Zoë Kravitz


Kravitz in 2011, photo by Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

Birth Name: Zoë Isabella Kravitz

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 1, 1988

*50% African-American, with African-Bahamian and Louisiana Creole [African, French]
*50% Ashkenazi Jewish

Zoë Kravitz is an American actress, singer, and model. Her roles include Beware the Gonzo, Rough Night, The Batman, and Big Little Lies.

She is the daughter of musician and actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet.

Zoë’s father is of half Ashkenazi Jewish (his father) and half African-Bahamian and African-American (his mother) ancestry. Zoë’s mother is of African-American, and some Louisiana Creole, descent on her own father’s side and Ashkenazi Jewish descent on her own mother’s. In terms of religion, Zoë identifies as a secular Jew.

Her stepfather was actor Jason Momoa. Zoë is related to weatherman and television personality Al Roker. Al has said that Zoë’s paternal great-grandfather and his own paternal grandfather were cousins.

Her half-aunt is musician and singer Kadhja Bonet.

Zoë’s paternal grandfather was Sy Kravitz, a producer (born Seymour Sol Kravitz, the son of Joseph Kravitz and Jean Kaufman). Seymour was born in New York, and was of Russian Jewish descent.

Zoë’s paternal grandmother was Roxie Roker, an actress (Roxie Albertha Roker, the daughter of Albert Roker and Bessie Mitchell). Roxie was born in Florida. Albert was Afro-Bahamian, from Nassau. Bessie was African-American, and was the daughter of Will Mitchell and Julia Tillman.

Zoë’s maternal grandfather was Allen Bonet (the son of Samuel Murry Boney and Mary Orphy). Allen was raised in Texas, and was of African-American, and part Louisiana Creole, descent. Samuel was the son of Albert Boney and Jennie Coatney. Mary was the daughter of Victor Orphy/Orphe and Eloise/Elloise Eugene.

Zoë’s maternal grandmother was Arlene Joyce Litman (the daughter of Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg). Arlene was born in Pennsylvania. Eli was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Abraham E. Litman, a Jewish immigrant from Tourchen, Russia, and of Fannie/Fanny Lillian Ageloff, a Jewish immigrant from Vitebsk, Belarus. Sylvia was also born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Louis Goldvarg and Sarah Silverman, who were both Russian Jewish emigrants, her father from Tiraspol, now Moldova.

Zoë’s matrilineal line can be traced to Sophie Grossman, who was born, c. 1865, in Siroca.

Sources: Genealogies of Zoë Kravitz – http://www.geni.com

Death records of Zoë’s paternal grandparents, Seymour Sol Kravitz and Roxie Albertha Roker – https://www.findagrave.com

Zoë’s paternal grandfather, Seymour Sol Kravitz, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Zoë’s paternal grandmother, Roxie Albertha Roker – http://www.nytimes.com

Zoë’s paternal great-grandmother, Bessie Mitchell, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Information on the family of Zoë’s maternal great-great-great-grandfather, Babilas/Babila Orphy/Orphée – http://www.mylhcv.com

Zoë’s maternal grandmother, Arlene Joyce Litman, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Marriage record of Zoë’s maternal great-grandparents, Eli Litman and Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s maternal great-grandfather, Eli Litman, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Zoë’s maternal great-grandmother, Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Sylvia Ellen Goldvarg on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org


Curious about ethnicity

40 Responses

  1. Jacklyn 224 says:

    The best part about being in the mixed race community, is that you have all these people from various racial backgrounds and percentages with various skin tones/features,so there’s really no point of moving out for friends and dating options,you have all the dating option in one community.

  2. andrew says:

    Tiraspol (now Moldova)

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