Birth Name: Gillian Amalia Zinser
Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Date of Birth: November 4, 1985
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Gillian Zinser is an American actress. She appeared on the show 90210.
Her father was born in Berlin, Germany, and was likely an ethnic German. Her mother is an American, who is Ashkenazi Jewish. Her cousin, mother’s brother’s son, is actor Hale Appleman.
Gillian’s maternal grandfather was Irving Lawrence Appleman (the son of Harron Appleman and Anna Weisman). Irving was born in New York. Harron was born in Romania, the son of Ela Appleman. Anna was from Poland.
Gillian’s maternal grandmother was Harriet B. Birkenholtz (the daughter of Samuel “Sam” Birkenholtz/Birkenhotz and Ray Hornig). Samuel was born in Galicia, Austria, the son of Simon Birkenholtz and Fanny Levon. Ray was born in Galicia, the daughter of Hav Hornig and Rose Herbst.
Sources: Gillian’s maternal grandfather, Irving Lawrence Appleman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – http://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Gillian’s maternal grandfather, Irving Lawrence Appleman – http://www.legacy.com
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