Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

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Birth Name: Ferrah Leni Fawcett

Date of Birth: February 2, 1947

Place of Birth: Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas, U.S.

Date of Death: June 25, 2009

Place of Death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some Welsh, Scottish, and Irish

Farrah Fawcett was an American actress, model, and artist. She is known for her roles on the show Charlie’s Angels and in the films Extremities, The Apostle, and Logan’s Run, among other works. She was also credited as Farrah Fawcett-Majors, while married to actor Lee Majors, and Farrah Faucet.

Farrah was the daughter of Pauline Alice (Evans) and James William Fawcett. Until her death, her long-time partner was actor Ryan O’Neal. The couple had a son, Redmond O’Neal.

She is sometimes described as having had French or Choctaw Native American ancestry. It is not clear if these said ancestral lines have been verified/documented. Farrah is also sometimes stated as having had Lebanese ancestry, perhaps because her first name is of Arabic origin. However, she was not of Arab descent.

Farrah’s paternal grandfather was William Albert Fawcett (the son of John Fawcett and Clara Flavel/Flavell). William was born in Texas, to English parents. John was born in Hull, Yorkshire, the son of David Fawcett and Elizabeth Inchbold Green. Clara was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, the daughter of Benjamin Flavell and Esther Elizabeth Wood.

Farrah’s paternal grandmother was Myrtle Ola Hixon (the daughter of William Elbert “Billie” Hixon and Mary E. “Mollie” Steen). Myrtle was born in Texas. William was the son of Richard Hickson/Hixon and Margaret Ann Henderson.

Farrah’s maternal grandfather was John Henry Evans (the son of Starlin James Evans and Charolette Charity McManus). John was born in Louisiana, to parents from South Carolina. Starlin was the son of William H. Evans and Cynthia Mourning Diggs. Charolette was the daughter of Hugh Luke McManus, whose father’s family was from Tipperary, Ireland; and of Mary Elizabeth “Betsy” Campbell.

Farrah’s maternal grandmother was Martha Ann “Mattie” Johnson (the daughter of Robert Owen Johnson and Nancy Jane “Jennie” Mefford). Martha was born in Kentucky. Robert was the son of William Johnson and Mary Elizabeth Miller. Nancy was likely the daughter of John Quincy Mefford and Priscilla/Pricey/Pricy Harmon.

Sources: Genealogies of Farrah Fawcett – http://www.geni.com


Curious about ethnicity

35 Responses

  1. Preservationist says:

    I’m quite certain Farrah Fawcett was raised a Roman Catholic. How can that be given her ancestry?

    • Pict not Scot says:

      Maybe her family converted? I’m no expert, but there were Catholics in Britain for a long time, then it got banned in the 16th C for a couple of centuries, then gradually allowed again.

      • jackson9 says:

        I couldn’t find any French and/or Native American ancestry for Farrah Fawcett yet but she is at least 1/32 Irish.
        Maternal grandfather as listed John Henry Evans (1863-1926) (Louisiana), was the son of Starlin James Evans (1821) and Charolette Charity McManus (1822). Starlin was born in South Carolina, the son of William H. Evans and Cynthia Mourning Diggs. Charolette was born in South Carolina, the daughter of Hugh Luke McManus and Mary Elizabeth Betsy Campbell. Hugh’s father James McManus’s family hailed from Tipperary, Ireland.

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