Place of Birth: Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 25, 1965
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish, English, German, Scottish
*mother – Romanian, Italian
Illeana Douglas is an American actress, director, screenwriter, and producer.
Illeana was named after Princess Ileana of Romania.
Illeana’s paternal grandfather was prominent actor Melvyn Douglas (born Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg, the son of Edouard Gregory Hesselberg and Lena Priscilla Shackelford). Melvyn was born in Macon, Bibb, Georgia. His brother was actor George Douglas. Illeana’s great-grandfather Edouard, a pianist and composer, was a Latvian Jewish emigrant, born in Riga, the son of Heinrich/Henry Hesselberg and Sarah/Sora Davidov/Davidoff. Illeana’s great-grandmother Lena was born in LaGrange Furnace, Stewart, Tennessee, and had English and Scottish ancestry, and was the daughter of George Taliaferro Shackelford, a Union Army officer, and of Emma Jane Douglas. Illeana’s step-grandmother was politician Helen Gahagan Douglas.
Illeana’s paternal grandmother was Rosalind Hightower (the daughter of William Raleigh Hightower and Rosa Eula Hosch). Rosalind was born in Gainesville, Hall, Georgia. William was the son of William J. Hightower and Mary A. Illeana’s great-grandmother Rosa was the daughter of William Gennings Bartholomew Hosch and Angeline/Angie Victoria Braselton/Brazleton.
Illeana’s maternal grandparents were named Charles Georgescu and Anna Scarvetta. Charles was Romanian. Anna was born in New York, to Italian parents.
Sources: Genealogy of Illeana Douglas (focusing on her father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogies of Illeana’s paternal grandfather, Melvyn Douglas (born Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg) (focusing on his mother’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Death record of Illeana’s paternal great-grandfather, Edouard Gregory Hesselberg – https://www.familysearch.org
Illeana’s paternal great-grandmother, Lena Priscilla Shackelford, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org