Stephen Chbosky

Chbosky in 2012, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Stephen Frederick Chbosky

Place of Birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 25, 1970

*father – Polish, Slovak
*mother – German [including Alsatian], Irish, some Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and French

Stephen Chbosky is an American novelist, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for his novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999), and for having written and directed its film adaptation, as well as the film Wonder.

Stephen is the son of Lea and Fred Chbosky. His sister, Stacy Chbosky, is married to director John Erick Dowdle. Stephen was raised Catholic.

Stephen’s paternal grandfather was named Stephen Chbosky. He had changed his surname from a longer spelling.

Stephen’s paternal grandmother was named Anna Klacik (the daughter of George Klacik and Annie). Stephen’s grandmother Anna was born in Pennsylvania, to Slovak parents from Hungary.

Stephen’s maternal grandfather was Ambrose John Meyer (the son of Jacob Ambrose Meyer and Gertrude Barbara Heeg). Stephen’s grandfather Ambrose was born in Pennsylvania. Jacob was the son of John M. Meyer, who was from Siersthal, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France, and had German and French roots, and of Catherine Miller. Gertrude was the daughter of Albert Heeg, who was born in Germany, and of Elizabeth Shimer/Stinner, whose parents were German.

Stephen’s maternal grandmother was Alberta Mary Maloy (the daughter of John Albert “Jack” Maloy and Lucy/Lucille Whalen/Ewing). Alberta was born in Pennsylvania. John was the son of James Maloy/Mulloy, who was born in Maghera, County Derry, Ireland, and of Jane/Jean Kyle/Kyles, who was Scottish, with roots in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Lucy was the daughter of Patrick Joseph Whalen, who was Irish, and of Justina Heilman, who was born in Bavaria, Germany.

Sources: Stephen talks about his surname –

Stephen’s paternal grandmother, Anna Klacik, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogies of Stephen’s maternal grandparents, Ambrose John Meyer and Alberta Mary Maloy –

Stephen’s maternal grandfather, Ambrose John Meyer, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Stephen’s maternal grandmother, Alberta Mary Maloy, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Stephen’s maternal grandmother, Alberta Mary (Maloy) Meyer –

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