Phoebe Cates

Cates in 2009, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Phoebe Belle Cates

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 16, 1963

*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – Chinese-Filipino, Russian

Phoebe Cates is an American actress, model, and entrepreneur. She is known for her roles in the films Paradise (1982), Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Private School, Gremlins, and its sequel; Date with an Angel, Bright Lights, Big City; Shag, Heart of Dixie, Drop Dead Fred, Bodies, Rest & Motion; Princess Caraboo, and The Anniversary Party; the made-for-tv movie Baby Sister; and the mini-series Lace and Lace II. She has also been billed as Phoebe Cates Kline.

Phoebe is the daughter of Lily (born Helene/Helen Sergeveevna/Sergeyeevna Lue) and Joseph Cates, who was a producer and director. Her uncle was producer Gilbert Cates. Phoebe is married to actor, comedian, and singer Kevin Kline, and their children are Owen Kline, who has also acted, and Frankie Cosmos (born Greta Simone Kline), a musician, singer, and songwriter.

Phoebe’s paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants, from Podolia, Ukraine. Phoebe’s mother was born in Shanghai, China, to a Chinese-Filipino father and a Russian mother.

Phoebe’s paternal grandfather was Nathan Katz (the son of Jacob Katz and Mitchel Gilman).

Phoebe’s paternal grandmother was Nina Peltzman (the daughter of Nathan Peltzman and Bella Silverman).

Phoebe’s maternal grandfather was named George Lue. George likely was born in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Phoebe’s maternal grandmother was named Anna Petrovna Juravlev/Belotserkovsky. Anna was born in 1907 in Stanitza Kamenskaya, Don, Russia.


Genealogy of Phoebe Cates (focusing on her father’s side) –

Phoebe’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Phoebe’s paternal grandparents, Nathan Katz and Nina Peltzman –

U.S. naturalization record of Phoebe’s maternal grandmother, Anna Petrovna Juravlev/Lue/Belotserkovsky –


Curious about ethnicity

11 Responses

  1. madman says:

    *75% Ashkenazi Jewish
    *25% Chinese

  2. anen87 says:

    What does “Chinese-filipino” mean? Is that a full blooded chinese person born in fhilipines?

  3. ihatemostpeople says:

    I knew she was mixed with Asian. I can see the Filipino in her for sure.

  4. myspace celebrity says:

    A lot of people say that she has a nice rack; however, I don’t notice things like that on other girls since I’m straight. Her eyes are her bset feature.

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