Birth Name: Joan Geraldine Bennett
Date of Birth: February 27, 1910
Place of Birth: Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of Death: December 7, 1990
Place of Death: Scarsdale, New York
Ethnicity: English, some Sephardi Jewish
Joan Bennett was an American actress. She was the daughter of Richard Bennett (Clarence Charles William Henry Richard Bennett), an actor, and Adrienne Morrison (Mabel Adrienne Morrison), an actress and literary agent. Her siblings were actress Constance Bennett and actress and dancer Barbara Bennett.
Joan was married to publisher and film critic David Wilde, until her death. She had a daughter with her former husband, John Marion Fox; a daughter with her former husband, screenwriter and producer Gene Markey, and two children with her former husband, producer Walter Wanger.
Joan’s paternal grandparents were George Washington Bennett and Eliza Huffman.
Joan’s maternal grandfather was Lewis/Louis “Morris” W. Morris/Morrison. Lewis was born in the West Indies, likely Jamaica, to an English-born father and a Spanish-born mother. Lewis’s mother’s family, the Carvalhos, were Sephardi Jews.
Joan’s maternal grandmother was Rosebelle/Rosabella/Rose M. Wood.
Sources: Genealogy of Joan Bennett – https://www.geni.com
Obituaries of Joan’s parents and maternal grandparents, Lewis/Louis “Morris” W. Morris/Morrison and Rosebelle/Rosabella/Rose M. Wood – https://www.findagrave.com
Marriage record of Joan’s maternal grandparents, Lewis/Louis “Morris” W. Morris/Morrison and Rosebelle/Rosabella/Rose M. Wood – https://www.familysearch.org
Joan’s maternal grandfather, Lewis/Louis “Morris” W. Morris/Morrison, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org