Roseanne Barr

Barr in 2007, Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Roseanne Cherrie Barr

Place of Birth: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 3, 1952

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Roseanne Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, director, and politician. She is known for her series Roseanne, and for her roles in the films She-Devil, Look Who’s Talking Too, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Blue in the Face, and Home on the Range, and in the made-for-tv movies Backfield in Motion and The Woman Who Loved Elvis. She was the host of The Roseanne Show from 1998 to 2000.

She was the Peace and Freedom Party’s nominee for President of the United States in 2012. She was also a candidate for the Green Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2012.

Roseanne is the daughter of Helen Ruth (Davis), a bookkeeper and cashier, and Jerome Hershel Barr, a salesman. She was born to a Jewish family, from Russia, Austria-Hungary, and Lithuania. During her childhood in Utah, her parents kept their Jewish heritage secret from many of their neighbors, and at the time, Roseanne was partly involved in the Mormon (LDS) church.

She has five children, including three with her former husband Bill Pentland, and one with her former husband Ben Thomas.

Roseanne’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Borisofsky/Barr (the son of Lazar B. Borisofsky and Bossie Saslavsky). Samuel was born in Kiev, in the Russian Empire, and was descended from a long line of rabbis. He had changed his surname from Borisofsky to Barr.

Roseanne’s paternal grandmother was Frances/Francis Bertha “Fannie”/Fanny Katz (the daughter of Joseph “Joe” Katz and Sheva/Sophia/Sophie S. “Beckie” Schandra/Ber). Frances was born in Minnesota, to Russian-born parents. Sheva was the daughter of Leizer Ber.

Roseanne’s maternal grandfather was Ben/Benjamin “Bennie” Davis (the son of Morris/Moritz Davidovitz/David Davis and Pearl Rosenblum/Rosenbloom). Ben was born in Austria-Hungary. Pearl was the daughter of William Wolfe Rosenblum/Rosenbloom.

Roseanne’s maternal grandmother was named Mary Betnum/Bitnum (the daughter of Gerishon/Gershon Tevel Bitnum and Rebecca/Rivka). Mary was born in Lithuania, and was a devout Orthodox Jew.

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Marriage record of Roseanne’s maternal grandparents, Ben/Benjamin “Bennie” Davis and Mary Betnum/Bitnum –


Curious about ethnicity

30 Responses

  1. TheHelper says:

    Well Jewish isn’t a race, no matter how much people want it to, it will never be.

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