Birth Name: Sasha Rebecca Spielberg
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: May 14, 1990
*father – Ashkenazi Jewish
*mother – English, some German [converted to Judaism]
Sasha Spielberg is an American actress and musician. In her music work, she is known as Buzzy Lee.
She is the daughter of director, producer, and screenwriter Steven Spielberg and actress Kate Capshaw. She is a half-sister of actress Jessica Capshaw (born Jessica Brooke Capshaw), and a sister of musician Theo Spielberg. Her aunt is writer and producer Anne Spielberg. Her father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family. Her mother is of English and some German descent. She converted to Orthodox Judaism.
Sasha is married to Harry McNally. Harry’s father is restaurateur Keith McNally.
Sasha’s paternal grandfather was Arnold Meyer Spielberg (the son of Shmuel/Samuel C. Spielberg and Rebecca Chechick/Chichik). Arnold was born in Ohio, to Ukrainian Jewish parents. He was a prominent electrical engineer. Shmuel was the son of Mayer/Meyer Pesach Spielberg and Bertha/Bessie Sandelman/Sandleman. Rebecca was the daughter of Nachman/Nathan Morduhov Chechik and Reitzl/Rachel Nigonova Gendler/Hendler.
Sasha’s paternal grandmother was Leah Frances Posner (the daughter of Fievel/Phillip/Philip Posner and Jennie Friedman/Fridman). Leah was born in Ohio. Fievel was born in Odessa, Russian Empire, now in Ukraine, the son of Simon S. Posner and Miriam Rasinsky. Jennie was born in Ohio, to Polish Jewish parents, Louis Friedman/Fridman and Sarah Leah Nathan. Jennie also had forebears from Lithuania.
Sasha’s maternal grandfather was Edwin Leon Nail (the son of Myron Hooper Nail and Bertha Bessie Bergman). Edwin was born in Waggoner, Montgomery, Illinois. Myron was the son of Richard Henry Nail and Lucy Mary Hooper, whose own parents were from Somersetshire, England. Bertha was the daughter of Louis Bergman, who was German, and of Annie.
Sasha’s maternal grandmother was Beverley/Beverly Sue Simon (the daughter of Eldon W. Simon and Evelyn Beryl Roberts). Beverley was born in Illinois. Eldon was the son of George Cleveland Simon and Anna B. Seaborn, whose mother was English. Evelyn was the daughter of Myron Eugene Roberts and Pearl Ethel Pugh/Depugh.
Sources: New York Times article about Sasha’s father – http://www.writing.upenn.edu
Interview with Sasha’s paternal grandfather, Arnold Meyer Spielberg – http://oralhistory.rutgers.edu
Genealogy of Sasha Spielberg – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Sasha Spielberg (focusing on her mother’s side) – http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Sasha’s mother – https://famouskin.com
Article about Sasha’s maternal great-grandfather, Myron Hooper Nail – http://www.panhandle.k12.il.us
Sasha’s maternal great-grandmother, Bertha Bessie Bergman, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Obituary of Sasha’s maternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Beryl (Roberts) Simon – http://genforum.genealogy.com
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