Susanna Hoffs

Hoffs in 2012, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Susanna Lee Hoffs

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 17, 1959

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish

Susanna Hoffs is an American vocalist, guitarist, and actress. She is the co-vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band The Bangles. Other members of the band include/have included Debbi Peterson, Vicki Peterson, and Michael Steele.

Susanna was born in Los Angeles, California, to a Jewish family. She is the daughter of Tamar Simon Hoffs (born Tamar Ruth Simon), a film director, writer, and producer, and Joshua Allen Hoffs, a psychoanalyst. Susanna is married to director, producer, and screenwriter Jay Roach. Jay is a convert to Judaism. The couple has two children.

Susanna’s paternal grandfather was Saul William Hoffs (the son of Joseph Hoffs and Chana Lieba Meyer). Saul was born in Connecticut, to parents from Lithuania.

Susanna’s paternal grandmother was Dorothy Sara Robbinovitz (the daughter of Samuel Robbinovitz and Anna Bernstein). Dorothy was born in New York. Samuel was the son of Louis Robbinovitz and Bessie Witeutz. Anna was the daughter of Jacob Bernstein and Bessie Roterosen, who was born in Russia.

Susanna’s maternal grandfather was named Ralph Simon (the son of Isaac Simon and Yetta). Ralph was a rabbi. He was born in New Jersey, to parents from Russia.

Susanna’s maternal grandmother was named Kelsey Hoffer (the daughter of Moses Hoffer and Ida). Kelsey was born in New York, to parents from Austria.

Sources: Genealogy of Susanna Hoffs –

Susanna’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Susanna’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

8 Responses

  1. jonassjr says:

    She looks really fantastic for her age.

  2. jackson9 says:

    “The Tribes of Israel are the traditional divisions of the ancient Jewish people. Biblical tradition holds that the twelve tribes of Israel are descended from the sons and grandsons of the Jewish forefather Jacob and are called “Israel” from Jacob’s name given to him by God.” Jewish Virtual Library
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  3. me says:

    She looks hispanic like Paula Abdul

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