Leila Arcieri

Arcieri in 2008, Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Leila C. Arcieri

Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 18, 1973

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*African-American (mother)

Leila Arcieri is an American actress, model, and businessperson. Her roles include the films xXx, Wild Things 2, Daddy Day Care, and King’s Ransom, and the show Son of the Beach. She was Miss San Francisco.

Her father is Ashkenazi Jewish. Her mother is African-American.

A 2005 People Magazine article states that her “heritage is African-American, Native American, Jewish and Italian.” Her paternal grandparents were both Jewish. When her father was around four, her paternal grandmother re-married to Libero Arcieri, who is of Italian origin. It is not clear if Leila’s mother having Native American ancestry has been verified/documented.

Leila’s paternal grandfather was named Ben Finkel. Ben was born in New York.

Leila’s paternal grandmother was named Diana B. Schneider. Diana was born in Russia.

Leila’s maternal grandfather was Corporal James Roland Bryant “J.R.” McClain (the son of James Edward Bryant McClain and Jessica Stoney). Corp. James was born in South Carolina. He was a Tuskegee Airman.

Source: Obituary of Leila’s maternal grandfather, Corporal, James Roland Bryant “J.R.” McClain – https://www.findagrave.com


Curious about ethnicity

18 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:

    Did anyone look into Transemacabre’s comments that were lost in the server shuffle?

    Transemacabre claimed her father was born to Diana Schneider and Benjamin Finkel. Married in 1945 but divorced in 1951, later that same year Diana married Libero Arcieri and Leila’s father switched surnames. If that is the correct Diana, Transemacabre wasn’t 100% sure, her father’s birth place was listed as Russia on the 1950 census.

    Transemacabre cited New York, New York, US marriage licenses index 1907-2018 to note Leila’s parents’ marriage year as 1971.

    Then cited New York, New York, US birth index 1910-1965 for the information on her father.

    If the evidence collected accurately identifies Leila’s paternal grandparents, Transemacabre thought the surnames and birth place indicated both her paternal grandparents were of Jewish heritage.

    Anyway, just thought it was worth mentioning again.

  2. mayra.santana says:

    she does not look full white. Her nose, lips say otherwise. And shes usually darker, she looks very white in this picture.

  3. midori29 says:

    @nieltenant its the picture and lighting makes her look lighter and whiter . If you google her on the internet she looks mixed.

  4. passingtime85 says:

    Someone like Amber Heard looks full white. Leila does not look, nor could pass for, fully/solely white.

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