Chelsea Handler

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Handler in 2013, photo by

Birth Name: Chelsea Joy Handler

Place of Birth: Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 25, 1975

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – German, likely Polish

Chelsea Handler is an American comedian, actress, writer, television host, and producer. She was the host of the shows Chelsea Lately, from 2007 to 2014, and Chelsea, from 2016 to 2017.

Her father, Melvin Handler, is Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Austria and Ukraine). Her mother, Margareta “Rita,” an emigrant, born in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was of the Mormon (LDS) faith, and was of German, and likely about one quarter Polish, ancestry. Chelsea was raised in Reform Judaism, and had a Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

Chelsea’s paternal grandfather was named Jacob Handler. Jacob was an Austrian Jewish immigrant.

Chelsea’s paternal grandmother was Yetta Spector (the daughter of Israel Spektor and Mindel Weitzer). Yetta was a Jewish emigrant, from Podillya, Baryshivs’kyi district, Kyivs’ka oblast, Ukraine.

Chelsea’s maternal grandfather was Karl Max Stoecker/Stöcker (the son of Kaspar Heinrich Stoecker/Stöcker and Martha Mathilde Kaminski). Karl was born in Bochum, Westfalen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Kaspar and Martha were both born in Dortmund, Westfalen. Kaspar’s mother was named Laura. Martha was the daughter of Friedrich Kaminski and Mathilda Demski; their surnames indicate likely Polish ancestry.

Chelsea’s maternal grandmother was Elisabeth Alma Schielke (the daughter of Otto Friedrich Schielke and Alma Martha Busse). Elisabeth was born in Recklinghausen, Westfalen. Otto was born in Berent, Nieder-Hornikau, Westfalen, the son of Johann Ferdinand Schielke and Friederike Domress. Alma was born in Olvenstedt, Sachsen, Prussia, the daughter of Johann Christian Busse and Maria Trippler.


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Curious about ethnicity

30 Responses

  1. Masterlord says:

    Kim Basingers lost twin?

  2. andrew says:

    yeah, I thought to Claudia when I saw her pic.

  3. xoxo says:

    Typical white trash.

  4. Capricious says:

    You can see the dark roots in her hair.

    I used to think that these “blondes” blue eyed people were natural blonds, when they’re not. Interesting…

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