Mitzi Gaynor

09/10/2011 – Mitzi Gaynor – 2011 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards – Arrivals – Nokia Theatre – Los Angeles, CA, USA – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos – Contact (1-866-551-7827) – Portrait Face Count: 1

Birth Name: Francisca Weissgerber

Place of Birth: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

Date of Birth: September 4, 1931

Ethnicity: Hungarian, Austrian

Mitzi Gaynor is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She has starred in the films We’re Not Married!, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Birds and the Bees, and South Pacific.

Mitzi is the daughter of Pauline Catherine (Fisher), a dancer, and Henry Weissgerber/de Czanyi von Gerber, a violinist, cellist, and music director. Her father was born in Budapest, Hungary. Her mother was born in Missouri. Her step-brother was anti-war activist Donald W. Duncan, from her father’s remarriage. During her childhood, her family lived in Elgin, Illinois, and Detroit, Michigan.

Mitzi was married to talent agent and public relations executive Jack Bean, until his death.

Mitzi’s paternal grandfather was named Mathew Weiss Gerber.

Mitzi’s paternal grandmother was named Francisca Decanyi.

Source: Birth record of Mitzi Gaynor –


Curious about ethnicity

2 Responses

  1. madman says:

    Birth name: Francisca Weissgerber

    Mitzi is the daughter of Pauline Catherine Fisher and Henry Weissgerber. Henry was born in Budapest, Hungary.

    Mitzi’s paternal grandfather was Mathew Weiss Gerber.

    Mitzi’s paternal grandmother was Francisca Decanyi.

  2. spicedjellybeans says:

    My guess is Eastern European Tatar. Czanyi is almost certainly Eastern European and she has an oriental cast to her eyes.

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