Karina Lombard

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Lombard in 2004, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Tahiti, French Polynesia

Date of Birth: January 21, 1969

*father – evidently Swiss and Russian
*mother – publicly unclear, possibly Lakota Native American or Polynesian

Karina Lombard is a French and American actress, singer, and model. She is known for her role on the drama series The L Word as Marina.

Karina was born in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Her father, Henri Lombard, is said to be of Swiss and Russian descent, and is also stated to be from an aristocratic family. In press articles on Karina, her mother is said to be Nupuree Lightfoot, a Lakota Native American medicine woman. It is not clear if that is accurate. Her mother’s surname may in fact have been Mataitai, a Polynesian name.

Articles from 1993 say that Karina was raised by her father, after he persuaded her mother to give up rights to Karina, “under pressure from his aristocratic family to leave Nupuree… “She agreed we should have a ‘white’ upbringing.””

Karina grew up in Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain, and attended several Swiss boarding schools. She speaks several European languages, including English. She moved to New York City, New York, U.S., when she was eighteen.

Sources: Article about Karina’s background at People Magazine, 1993 – https://people.com

Article about Karina’s background at McCall’s, 1993 – http://www.mcall.com


Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. alexgxo says:

    Her father ethnicity should also be put as “publicly unclear”. Something like: “publicly unclear, possibly Swiss/Russian or French.” Given how the sources given are dubious.

    Outside of the English-speaking world, the surname “Lombard” is most commonly found in France, its one of the top 300 surnames in the country according to the “Forebears” website. https://forebears.io/surnames/lombard

    In Switzerland, the surname is very rare, only about 200 people have it and they mainly live in the French-speaking side. Plus, I mean, Karina was born in French Polynesia.

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