Birth Name: Dorothy Diane Pfeiffer
Place of Birth: Midway City, Orange, California, United States
Date of Birth: January 1, 1964
*25% mix of English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, and Irish
Dedee Pfeiffer is an American film and television actress. She is the sister of actress, singer, and producer Michelle Pfeiffer.
Deedee is the daughter of Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer. Her family is from North Dakota. Her paternal grandfather was of German descent, and her paternal grandmother had English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, and Irish ancestry. Her mother is of half Swiss-German and half Swedish descent.
Deedee has two children with her former husband, Santiago A. Gomez. Her niece is Claudia Rose Pfeiffer.
Dedee’s paternal grandfather was William J. Pfeiffer, Jr. (the son of Wilhelm/William Frederick John Pfeiffer and Susanna/Susan A. Mueller). Dedee’s grandfather William was born in Minnesota. Dedee’s great-grandfather Wilhelm was born in Colbe, Satle Province, Saxony, Germany, and was the son of Ernst Pfeiffer and Henrietta Borchert. Susanna was born in Minnesota, of German descent, and was the daughter of John Henry Mueller and Catherine Myers.
Dedee’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Stanley (the daughter of James Bert/Burton Stanley and Blanche Hulda Griffith). Dorothy was born in North Dakota. Her parents and all of her grandparents were from Pennsylvania. Dorothy had English, Welsh, French, German, Dutch, and Irish ancestry. Blanche was the daughter of Abner Messenheimer Griffith and Rachel Penrose; Rachel was the daughter of William Penrose and Rebecca Wright.
Dedee’s maternal grandfather was Jacob Bernhard “Jake” Taverna (the son of Jacob Taverna and Dorethea “Dorothy” Bernard). Dedee’s grandfather Jacob was born in New Rockford, Eddy Co, North Dakota, to Swiss parents (his father from Davos). He was of Swiss-German descent. Jacob may have been related to the Von Taverna family of Switzerland. Dedee’s great-grandfather Jacob was the son of Hans Taverna and Anna Engel.
Dedee’s maternal grandmother was Delma Lillian Hill (the daughter of John Sigurd Hill and Amanda Karolina Olson). Delma was born in North Dakota. John was born in Minnesota, to Swedish parents, Johan Gustaf Peterson and Martha Kristina Johnsdotter. Amanda was born in Hornaryd, Sweden, the daughter of Sven Johan Olson and Sara Katarina Petersdotter.
Sources: Genealogy of Deedee Pfeiffer (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Dedee’s paternal grandmother, Dorothy Stanley, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Dedee’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Rachel Penrose (through Rachel’s brother, Mahlon Penrose) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Deedee Pfeiffer (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Dedee’s maternal grandfather, Jacob Bernhard “Jake” Taverna, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Genealogy of Dedee’s maternal grandfather, Jacob Bernhard “Jake” Taverna – http://records.ancestry.com
Dedee’s maternal grandmother, Delma Lillian Hill, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
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