Christina Ricci

Ricci in 2011, s_bukley /

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: February 12, 1980

Ethnicity: Italian (paternal grandfather), Irish, Scots-Irish

Christina Ricci is an American actress. She played Wednesday Addams in the 1991 film The Addams Family, and has also starred in Casper (1995) and Sleepy Hollow (1999), among many other roles.

Christina has stated:

The Italian blood has been bred out of me. There’s an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they all had sons. So they married more Irish women, there were more sons, and more Irish women. Now I’m basically Scots-Irish.

In fact, Christina’s father is of half Italian and half Irish ancestry. Christina’s mother has Scots-Irish, and possibly other, ancestry.

Christina is married to dolly grip James Heerdegen, with whom she has a son.

Christina’s paternal grandfather was Victor Edward Ricci (the son of Henry Ricci and Valentina Fiorentino/Fiorentini). Victor was born in New York, to Italian parents, from Aulla, Province of Massa and Carrara, Tuscany.

Christina’s paternal grandmother was Charlotte Mae Ryan (the daughter of Patrick James Ryan and Helena J. Shay). Charlotte was born in New York. Patrick was born in Ireland, the son of Bernard Ryan and Catherine McDonald. Helena was born in New York, of Irish descent, and was the daughter of Timothy Shay and Mary Brennan.

Sources: Genealogy of Christina Ricci (focusing on her father’s side) –

Christina’s paternal grandmother, Charlotte Mae Ryan, on the 1910 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

28 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    her great-grandparents?

    If so it’s Aulla, Massa-Carrara, Tuscany.

    Tony Blair loves that valley.

  2. Nando says:

    Because they *are* Italian americans. Who by the way are also white americans, perhaps you meant “English americans”…

  3. madman says:

    *Italian, Irish (father)
    *Scottish, possibly other (mother)

    We don’t know her mother’s ancestry, only her surname.

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