Jaime Camil

by stlucas on February 21, 2017

Birth Name: Jaime Federico Said Camil Saldaña da Gama

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: July 22, 1973

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

Jaime Camil is a Mexican actor, singer, and host. He was born in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of a Mexican father, Jaime Camil Garza, and a Brazilian mother, Cecilia Saldanha da Gama.

His father has Egyptian ancestry. His mother, who was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, has Portuguese roots. His half-sister is actress Issabela Camil.

Jaime speaks fluent Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French.

His parents are pictured here.

Sources: http://www.vanguardia.com.mx

Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com


Walter Salles

by stlucas on February 16, 2017

Birth Name: Walter Moreira Salles, Jr.

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth: April 12, 1956

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Portuguese, Sephardi Jewish, possibly other)

Walter Salles is a Brazilian filmmaker, film producer, and editor.

He was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro to Brazilian parents, Walther Moreira Salles and Elisa Margarida Gonçalves. He has two brothers, Pedro and João.

Walter’s paternal grandfather was João Theodoro Moreira Salles, the son of José Amâncio de Salles and Ana Rosa Moreira. José Amâncio’s patrilineal line can be traced back to a Jewish Portuguese man, Francisco (Richion) da Costa Pereira, who was born near Braga, Portugal, moved to Brazil, c. 1760, and converted to Catholicism.

Walter’s paternal grandmother was Lucrécia Vilhena de Alcântara. Her parents were Saturnino Vilhena de Alcântara (the son of Joaquim Pedro de Alcântara and Maria de Jesus de Vilhena Braga) and Georgina Augusta Duarte (the daughter of Francisco de Paula Duarte and Francisca Brazilina Marques Teixeira).

Maria de Jesus’ maternal great-grandfather, Matias Gonçalves Moinhos de Vilhena, was born, c. 1687, in Pitões das Júnias, Montalegre, Portugal. Francisca Brazilina’s paternal grandfather, Manuel Teixeira de Carvalho, was originally from Celorico de Basto, Braga, Portugal.

Walter’s maternal grandfather was José Augusto Gonçalves.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English.

Sources: Genealogy of Walter Salles’ father, Walther Moreira Salles – https://www.geni.com/people/Walther-Moreira-Salles/6000000020058502231



Photo by kathclick/Bigstock.com


Fernanda Montenegro

by stlucas on February 16, 2017

Birth Name: Arlette Pinheiro Esteves da Silva

Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date of Birth: October 16, 1929

Ethnicity: Brazilian (1/2 Italian [including Sardinian], Portuguese, possibly other)

Fernanda Montenegro is a Brazilian stage, television, and film actress. She is known for being the only Brazilian to ever be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her leading role in the film Central Station.

Fernanda was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the daughter of Vitório Esteves da Silva and Carmen Pinheiro Nieddu. She has two sisters, Aída and Áurea. Fernanda has Italian/Sardinian and Portuguese ancestry.

Fernanda has stated that her (paternal) great-grandparents were originally from Portugal.

Her maternal grandparents were Camillo/Pietro Nieddu and Maria Pinna (the daughter of João André Pinna and Regina Vechiatto). Camillo and Maria were both Italian immigrants from Bonarcado and Sassari, respectively, in the island of Sardinia, who moved to Brazil with their families. Maria’s mother, Regina, was originally from Padua, Veneto, Italy.

Fernanda’s Portuguese surname “Pinheiro” likely originated from her maternal grandmother’s Italian surname “Pinna”.

Fernanda holds both Brazilian and Italian citizenship. She was previously married to Brazilian actor Fernando Torres. Their daughter, Fernanda Torres, is also an actress.

Sources: Genealogy of Fernanda Montenegro (focusing on her mother’s side) – https://www.geni.com/

http://ricerca.gelocal.it/(in Italian)

http://www.terra.com.br/(in Portuguese)

http://livraria.imprensaoficial.com.br/media/ebooks/12.0.813.613.pdf (in Portuguese)


Cecilia Bolocco

by madman on February 12, 2017

Birth Name: Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck

Place of Birth: Santiago, Chile

Date of Birth: May 19, 1965

*Arbëreshë/Albanian, Chilean [Spanish, Basque, Indigenous, distant Portuguese], Italian, 1/32 English (father)
*German (mother)

Cecilia Bolocco is a Chilean actress, television host, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss Chile 1987 and Miss Universe 1987.

Cecilia is the daughter of Rose Marie Fonck Assler and Enzo Bolocco Cintolesi, a businessperson. Her sister is journalist Diana Bolocco. Cecilia is married to politician, and former President of Argentina, Carlos Menem, with whom she has a son.

Cecilia’s paternal grandfather was Víctor Bolocco Olave (the son of Carlos Bolocco Pasquini and Lucinda Olave Triday). Carlos was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, and was said to be of Arbëreshë (Albanian) descent. Lucinda was the daughter of José Antonio Olave Ramírez and Juana Triday Moreno.

Cecilia’s paternal grandmother was Emilia Cintolesi Echenique (the daughter of Emilio Cintolesi and Blanca Echenique).

Source: Genealogy of Cecilia Bolocco – https://www.geni.com

{ 1 comment }

Sônia Braga

by stlucas on February 9, 2017

Birth Name: Sônia Maria Campos Braga

Place of Birth: Maringá, Paraná, Brazil

Date of Birth: June 8. 1950

Ethnicity: Brazilian (Portuguese, African, Indigenous, possibly other)

Sônia Braga is a Brazilian actress. She was born in Maringá, Paraná, to Hélio Fernando Ferraz Braga and Maria Jaci Campos. Her siblings are Ana, Júlio and Hélio. Her niece (Ana’s daughter) is actress Alice Braga.

She was raised between Curitiba, Paraná, and Campinas, São Paulo, and moved to the U.S in 1985.

Her father is said to have Portuguese and African ancestry. Her mother has Indigenous and European heritage.

The Ebony Magazine Edition of February 1991 wrote of Sônia, “Sonia Braga (below, left) the acclaimed actress  who is recognized around the world as White, is among the cultural exports Afro-Brazilians claim as their own”.

Source: http://biography.jrank.org/

Photo by s_bukley/ Bigstock.com