Birth Name: Alessandra Olivia Toreson
Place of Birth: Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, United States
Date of Birth: May 29, 1987
Ethnicity: 3/8ths Polish, 1/8th Austrian-Italian, along with German, Irish, English, some Welsh
Alessandra Torresani is an American actress. She was born Alessandra Olivia Toreson.
Alessandra’s father has Austrian-Italian, Irish, German, English, and some Welsh, ancestry. Alessandra’s mother is of three quarters Polish and one quarter German descent.
Alessandra has stated that she is “half Jewish.” However, this is not correct. Alessandra is not of Jewish heritage. Alessandra is also listed in many places on the internet as being the daughter of Italian immigrants, which she is not, or as being of Italian ancestry. One eighth of her ancestry is from Trentino-South Tyrol, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which had an Italian population, and she likely has Italian ancestors through that line. Her great-grandfather listed his language as “Tyrolean;” Tyrol is an area, now split between both Austria and Italy, which had a historically ethnically Austrian and Italian population, among others.
Alessandra’s paternal grandfather was James R. Toreson (the son of Sylvester Ludwig Toreson and Catherine Boyle). James was born in Pennsylvania. Sylvester was born in Rumo, Trentino-South Tyrol, then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, now in Italy, and was the son of Louis Toreson. Catherine was born in Pennsylvania. Catherine’s father, Manus Boyle, was Irish, the son of Manus Boyle and Mary Ferry. Catherine’s mother, Catherine Elisabeth Lindeman, was German, the daughter of Conrad Lindeman and Anna Dorothea Jane Coleman/Collmann.
Alessandra’s paternal grandmother was Ruth E. Babcock (daughter of Bert H. Babcock and Lulu E. Davis). Ruth was born in Michigan, and had English, and some Welsh, ancestry. Bert was the son of Caleb S. Babcock and Sarah L. Thomas. Lulu was the daughter of Joseph Horace Davis and Willamina Elizabeth Georgina Bothwell.
Alessandra’s maternal grandfather was Stanley A. Glow (originally Glowczewski, the son of Stanley Ignacy Glowczewski and Mary Magdalene Kahler). Alessandra’s grandfather Stanley was born in Ohio. Alessandra’s great-grandfather Stanley was of Polish descent, the son of Ignatius F. Glowczewski and Francis Slupecki/Slupeck. Mary Magdalene was of German ancestry, the daughter of Frank Kahler and Louisa Nieman.
Alessandra’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy M. Kaminski (the daughter of Frank J. Kaminski and Stella/Estella Lewandowska/Lewandowski). Dorothy was born in Ohio, to Polish parents. Stella was the daughter of John Lewandowski and Marianna Pawlowska.
Sources: Genealogy of Alessandra Torresani (focusing on her father’s side) – http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com
Marriage record of Alessandra’s paternal grandparents, James R. Toreson and Ruth E. Babcock – https://familysearch.org
Alessandra’s paternal grandfather, James R. Toreson, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal grandfather, Stanley A. Glow – http://www.legacy.com
Alessandra’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy M. Kaminski, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal grandmother, Dorothy M. (Kaminski) Glow – http://www.findagrave.com
Obituary of Alessandra’s maternal great-grandmother, Stella/Estella (Lewandowska/Lewandowski) Kaminski – http://news.google.com