Virginia Madsen

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Madsen in 2011, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Virginia G. Madsen

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 11, 1961

*father – Danish
*mother – Irish, English, Scottish, German

Virginia Madsen is an American actress and film producer. She is known for her roles in the films Candyman, Sideways (for which she received an Oscar nomination), The Astronaut Farmer, and A Prairie Home Companion.

Virginia is the daughter of Elaine Madsen (born Elaine Loretta Melson), an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and Cal Madsen, a firefighter. Her brother is actor Michael Madsen and her nephew is actor Christian Madsen. Virginia is married to actor Nick Holmes. She has a son with her former partner, actor Antonio Sabato, Jr.

Virginia’s paternal grandparents were Danish. Her mother has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry. Virginia has stated that her mother is of part Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Virginia’s paternal grandfather was Søren/Samuel Madsen (the son of Jorgan Madsen and Sisel Thomsen).

Virginia’s paternal grandmother was named Anna Marie Andersen.

Virginia’s maternal grandfather was Lance Eugene Melson (the son of Luther Elmore Melson and Dorothy Christine “Dolly” Williams). Lance was born in Oklahoma. Luther was the son of Leandor/Leander Elmore Melson and Mary Ellen Wingfield. Dorothy was the daughter of Henry Wade Williams and Caroline/Calline Lanier.

Virginia’s maternal grandmother was Lavina Loretta Shay (the daughter of Harry Earnest Shay and Cora Lavina Rhodes). Virginia’s grandmother Lavina was born in Colorado. Her step-father was William Riley Jennings. Harry was the son of David Shay and Anna Elizabeth Hendrick. Cora was the daughter of Charles Winfred Rhoades and Clara Bell Courtney.

Sources: Genealogy of Virginia Madsen –

Death record of Virginia’s paternal grandfather, Søren/Samuel Madsen –

Genealogy of Virginia’s maternal great-grandfather, Luther Elmore Melson –

Virginia’s maternal grandmother, Lavina Loretta Shay (then under her stepfather’s surname, “Jennings”), on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Virginia’s maternal great-grandfather, Harry Earnest Shay, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

4 Responses

  1. Capricious says:

    Looks like a typical woman from the South. Lol

  2. andrew says:

    brother Michael claimed Native

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