Stefania LaVie Owen

by stlucas on May 24, 2017

Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 15, 1997

*Cuban [Spanish, possibly other] (mother)

Stefania LaVie Owen is an American-New Zealand actress.

Stefania is the daughter of Margarita Virginia (Dosal) and Mark Gordon Christi Owen. Stefania was raised in Pauatahanui, New Zealand, from the age of four.

Stefania’s father is from New Zealand. Stefania’s mother is American, of Cuban descent.

Stefania’s maternal grandfather was Martin Roberto Dosal (the son of Martin Francisco Dosal).

Stefania’s maternal grandmother was Margarita Chavez (the daughter of Camilo Saturnino Gonzalez-Chavez y Acosta and Raquel Arias). Raquel was the daughter of Manuel Arias Diaz and Barbara Llorens.


Obituary of Stefania’s maternal grandmother, Margarita (Chavez) Dosal –

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Roberto Orci

by stlucas on May 23, 2017

Birth Name: Roberto Gaston Orci

Place of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Birth: July 20, 1973

*Mexican [Italian, Spanish] (father)
*Cuban (mother)

Roberto Orci is a Mexican-American film and television screenwriter and producer.

Roberto was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to a Mexican father and a Cuban mother. Roberto was raised in Mexico, Texas, California, and Canada. His brother is television writer J. R. Orci.

Roberto’s paternal grandparents are said to be Italian and Spanish.


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JoAnna Garcia

by stlucas on May 18, 2017

Birth Name: JoAnna Lynne García

Place of Birth: Tampa, Florida, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 10, 1979

Ethnicity: Cuban, possibly other

JoAnna Garcia is an American actress. She is married to baseball player Nick Swisher.

JoAnna is the daughter of Loraine and Jay J. García. JoAnna’s father is Cuban. She has a brother, Michael.

JoAnna has said:

The only time I’ve ever thought of changing my last name was when Nick asked me to marry him, I never, ever have thought for one second about changing it except for that moment. I’m so proud of my heritage and where I’ve come from, and being a Latin girl is a huge part of my life. I speak Spanish; half of my family doesn’t speak English. Our traditions are based and are influenced tremendously by my Latin Heritage, and I’m proud to be Cuban American. So it never has affected my career in any way.  It’s never affected the way that people look at me, nor has it pigeonholed me in any way or confused people to the best of my knowledge, and if it had, I don’t know. I’m just so proud to be JoAnna Garcia and excited to become JoAnna Swisher, too. I’m excited to be a Latin girl that’s doing her thing out there.

JoAnna’s paternal grandmother was named Rosa M. Garcia.

Sources: Obituary of JoAnna’s paternal grandmother, Rosa M. Garcia –

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Raúl Esparza

by stlucas on May 15, 2017

Birth Name: Raúl Eduardo Esparza

Place of Birth: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 24, 1970

Ethnicity: Cuban (Spanish, possibly other)

Raúl Esparza is an American stage and television actor, singer, and voice artist.

Raúl’s parents are both Cuban. He was raised in Miami, Florida.


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Melissa Fumero

by stlucas on May 7, 2017

Birth Name: Melissa A. Gallo

Place of Birth: Lyndhurst, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 19 or August 20, 1982

Ethnicity: Cuban (Spanish, possibly other)

Melissa Fumero is an American actress. Melissa is married to Cuban-born American actor David Fumero.

Melissa is the daughter of Cuban parents, who moved to the U.S. as teenagers.

She has stated:

I think that there’s a quiet strength you’re brought up around when you’re Latin, especially growing up in a Cuban family made of refugees. There definitely was an extreme work ethic — anything less than working really, really hard is unacceptable — and just a general toughness and strength that I learned from the women in my family and my father.


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