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Cameron Douglas

by madman on August 5, 2018

Cameron Douglas – 7th Annual Legacy of Vision Gala – Arrivals and Inside – Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S Doheny Drive – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Guillermo Proano / PR Photos

Birth Name: Cameron Morrell Douglas

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 13, 1978

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (paternal grandfather), Swiss, French, English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian

Cameron Douglas is an American actor and writer. He is the son of producer Diandra de Morrell Luker and actor and producer Michael Douglas.

Cameron’s father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent on his own father’s side, and of English, Irish, Welsh, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian, and French descent on his own mother’s. Cameron’s mother has been described as “the daughter of a Swiss-American diplomatic father and an Anglo-French mother.”

Cameron’s paternal grandfather is actor, director, producer, and author Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch; the son of Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch (aka) Demsky and Bryna Sanglel). Kirk was born in New York, to Belarusian Jewish parents.

Cameron’s paternal grandmother was actress Diana Dill (born Diana Love Dill; the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Melville Dill and Ruth Rapalje Neilson). Diana was born in Devonshire, Bermuda. Cameron’s great-grandfather Thomas was born in Devonshire, and was Attorney General of Bermuda, a Member of the Parliament of Bermuda (MCP), and a commanding officer of the Bermuda Militia Artillery. Thomas was the son of Thomas Newbold Dill, a merchant, an MCP for Devonshire Parish, a Member of the Legislative Council and an Assistant Justice, and Mayor of the City of Hamilton; and of Mary Lea Smith. Cameron’s great-grandmother Ruth was born in New Jersey, to a family that had lived in the United States for many generations, and was the daughter of the daughter of Nicholas Bayard Neilson and Sarah Gifford Chapman.

Sources: http://www.jpost.com

Genealogies of Cameron Douglas (focusing on his father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
https://www.geni.com

Cameron’s paternal grandfather, Kirk Douglas (then Isadore Demsky), on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Cameron’s paternal great-grandmother, Ruth Rapalje Neilson, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Cameron’s paternal great-grandparents, Nicholas Bayard Neilson and Sarah Gifford Chapman – https://familysearch.org

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Theda Bara

by follers on July 31, 2018

Birth Name: Theodosia Burr Goodman

Date of Birth: July 29, 1885

Place of Birth: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Death: April 7, 1955

Place of Death: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish-Swiss

Theda Bara was an American silent film and stage actress. She was known for her femme fatale roles.

Theda was the daughter of Pauline Louise Françoise (de Coppett) and Bernard Goodman. Her sister was actress Lori Bara. She was named Theodosia after the daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr.

Theda’s father was a Polish Jew. Theda’s mother was from Switzerland. It is not clear if her mother was Jewish, as well, although it is possible. During her lifetime, Theda’s background was often misreported to highlight her “exotic” persona (she was said to be Egyptian, Italian, French, etc.).

Theda was married to film director and screenwriter Charles Brabin, until her death.

Theda’s maternal grandfather was evidently named François Baranger de Coppet.

Theda’s maternal grandmother’s surname was Derininger.

Sources: Theda Bara on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Death record of Theda’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org

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Matt Gourley

by stlucas on July 23, 2018

Birth Name: Matthew James Gourley

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

Date of Birth: May 23, 1973

Ethnicity: English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, French

Matt Gourley is an American actor, comedian, and podcaster.

Matt is the son of Katherine Wellford (Warden) and James Walter Gourley III.

Matt’s paternal grandfather was James Walter “Jim” Gourley, Jr. (the son of James Walter Gourley, Sr. and Ida Potter). James Jr. was born in Ohio. James Sr. was born in Ohio, the son of Elmer E. Gourley, whose parents were Irish, and of Mary Belle Kelty. Ida was born in Ohio, the daughter of Fred Potter and Hattie Little.

Matt’s paternal grandmother was Eleanore/Eleanor Mae “Eddy” Kanel (the daughter of William M. “Willie” Kanel and Irene Katherine Slabaugh). Eleanore was born in Ohio. William was born in Ohio, to parents from Switzerland, Gottfried von Kaenel and Anna Rytz. Irene was born in Ohio, the daughter of Alfred Slabaugh and Clara Marchand.

Matt’s maternal grandfather was Guy Lane Warden, Jr. (the son of Guy Lane Warden, Sr. and Lyla Caroline Willey). Guy Jr. was born in Colorado. Guy Sr. was born in Wisconsin, the son of Alfred Martin Warden and Cornelia Murdock. Lyla was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Calvin Lucien Willey and Mary Ann Gallagher.

Matt’s maternal grandmother was Katherine Welford Noland (the daughter of Preston Welford Noland and Rosalie Sinclair Merrill). Katherine was born in Virginia. Preston was born in Virginia, the son of Richard William Noble Noland and Catherine Yates Wellford. Rosalie was born in Virginia, the daughter of George Franklin Merrill and Christiana Curtis Munford.

Sources: Genealogy of Matt Gourley (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://www.geni.com

Birth record of Matt Gourley – http://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Matt’s parents – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Matt’s paternal grandfather, James “Jim” Gourley, Jr. – http://www.legacy.com

Obituary of Matt’s paternal grandmother, Eleanore/Eleanor Mae “Eddy” (Kanel) Gourley – http://www.legacy.com

Photo by kathclick/www.bigstockphoto.com/

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Nick Schenk

by stlucas on July 20, 2018

Nick Schenk – “The Judge” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater – Beverly Hills, CA, USA – Photo Credit: Kazuki Hirata / HollywoodNewsWire.net / PRPhotos.com

Birth Name: Nicholas Fred Schenk

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: November 12, 1965

Ethnicity:
*75% German
*12.5% French-Canadian
*12.5% Swiss-German

Nick Schenk is an American screenwriter.

Nick is the son of Anita Elisabeth (Gareis) and Marvin Willard Schenk.

Nick’s paternal grandfather was Walter Emil George Schenk (the son of Emil Schenk and Louisa Warter). Walter was born in Illinois. Emil was born in Haemiken, Switzerland. Louisa was born in New York, to parents from Germany, with her father being Mathias Warter.

Nick’s paternal grandmother was Luella/Louella Bobendrier (the daughter of John Henry Bobendrier/Bobendier and Mary Louisa Brier). Luella was born in Minnesota. John was born in Minnesota, to German parents, Albert Bobendrier and Minnie Jansen. Mary Louisa was born in Minnesota, to French-Canadian parents from Québec, Isadore J. Briere and Victoria M. Dussault.

Nick’s maternal grandparents were Fred Gareis and Anna. Fred and Anna were born in Germany.

Sources: Birth record of Nick Schenk – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Nick’s uncle (father’s brother), Walter Owen Schenk – http://lmtribune.com

Nick’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Nick’s mother – http://www.startribune.com

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Geraldine Viswanathan

by follers on July 16, 2018

Geraldine Viswanathan – Universal Pictures’ “Blockers” Los Angeles Premiere – Arrivals – Regency Village Theatre, 961 Broxton Avenue – Westwood, CA, USA – Photo Credit: / PRPhotos.com

Date of Birth: June 20, 1995

Ethnicity:
*Tamil Indian (father)
*Swiss-German (mother)

Geraldine Viswanathan is an Australian actress. She is known for her role in the film Blockers (2018).

She speaks Tamil. Also, she has said:

I’m fluent in Swiss German, my Mum is from Switzerland. I lived in Basel for 2 years.

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