Misty Upham

Upham in 2013, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Misty Anne Upham

Date of Birth: July 6, 1982

Place of Birth: Kalispell, Montana, U.S.

Date of Death: October 5, 2014

Place of Death: Auburn, Washington, U.S.

Ethnicity: Piegan Blackfoot Native American

Misty Upham was a Native American actress. She is known for her roles in the films Skins (2002), Expiration Date, Frozen River, The Dry Land, Django Unchained, Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, August: Osage County, Cake (2014), and Within (2015), on the shows Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and Big Love, and in the made-for-tv movie Skinwalkers (2002).

Misty was born in Kalispell, Montana, the daughter of Mona and Charles Upham. She was raised in the Blackfeet Reservation between Montana and Washington. Her parents are pictured here.

Misty’s maternal grandmother was Alfreda White Grass (the daughter of James White Grass and Amy Ground). Alfreda was born in Montana. James was the son of Shorty White Grass and Daisey Smoked Finger. Amy was the daughter of John Ground and Mary Guardipee.

Sources: https://www.theguardian.com

Misty’s maternal grandmother, Alfreda White Grass, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Marriage record of Misty’s maternal great-grandparents, James White Grass and Amy Ground – https://familysearch.org

4 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Put Piegan Blackfeet in the header. They’re part of the broader Blackfoot Confederacy, so leave Blackfoot in the tags.

    Mary Guardipee was only 1/4 native according to the rolls, but I don’t know what her other ancestry was.

  2. fuzzybear44 says:

    jusy saying, she looks like she had something else mixed up in there

  3. bablah says:

    Maternal grandmother was Alfreda White Grass.

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