Leelee Sobieski

Sobieski in 2009, Featureflash / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski

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

Date of Birth: June 10, 1983

*father – French, along with Polish and Swiss
*mother – three quarters Ashkenazi Jewish, one quarter Dutch/Frisian

Leelee Sobieski is an American actress.

She is the daughter of Elizabeth Sobieski (née Salomon), a film producer and screenwriter, and Jean Sobieski, a painter and actor. Her father is a French immigrant, with largely French roots, and also has Polish and Swiss ancestry. Her mother is American. Leelee’s maternal grandfather was from a Russian Jewish family, while Leelee’s maternal grandmother was of Belarusian Jewish/Lithuanian Jewish descent, on her own father’s side, and of Dutch/Frisian descent, on her own mother’s side.

Her middle name Elsveta is Polish for Elisabeth.

Leelee is married to fashion designer Adam Kimmel, with whom she has two children. Adam is the son of real estate developer and philanthropist Martin Kimmel, and is Jewish. Leelee has also been known as Leelee Kimmel.

Leelee’s paternal grandfather was Marcel Léon André Sobieski (the son of Edmond Baptistin Sobieski and Jeanne Vial). Marcel was born in Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. Edmond was the son of Louis “André” Sobieski and Louise Denise Blanche. Jeanne was the daughter of Joseph Vial and Marie Immaculée Joséphine Léonie Élisabeth Eusébie Roux.

Leelee’s paternal grandmother was named Liliane Mathilde Dénéréas (the daughter of Henri Dénéréas, of a woman surnamed de Cocatrix).

Leelee’s maternal grandfather was Robert Jesse/Jess Salomon (the son of Gilbert Harold Salomon and Hilda Dorothy Siederman). Robert was born in New York, and was a U.S. Navy captain. His parents were of Russian Jewish descent. Gilbert was born in New York, the son of Morris Salomon and Belle/Bella, or of Reuben Soloman/Salomon and Mary Lapides. Hilda was born in Connecticut, the daughter of Elias Siederman and Ray.

Leelee’s maternal grandmother was Gloria Doris Green (the daughter of Samuel Green and Alice DeYoung). Gloria was born in New Jersey. Samuel was the son of Joseph Green and Sarah Rosenstein, who were Jewish emigrants, Joseph from Grodna, Belarus and Sarah from Vilnius, Lithuania. Alice was the daughter of Dutch emigrants, Alexander/Sander Willems DeJong/De Jong/DeYoung, from Nijehaske, Skarsterlân, and Grietje/Gertrude Klazes Wiersma.

Sources: Genealogy of Leelee Sobieski – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Leelee Sobieski (focusing on her father’s side) – https://gw.geneanet.org

Leelee’s maternal grandfather, Robert Jesse Salomon, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Leelee’s maternal great-grandmother, Hilda Dorothy Siederman, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

24 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Just curious, how did you determine that her father is part Swiss?

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