Place of Birth: Sparks, Nevada, U.S.
Date of Birth: November 21, 1984
Ethnicity: Norwegian, German, English, Irish, Scottish, 1/16th Mexican
Jena Malone is an American actress, musician, and photographer. Her roles include the films Contact, Stepmom, Donnie Darko, Life as a House, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, The Ballad of Jack & Rose, Pride & Prejudice (2005), Into the Wild, The Ruins, The Messenger, Sucker Punch, and The Hunger Games universe, among others.
Her father’s surname is Berge. She was raised by her mother Deborah and by her mother’s girlfriend.
Jena has a son with her former partner, photographer Ethan DeLorenzo.
Jena’s paternal grandfather was Karl Edward Berge (the son of Edward John Berge and Sybills Marie Gegen). Karl was born in Minnesota, and owned casino Karl’s Silver Club. Jena’s great-grandfather Edward was the son of John I. Berge, who was Norwegian, and of Ida Christine Frandle, whose parents were Norwegian. Sybills was the daughter of John Peter Gegen, whose parents were German, and of Mary Jane Flynn, whose father, and maternal grandparents, were Irish.
Jena’s paternal grandmother was Nancy Ruth Hale (the daughter of Allen Henry Hale and Eleanor Esther Davis). Nancy was born in Miami, Gila, Arizona. Allen was born in Tombstone, Cochise, Arizona, the son of William Henry Hale and Carlota “Lottie” Sanchez, who was Mexican. Eleanor was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Aaron Jasper Davis and Anna Mary Kerr.
Jena’s maternal grandfather was Richard Neal Malone (the son of Oscar E. Malone and Valere Findley). Richard was born in Illinois. Oscar was the son of Samuel Jackson Malone and Mary Effie Massengill. Valere was the daughter of Daniel Barkus Findley and Pearl Minnie McQuaid.
Jena’s maternal grandmother was Helen Alberta Hillegas (born Helen Alberta Miller, the daughter of James A. G. Miller and Ina Etta Webster, born Maggie Matthews). Helen was born in Iowa. James was the son of William Franklin Miller and Elizabeth Ellen Canine. Ina was the daughter of William Jasper Newton Matthews and Caroline Neff.
Sources: Jena’s paternal grandfather, Karl Edward Berge, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Jena’s paternal great-grandmother, Sybills Marie Gegen, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Jena’s paternal grandmother, Nancy Ruth Hale, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth record of Jena’s paternal great-grandfather, Allen Henry Hale – https://www.familysearch.org
Jena’s paternal great-grandfather, Allen Henry Hale, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org