Cass Elliot

Birth Name: Ellen Naomi Cohen

Date of Birth: September 19, 1941

Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

Date of Death: 29 July, 1974

Place of Death: Mayfair, London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Cass Elliot was an American singer and actress. She was also known as Mama Cass and The Queen of Laurel Canyon. She was a member of The Mamas & the Papas, along with Denny Doherty, John Phillips, and Michelle Phillips.

Cass was the daughter of Bess (Levine) and Philip Cohen. Both her parents were the children of Russian Jewish emigrants from the Russian Empire. Her sister is singer, songwriter, and entertainment law attorney Leah Kunkel. Cass had a daughter, singer Owen Vanessa Elliot, with guitarist and baritone bluesman Charles Wayne Day.

Cass’s paternal grandfather was named William Cohen (the son of Yehuda Cohen and Hannah).

Cass’s paternal grandmother was named Esther Yetta Rosenberg/Rosenburg (the daughter of Dov Yehuda-Ber Rosenberg and Faiga Hinda). Dov was the son of Moshe Rosenberg. Faiga was the daughter of Boruch.

Cass’s maternal grandfather was named Joseph/Joe Levine.

Cass’s maternal grandmother was Chaya Leyzor (the daughter of Leybke/Lejb Mosjk Leyzor and Chippe Finkelsztein). Leybke was born in Ostrolenka, Poland, the son of Chacek Leyzor and Basia Ejzenberg. Chippe was the daughter of Leyb Leybka Finkelsztein and Feyga Biedrzinski.


Genealogy of Cass Elliot –


Curious about ethnicity

1 Response

  1. savanna says:

    Date of Death: July 29, 1974, London, United Kingdom

    American singer and member of The Mamas & the Papas along with John Phillips, Denny Doherty, and Michelle Phillips.

    She was the daughter of Philip Cohen and Bess Levine. Both her parents were the children of Russian Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire.

    Her paternal grandparents were William Cohen and Esther Rosenburg.
    Her maternal grandparents were Joseph Levine and Chaya.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.