Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 13, 1986
*father – English, with distant Irish, remote Scottish, Welsh, and German
*mother – Ashkenazi Jewish
Lena Dunham is an American actress, director, writer, and producer.
Lena is the daughter of Laurie Simmons, an artist, photographer, and filmmaker, and Carroll Dunham, a painter. Lena’s father has English, a small amount of Irish, and remote Scottish, Welsh, and German, ancestry. Lena’s mother is Ashkenazi Jewish (of Russian Jewish descent). Lena has described herself as Jewish.
Her sister is writer and activist Grace Dunham. Her paternal four times great-grandfather was businessperson and economist Edward Kellogg.
Lena’s paternal grandfather was Carroll Dunham IV (the son of Carroll Dunham III and Ruth Harper Pilling). Lena’s grandfather Carroll was born in Massachusetts. Lena’s great-grandfather Carroll was the son of Carroll Dunham, Jr. and Margaret Worcester Dows. Ruth was the daughter of James Constantine Pilling and Mary Lois Harper.
Lena’s paternal grandmother was Carol Marguerite Reynolds (the daughter of Donald Grant Reynolds and Kathryn D. Harding). Carol was born in New Hampshire. Donald was the son of Hayden Lord Reynolds and Hattie Florence Warner. Kathryn was the daughter of Lyman Darius Harding and Nora D. Daniels, whose mother was born in Cork, Ireland.
Lena’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Ira Simmons (the son of Louis Simonoff and Lena Rubin).
Lena’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Carole “Dottie” Trussel (the daughter of Henry Trussel and Mildred Hyman). Dorothy was born in New York. Henry was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Mildred was the daughter of Austrian Jewish parents, Jacob Hyman and Regina Seltinworth.
Obituary of Lena’s paternal grandmother, Carol Marguerite (Reynolds) Dunam – http://articles.courant.com
Obituaries of Lena’s maternal grandfather, Samuel Ira Simmons – http://www.nytimes.com
Lena’s maternal great-grandparents, Louis Simonoff and Lena Rubin, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org