Brooke Shields

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Birth Name: Brooke Christa Shields

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 31, 1965

Ethnicity: Irish, German, near one eighth Italian, European Royal, English, Scottish, with distant Scots-Irish, Welsh, Spanish, French, and Dutch

Brooke Shields is an American actress and model. She has starred in the films Pretty Baby, The Blue Lagoon, and Endless Love, among others.

Brooke is the daughter of Theresia “Teri” (Schmon) and Francis Alexander “Frank” Shields, a businessperson and executive. Brooke is married to television writer Chris Henchy, with whom she has two children.

Her paternal grandfather was of Irish descent. Her paternal grandmother, who was born in Italy, had Italian, as well as European Royal, English, Scottish, a small amount of German, and distant Spanish, French, and Dutch, ancestry. Her mother had German, as well as English, Scots-Irish, and Welsh, ancestry.

On the television show Who Do You Think You Are?, 2010, Brooke explored her paternal grandmother’s remote French ancestry.

Brooke is a second cousin, once removed, of actress Glenn Close. Brooke’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Charles Arthur Moore and Mary L. Campbell (the parents of Mary Elsie Moore), were also Glenn’s maternal great-grandparents.

Brooke’s paternal grandfather was Frank Shields (Francis Xavier Alexander Shields, the son of Alexander John Shields and Alice A. Haggerty). Frank was born in New York, New York, and was a top-ranking amateur tennis player, and an actor. He was of Irish descent. Brooke’s great-grandfather Alexander was the son of Alexander John Shields and Ellen Maria Holtan, both of whom were the children of Irish parents. Alice was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents, Dennis Haggerty, from County Donegal, and Margaret Gallagher.

Brooke’s paternal grandmother was Donna Marina Torlonia, dei Principi di Civitella-Cesi (the daughter of Don Marino Torlonia, 4th Prince of Civitella-Cesi, and of Mary Elsie Moore). Brooke’s grandmother Donna Marina, an aristocrat, was born in Palazzo Núñez-Torlonia, Rome, Lazio, Italy, and was an Italian princess. She was also known as Marina Torlonia Shields and Marina Torlonia Slater. Brooke’s great-grandfather Don Marino Torlonia was Italian, and also had one eighth German, and distant Spanish and French, descent; he was the son of Don Guido/Giulio Torlonia, 2nd Duke di Poli e di Guadagnolo, and of Donna Teresa Chigi della Rovere-Albani. He descended from many noble and aristocratic families, including the House of Medici, House of Este, House of Gonzaga, and House of Montefeltro. Brooke’s great-grandmother Mary was born in Brooklyn, New York, and had English, Scottish, and remote Dutch, descent, the daughter of Charles Arthur Moore and Mary L. Campbell.

Brooke’s maternal grandfather was John W. Schmon (the daughter of John Schmon and Bertha Walker). Brooke’s grandfather John was born in New Jersey. Brooke’s great-grandfather John was the son of Robert Schmon and Barbara Meyer.

Brooke’s maternal grandmother was Theresa A. Dollinger (the daughter of John Daniel Dollinger and Ida E. McCarl). Theresa was born in New Jersey. John was born in Pennsylvania, the son of German parents, Joseph Dollinger and Theresa/Theresia (apparently Murphy). Ida likely was the daughter of Frank McCarl and Mary Brower.

Sources: Genealogies of Brooke Shields –

Brooke’s maternal great-grandfather, John Daniel Dollinger, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Brooke’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Theresa/Theresia Dollinger, on the 1900 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

33 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Don Marino Torlonia’s paternal great-grandmother, Anna Maria Schultheiss. was German, from Donaueschingen, Baden-Württemberg:

    He also had more distant German ancestry

  2. JackB says:

    She seems to have Irish (not just Scots Irish) on her mothers side also with the name Murphy.

  3. Marvin says:

    does she have Italian roots ??
    How interesting, her audacity personality reminds me of the Italian women

  4. indo says:

    She started aging really fast when she was in her late teens, and she started looking manlier.

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