Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly

Connelly in 2009, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Jennifer Lynn Connelly

Place of Birth: Cairo, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 12, 1970

*Irish, Norwegian (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Jennifer Connelly is an American actress and model. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for A Beautiful Mind (2001). She is also known for starring in the films Dark City, Requiem for a Dream, and Hulk.

Jennifer’s father was of Irish and Norwegian ancestry. Jennifer’s mother was Jewish (of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent).

Jennifer has three children, two with her husband, English actor Paul Bettany, and one with her former partner, photographer David Dugan.

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather was Jacob “Jack” Schumann/Schuman (the son of Meyer Schumann/Schuman and Yetta/Yette Gottlieb). Jacob was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents.

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother was Leah/Leona “Lee” Bernzweig (the daughter of Benjamin Bernzweig and Sophia/Sophie Rubin). Leah was born in New York, to Jewish parents from Galicia (Poland). Benjamin was the son of Moshe Bernzweig and Hannah. Sophia was the daughter of Dora.

Sources: Interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2004

Genealogy of Jennifer Connelly (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Jennifer’s maternal grandfather, Jacob “Jack” Schumann/Schuman, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Jacob “Jack” Schumann/Schuman on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Jennifer’s maternal grandmother, Leah/Leona “Lee” Bernzweig, on the 1920 U.S. Census –
Leah/Leona “Lee” Bernzweig on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

38 Responses

  1. ashash says:

    Is there a better picture of her?

  2. Holly12 says:

    Since when has Norwegian not been considered white?

  3. Me myself and I says:

    oh God I thought she was Italian because of her surname.. Connelly 10000% Italian.. but ok she is really beautiful

  4. pinksghetti says:

    She’s pretty but hope she goes back to her Rocketeer/Mall Rat weight from back in the early 90’s. She really stood out back then.

  5. ethnic says:

    to kira ;)

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