grove – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Izumi Hasegawa /

Birth Name: Monica Maria Barbaro

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 17, 1989

*Italian (father)
*German, English, Welsh, Mexican (mother)

Monica Barbaro is an American actress.

Monica is the daughter of Heidi Diane (Wagner) and Nicholas Michael Barbaro. Monica’s siblings are Michael and Eva.

Monica’s father has Italian ancestry. Monica’s mother is of German, English, Welsh, and Mexican descent. Monica’s mother is pictured here.

Monica has said that she is a descendant (great-great-great-great-granddaughter) of American politician William Floyd. William was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 1st District, and was of English and Welsh descent.

Monica has also said:

I talked to my mom after visiting the Alamo once. She told me about how her textbooks portrayed the Battle of the Alamo with courageous Texans standing their ground while the savage Mexicans scrambled up the side of a wall. This among other stories she’d told me of being judged and questioned about her skin color and facial features, and her mother – who wore the finest jewelry and brands at all times so as not to have her worth questioned – being called out for her unmistakeable accent.

Monica’s paternal grandparents were Nicholas Barbaro and Mary Lou Miglio.

Monica’s maternal grandfather was Eugene Phillip Wagner (the son of Clarence Edward Wagner and Sarah A. “Sadie” Floyd). Clarence was the son of Daniel Wagner and Kath. Scharmann, who was German. Sarah was born in South Dakota, the daughter of William Floyd and Frances Woodruff.

Monica’s maternal grandmother was Ela López y Zayas (the daughter of Gpe. López Rodriguez and I. Zayas). Ela was born in Mexico. Gpe. was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Sources: Obituary of Monica’s paternal grandfather, Nicholas Barbaro –

Birth record of Monica Barbaro –

Marriage record of Monica’s maternal grandparents, Eugene Phillip Wagner and Ela López y Zayas –


Laurie Fortier

by stlucas on May 29, 2018

Birth Name: Laurie Marie Fortier

Place of Birth: Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 25, 1974

*French, possibly other (father)
*Italian, Mexican (mother)

Laurie Fortier is an American actress.

Laurie is the daughter of Linda Marie (Mastro) and a father surnamed Fortier. Laurie’s father’s surname is of French origin. Laurie’s mother has Italian and Mexican ancestry.

Laurie has two children with her husband, film and television director, and actor, Deran Sarafian.

Laurie’s maternal grandfather was Arthur R. “Art” Mastro (the son of Anthony Mastro and Jennie). Art was born in New York, to Italian parents, and is pictured here.

Laurie’s maternal grandmother was Mary Alice Mireles. Mary is said to have been born in Zacatecas, Mexico.

Sources: Birth record of Laurie Fortier –

Birth record of Laurie’s mother –

Obituary of Laurie’s maternal great-uncle (grandfather’s brother), Armond L. Mastro –

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Giselle Itié

by stlucas on May 21, 2018

Giselle Itie – “The Expendables” World Premiere – Arrivals – Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos

Birth Name: Giselle Itié Ramos

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: October 3, 1981

*Mexican [Spanish, possibly other] (father)
*Brazilian [Portuguese, possibly other] (mother)

Giselle Itié is a Mexican and Brazilian actress and model.

Giselle is the daughter of Sandra Lúcia Magalhães Ramos and Fernando Itié. Her father is Mexican. Her mother is from Brazil. She moved to Brazil with her family as a child.

Giselle’s maternal grandmother is named América Pinheiro Magalhães.

One of Giselle’s great-grandmothers was named Amália.

Giselle is pictured with her parents here.