Birth Name: Melissa Marie Benoist
Place of Birth: Harris, Texas, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 4, 1988
Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, one eighth French/French-Canadian
Melissa Benoist is an American actress, singer, and producer. Her roles include Supergirl, as well as Whiplash, Danny Collins, The Longest Ride, Patriots Day, Lowriders, and Waco.
She is married to actor Chris Wood, with whom she has a son.
Melissa’s paternal grandfather was James Herbert/Hubert Benoist (the son of Edgar James Benoist and Helen M. Hachting). Melissa’s grandfather James was born in St. Louis County, Missouri. Edgar was the son of Leon Benoist and Mary Barteau, and was of French-Canadian and French descent. Helen was the daughter of George Washington Hachting, whose father was born in Westphalia, Germany, and whose maternal grandparents were also German; and of Rosalie “Rose” Lucas, whose father was Canadian.
Melissa’s paternal grandmother was Patricia Ann Logan (the daughter of James V. Logan and Frances Ann Bittick). Patricia was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Frances was the daughter of James C. Bittick and Julia M. Roth.
Melissa’s maternal grandfather was Norbourne Alan “Norb” Smith (the son of Norbourne Eggelston/Egleston Smith and Marguerite Willa Fishburn). Melissa’s grandfather Norbourne was born in Denver, Colorado. Melissa’s great-grandfather Norbourne was the son of Norbourne Preston Smith and Lillian P. Whitmore. Marguerite was the daughter of John Nathan Fishburn and Susan Ann Stillman.
Melissa’s maternal grandmother is Martha Ann Ramsey (the daughter of John Alex “J. A.” Ramsey, Jr. and Amar Sue Davis). Martha was born in Hopkins County, Texas. John was the son of John Alex “J. A.” Ramsey and Eva Lou Towers. Amar was the daughter of Dennis Lee Davis and Lillian Lucille Bassham.
Sources: Genealogies of Melissa Benoist – http://famouskin.com
Obituary of Melissa’s paternal grandmother, Patricia Ann (Logan) Benoist Deal – http://www.genlookups.com
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Hot girl, I figured she’s French because of her last name & German because she looks German.
I associate her look with more British and French, a bit softer than what I’m used to seeing from German phenotypes.