Shelley Fabares

LOS ANGELES – SEP 13: Fabares at the “Beautiful – the Carole King Musical” Opening Night at the Pantages Theater on September 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Michele Fabares

Place of Birth: Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 19, 1944

Ethnicity: English, Irish, French, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Swiss-German, Scottish, remote Welsh

Shelley Fabares is an American actress and singer. She is known for her work on the sitcoms The Donna Reed Show and Coach, and in the films Ride the Wild Surf, Girl Happy, Hold On!, Spinout, Clambake, and A Time to Sing. She is also known as Shelly Fabares.

She is the daughter of Elsa Rose and James Alan Fabares. Her father was from Algiers, New Orleans. Her mother was born in Manila, Philippines, to American parents. Her paternal aunt was actress, singer, and dancer Nanette Fabray (Ruby Bernadette Nanette Theresa Fabares). She is married to actor Mike Farrell.

Shelley’s paternal grandfather was Raoul Bernard Fabares (the son of Bernard Fabares and Eleonore/Elenor/Eleanor Richarme). Raoul was born in Pointe à la Hache, Plaquemines, Louisiana. Shelley’s great-grandfather Bernard was born in Lacassagne, Hautes-Pyrénées, France, the son of François Fabares/Fabre and Marie Thereza Latapie/Lertafie. Eleonore was born in Louisiana, the daughter of Jean Richarme, who was from Les Clefs, Haute-Savoie, France; and of Amelia Hague, who was from Florida.

Shelley’s paternal grandmother was Lillie/Lillian A. McGovern (the daughter of Daniel Allen McGovern and Catherine/Katie J. Grimes). Lillian was born in New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana. Daniel was born in Mississippi, to a father from Douira, Cavan, Ireland, Patrick Francis “Pat” McGovern, and a mother from Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, Rosa Elizabeth Garner. Catherine was born in Louisiana, to Irish parents, James Grimes and Mary Connolly.

Shelley’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Hamilton Eyler (the son of Josiah/Jessie M. Eyler and Melinda/Minnie Ann Hamilton). Samuel was born in Irwin, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. Josiah was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph Eyler and Christeann/Christina Byerly, who were of German descent. Melinda was born in Pennsylvania, to parents from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, of Samuel Hamilton and Isabel/Isabella Pinkerton.

Shelley’s maternal grandmother was Ethel May Rumsey (the daughter of James C. Rumsey and Ettie/Etta May Lawton). Ethel was born in Parnell, Nodaway, Missouri. James was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Isaac Emory Rumsey and Evelyn/Evaline Sylvania Culver. Etta was born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Austin Adelbert Lawton and Melissa Borden.

Sources: Genealogy of Shelley Fabares –

Genealogy of Shelley’s parents –

Genealogy of Shelley Fabares (focusing on her father’s side) –

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

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