Steven Soderbergh

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Birth Name: Steven Andrew Soderbergh

Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 14, 1963

*Swedish, Irish (father)
*Italian (mother)

Steven Soderbergh is an American director, writer, producer, cinematographer, and editor. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Traffic (2000).

Steven is the son of Mary Ann Mitchell “Midge” (Bernard) and Peter Andrew Soderbergh, a dean and professor at Louisiana State University College of Education. For his work as editor, Steven is credited under his mother’s name, Mary Ann Bernard. Steven is married to television personality Jules Asner. He has two children, including one with his former wife, actress Betsy Brantley.

Steven’s paternal grandparents were Sven Eric Berkov Soderbergh and Mary Margaret McGowan. Sven was born in Jakob och Johannes, Stockholm, Sweden. Mary Margaret was born in New York.

Steven’s maternal grandparents were Anthony James Bernardo/Bernard and Clara Venturine (whose parents were likely Salvatore Venturine and Marie). Anthony was born in New York, to Italian parents. Clara was born in Pennsylvania, also to Italian parents.

Steven has also said that his mother had “a little Irish” ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Sources: Some family history information on Steven’s father (in Swedish) –

Obituary of Steven’s father –

Steven’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Steven’s mother –

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