Betsy Russell

Birth Name: Elizabeth Russell

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: September 6, 1963

*75% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% mix of German and English

Betsy Russell is an American actress. She is known for starring in 1980s teen films, chiefly Private School and Avenging Angel, and as Jill Tuck in the Saw series.

She is the daughter of Constance and Richard Lion Russell, a stock analyst and financial writer. Her maternal grandfather was journalist and educator Max Lerner.

Betsy’s father was of German Jewish, as well as English Jewish and Dutch Jewish, descent. He was from a family that, on some lines, had lived in the United States since the 1700s, largely in South Carolina, among the first major Jewish communities in the U.S. Betsy’s maternal grandfather was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Betsy’s maternal grandmother had German and English ancestry.

Betsy has two children with her former husband, professional tennis player, poker commentator, and actor Vincent Van Patten. Vincent’s father was actor and animal welfare advocate Dick Van Patten.

Betsy’s paternal grandfather was Harold Henry Jacobs/Russell (the son of Henry Hart Jacobs and Katherine/Kate/Katie Alexander Goldsmith). Betsy’s grandfather Harold was born in Washington, D.C., to Jewish parents who were born in South Carolina. Betsy’s great-grandfather Henry was the son of an English-born father, David Jacobs, and of a German-born mother, Rebecca Hollander. Betsy’s great-grandmother Katherine was the daughter of Abraham Alexander Goldsmith, who was born in South Carolina, and of Rose Hilzheim, who was born in Mississippi.

Betsy’s paternal grandmother was Hortense Russell, a novelist (born Hortense Maxine Lion, the daughter of Max Lion and Carrie/Carolyn Bowman). Hortnese was born in New York. Max was the son of German Jewish parents, Andrew Lion and Ester/Esther Yankauer. Carrie was born in New York City, also to German Jewish parents, Leon Bowman and Henrietta Wolbach.

Betsy’s maternal grandfather was Max Lerner (the son of Benjamin Lerner and Bessie/Basha Podel/Podbersky). Max was born in Minsk, Belarus, then in the Russian Empire, to a Jewish family, and moved to the U.S. with his parents in 1907.

Betsy’s maternal grandmother was Anita Marburg (the daughter of Edgar Marburg and Fanny Dulany Moncure). Anita was born in Pennsylvania. Edgar was born in Hamburg, Germany, and was the son of Herman/Hermann Eduard Marburg and Clara Bertha Jurgensen. Fanny was born in Louisiana, the daughter of John Conway Moncure and Fanny Dulany Tomlin. She had British Isles/English ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Betsy’s father –

Betsy’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Betsy’s father –

Marriage record of Betsy’s paternal grandparents, Harold Henry Jacobs/Russell and Hortense Maxine Lion –

Betsy’s paternal grandfather, Harold Henry Jacobs/Russell, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Betsy’s paternal great-grandfather, Henry Hart Jacobs, on the 1870 U.S. Census –
Henry Hart Jacobs on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Betsy’s father (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Birth record of Betsy’s paternal grandmother, Hortense Maxine Lion –

Betsy’s paternal grandmother, Hortense Maxine Lion, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Betsy’s paternal great-grandparents, Max Lion and Carrie/Carolyn Bowman –

Betsy’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Betsy’s mother (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Obituary of Betsy’s maternal grandfather, Max Lerner-

Betsy’s maternal grandmother, Anita Marburg, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
Anita Marburg on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Betsy’s maternal great-grandfather, Edgar Marburg, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Betsy’s maternal great-grandmother, Fanny Dulany (Moncure) Marburg –

9 Responses

  1. jonasbttencourt says:

    She is the definition of a ”hot mom” wow hahahah…

    • Oaken05 says:

      Dude, you’ve done this on multiple pages. Nobody cares about your boner. This isn’t a fanpage or fan website.

      • jonasbttencourt says:

        i done this in multiple pages? lol… It was a joke old man, relax, and you are just lying, thats the first time i said someone is ”hot”, and as a joke, boner? hahahahah you are too ugly to put a pic of you in your own profile, you seem quite interested on me, since you are readding all my comments here, go get a life and get of my back lonely wierdo, and try to have some since of humour. I say what i want, i dont comment to nobody but me, so, ”nobody cares”? Hhahha big time, you do care it seems, since you bothered to reply me !

        • andrew says:

          I personally agree with you Jonas. She is very hot. My friend @bearboy probably thinks the same too.

          • jonasbttencourt says:

            Are you and ”oaken” the ”CEO”s of this thing? really man, go get a life, this is truly pathetic, if you dont like my comments, just ignore them and make your own comments on the subjects, you and this oaken guy just seem to be really sad salty losers who seek for atention by fishing arguments online. We are all just random guys talking shit about celebs…You seem to take yourself waaaaay too seriusly, relex and try to enjoy life grumpy fella. Try to built some confidence at least to the point where you can put your own picture in your profile.

          • passingtime85 says:


            There’s several frequent users on this site that basically look at all the comments, because ethnicity and heritage interests us. Especially if the the profiles commented on, are among ethnic groups we have particular interests in.

            Mostly the frequent users try to refrain from superfluous comments, because it doesn’t help anything and just takes up the comment feed, which some of us use as a monitoring tool for our previously mentioned interests, and it bogs down the flow of information.

            That’s not to say we, the frequent users, don’t, from time to time make these superfluous comments ourselves, or get into long drawn out debates, that, while can broaden general understanding, really have little to do with improving profiles. But generally we try to temper ourselves.

            O by the way, if you really have an opinion for you and you alone, you wouldn’t publish it in a public setting. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to share an opinion, but you don’t have to try to justify it with a less than truthful response.

            Even if you didn’t put thought into why you posted a comment on someone’s level of attractivness, and didn’t think it was anyone for yourself, subconsciously you wanted other people to bear witness to your opinion on the matter.

          • jackson9 says:

            I agree, she is very attractive! Andrew how have you been my friend?

          • andrew says:

            Hi @bearboy, it’s alwais a pleasure for me to debat with you (even when we disagree).

  2. jackson9 says:

    Betsy’s ethnicity should read 75% Ashkenazi Jewish, 12.5% German, 12.5% English + Scottish.
    John Conway Moncure: the son of Richard Moncure and Mary Butler Washington Conway. Richard was the son of Alice Peachy Gaskins. Mary was the daughter of John Moncure Conway and Catherine Storke Payton. John was the son of Walker Conway and Anne Moncure. Catherine was the daughter of Valentine Payton and Mary Butler Washington.
    Frances Carter Tomlin: the daughter of Williamson Ball Tomlin and Ann Catherine Carter. Williamson was the son of Walker Tomlin and Priscilla Ball.
    To conclude her maternal grandmother was only half German descent.

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