Birth Name: Sydney Margaret Penny
Place of Birth: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Date of Birth: August 7, 1971
Ethnicity: Hungarian (maternal grandfather), English, Scottish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, French, Welsh, Irish
Sydney Penny is an American actress. She is known for her soap opera roles, playing Julia on All My Children and Samantha on The Bold and the Beautiful.
She is the daughter of musicians Shari Bayne and Hank Penny (born Herbert Clayton Penny). Her half-brother is record producer, recording engineer, mixing engineer, musician, songwriter, and artist Greg Penny. She was raised in Chatsworth, California. She is married to producer and artist Robert Powers, with whom she has one child.
Sydney is sometimes said to have Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if this Cherokee ancestry has been verified/documented.
Sydney’s paternal grandfather was William Columbus Penny (the son of Eugene Buck Penny and Ann “Annie” Pitts). William was born in Alabama. Eugene was born in New York, the son of Jacob Penny and Mary E. Mance. Ann was born in Alabama, the daughter of Horatio P. Pitts and Elizabeth Armstrong.
Sydney’s paternal grandmother was Inez Azalea Gregory (the daughter of Clifton John Gregory and Lucinda Maria Eades). Inez was born in Alabama. Clifton was born in Georgia, the son of Curtis Gerard Gregory and Mary Comer. Lucinda was born in Alabama, the daughter of James Allen Eads and Catherine Marinda Ray.
Sydney’s maternal grandfather was Emil Gabor Szabo (the son of Mikal “Mike” Szabo and Bertha Ujsag). Emil was born in New Jersey, to Hungarian parents.
Sydney’s maternal grandmother was Sydney/Sidney Margaret Fox (the daughter of William Nettleton Fox and Sydney/Sidney Johnson Guerry). Sydney’s grandmother Sydney was born in Texas. William was born in Missouri, the son of Charles Edward Fox and Pertie Smith. Sydney’s great-grandmother Sydney was born in Georgia, the daughter of Douglas Legrand Guerry and Laura Lee Johnson.
Source: Genealogy of Sydney Penny (focusing on her father’s side) – http://geni.com
Obituary of Sydney’s maternal grandfather, Emil Gabor Szabo – https://www.newspapers.com
Genealogy of Sydney’s maternal grandmother, Sydney/Sidney Margaret Fox – https://www.familysearch.org