Rip Torn

by madman on November 30, 2017

Rip Torn – 2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Official New York Oscar Night Party – Arrivals – Carlyle Hotel – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Sylvain Gaboury / PR Photos

Birth Name: Elmore Rudolph/Rual Torn

Place of Birth: Temple, Bell, Texas, United States

Date of Birth: February 6, 1931

*37.5% German
*37.5% Moravian
*12.5% Austrian
*12.5% Bohemian

Rip Torn is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian.

Rip is the son of Thelma Mary (Spacek) and Elmore Rudolph Torn. Rip’s father was of one half German, one quarter Austrian, and one quarter Bohemian (Czech), descent. Rip’s mother was of three quarters Moravian (Czech) and one quarter German descent.

Rip’s first cousin is actress and singer Sissy Spacek. Rip has two children with his wife, actress and model Amy Wright; three children with his late wife, actress Geraldine Page, to whom he was married until her death; and a daughter with his first wife, actress Ann Wedgeworth. One of Rip’s children with Geraldine is actress Angelica Page.

Rip’s paternal grandfather was Rudolph Frank Torn (the son of Franz Torn and Anna Hribeck). Franz was Austrian. Anna was Bohemian.

Rip’s paternal grandmother was Othilie/Otillie S. “Tillie” Sarrazin (the son of Arnold S. Sarrazin and Wilhelmina Aschenbeck). Arnold was born in Texas, to German parents, from Paderborn, Joseph Sarrazin/Sierson and Auguste Louise Amalia Ploeger. Wilhelmina was born in Texas, to German parents.

Rip’s maternal grandfather was Arnold Adolph Špaček (the son of Frank John Špaček and Julia/Julie Anna Gloeckner/Gloekner). Arnold was born in Texas, to a father from Bordovice, Moravia (now in the Czech Republic) and a mother from Neustadt, Germany. Frank was the son of František/Frank Špaček and Antonia. Julia was the daughter of William Gloekner and Johanna Kirsch.

Rip’s maternal grandmother was Mary Julia Červenka (the daughter of Josef Friedrich Červenka and Anna Machu). Mary Julia was born in Texas, to a father from Huckvaldy, Moravia (now the Czech Republic) and a mother from Senince Usti, Vsetin Valley, Moravia (also now the Czech Republic). Anna was the daughter of Pavel Machu and Rozina Talica.

Sources: Genealogies of Rip Torn –

Rip Torn on the 1940 U.S. Census –

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

Rip’s paternal grandmother, Othilie/Otillie S. “Tillie” Sarrazin, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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Erika Slezak

by stlucas on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Erika Hermina Slezak

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

Date of Birth: August 5, 1946

*Czech/Moravian, Austrian, Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*Dutch (mother)

Erika Slezak is an American actress.

Erika is the daughter of Johanna Elisabeth “Kaasi” (Van Rijn) and Walter Slezak, who was an actor and singer. Erika’s father was from Vienna, Austria, and was of Czech/Moravian, Austrian, and Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Erika’s mother was Dutch. Erika was raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. Her aunt was actress Margarete Slezak.

Erika’s paternal grandfather was Leo Slezak. Leo was a tenor associated with Austrian opera. He was born in Šumperk, Czech Republic, of Moravian background.

Erika’s paternal grandmother was Elsa Wertheim (the daughter of Wilhelm Wertheim and Antonie Strassmeier). Wilhelm was Jewish, and was the son of Bernhard Wertheimer and Theresie Kann. It is not clear if Antonie was also Jewish.

Erika’s maternal grandparents were B. F. Van Rijn and Hermina Petersen.

Sources: Genealogy of Erika Slezak (focusing on her father’s side) – http:/

Marriage record of Erika’s parents –

Obituary of Erika’s mother –

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Jenna Bush Hager

by andrew on July 26, 2016

NEW YORK-DEC 3: TV host Jenna Bush Hager attends the 9th Annual

Birth Name: Jenna Welch Bush

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

Date of Birth: November 25, 1981

Ethnicity: English, some French and German, small amounts of Welsh, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, and Belgian [Flemish], distant Swiss-German, and 1/512 Moravian

Jenna Bush Hager is an American teacher, author, and journalist.

Jenna is the daughter of Laura Bush (born Laura Lane Welch) and George W. Bush (George Walker Bush), who served as the 43rd President of the United States, from 2001 to 2009. Jenna is the granddaughter of Barbara Bush (born Barbara Pierce) and the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush (George Herbert Walker Bush), and the niece of politician Jeb Bush (John Ellis Bush), who was Governor of Florida, from 1999 to 2007. Among her cousins is politician George P. Bush. Jenna is married to Henry Chase Hager, with whom she has two children.

Jenna’s father is largely of English ancestry, with some German roots, and a small amount of Welsh, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch, Swedish, Belgian (Flemish), and 1/256th Moravian, ancestry. Jenna’s mother is of English, 1/8th French, and distant Swiss-German, descent.

Jenna’s paternal grandfather is George Herbert Walker Bush (the son of Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Wear Walker). President Bush was born in Massachusetts. Prescott served as a United States Senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1963. Prescott was the son of Samuel Prescott Bush and Florence “Flora” Sheldon. Dorothy was the daughter of George Herbert Walker and Lucretia “Loulie” Wear.

Jenna’s paternal grandmother was Barbara Pierce (the daughter of Marvin Pierce and Pauline Robinson). Barbara was born in New York. Marvin was the president of McCall Corporation, a publisher of women’s magazines McCall’s and Redbook. Marvin was the son of Scott Pierce and Mabel Marvin. Pauline was the daughter of James Edgar Robinson and Lula Dell Flickinger.

Jenna’s maternal grandfather was Harold Bruce Welch (the son of Mark Anthony Welch and Marie Lula/Lula Marie Lane). Harold was born in Oklahoma. Mark was the son of William Franklin Welch and Nancy Jane Aldridge. Marie Lula was the daughter of Doctor C. Lane and Emily Jane Holloway.

Jenna’s maternal grandmother was Jenna Louise Hawkins (the daughter of Halsey Sinclair/St. Clair Hawkins and Jessie Laura Sherrard). Jenna’s grandmother Jenna was born in Arkansas. Halsey was the son of Charles Wesley Hawkins and Martha Jennie Allen. Jessie was the daughter of Joseph Allen Sherrard and Eva Louise Lamaire/Lemaire. Eva’s parents, Louis Lamaire/Lemaire and Mary L., were French.

Jenna is a sixth cousin, twice removed, of actress Lily James. Jenna’s paternal great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Sarah Horton, was a sister of Lily’s paternal great-great-great-great-grandfather, Stephen Horton. Their parents were Comfort Horton and Joanna Wood.

Jenna is also a first cousin, five times removed, of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court David Davis. Jenna’s five times maternal great-grandparents, John Mercer and Rebecca Davis, were also Justice Davis’ maternal grandparents.

Sources: Genealogies of Jenna Bush Hager –

Genealogies of Jenna’s father –

Pictures and genealogies of Jenna’s father’s family –

Some notes on the Moravian roots of Jenna’s father – http//

Genealogy of Jenna’s mother –

Biography of Jenna’s mother –

Photo by Debby Wong/,


Paulina Pořízková

by stlucas on June 29, 2016

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 06: Paulina Porizkova  attends the 20th Anni

Birth Name: Pavlína Pořízková

Place of Birth: Prostějov, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)

Date of Birth: April 9, 1965

Ethnicity: Czech [Moravian]

Paulina Pořízková is a Czech model, actress, author, and feminist. She is known as the first Eastern European woman to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. She also holds American and Swedish citizenship.

Paulina is the daughter of Anna Pořízková and Jiří Pořízek. Paulina is married to singer, songwriter, and musician Ric Ocasek, with whom she has two children.


Photo: miromiro/

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January Jones

by follers on July 24, 2015

03/14/2012 - January Jones - "Mad Men" Season 5 TV Series Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals - ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome - Hollywood, CA, USA - Keywords: Eyes to Camera, Head Shot Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 - False - Photo Credit: Emiley Schweich / PR Photos - Contact (1-866-551-7827) - Portrait Face Count: 1

Birth Name: January Kristen Jones

Place of Birth: Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 5, 1978

Ethnicity: Moravian/Czech (paternal grandmother), Danish (maternal grandmother), Welsh, English, German

January Jones is an American actress and model.

She has a son.

January’s paternal grandfather is Roger Maurice Jones (the son of Richard Hugh Jones and Mary Ellen Jones). Richard’s father, David R. Jones, was of Welsh descent, and Richard’s mother, Margaret Ann Roberts, was English. Mary Ellen’s parents, David H. Jones and Mary Griffiths, were Welsh.

January’s paternal grandmother was Emma Christine Sejnoha (the daughter of Rudolph Sejnoha and Emma F. Pavlish). Rudolph was the son of a Moravian/Czech father, Joseph Pepic Sejnoha, and a mother, Christine Hakl, who was born in South Dakota, to Moravian/Czech parents. Emma was also born in South Dakota, also to Czech parents, Anton Pavlish and Frances Marecek.

January’s maternal grandfather was Richard Arthur Cox (the son of Clayton Walter Cox and Hazel Helen Rowley). Clayton was the son of Charles Wesley Cox and Calista Maude Barber. Hazel was the daughter of Samuel Wells Rowley and Madora Thomas.

January’s maternal grandmother is Rosezella Bernice Hanson (the daughter of Hans Jorgen Hanson and Mabel Dagmar Jensen). Rosezella’s parents were both born in South Dakota, and all of Rosezella’s grandparents were Danish.

Sources: Genealogy of January Jones –

January’s paternal grandfather, Roger Maurice Jones, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of January’s paternal grandmother, Emma Christine Sejnoha –

Obituary of January’s paternal grandmother, Emma Christine (Sejnoha) Jones –

January’s paternal great-grandparents, Rudolph Sejnoha and Emma F. Pavlish, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

January’s maternal grandmother, Rosezella Bernice Hanson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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