Birth Name: Deborah Mazar
Place of Birth: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 15, 1964
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish (raised Christian)
*mother – Scottish, Danish, German, Swiss-German, other
Debi Mazar is an American actress and television personality. She started out as a B-girl in the New York hip hop scene in the early 1980s. She is known for her role as Shauna Roberts on the HBO series Entourage and for appearing on season nine of Dancing with the Stars.
Debi’s father, Harija/Harry Fogelmanis/Mazar, was born in Riga, Latvia, to a Jewish family. He was raised Catholic. He came to the U.S. after World War II.
Debi’s mother, Nancy Kapies, was born Catholic, later converted to Judaism, then became a Buddhist, and then a Jehovah’s Witness, for a time. At one point, it was stated on the internet that Debi’s mother is of Italian descent. This is not accurate.
Debi is married to Italian celebrity cook Gabriele Corcos, with whom she has two children. Gabriele is of mostly Jewish background.
Debi’s paternal grandmother was named Austra.
Debi’s maternal grandfather was named Harry Kappes (the son of Henry A. Kappes and Myra Hayes). Debi’s grandfather Harry was born in New York. Myra’s father was Scottish and her mother was Danish.
Debi’s maternal grandmother was Evelyn Iris Smith (the daughter of William Francis Drysdale Smith and Gertrude Zimmerman). Evelyn was born in New York. Gertrude was the daughter of a German father, Wilhelm/William Zimmerman, and of a Swiss mother, Martha Kreis.
It is possible that Debi is related to actor and model Corey Fogelmanis. Debi’s father also at one point had the surname Fogelmanis, and had come to the U.S. from Latvia after World War II, like Corey’s grandfather.
Source: Debi’s maternal grandfather, Harry Kappes, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Harry Kappes on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Any ideas about her mother? Probably Eastern European, right?
Boy, that was fast. I put her on featured posts last night. It worked!
I think Kapies might be a surname from a previous marriage, or a misspelling.
The internet used to say that her mother is Italian, but I believe Mazar explicitly corrected that.
I actually searched for her profile to see if she had a page.
Misspelling seems likely, probably taken from this marriage record:
There are a few Hungarian Kapies. At first the surname struck me as Lithuanian or Greek.
I thought she was Italian
well my sister was thinking she was italian,since she has an italian husband,they both have a food show,but i knew she wasnt italian,cuz she didnt look italian,but shes pretty,& seems nice.