Lake Bell

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Bell in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Lake Siegel Bell (possibly)

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

Date of Birth: March 24, 1979

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Lake Bell is an American actress, writer, and director. She has directed, written, and starred in the films In a World… and I Do… Until I Don’t. She also co-created, starred in, and directed episodes of the show Bless This Mess, and directed episodes of Childrens Hospital, Casual, which she also appeared on; and Pam & Tommy.

Lake is the daughter of Robin Bell and Harvey Siegel. Lake’s father, a real estate developer, bought the Virginia International Raceway, re-opened it, and converted it into a racetrack country club; he also owned the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Lake’s mother owns the design firm Robin Bell Design.

Lake has said that her father is Jewish and her mother is Protestant by religion. However, Lake’s mother was also born to Jewish parents.

Lake is married to artist and tattoo artist Scott Campbell, with whom she has two children.

Lake’s paternal grandfather was named Sol/Sal Siegel.

Lake’s paternal grandmother was named Molly.

Lake’s maternal grandfather was Calvin Eric Bell, Jr. (born Calvin Belchikoff, the son of Max Belchikoff and Carrie Rosenzweig). Calvin was born in New York. Max was a Jewish emigrant from the Russian Empire, born in Vitebsk, Belarus, and was the son of Abraham Belchikoff and Anna Leah Ponson. Carrie was the daughter of Romanian Jewish parents, Morris Rosenzweig and Lillian.

Lake’s maternal grandmother is Ina Carol Parker (the daughter of Louis I. Pokrass and Lillian Kozlow). Ina was born in New York. Louis and Lillian were both Russian Jewish immigrants. Louis was born in Korsun. Lillian was the daughter of Nathan Kozlow and Rachel.

Sources: Lake’s maternal grandfather, Calvin Eric Bell, Jr. (then Calvin Belchikoff), on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lake’s maternal grandfather, Calvin Eric Bell, Jr. –

Lake’s maternal great-grandfather, Max Belchikoff, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Lake’s maternal great-grandmother, Carrie Rosenzweig, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Lake’s maternal grandmother, Ina Carol Pokrass, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lake’s great-uncle, Harvey L. Parker (the brother of Lake’s maternal grandmother, Ina Carol Pokrass) –


Curious about ethnicity

19 Responses

  1. bearboy says:

    I know she is 100% Ashkenazi Jewish but does she identify as Jewish?

  2. bablah says:

    Vitebsk is in Belarus.

  3. bearboy says:

    okay btw please add Ann Kirkpatrick (John McCain’s opponent for the senate) to ethnic celebs. I am guessing she is Irish but I don’t know much else about her ethnicity.

    • follers says:

      I’m not being humorous. It would be a weird joke of questionable humor value.

      As for Ann Kirkpatrick, you can always submit her yourself.

      • bearboy says:

        Okay I will add her but I’ll I would write is, “Kirkpatrick is an Irish surname.” Also I am confused humorous about what?

        • follers says:

          About Lake Bell’s ancestry.

          • bearboy says:

            Ah okay. I added Ann Kirkpatrick and I guess I was wrong the surname is more often Scottish than Irish. Although “McCain” is more often Irish even though John McCain’s paternal lineage is Scottish.

  4. bearboy says:

    If it helps at all she says her mother’s a WASP more specifically. “My dad’s a Jew and my mom’s a WASP, so that should pretty much say it all.”

  5. scallyswag says:

    always thought she had some arabic or turkish roots

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