Ali MacGraw

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MacGraw in 2011, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Elizabeth Alice MacGraw

Place of Birth: Pound Ridge, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 1, 1939

*father – Irish, small amounts of Scottish and French
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish

Ali MacGraw is an American actress, model, author, and animal rights activist. She is known for starring in the films Goodbye, Columbus (1969), Love Story (1970), and The Getaway (1972).

Ali’s father, Richard MacGraw, was born in New Jersey, and had Irish, and smaller amounts of Scottish and French, ancestry. Ali’s mother, Frances Moskoczi (Klein), was born in Massachusetts, to Hungarian Jewish parents. Ali was not raised knowing about her Jewish background.

Ali has a son, actor, director, and filmmaker Josh Evans, with her former husband, film producer and studio executive Robert Evans. Robert was of Russian Jewish descent. Josh Evans is married to singer and musician Roxy Saint.

Ali’s paternal grandfather was named Augustus Proal/Prval MacGraw (the son of Richard MacGraw and Lidie R.). Augustus was born in New Jersey. Richard was the son of Nicholas P. McGraw and Elizabeth A. Proal, whose own father was French.

Ali’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Everett (the daughter of John Everett and Ellen Burke). Elizabeth was born in New York. John was Irish. Ellen was the daughter of Irish parents, Thomas Burke and Mary.

Ali’s maternal grandfather was named Maurice/Morris Klein (the son of Aaron Klein and Fanny). Maurice was a Hungarian Jewish emigrant, from Szepsi.

Ali’s maternal grandmother was Pauline Donner (the daughter of Moritz/Morice/Morris Donner and Mathilde/Matilda Mettelman/Mittleman/Mattelman/Mistal). Pauline was a Hungarian Jewish emigrant, from Krusitnvoz. Mathilde was the daughter of Isidor Mattelman and Julia Meisler.

Sources: Marriage record of Ali’s parents –

Ali’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Ali’s mother on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Ali’s maternal grandparents, Maurice/Morris Klein and Pauline Donner –

12 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    Ali MacGraw’s father was half Irish and 1/16th French. Paternal grandfather: Augustus Proal MacGraw (1880-1916) New Jersey, was the son of RIchard MacGraw (1837) and Lidie R. MacGraw (1845). Richard was the son of Nicholas P. McGraw and Elizabeth A. Proal. (1809). Elizabeth was the daughter of Pierre Proal, who was French and Mary Anne Phillips (New Jersey).
    Paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Everett (1880) (New York). Her mother was Ellen Burke. Ellen was the daughter of Irish parents Mary and Thomas Burke. I believe Ellen’s husband (and Ali MacGraw’s great-grandfather) was John Everett who was Irish as well.
    Ethnicity for father should be Irish, Scottish, distant French

  2. phaedra says:

    Interesting mix. Didn’t expect these two ethnicities.

    Many white Australian women with recent Aboriginal ancestry look like that.

  3. Connerfromvine says:

    I think she looks American Indian. American Indian faces age much faster than any other ethnicity. That’s why there are so many people of American Indian descent that look much older than they really are.

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