Birth Name: Aya Rachel Cash
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States
Date of Birth: July 13, 1982
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Italian, German, Irish
Aya Cash is an American television, film, and stage actress. Her roles include the films The Oranges, Sleepwalk with Me, The Happy House, Mary Goes Round, Game Over, Man!, Social Animals, Scare Me, and We Broke Up, and the series You’re the Worst, Fosse/Verdon, The Boys, Welcome to Flatch, and The Girl from Plainville.
Aya is the daughter of Kim Addonizio (born Kimberly Theresa Addonizio), a poet and novelist, and Eugene Cash, a Buddhist teacher. Her father’s family is Jewish and her mother is Catholic. She was raised Jewish and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony. She is married to actor, producer, and writer Josh Alexander.
Aya’s maternal grandfather was Robert Richard “Bob” Addonizio/Addie (the son of Anthony A. Addonizio/Addie and Theresa Spaziante). Bob Addie was born in New York, to Italian parents, and was a sportswriter.
Aya’s maternal grandmother was Pauline May Betz (the daughter of Immanuel/Imanual G. Betz and Stella Mae McCandless/McCandles). Pauline was born in Ohio, and was a professional tennis player, who was a Wimbledon champion. Immanuel was born in Ohio, to German parents. Stella was born in Illinois, the daughter of A. S. McCandless and May.
Sources: Marriage record of Aya’s maternal grandparents, Robert Richard “Bob” Addonizio/Addie and Pauline May Betz – http://www.familysearch.org
Information about Aya’s maternal grandfather, Robert Richard “Bob” Addonizio/Addie – http://sabrmedia.org
Aya’s maternal great-grandfather, Immanuel/Imanual G. Betz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
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