Selma Blair

Birth Name: Selma Blair Beitner

Place of Birth: Southfield, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 23, 1972

*75% Ashkenazi Jewish
*25% Scottish, English (maternal grandmother, who likely converted to Judaism)

Selma Blair is an American actress.

Selma is the daughter of Molly Ann (Cooke), a judge, and Elliot I. Beitner, an attorney and labor arbitrator. Selma has a son with her former partner, fashion designer Jason Bleick.

Selma was raised Jewish. Selma’s paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather were born to Ashkenazi Jewish families. Selma’s maternal grandmother was of Scottish and English ancestry. It is likely that Selma’s maternal grandmother was a convert to Judaism. Selma attended Hillel Day School, a Jewish day school.

Selma’s paternal grandfather was Abraham Beitner (the son of Isaac Beitner and Zysle Wickler). Abraham was a Polish Jewish immigrant.

Selma’s paternal grandmother was Esther Yachnitz (the daughter of Herman Yachnitz and Ray Korman). Esther was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Selma’s maternal grandfather was James H. Cooke/Cook (the son of Kalman Cooke and Ethel Winokur). James was born in Pennsylvania, the son of a Russian Jewish father and an Ukrainian Jewish mother. Kalman was the son of Gershon Kukui/Cooke. Ethel was the daughter of Joseph Winokur and Dina.

Selma’s maternal grandmother was Lillian Frances Minor (the daughter of James Campbell Minor and Lillian/Lilian H. Whitehouse). Selma’s grandmother Lillian was born in Pennsylvania, of Scottish and English ancestry. It is likely that Lilian converted to Judaism. James was born in Pennsylvania, to Scottish parents, James Miner Campbell and Charolina/Annie Lucas, who were born in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Selma’s great-grandmother Lillian Whitehouse was English, the daughter of William Ivan Whitehouse and Sarah Ann Hobson, who was born in Warwickshire, England. She came to the U.S. around 1891.


Genealogy of Selma Blair (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogy of Selma Blair (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Selma’s maternal grandfather, James H. Cooke/Cook, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Selma’s maternal grandmother, Lillian Frances Minor, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Lillian Frances Minor on the 1930 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

1 Response

  1. lelo4 says:

    Looks like a typical Syrian woman.

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