Kirsten Dunst

Dunst in 2011, Helga Esteb /

Birth Name: Kirsten Caroline Dunst

Place of Birth: Point Pleasant, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 30, 1982

Ethnicity: German, with one quarter Swedish, distant Polish

Kirsten Dunst is an American actress, director, model, and singer. She is known for her roles in the films New York Stories, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, Little Women (1994), Jumanji, Small Soldiers, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Dick (1999), The Virgin Suicides, Bring It On, Spider-Man, and its sequels; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Elizabethtown, Marie Antoinette (2006), Melancholia, Hidden Figures, The Beguiled (2017), and The Power of the Dog, and television’s Fargo and On Becoming a God in Central Florida.

Kirsten is the daughter of Inez (Rupprecht), who worked for Lufthansa as a flight attendant, and was an artist and gallery owner; and Klaus Dunst, who worked for Siemens as a medical services executive. Her father is German, from Bad Schwartau, and also has distant Polish ancestry. Her mother is American-born, from New Jersey. Kirsten’s maternal grandfather was of German descent, while Kirsten’s maternal grandmother was of Swedish ancestry. Kirsten also has German citizenship. Kirsten was raised in Brick Township, New Jersey, and later in Los Angeles, California, for her acting career.

Kirsten is married to actor Jesse Plemons, with whom she has two children.

Kirsten’s paternal grandfather was named Hermann Gustav Dunst. Hermann was German.

Kirsten’s paternal grandmother was Ingeborg Alice Maahs/Maass (the daughter of Fritz Maahs and Lilli Wehle). Ingeborg was German. Fritz was born in Landsberg, Germany. Lilli was born in Bługowo, Poland, the daughter of Hans Wehle and Alice Gregor.

Kirsten’s maternal grandfather was Howard R. Rupprecht (the son of Edward B. Rupprecht and Susana/Susan Herold). Howard was born in New Jersey. Edward was born in New Jersey, to parents of German descent. Susana was born in New Jersey, to German parents, August Herold and Susana/Susan Kronung.

Kirsten’s maternal grandmother was Melba Carol Wing (the daughter of Albert Nathaniel Wing and Emma Karolina/Carolina Forslund). Melba was born in Minnesota. Albert was born in Minnesota, the son of Swedish parents, Carl Fritz/Fins-Carl Larson/Larsson Wing and Karin/Sol-Karin Nelsdotter/Nilsdotter Solberg. Emma was also born in Minnesota, also to Swedish parents, Olof/Ole Olsson Forslund and Brita Danielson/Danielsdotter.

Sources: Genealogy of Kirsten Dunst –

Kirsten’s maternal grandfather, Howard R. Rupprecht, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Kirsten’s maternal great-grandmother, Susana/Susan Herold, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Kirsten’s maternal grandmother, Melba Carol Wing, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

42 Responses

  1. muricansareallmutts says:

    Her face looks finnish. Not because of her dyed hair.

    • Nathan M says:

      She’s not Finnish though so she doesn’t have a Finnish face and she was born a blonde so technically she’s not a fraud lol

    • italiano90 says:

      Its funny that you say that because I know a woman who looks exactly like Kirsten Dunst but with dirty blonde hair. She is half German and half Finnish but she gets her looks from her German mother. Kirsten looks like what she is.

  2. jonasbttencourt says:

    Wow that is a white woman, imagine her kids with Paul Bettany lol they would be the whitest kids ever.

  3. JRose says:

    Most Germans I know and in my family do not look like this. She looks more Swedish to me.

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