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Sunny Hostin

by stlucas on June 7, 2018

Sunny Hostin – Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame 27th Anniversary Gala – Arrivals – Grand Hyatt New York, 109 E 42nd Street – New York City, NY, USA – Photo Credit: Lisa Holte /

Birth Name: Asunción Cummings

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

Date of Birth: October 20, 1968

*African-American (father)
*Puerto Rican (mother)

Sunny Hostin is an American lawyer, columnist, journalist, and social commentator.

Sunny is the daughter of Rosa Beza and William Cummings. Her father is African-American. Her mother is Puerto Rican. Sunny was raised in South Bronx. Sunny is married to orthopedic surgeon Emmanuel Hostin, with whom she has two children.

A DNA test whose results Sunny displayed on her Twitter page stated that Sunny’s genetic ancestry is:

*52.2% Sub-Saharan African
——–*46.9% West African
——–*2.6% Central & South African
——–*0.2% East African
——–*2.5% Broadly Sub-Saharan African
*36.8% European
——–*22% Southern European
————*9.2% Iberian
————*1.3% Italian
————*11.5% Broadly Southern European
——–*7.1% Northwestern European
————*1.6% British & Irish
————*5.5% Broadly Northwestern European
——–*1.1% Ashkenazi Jewish
——–*6.5% Broadly European
*8.3% East Asian & Native American
——–*6.5% Native American
——–*1.3% Southeast Asian
——–*0.5% Broadly East Asian & Native American
*1.1% Middle Eastern & North African
——–*1.1% North African
——–*<0.1% Broadly Middle Eastern & North African
*1.6% Unassigned

Sunny has stated that her maternal grandfather had Sephardi Jewish ancestry. Her DNA result included Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, as well as other population matches that may be Sephardi (Broadly Southern European, North African, etc.).



Karen Olivo

by stlucas on May 29, 2018

Birth Name: Karen E. Olivo

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

Date of Birth: August 7, 1976

*Puerto Rican [Spanish, Indigenous, possibly other] (father)
*Dominican Republic, Chinese (mother)

Karen Olivo is an American stage and television actress.

Karen is the daughter of Mercedes J. (Perez) Brown and Richard “Rick” Olivo. Her parents are pictured here and here. Karen’s siblings are Raquel, Ruth, and Richard. Karen is married to James Uphoff.

Karen has stated:

I usually just say mutt, but I’ll take swirl, that sounds nicer! My father is Puerto Rican and has Native American on his father’s side. And my mother is half-Dominican and half-Chinese.

Karen’s paternal grandfather was Agapito R. Olivo (the son of Alejandro Olivo y Cruz and Jacinta Padilla y Sato/Soto). Agapito was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, and was listed as “colored” on the 1940 U.S. Census. Alejandro was born in Puerto Rico, the son of Juan Olivo and Celestina Cruz. Jacinta was born in Puerto Rico, the daughter of Juan Padilla and Petrona Soto.

Karen’s paternal grandmother was named Haydee Ramos.


Divorce record of Karen’s parents –

Karen’s paternal grandfather, Agapito R. Olivo, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Karen’s paternal grandfather, Agapito R. Olivo –

Death record of Karen’s paternal great-uncle (grandfather’s brother), Virginio Olivo Soto –

Marriage record of Karen’s paternal great-grandparents, Alejandro Olivo y Cruz and Jacinta Padilla y Soto –

Obituary of Karen’s paternal grandmother, Haydee (Ramos) Olivo –

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Jennifer O’Neill

by stlucas on April 10, 2018

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

Date of Birth: February 20, 1948

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, possibly other], Irish, English

Jennifer O’Neill is a Brazilian and American actress, model, and author.

Jennifer was the daughter of Irene Freda “Rene” and Oscar Delgado O’Neill, Jr. Her father was born in Puerto Rico, and is said to have been of Irish and Spanish ancestry. Her mother was English.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was Oscar Delgado O’Neill, Sr. (the son of Eduardo Delgado O’Neill and America Lopez). Oscar was born in San Germán, Puerto Rico. Eduardo was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Ada Kathleen Lee Tapia (the daughter of Albert Edward Lee and Catalina Concepcion Tapia Diaz). Ada was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Albert was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the son of Thomas E. Lee, who was from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and of Josephine Arens Basanta. Josephine Ahrens Basanta, who was also surnamed Wainwright, was the granddaughter of Valentine de Basanta, who was born, c. 1762, in Biscay, Spain. Jennifer’s great-grandmother Catalina was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Alejandro Tapia y Rivera and Mara del Rosario Diaz Espiau.

Source: Genealogy of Jennifer O’Neill (focusing on her father’s side) –

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Tessa Ferrer

by madman on April 1, 2018

Birth Name: Tessa Rose Ferrer

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: March 30, 1986

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican (paternal grandfather), English, Irish, German, about 1/16th Polish, small amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and Dutch

Tessa Ferrer is an American actress. She is the daughter of singer, author, and actress Debby Boone (Deborah Anne Boone) and Gabriel Vicente Ferrer.

Tessa’s father is of one half Puerto Rican, one quarter Irish, one eighth German, and one eighth a mix of English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, descent. Her mother has English, one eighth Polish, and small amounts of Scottish, German, and Dutch, ancestry.

Tessa’s uncles (father’s brothers) are actors Miguel Ferrer and Rafael Ferrer. Her great-uncle (paternal grandmother’s brother) is journalist, anchorman, and television host Nick Clooney. Her first cousin, once removed, is actor, director, and producer George Clooney, and her sixth cousin, twice removed, was actor Richard Boone.

Tessa’s paternal grandfather was actor and director José Ferrer (the son of Rafael Ferrer y Otero and María Providencia del Carmen Cintrón y Cintrón). José was born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Rafael was the son of Gabriel Ferrer y Hernández and Monserrate/Mensenate Otero y Navedo. María Providencia was the daughter of José Vicente Cintrón y Bardeque and Elvira Cintrón y Cintrón.

Tessa’s paternal grandmother was singer and actress Rosemary Clooney (the daughter of Joseph Andrew Clooney and Marie Frances Guilfoyle). Rosemary was born in Kentucky. Joseph was the son of Andrew Bartholomew Clooney, whose parents were Irish, and of Crescentia Koch, whose parents were German. Marie Frances was the daughter of Michael Joseph Guilfoyle, who had Irish ancestry, and of Martha Adelia/Ada/Delia Farrow, who was of English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish descent.

Tessa’s maternal grandfather is singer and actor Pat Boone (Charles Eugene Boone; the son of Archie Altman Boone and Margaret Virginia Pritchard). Pat was born in Florida. Archie was the son of Ernest Eugene Boone and Etta Lou Foy. Margaret was the daughter of Julian Charles Pritchard and Leila Monretta Warren.

Tessa’s maternal grandmother is Shirley Lee Foley (the daughter of Red Foley and Judy Martin). Tessa’s great-grandfather Red Foley was a country singer, musician, and radio and television personality. He was born Clyde Julian Foley, and was the son of Benjamin Harrison Foley and Katherine E. Haley. Tessa’s great-grandmother Judy Martin was also a country singer. She was born Eva Alaine Overstake, and was the daughter of Herschel Jewel Overstake and Helen Elizabeth Nalefski, whose parents were from Germany, and who was likely of Polish descent.

Sources: Genealogies of Tessa Ferrer –

Genealogies of Tessa’s paternal grandparents, José Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney –

Marriage record of Tessa’s paternal great-grandparents, Rafael Ferrer y Otero and María Providencia del Carmen Cintrón y Cintrón –

Obituary of Tessa’s paternal great-great-aunt, Monserrate “Monsita” Ferrer Otero –

Genealogy of Tessa’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Tessa’s paternal grandmother, Rosemary Clooney (through Rosemary’s nephew, George Clooney) –

Notations on Tessa’s Irish ancestry –

Tessa’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Crescentia Koch, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of some of Tessa’s more distant ancestors –

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Dyllan Christopher

by madman on February 19, 2018

Dyllan Christopher – 16th Annual Dances with Films Festival – “Broken Glass” Premiere – Arrivals and Q&A – TCL Chinese Theatre – Hollywood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Eric Blumanhourst /

Birth Name: Dyllan Christopher Fernandez

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 12, 1991

Ethnicity: Cuban, Puerto Rican, other

Dyllan Christopher is an American actor.

Dyllan’s mother’s maiden name is Gits. His great-uncle is musician Augie Rey (Augie Rey Fernandez). Augie was born in New York and is said to have Puerto Rican, Cuban, French, and Chinese ancestry.

Dyllan’s paternal grandfather was likely the son of William Fernandez and Lucretia. William was Cuban. Lucretia was Puerto Rican.

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