Birth Name: Toni Collett
Place of Birth: Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Birth: 1 November, 1972
Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish
Toni Collette is an Australian actress and musician. She added an “e” to her surname. She is married to musician Dave Galafassi, with whom she has two children.
Toni’s paternal grandmother was Norma Ruby McWhinney (the daughter of Norman Hector McWhinney/MacWhinney and Vera Ruby Clarke). Vera was the daughter of Arthur Clarke and Kate Alice Woods. Toni’s biological paternal grandfather was an American serviceman with whom her grandmother had a relationship, while ending her marriage to Toni’s legal grandfather, Harold Stanley Collett. As of 2015, Toni does not know the name of her biological grandfather. While appearing on the show Who Do You Think You Are? in 2015, Toni asked the public if anyone can recognize a picture of the man she believes to be her biological paternal grandfather. The picture can be seen at this link.
Toni’s maternal grandfather was Joseph William Cook (the son of Joseph Benjamin Cook and Rose May Davis). Toni’s grandfather Joseph was born in Coonabarabran, New South Wales. Toni’s great-grandfather Joseph was the son of James William/Wrentmore Cook and Rebecca Lester. Rose was the daughter of William J. Davis and Ellen.
Toni’s maternal grandmother was Ivy Myrtle Lottie Fowler (the daughter of Charles Robert William Fowler and Mary Jane Myrtle Lottie Johnson). Ivy was born in Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales. Mary Jane was the daughter of Charles Johnson.
Sources: Genealogy of Toni’s paternal grandmother, Norma Ruby McWhinney (focusing on her own mother’s side) – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Toni’s mother – https://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
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