Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 21st Anniversary Screening of “Wayne’s World” – Arrivals – AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater – Beverly Hills, CA, USA, 2013 – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Place of Birth: Davenport, Iowa, U.S.

Date of Birth: March 24, 1970

Ethnicity: Irish (at least 56.25%), one quarter German, one eighth Italian, English

Lara Flynn Boyle is an American actress and producer. She is named after Lara from the novel Doctor Zhivago.

Lara is married to real estate investor Donald Ray Thomas II.

Lara’s paternal grandfather was Charles A. Boyle (Charles Augustus Boyle, the son of Michael Melvin Boyle and Margaret Roseanne/Rose Marsh). Charles was born in Spring Lake, Michigan, and was a politician; a member of the Democratic Party, he served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois, from January 3, 1955 to November 4, 1959, his death. Michael was born in Michigan, the son of Thomas Boyle, who was Irish, and of Honora/Nora Melvin, whose parents were Irish. Margaret was the daughter of Charles F. Marsh, who had deep roots in the U.S., and of Elizabeth Helena Kenney, who born in Canada, to Irish parents.

Lara’s paternal grandmother was Helen L. Shaughnessy (the daughter of Thomas Joseph Shaughnessy and Mary Assumpta Baldwin). Helen was born in Chatsworth, Illinois. Thomas was the son of Irish parents, from County Clare, Thomas J. Shaughnessy, from Bodyke, and Mary Ann Crimmins, from Kilrush. Lara’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of an Irish father, James Baldwin, from County Waterford, and of Margaret Cooney, who was born in Illinois, and likely was of Irish descent.

Lara’s maternal grandfather was Jacque/Jack/Charles Alois Negro (the son of Annibale G. Negro and Clara K. Hugel/Hiegel). Jacque was born in Illinois. Annibale was was born in Pralungo, Biella, Piedmont, Italy. Clara was the daughter of Aloise Hiegel, who was born in France, of German descent, and of Agnes M. Schebler/Scheppler/Schepler, who also had German ancestry.

Lara’s maternal grandmother was Kathleen Frances Flynn (the daughter of James Edward Flynn and Catherine Louise Troeskin). Kathleen was born in Illinois. James was born in Missouri, the son of John Edward Flynn, who was born in West Virginia, to Irish parents, and of Bridget Isabelle Quinn, who was born in New York, also to Irish parents. Catherine was also born in Missouri, to German parents, Henry Troeksen and Louise.

Sources: Lara’s paternal grandfather, Charles Augustus Boyle, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Lara’s paternal great-grandmother, Margaret Roseanne/Rose (Marsh) Boyle –

Lara’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Charles F. Marsh and Elizabeth Helena Kenney, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Lara’s maternal grandfather, Jacque/Jack/Charles Alois Negro, on the 1930 U.S. Census –


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12 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:

    Yay the correct picture. Thanks.

    • passingtime85 says:

      I don’t know why I was so pleased with this profile’s photo. While it’s true this is a picture of Lara, it’s a terrible representation of how she looks. No picture beyond 2005 should be used, after that she started opting for plastic surgery coupled with failing health, those factors really took a heavy toll on her look.

  2. passingtime85 says:

    The photo should be taken down. The profile would be better off, without a picture, rather than having the incorrect picture. I assure you, that is not Lara Flynn Boyle. It is a possibility it may not be Michelle Forbes, but it is, certainly without any doubt, not Lara.

  3. passingtime85 says:

    That profile picture is not Lara Flynn Boyle. Lara Flynn Boyle has blue eyes not brown. That picture is of actress Michelle Forbes.

  4. andrew says:

    French isn’t mentioned

    • madman says:

      That’s because Clara was of German descent.

      Clara K. Hugel —> Clara K. Hugel/Hiegel

      Clara was the daughter of Aloise Hiegel, who was born in France, of German descent, and Agnes M. Schebler/Scheppler/Schepler, who also had German ancestry.

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