Jenny Lumet

The 2009 IFC Indie Film Celebration

Lumet in 2009, photo by

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

Date of Birth: February 2, 1967

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – African-American, some English

Jenny Lumet is an American actress and screenwriter. She wrote the film Rachel Getting Married. She has co-created the shows Clarice, The Man Who Fell to Earth, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and was a writer for them all, as well as for Star Trek: Discovery.

She is the daughter of filmmaker Sidney Lumet and journalist Gail Lumet Buckley, and the granddaughter of singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist Lena Horne. Her father was from a Polish Jewish family. Her mother is African-American, with some English ancestry.

Jenny is married to Alexander Weinstein. She has a son, actor and musician Jake Cannavale, with her former husband, actor Bobby Cannavale; and a daughter with Alexander.

Jenny’s paternal grandfather was Baruch Lumet (the son of Abraham Lumet and Sarah Erder). Baruch was a Jewish emigrant from Poland, who was born in Warsaw.

Jenny’s paternal grandmother was Eugenia Gitl Wermus (the daughter of Abraham Izchak Wermus and Shoshana Dawid). Eugenia was a Jewish emigrant from Poland.

Jenny’s maternal grandfather was Louis Jordan Jones (the son of William Augustus Jones and Nannie Cannon). Louis was born in Illinois. William was the son of The Rev. Jerry M. Jones and Laura. Nannie was the daughter of John Cannon and Ophelia Ford.

Jenny’s maternal grandmother was Lena Horne (Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, the daughter of Edwin Fletcher Horne, Jr. and Edna Louise Scottron). Lena was born in New York, to African-American parents. She also had English ancestry. Edwin was the son of Edwin Fletcher Horne, Sr. and Cora Catherine Calhoun. Edna was the daughter of Cyrus L. Scottron and Louise Ashton Logan; Cyrus was the son of prominent inventor Samuel Raymond Scottron/Scrotton and Anna Maria Willett.

Jenny’s grandmother Lena was sometimes stated to have had Native American roots. It is not clear if this Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.


Genealogy of Jenny Lumet (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Jenny’s maternal grandmother, Lena Horne –

Jenny’s maternal great-grandfather, Edwin Fletcher Horne, Jr., on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Edwin Fletcher Horne, Jr. on the 1920 U.S. Census –

2 Responses

  1. Kimmel says:

    Nice mix.

  2. perez-richart says:

    beautiful mixed girl

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