Bojana Novaković

by stlucas on May 16, 2017

Place of Birth: Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Belgrade, Serbia)

Date of Birth: July 12, 1981

Ethnicity: Serbian

Bojana Novaković is a Serbian-born Australian actress.

Bojana is the daughter of Biljana and Radovan Novaković, who are Serbian. She has a sister, Valentina, who is also an actress. The family moved to Australia when Bojana was seven years old.

Bojana’s parents are pictured here.


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Laura Benanti

by stlucas on May 9, 2017

Birth Name: Laura Ilene Vidnovic

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

Date of Birth: July 15, 1979

Ethnicity: Serbian, German, English, Irish

Laura Benanti is an American actress and singer.

Laura is the daughter of Linda (Wonneberger) and Martin Vidnovic. Laura was raised by her mother and stepfather, Salvatore Benanti, in Kinnelon, New Jersey.

Laura’s father has Serbian ancestry. Laura’s mother is of half German descent, and also has English and Irish ancestry. Laura is also said to have Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Laura’s paternal grandparents were Burke Vidnovic (the son of Božo Vidnjević/Vidnovic and Smilyna/Cecilia Devic) and Marge/Mary M. Bozo and Smilyna were from Ponikve, Yugoslavia.

Laura’s maternal grandfather was William Karl Wonneberger (the son of Oswald Wonneberger and Louise). Oswald was born in Germany. Louise was born in New York, to parents from Germany.

Laura’s maternal grandmother was Elsie Ilene Jones (the daughter of Ertie Lee “Casey” Jones and Mary Elizabeth Byrne). Ertie was the son of William Fleming “Wild Bill” Jones and Mary Jane Norris.

Sources: Obituary of Laura’s uncle (father’s brother), Nicholas Charles Vidnovic –

Obituary os Laura’s great-uncle (paternal grandfather’s brother), Nick Vidnovic –

Obituary of Laura’s uncle (mother’s brother), Robert Karl Wonneberger –

Laura’s maternal grandfather, William Karl Wonneberger, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Laura’s mother, Linda Wonneberger (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

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Alex Pall

by Manila on April 23, 2017

Birth Name: Alexander Jo Pall

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

Date of Birth: May 16, 1985

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English (maternal grandfather)
*Serbian or Croatian and/or German (maternal grandmother)

Alex Pall is an American music producer. He is one-half of the duo The Chainsmokers, along with Andrew Taggart.

Alex’s father, William “Bill” Blatt Pall, was American, of Jewish descent. Alex’s mother, Margaret Olivia (Wolstenholme) D’Agostino, is an English immigrant, from London.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was David Boris Pall (the son of Adolph Pallant, later Pall, and of Masha “Mary” Donner). David was a Canadian chemist, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, who founded Pall Corporation, and invented the Pall filter used in blood transfusions. Adolph and Mary were Ukrainian Jewish immigrants, from Melitopol, Zaporizhia Oblast.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was Josephine Harriet “Josie” Blatt (the daughter of Velvel “William” Moshe/Moses Blatt and Lucy Romberg). Velvel was the son of Polish Jewish immigrant Yosef Tavi Blatt, later Joseph Henry Blatt, of Wrocław, and of Louise Singer, whose father, Isidor Singer, later Isidore Singer, was a Polish Jewish immigrant, from Poznań, and whose mother, Pauline Abrams, was a German Jewish immigrant. Alex’s great-grandmother Lucy was a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant, from Kharkiv, and was the daughter of Chanoch Henich “Henry” Chaimovych Romberg and Esther Malka/Mollie Solomovna Levinskaya/Levinsky.

Alex’s maternal grandfather was Sir Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme (the son of Ethelbert George Wolstenholme and Clementina Ward). Gordon was English. Ethelbert was the son of Alfred Wolstenholme and Elizabeth Dickins. Clementina was the daughter of Herbert Ward and Elizabeth Allen.

Alex’s maternal grandmother was Lady Dušanka Messinger. Dušanka’s name is of Serbian or Croatian origin. Her surname is German.

Sources: Genealogy of Alex Pall –

Obituary of Alex’s father –

Obituary of Alex’s paternal grandfather, David Boris Pall –

Birth record of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Josephine Harriet Blatt –

Marriage record of Alex’s paternal great-grandparents, Velvel “William” Moshe/Moses Blatt and Lucy Romberg –

Birth record of Alex’s mother –

Marriage record of Alex’s maternal grandparents, Sir Gordon Ethelbert Ward Wolstenholme and Lady Dušanka Messinger –

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Tijana Bogićević

by Manila on March 5, 2017

Place of Birth: Novi Sad, Vojvodina, SR Serbia (now Serbia)

Date of Birth: 1 November, 1981

Ethnicity: Serbian

Tijana Bogićević is a Serbian singer. She represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. She also competed to represent Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 through Beovizija 2009, but did not advance past the semi-final.

She is married to musician Mark Robertson, who is African-American.



Olympia Valance

by stlucas on January 22, 2017

Birth Name: Olympia Montana Valance

Place of Birth: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date of Birth: January 7, 1993

*Serbian (father)
*Greek (mother)

Olympia Valance is an Australian model and actress. She was born in Melbourne, Victoria, to a Serbian father, Rajko (Ryko) Vukadinović, and an Australian mother, Tania Gogos, who is of Greek descent.

Her half-sister is actress and singer Holly Valance. Olympia’s stepfather is Australian rock musician Ross Wilson.

Her parents are pictured here.

Olympia’s maternal grandparents are Demetrios/Dimitrios “Takis” Gogos and Dora Kitinas. Demetrios was born in 1931 on the island of Chios, Greece. Dora is from Thessaloniki, Greece.


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