Samantha Harris

Harris in 2016, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Samantha Shapiro

Place of Birth: Hopkins, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States

Date of Birth: November 27, 1973

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Samantha Harris is an American television presenter, model, entertainment reporter, and actress. She has been a co-host of Dancing with the Stars and a correspondent at Entertainment Tonight.

She is the daughter of Bonnie, a dancer, and Richard Shapiro, a rock ‘n’ roll promoter. Her parents founded renaissance faire King Richard’s Faire, in Carver, Massachusetts. Samantha is married to Michael Hess, with whom she has two children.

Samantha’s paternal grandfather was Byron Maurice Shapiro (the son of Samuel Leonard Shapiro and Rose Karon). Samuel was born in Minnesota, to parents from Russia. Rose was born in Poland, the daughter of Abraham Itza Karon and Libby Hanna Miller.

Samanatha’s paternal grandmother was named Marjorie Jane Chapman.

Samantha’s maternal grandfather was Wallace Lyle Harris (the son of Samuel Harry Harris and Sadabelle Ruth Milston). Wallace was prominent in the field of manufacturing. Samuel was born in Russia or Lithuania. Sadabelle was born in Nebraska, to a father from Germany and a mother from Russia.

Samantha’s maternal grandmother was named Jacqueline Gershovitz.

Source: Genealogy of Samantha’s paternal great-grandmother, Rose Karon (focusing on her own father’s side) –


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