Mindy Sterling

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Birth Name: Mindy Lee Sterling

Place of Birth: Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 11, 1953

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Mindy Sterling is an American actress and comedian. She is known for playing Frau Farbissina in the Austin Powers films, and for the web series Con Man.

She is the daughter of “Bookie”, a showgirl, and Dick Sterling (born Joseph Shapiro), an actor, comedian, and singer. Mindy is Jewish. She has a son, Max, a stand-up comedian, with her former husband Brian Gadson.

Mindy’s paternal grandfather was named Max Shapiro. Max was born in Russia.

Mindy’s paternal grandmother was named Katie. Katie was born in Russia.

Mindy’s maternal grandfather was Mose I. Pushkin (the son of Jacob Pushkin and Florence Levi/Levy). Mose was born in Lithuania.

Mindy’s maternal grandmother was Rose Silverston (the daughter of Max Silverston and Mary Jasin). Rose was born in Georgia, U.S., to parents from Poland. Mary was the daughter of Rabbi Israel Jason, who was born in Breslav, Germany, and of Esther Komblatt, who was born in Russia.

Mindy is stated in some places on the internet as being the daughter of actress June Vincent. This is not accurate. June Vincent’s daughter, a singer also named Mindy Sterling, is a different woman.

Sources: http://www.jewishjournal.com

Birth record of Mindy’s father – https://www.familysearch.org

Mindy’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Mindy’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

42 Responses

  1. bearboy says:

    She really is the most beautiful celebrity

  2. follers says:

    BTW, this non-Jewish Persian woman from the 500s/600s is one I often find on Jewish family trees (which are apparently unashamed of her presence). I think all Ashkenazi Jews are said to be descended from her.

    This is a typical Ashkenazi Jewish family tree of the 1500s/1600s. Yes, I know there are gaps, just as with most family trees.

    • passingtime85 says:

      No, I didn’t say that one test disproved another test. I said that one test, confirmed another test where Jewish ancestry was confirmed. The only reason 23andme was able to pin point which ethnic backgrounds came from which parent, is because I had my mother tested by them. So it broke down all the denominations given to me by each parent. 23andme then attributed 2% of my Asian background to my father. I didn’t care to have my mother tested by the FamilyTreeDNA because I felt 23andme was more comprehensive, and seeing how the percentages, before and after I tested my mom, remained comparable between the two sites, I saw no reason to drop another $100.

      In fact, the two tests, had almost the exact percentages as one another, with little to no variance. 23andme just is more in depth. Plus 23andme has the added bonus of telling you your paternal and maternal haplogroups without any extra charge, FamilyTreeDNA only gives you the autosomal test, if you want the other information you need to pay another around $100 for each of the haplogroup tests respectively.

      What I was demonstrating with Lenin, is that individuals get absorbed into other people’s bloodlines. It’s absolutely more common for Jewish people to get absorbed into host populations, but that isn’t to say the reverse does not happen, because it obviously does.

      The evidence is clear about Walters. Had she been 100% Jewish, the test, regardless of which company would have conducted it or her, would have shown she was 100% Jewish, or 100% Ashkenazi Jewish at least, today’s test still are not that clear on Sephardi Jews and I doubt they’d by much clearer on the Mizrahi.

      “Gates certainly couldn’t find any, and he could find, by name, white ancestors of every African-American he’s looked at.” Things like that were not recorded by everyday Jews. They didn’t write on birth certificates, father = Goy mother = Jew, or visa versa. The only proof of such events would have to be found through DNA evidence. Which again, I’m saying clearly, irrefutably is the case with Walters.

      As for the Robert Downey Jr. thing, the answer to that is clear as day, he isn’t perfectly a 37.5%Jewish, because his ancestors were not themselves 100% Ashkenazis, they evidently, as in the evidence shows, that they were recently mixed with Europeans outside the European Jewish gene pool, that was established 1600 years ago. I know how simple math works. According to documentation Robert’s father is 3/4 Jewish, which translates into 75%, you divide that by 2, and should get 37.5 or 3/8 Jewish, which is what Robert should have been. Yet he isn’t, he was only 20%, ergo, some of his Jewish grandparents were not 100% Jewish ethnically.

      Nichols was given the 23andme test. 23andme considers Ashkenazi to be a European ethnic group, like I said before FamilyTreeDNA considers Ashkenazi to be a Middle Eastern ethnic group, it’s just the tomato/tuhmato thing again.

      As for Sedgwick, what can I say, I’m at at loss, 100% is something I’d imagine only would only ever pop up in ultra Orthodox communities, and even then I would remain dubious. I’d like to see her results from a more modern test, it would probably show a bit more variance than the older test she took.

      Speculation is practically the basis of anthropology. How about you break it down for me why sometimes fathers were not listed in the logs. Are any of the reasons I listed, not in the realm of possibility, or even plausibility? The only one I left off was maybe the time Jewish marriages were not upheld as legal, and therefore all children of such unions were considered bastards and had to take the mother’s last name and/or the father wasn’t listed. But that scenario would not effect those logs, as they were made by Jews themselves, and the kids with no listings for their fathers, were right next to kids that had their fathers listed, so it wasn’t the legality of the marriage in question that caused the absence of the fathers’ names.

      You have not always had access to genetic testing. Documentation can only tell one so much. In cases like Downey’s and Walters, there is clear genetic evidence suggesting that their families brought in neighboring European genes within the last 200 years, even when it was contrary to what was found in written documentation.

      A single woman amidst thousands was mentioned, it doesn’t impress me. The family tree is kinda neat however.

    • Thenabster says:

      How do you know she’s not Jewish?

  3. bearboy says:

    Follers on an off topic question do you think this is accurate? http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/europes-ashkenazi-jews-are-50-54-middle-eastern/

    • bearboy says:

      about 50%-54% part

    • follers says:

      Huh? “Middle Eastern” is not an ethnicity, and how much “Middle Eastern” ancestry that random test shows has nothing to do with how much Jewish ancestry you have (especially since, according to a DNA study, “a pre-Islamic expansion Levant was more genetically similar to Europeans than to Middle Easterners”).

      The “mixing” idiots like NeilTennant fervently refer to (on his break time from calling Condoleeza Rice the N word, which he did) almost entirely happened between born Jews and Roman converts to Judaism about 1700 years ago. Sorry, but I’ve considered those people to be just ethnically Jewish since roughly the year 1352.

      Another problem is that the born Jews they “mixed” with weren’t ethnically homogenous in the first place! The Jews now are a more homogeneous ethnic group than they were 2000 years ago. That’s why these discussions are so nutty.

      • bearboy says:

        Okay sorry and that’s terrible about the N word, sad there are so many racists in the world. Did I accurately add Bob Casey’s and Kirsten Gillibrand’s ethnicity?

      • passingtime85 says:

        Just to throw in my two cents.

        Although Middle Eastern is a broad term that couldn’t really be considered a specific ethnicity, it is however able to surmise a person’s, or even a people’s, regionalized origin based on their genetic haplogroups. But to be completely fair, that isn’t wholly accurate. The passing of human genes is and has always been fluid due to migration and mixing, one could never really truly designate a single haplogroup to any particular region, not with the mobility that humans possess. At least that is true for the MAJOR haplogroups, smaller haplogroups, like that of certain Pacific Islander are fairly exclusive.

        Take these examples. Napoleon Bonaparte’s paternal haplogroup was E1b1b1c1, which mean some of his earliest ancestors were from East African. No one would ever call Napoleon African, even East African for that matter, but he did have traces of African in his genetic fingerprint. Adolf Hitler also was apart of a haplogroup that originated not in Europe, but in Africa, E1b1b1, but no one would claim he’s anything but white or European. These haplogroups have been in Europe for 7,000-10,000 years, so you have to take into consideration that the site of origin for any given haplogroup, isn’t the end all be all of a person’s ethnicity. All humans, after all, have their origins based in Africa.

        Now back to Jewish genetics, Jewish males are apart of haplogroups that definitely have roots in the Horn of Africa and in the Middle East. However since the advent of autosomal DNA tests, you can now see the effect of genetic ad-mixtures upon a person ethnic makeup to a very accurate degree. Although a person could be apart of a haplogroup that originated in the Middle East, it can, in most cases, be watered down to the point that their Middle Eastern influences reads as 5% or less in their genetic makeup, or may no longer be present.

        That is the scenario for most Ashkenazi Jews, their Middle Eastern heritage is either of a percentage that is very small, or no longer observable at all. This is due to the fact that their spouses typically were from European maternal haplogroups, and not from Levant ones.

        • follers says:

          In so far as DNA testing is concerned, “Middle Eastern” is nonsensical. For example, DNA researchers used to say most Ashkenazi Jews were maternally descended from four “Middle Eastern” women, but then they changed it to say those four women were Roman.

          It also gives half-wits license to say silly things about Jews. Like, if a “Middle Easterner” converted to Judaism in the year 383, they’re Jewish, but if a Roman converted to Judaism in the year 383, they’re not Jewish? That’s just nutty (it’s also nutty because I don’t recall discussing any other ethnic group’s genetics from the year 383. Most of what we now call “ethnic groups” didn’t even exist, by name, in 383).

        • follers says:

          BTW, you also said something awhile back about 23andme that I forgot to respond to. You said something like if someone’s great-great-grandparent converted to Judaism, they wouldn’t know about it and wouldn’t enter it into the 23andme database. Except that:

          1. The database is not exclusive to Jews, so non-Jewish people that Jews are related to would turn up as matches.

          2. I am still waiting for an example of a person who converted to Judaism, for marriage, in Europe, east of England, between, say, the years 1400 and 1900. So far we have zero (o).

          • passingtime85 says:

            So it’s your contention that autosomal tests are nonsense and aren’t valid? Have you’ve gotten a DNA test by 23andme? If you haven’t, I’d suggest you’d get one.

            Anyway, I do not believe those studies have claimed that the Ashkenazi maternal haplogroups are solely Italian in origin, I think they just said they were southern and western European.

            So on the 23andme relationship finder, they’d be related and their autosomal result would show that they aren’t 100% whatever they think they are…so? I’m definitely missing your point. Please reiterate.

            But on the second point. You don’t have to have officially converted to have offspring, those who didn’t convert would likely be black sheep, and the local officials wouldn’t record such events.

            Researches have just found East Asian DNA influence on Ashkenazis, that was probably injected into the gene pool as recent as 1375ad. Where exactly has it been recorded that a European Jew had taken a Indian bride, or Thai or Chinese one?? No where. People didn’t want that information to get out, but it doesn’t mean that didn’t happen. If events like that happened, where new individuals were being brought into the gene pool, than it’s not crazy to speculate that it continued to happen with the local populace, it was just not recorded.

          • follers says:

            23andme is the one that detects Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, but it’s not the one Walters took.

            Which autosomal tests are you referring to? The ones that list “Middle Eastern” ancestry are nonsense, yes, of course. There’s no real debate about that, since they previously said that four matrilineal ancestors of many Ashkenazi Jews were “Middle Eastern”, but then changed it to “Roman” (“European”), which proves the test couldn’t tell the difference between the two. Also, British people like Margaret Thatcher’s daughter had a “24% Middle Eastern” result, and that’s clearly inaccurate.

            My point was that you said Jews aren’t aware of their non-Jewish ancestry (if they had some), so 23andme wouldn’t detect it. But of course it would, since their results would be cross-matched with non-Jewish 23andme members.

            “those who didn’t convert would likely be black sheep, and the local officials wouldn’t record such events.”

            -Again, where is the proof? This is all ahistorical. In all my time doing genealogy, I have never encountered the children of mixed Jewish and non-Jewish marriages born between, say, 1400 and 1900, outside of England and the U.S., who were raised Jewish, and who then married Jews, etc.

            Where are they? This will have to go in the pile with fuzzybear’s claim that some Jews are actually black people who lie and say they’re Jewish in order to cover up their background (I’m still waiting for an actual example of that one, too).

            Conversions did happen in England pre-1900s on a handful of occasions, and despite the deep “black sheep” shame (another claim you simply make without a shred of proof), they were still recorded in the family trees of Christopher Hitchens and Christopher Guest.

            Outside of England and the U.S., there was this one case, but it’s extremely atypical, Alexander von Zemlinsky.

          • passingtime85 says:

            I’ve taken the DNA test that designates Ashkenazi DNA as Middle Eastern and it is almost exactly the same result as the 23andme test. It’s the tomato/tuhmato situation.

            23andme designates Ashkenazi signatures as European, while FamilyTreeDNA designates it as Middle Eastern origin. My result was 44-48% Ashkenazi, depending on whether I chose a conservative, standard, or speculative view, on 23andme. I was 43.09%, with a variance of +/- 4.03%, Middle Eastern on FamilyTreeDNA. It went further in it’s details with saying I aligned with Jewish and Adygel populations.

            It’s an accurate test, you shouldn’t discount it simply because it doesn’t align with your preferred terms.

            Where’s the proof? The proof is in genetics, there’s plenty of people that seem like they should be 100% Ashkenazi and they simply aren’t, they have genetic influence from different European backgrounds, or even Asian, or African. Simply because you haven’t encountered the people doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Go do genetic tests on every Jewish person in the world and then I’d believe your statements. It’s simply an impossibility that a people, any people, could stay completely closed off to their neighbors, genetically, for several centuries. It just could never happen. I agree it was uncommon, absolutely, but not that it was as rare as you claim it to be.

            Official conversions are almost always recorded, but the children of unions between Jews and non-Jews, that chose to stay in Jewish communities were not so quickly recorded. Often when Jewish mothers were impregnated by non-Jews, or by half-Jews who were only paternally Jewish, the offspring’s father were not listed in the birth records.

          • follers says:

            Your ethnicelebs profile should list you as “Adygel” then. What was on the other 2% on 23andme? (I’m assuming you have a parent of non-Jewish ancestry, so I won’t address the other 50%).

            I have to discount it because in this case, DNA that was previously shown to be from the “Near East” ended up being “European” when they went a bit further back. They’re meaningless terms.

            “It’s simply an impossibility that a people, any people, could stay completely closed off to their neighbors, genetically, for several centuries.”

            Actually, it’s very possible, given that Jews lived almost entirely in isolated communities, where they spoke their own language. I’m talking about 1400-1900, not before that.

            Where is the proof, again?

            “Often when Jewish mothers were impregnated by non-Jews, or by half-Jews who were only paternally Jewish, the offspring’s father were not listed in the birth records.”

            This is nutty. You just made that whole sentence up. Where’s the evidence that this is true and the father wasn’t listed in birth records? If you bring this up again, give me explicit evidence for its accuracy.

            Your theory posits that Jews are somehow unique in covering up genealogy they allegedly weren’t fond of (especially 100+ years ago, when official documentation of Jews was done mostly by non-Jews). Apparently we can find these “missing records” for every group but Jews.

            You also seem to have missed the point that I haven’t found any official conversions, either. So there’s no proof, official or unofficial.

            Again, proof. Give me an example of what I’ve asked.

          • passingtime85 says:

            The other 2% was attributed to Asian heritage.

            I always assumed it was because of “genetic noise”, or perhaps that just hadn’t mapped all the haplogroups in the Ashkenazi gene pool. Now with the discovery of Asian genetic influence on the Ashkenazi gene pool, due to unions formed because of merchants intermixing with natives they met during their excursions down the Silk Road, I’ll have to considered the possibility of having some ancient Asian great-great-grandparent somewhere in antiquity. At least on that side of the family.

            I wouldn’t completely discount it, genetics isn’t an exact science, it’s approximation for the most part, and constantly changes as new data is entered into the mix.

            Maybe on the interior of those societies but, what about the people that lived on the outskirts of their towns? Even if that’s a flimsy argument, a good majority of Jews in any given country, can speak the national language. It’s not like they were all speaking Hebrew and none of their Europeans had no clue what they were talking about. It’s the custom to know at least the rudiments of their neighbors languages. Mixing happened. I site Barbara Walters as a citation. Her close 10% deviation from Ashkenazi genetics, suggest either one of her great grandparents was not a Jew, or 2 of her great great grandparents, or however far back you need to go, needed to find the correct mathematical equation. She wasn’t aware of it, and even if her family was, it was never discussed, because it was a shameful happenstance.

            I didn’t make that sentence up, go look in Polish log books, there’s so many births where the mother was listed and father was not. There could be a handful of reason why the father wasn’t listed, among these reasons, is the very real possibility that the father wasn’t from a Jewish family.

          • follers says:

            Oh, so you must be descended from Kublai Khan! Maybe even Genghis Khan! That explains your fiery temperament!

            They weren’t speaking Hebrew, they were speaking Yiddish.

            Before the mid 1800s, even in Germany most Jews lived in extreme isolation. In most countries, a ticket out of the Jewish ghetto and into higher society meant converting to Christianity. In Russia, a person of the Russian Orthodox faith couldn’t raise their child as anything other than Russian Orthodox, by law (which is why ethnic Germans in Russia also stayed ethnically German for centuries, as I’ve seen from their family trees; if Germans could do it, why not Jews?).

            I highly doubt Barbara Walters has a recent non-Jewish ancestor. We haven’t even seen her 23andme results.

            You can’t cite Barbara Walters’ DNA result to prove that Barbara Walters’ DNA result is valid. That doesn’t make any sense. Very circular.

            You have to cite someone where we know, through documentation, that they had a non-Jewish ancestor somewhere between 1400 and 1900.

            What are these “Polish log books”? Give me an example I can look at (it doesn’t have to be a famous person or their ancestor) of where this happened. Give me a transcription of this Polish book (although even you admit you don’t know the actual circumstance). Anything. Otherwise it’s just speculation, and saying things like “because it was a shameful happenstance” without a shred of evidence doesn’t help your case.

          • passingtime85 says:

            I actually think because of my ~30% Native American ancestry, which is proven through both websites’ tests, that my dad’s 2% was just genetic noise, as I’ve read in the past the Ashkenazi DNA signature can look similar to Asian DNA. But like I mentioned, that new news article about the Silk Road and Asian DNA influence on Ashkenazi populations has put my conclusions into question. I’m probably originally, from way way back, paternally Berber or Samaritan, my haplogroup is the exact haplogroup of the Samaritan rabbis. My maternal group is just Native American.

            Yiddish is like 80% German, there’s ability to cross talk between the two languages. Absolutely, there is not a total understanding between the two, but speakers of the opposing languages could get the general idea of one another. Especially a few centuries ago when Germans had more variation on their tongue, and it wasn’t all based on High German like today.

            Ugh I don’t want to get into Crypto Judaism, Nostradamus was a Crypto. Just because the law decreed it, doesn’t mean every family followed the letter of the law to a T. Lenin’s maternal family was Jewish, mixing happens every once in a while, and people slip through the cracks.

            Barbara Walters with no doubt had a recent ancestor that wasn’t a full Jew. Her non-Jewish DNA was close to 12% which means it was most likely a great-grandparent that was not of Jewish extraction. She is a perfect example of where a supposedly 100% Jewish person, is not truly 100%, that is why I cited her. She’s proven my point that not all Jews have been bottle necked into a perfected closed off genetic gene pool until the 20th century. Much like the elusive African American that is 100% genetically sub-Saharan African, I didn’t even think 100% Ashkenazis really existed, until Dr.Gates tested director Mike Nichols.

            Giving you citation will not help. There are about 4 very strong reasons why a father wouldn’t be listed in a birth document.

            1. Unknown, because the woman doesn’t know who it could be because of multiple excursions or not being able to remember her sexual escapades due to memory lapse brought on by intoxication of some kind, trauma, or mental issues. 2. Unknown, because the mother could not or would not disclose the information, whether it be because the child is the product of incest/rape/infidelity, or because the mother died during labor and couldn’t tell who the father was. 3. Known, but a falling out between the parents occurred, whether it be the father disowning the woman or child, or the woman disowning the man for any number of reasons. 4. Known, but for much like the reasons of #2, the father is not listed because of rape/incest/infidelity or a new one to the mix, because the union was viewed as shameful, perhaps because the father wasn’t a Jew.

            I mean you can look at the documents, but it’s not going to have an asterisk near the blank where the father’s name should be, citing that this was a shameful union and thus the were not going to acknowledge the father’s identity. Citing something that was never recorded in the first place, is impossible. The best bet is to address users on websites like 23andme and FamilyTreeDNA and ask what their genetic makeup consists of and what they had thought they were before taking the test.

            If you really want to see the logs however, search here http://www.jri-poland.org/jriplweb.htm

          • follers says:

            So what you’re saying is that 23andme turned up no confirmed non-Jewish ancestry on your Jewish parent’s side, therefore proving the “Middle Eastern” test wrong.

            Lenin is a perfect example. His maternal grandfather converted to Christianity and his children and grandchildren were raised as Christians. This proves my point, not yours.

            There’s no evidence Walters has recent non-Jewish ancestry. Gates certainly couldn’t find any, and he could find, by name, white ancestors of every African-American he’s looked at. I imagine the same DNA company would turn up similar DNA results for most people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent (including Robert Downey, Jr., whose “Middle Eastern” amount was way off).

            When did Gates say Mike Nichols was “100% Middle Eastern”? He didn’t give him that test. He gave him one that said “100% European”. I would guess Nichols would get a similar result to Walters and Downey.

            Kyra Sedgwick got a 23andme test, and that one said that her mother was 100% Ashkenazi.

            Your log theory is weird. It’s bizarre speculation based on no facts.

            Again, I’ve been looking into genealogy for years and haven’t seen these interfaith, Jewish-raised, births among old-school Eastern European Jews. Shouldn’t I have stumbled onto one by now? Just one?

            I think your theory that there were Englishmen named “Elgort” out in the bogs in the 1600s was more plausible.

        • Thenabster says:

          Specifically Italian

      • Thenabster says:

        Source the first part

  4. bearboy says:

    Isn’t she the daughter of June Vincent?

  5. bearboy says:

    I don’t think she is Jewish. There was nothing on the internet that I could find that said that. Plus wasn’t her father Scottish?

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