Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis Dreyfus ethnic background

Louis-Dreyfus in 2008, image via Joe Seer/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus

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

Date of Birth: January 13, 1961

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish (37.5%), Mexican, English, French, German, Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is an American actress, comedian, producer, and singer. She is known for starring on the shows Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Veep, and for her roles in the films Troll, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Deconstructing Harry, A Bug’s Life, Enough Said, Onward, Downfall, and You Hurt My Feelings.

Julia is the daughter of Judith and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus (also known as William Louis-Dreyfus), a businessperson. Her father was French-born, while her mother was American-born. Her stepfather, L. Thompson Bowles, was Dean of the George Washington University Medical School. Julia is married to comedian and actor Brad Hall, with whom she has two children. Julia’s half-sister is actress Lauren Bowles, who is married to actor Patrick Fischler.

Julia’s paternal grandfather was a French Jew, from a prominent family. Julia’s paternal grandmother was born in New York, to a Brazilian Jewish father, and to a mother who had Mexican and English ancestry, and was Catholic. Julia’s mother’s ancestry includes French, German, English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish/Northern Irish. During her childhood, Julia’s mother occasionally took her to Unitarian services.

Julia’s paternal grandfather was Pierre Louis-Dreyfus (Pierre Guy Robert Louis-Dreyfus, the son of Charles Louis-Dreyfus and Sarah Germaine Hément). Pierre was born in Paris, France, to a Jewish family, with roots in Alsace; he fought in the French Resistance during World War II, flying 88 missions for Charles de Gaulle’s Free French Air Force. He later chaired the family’s company, Louis Dreyfus Company, which is involved in agriculture, food processing, international shipping, and finance. Charles was born in Zurich, Switzerland, the son of Léopold Cerf Léon Louis-Dreyfus, an investor and businessperson, who founded the company, as Louis Dreyfus Group in 1851; and of Émilie Lang. Julia’s great-grandmother Germaine was born in Paris, the daughter of Edgard Hément and Berthe Pauline Worms.

Julia’s paternal grandmother was Dolores Neubauer (the daughter of Henry Neubauer and Maria Manuela/Mancueala Velez Escalante). Dolores was born in New Rochelle, New York, U.S. She was Catholic. Julia’s great-grandfather Henry was born in either Brazil or the Netherlands, and was Jewish, the son of Marcus/Marc Cahen Neubauer, who was born in Den Haag, Netherlands, and of Julia Schilsky, who was born in London, England. Julia Schilsky was herself the daughter of Joseph Hendrik/Henry Schilsky, who was born in Sulęcin, Powiat Sulęciński, Woiwodschap Lubusz, Poland, and of Clara Bloch, who was born in Metz, Moselle, Alsace-Lorraine, France. Julia’s great-grandmother Maria Manuela/Mancueala Velez Escalante was Mexican, and was born in Altar, Sonora, the daughter of Vicente/Vincente Velez Escalante Fontes or Joseph Manuel Toribio de Escalante, and of Maria Sabina de los Dolores Washington Sydnor Tamayo; Manuela was of approximately three quarters Mexican, and one quarter American/English-American, ancestry. This makes Julia’s ancestry approximately 9.375% Mexican.

Julia’s maternal grandfather was Harry Everett/Errett LeFever (the son of Errett William A. LeFever and Lola May “Lolie” Howard). Harry was born in Mountville, Ohio. Lauren’s great-grandfather Errett was a Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives, and was the son of Isaac P. LeFever and Bathsheba/Berthasheba Jane Shepard. Lola was the daughter of Alfred Taylor Howard and Lucretia H. Mitchell.

Julia’s maternal grandmother was Grace E. Riggs (the daughter of Joseph/Joe Warren Riggs and Bessie/Bess Luella/Louella Stahlman). Grace was born in Pennsylvania. Joseph was the son of Winfield Scott Riggs and Margaret Ann “Maggie” White. Bessie was the daughter of William Henry Stahlman and Mary Ellen Knapp.

Through her Alsatian Jewish heritage, Julia is a paternal ninth cousin of French politician Gabriel Attal, who has been Prime Minister of France, since 9 January, 2024. Julia and Gabriel share eight times great-grandparents, Elias Elie Lévy, who was born, c. 1672, in Soultzmatt, Haut-Rhin, and Ella Elizabeth Meyer.

Sources: Genealogy of Julia Louis-Dreyfus – https://www.geni.com

Julia’s paternal grandmother, Dolores Neubauer, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage records of Julia’s paternal great-grandparents, Henry Neubauer and Maria Manuela/Mancueala Velez Escalante – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Julia’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Marcus/Marc Cahen Neubauer and Julia Schilsky – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Julia’s maternal grandparents, Harry Everett LeFever and Grace E. Riggs – https://familysearch.org


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13 Responses

  1. italiano90 says:

    @jackson9 Curious why do you think Miranda is 1/8th Russian Jewish?

  2. jackson9 says:

    I remember on Seinfeld one of her (Elaine’s) boyfriends (Darrell I think) thought they were in an interracial relationship thinking she was Latino. Turns out the guy was right lol.

    • passingtime85 says:

      He thought she was Hispanic because he thought her surname was Benez and she kept bringing him to Spanish/Mexican restaurants. She did that because she thought it would be a compromise and/or in between culinary wise because she thought he was African American.

      • jackson9 says:

        Yes, I am glad you appreciate the show as well.

        • passingtime85 says:

          While growing up in the 90s, the reruns were on very frequently. I probably have seen every episode at least 3 times. He also associated her curly hair with being Hispanic, not quite sure why that is. But yeah the character was correct in a round about way.

          • jackson9 says:

            @Passingtime85, can you please look into the Jewish ancestry of Joss Stone and Miranda Cosgrove? I say Miranda is 1/8th Russian Jewish but @Follers thinks I am conspiracy theorist :-(

          • passingtime85 says:

            I gave up the idea that Joss has Jewish heritage, a while ago. Not sure about Miranda. Maybe one day something may turn up.

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