Karina Lombard

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Lombard in 2004, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Tahiti, French Polynesia

Date of Birth: January 21, 1969

*Swiss, Russian (father)
*Lakota Native American (mother)

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 of Swiss and Russian descent, and is said to be from an aristocratic family. In press articles on Karina, her mother is said to be Nupuree Lightfoot, a Lakota Native American woman.

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

11 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Why is Native American still there?

    • bablah says:

      Beats me. I’ve posted twice in the last year that her mother is Tahitian. Her wiki was also changed by her nephew who was also puzzled as to why his grandmother was described as Lakota, when she’s Polynesian.

      • madman says:

        I guess some things just aren’t gonna be changed. The Dukakis debacle comes to mind. I don’t want to be too specific though, or else my comment is just going to be removed.

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