Claire Bloom

Bloom in 2011, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Patricia Claire Blume

Place of Birth: Hendon, Middlesex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 15 February, 1931

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Claire Bloom is a British actress.

Her parents were both Jewish. Her father, Edward Max Blume, originally Blumenthal, was from a Russian Jewish family. Her mother, Elizabeth (Grew), was from a Jewish family from Russia and Latvia. Her aunt, Mary Grew, was an actress on the West End. Claire has a daughter, opera singer Anna Steiger, with her former husband, late actor Rod Steiger.

Claire’s paternal grandfather was Hyman Blumenthal (the son of Jacob Bigson Blumenthal and Annie/Henny Fell). Hyman was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Annie was the daughter of Mordechai Fell.

Claire’s paternal grandmother was named Caroline. Caroline was a Jewish emigrant, from either Russia or Riga, Latvia.

Claire’s maternal grandfather was Henry Grew/Griew (originally Gravitzky, the son of David Hirsch Zvi Griew/Gravitzky and Sophia). Henry was a Jewish emigrant, from Byten, Brest, Belarus. David was the son of Aron Gravitzky and Reizlya.

Claire’s maternal grandmother was named Pauline/Paulina/Paula Beckermann. Pauline was a Jewish emigrant, from Riga, Latvia. Her father was a rabbi in Frankfurt.

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