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.
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 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 and Eloise.
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.
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 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