Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Kelly Killoren Bensimon at the NBC Universal Press Tour All-Star Party, Langham Huntington Hotel, Pasadcena, CA. 01-13-11, photo by s_bukley/

Birth Name: Kelly Jean Killoren

Place of Birth: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 1, 1968

Ethnicity: German, English, Czech, Irish

Kelly Killoren Bensimon is an American model, author, entrepreneur, television personality, and real estate agent. She was a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City. She is also known as Kelly Bensimon.

Kelly has two children with her former husband, French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon.

Kelly’s paternal grandfather was Edward Ignatius Killoren (the son of Endor/Andrew Killoren and Mary Durphy/Murphy). Edward was born in Illinois. Andrew was born in Ireland, the son of Andrew Killoren and Margaret Keenan. Mary was born in Illinois.

Kelly’s paternal grandmother was Louise M. Wittman (the daughter of Charles Wittmann and Louise/Louisa Rostow/Russow). Kelly’s grandmother Louise was born in Illinois, to parents from Germany.

Kelly’s maternal grandfather was Leslie/Lesley J. Bork (the son of Joseph H. Bork and Edith M. Jones). Leslie was born in Wisconsin. Joseph was born in Wisconsin, to German parents, August Friedrich Ferdinand Bork and Matilda L. Ratdke. Edith was born in Wisconsin, the daughter of Noah Jones and Martha Ofield Harnden, whose parents were English.

Kelly’s maternal grandmother was Erna Pospeschil/Pospischil/Pospascil (the daughter of Frank J. Pospeschil/Pospischil and Mary/Marie J. Peshel). Erna was born in Wisconsin, to parents from Czechoslovakia, who were listed as German speakers on the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Censuses. The surname Pospíšil is of Czech origin.

Sources: Obituary of Kelly’s father –

Genealogy of Kelly Killoren Bensimon (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Obituary of Kelly’s mother –

Kelly’s maternal grandfather, Leslie/Lesley J. Bork, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Kelly’s maternal grandmother, Erna Pospeschil/Pospischil/Pospascil, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

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