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Shaud left at the end of the eighth season, and his character was replaced during season 9 by veteran TV producer Kay Carter-Shepley Lily Tomlin. Kay did not have a background in journalism, but instead had made a career as a producer of game shows. Phil, the bar owner, was played by Pat Corley. Phil's was portrayed as a Washington institution, whose owner knew everything about everybody who had ever been anybody in the capital—ranging from what brand of lingerie J.

Edgar Hoover preferred to the identity of Deep Throat unknown to the public at the time of the series' production. In a running gag during early seasons, whenever someone entered Phil's casting bright sunlight from the open door into the dark, murky bar , the patrons would all shout in unison "close the door!

Brown was unmarried, but had a home life as well: He had so many grand ideas that he was in her employ for six seasons. Because he was a highly talented artist, his renovations were often delayed when he was struck by the urge to paint socially-relevant murals throughout the house. The first season saw Murphy relearning her job without the use of two crutches—alcohol and cigarettes. In the pilot episode, she complained the only vice she had left herself was chewing yellow number-two pencils.

It also set up the series-long running gag of Murphy's battles with the off-beat and sometimes downright bizarre characters that were sent by Personnel to act as her secretary, none of whom ever last for more than an episode, save two; one played by Paul Reubens. Reality often blended with fiction with the many cameos of then-current media and political personalities. The most prominent was when Murphy Brown was asked to guest star as herself in the pilot of a sitcom entitled Kelly Green , about a female investigative journalist.

Life imitated art when, after a less-than stellar performance, Murphy was berated by television journalist Connie Chung herself in a Murphy Brown cameo appearance for crossing the line and compromising her credibility.

Subsequent seasons saw the emergence of story arcs involving network politics with Gene Kinsella, Frank and Murphy's rivalry and Eldin's ongoing infatuation with Corky. During the brief engagement, a horrified Corky comes to the realization that she will now be "Corky Sherwood-Forrest ". The fifth season continued after the departure of series creator and showrunner Diane English. Murphy's struggles with parenthood were highlighted, as were the revolving-door of nanny characters mirroring her office tribulations.

Corky's marriage unraveled and ended in divorce as she and Will grew apart. Right before the wedding, Forrest had decided to abandon the practice of law and follow his true calling—creative writing. This tragedy saw Corky become less the Pollyanna as she began to model herself after role-model Murphy. The show went on, and FYI featured several changes in on- and off-camera staff: A significant story-arc saw the network squelch an FYI expose on the tobacco industry, leading to the resignation of first Dial, then the remainder of the cast.

They all went to work reorganizing the poorly-performing news division of a fledging network. In the end, Miles faced down the network; the "suits" relented, the staffers returned and the story aired. For his courage in standing up to the network brass, Miles was promoted to the news division's headquarters in New York—to the detriment of his new marriage to Corky. As well, after years of working as her housepainter, and later nanny, Eldin who was seen increasingly infrequently after season 5 left Murphy's employ during season 7 to study painting in Spain.

Actor Robert Pastrorelli left Murphy Brown for his own starring vehicle, the sitcom Double Rush , which lasted one season in By the start of the —97 season, viewership was beginning to decline. Shaud left the series and comedian Lily Tomlin was brought in to replace him in the role of executive producer Kay Carter-Shepley to help bolster the sitcom's ratings.

Kay proved that she had just as little journalistic experience as Miles Silverberg when he started with the show; the only experience Kay had in television—in spite of her venerable connections—was producing daytime game shows. Where Murphy had terrorized the younger Miles, the Machiavellian Kay often emerged victorious in her dealings with Murphy. Tomlin remained with the series for its last two years but ratings continued to drop, especially after a move off of Monday nights in favor of a slot on Wednesday nights.

CBS did renew Murphy Brown for a tenth season, which was to be its last. In the fall of , the final season premiered and the entire season served as a story arc in which Murphy battled breast cancer.

The storyline was not without controversy; an episode in which she used medical marijuana to relieve side effects of chemotherapy was attacked by conservative groups, and a women's health group protested an episode in which Murphy, while shopping for prosthetic breasts, uttered the line "Should I go with Demi Moore or Elsie the Cow?

However, the show's handling of the subject was credited with a 30 percent increase in the number of women getting mammograms that year, [18] [19] and Bergen was presented an award from the American Cancer Society in honor of her role in educating women on the importance of breast cancer prevention and screening.

Murrow in a dream while undergoing surgery. Computer editing was used to insert footage of the real Murrow, who died in , into the show. Diane English , who created the show, made a cameo appearance as a nurse who delivered the results to Murphy after her surgery. At the end of the episode, Murphy walks through her house seemingly alone, only to have Eldin appear at the end, offering to "touch up" her house.

The series will be set in "a world of cable news , social media , fake news and a very different political and cultural climate," according to CBS. Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English are set to return as executive producers.

Alongside the initial announcement of the revival, it was confirmed that Candice Bergen would reprise her role as Murphy Brown. It was also reported Charles Kimbrough might make a guest appearance in the revival. McDorman is set to assume the role of Murphy Brown's now adult son Avery. In the show's —92 season, Murphy became pregnant. When her baby's father ex-husband and current underground radical Jake Lowenstein expressed his unwillingness to give up his own lifestyle to be a parent, Murphy chose to have the child and raise it alone.

Another major fiction-reality blending came at Murphy's baby shower: At the point where she was about to give birth, she had stated that "several people do not want me to have the baby. Pat Robertson ; Phyllis Schlafly ; half of Utah! This storyline made the show a subject of political controversy during the American presidential campaign.

During his speech, [29] he criticized the Murphy Brown character for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone". Quayle's remarks caused a public discussion on family values , culminating in the —93 season premiere, "You Say Potatoe , I Say Potato", where the television characters reacted to Quayle's comments and produced a special episode of FYI showcasing and celebrating the diversity of the modern American family.

Because Quayle's actual speech made little reference to Murphy Brown's fictional nature other than the use of the word character , the show was able to use actual footage from his speech to make it appear that, within the fictional world of the show, Quayle was referring to Murphy Brown personally, rather than to the fictional character.

At the end, Brown helps organize a special edition of FYI focusing on different kinds of families then arranges a retaliatory prank in which a truckload of potatoes is dumped in front of Quayle's residence, while a disc jockey playfully commenting on the incident notes the Vice President should be glad people were not making fun of him for misspelling "fertilizer", On June 15, , at a spelling bee in Trenton, New Jersey , Quayle had erroneously corrected an elementary school student's spelling of "potato" to "potatoe".

The cue card used by the teacher read "potatoe". The feud was cited by E! In , Bergen said in an interview that she personally agreed with much of Quayle's speech, calling it "a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable" and adding that "nobody agreed with that more than I did.

Quayle eventually displayed a sense of humor about the incident—after the controversy died down, he appeared for an interview on an independent Los Angeles TV station and for his final question was asked what his favorite TV show was. He responded with " Murphy Brown —Not! Anti-Semites have been particularly active in exploiting the medium. They use the Net to reach an audience many times larger than any they could have ever previously hoped to reach with their flyers, rallies and shopworn canards, creating a troubling, persistent anti-Semitic background noise that pollutes the Internet.

What was local is now global, potentially accessible by everyone who uses the Internet: At first, the Internet was difficult to use and relatively inaccessible to the average individual. Today, it has become much more "user-friendly" and inexpensive, making it attractive to determined, if underfunded and poorly supported, extremist hate groups.

The network extends the range of their message. It is now global, instantly accessible to a dispersed audience. Online information is available at any time, at relatively low cost to anyone with a computer and phone.

For consumers who simply want to browse the World Wide Web, send E-mail and read and write to newsgroups, Internet access is fairly inexpensive-less than 75 cents a day. The basic cost for would-be publishers who want to distribute information on the World Wide Web, the fastest growing part of the Internet, is not significantly higher.

In addition, the Internet is an unregulated environment. Anyone can start a site and publish anything. Unlike the traditional marketplace where publishers, editors and reviewers were able to separate out the lies and distortions of the haters, the Internet makes all kinds of information equally accessible.

The reputable and the meretricious exist side by side and even responsible journalists sometimes cannot tell them apart. Internet technology gives eager propagandists a variety of ways to spread their message. The World Wide Web-offering text, images, sound and animation-can replace or supplement the newsletters and other publications produced by hate groups.

Learning basic publishing skills for the World Wide Web, while not trivial, is relatively straightforward; putting a site together can be a matter of simple "sweat equity. By , a number of notorious extremists with long histories of anti-Semitic activism were exploiting the possibilities of the Web. Some sites were particularly active. During the year, the National Alliance began posting copies of its radio broadcasts on the Web.

Black continued to update his list of links to extremist sites while Zundel published more and more material. Other Holocaust deniers, Greg Raven of the Institute for Historical Review and Bradley Smith, known for placing Holocaust-denying ads in college newspapers, also increased their activity on the Web. In , hate publishing on the Web was in a state of flux. Yet, despite these losses, the number of haters using the Web gradually increased during USA Watch, the computer version of a particularly scurrilous newspaper, Jew Watch, that frequently printed "articles" about "Jewish ritual murder," disappeared early in the year only to reappear with another name toward the end.

Louis Beam, a leading advocate of militant antigovernment resistance who is associated with the ferociously anti-Semitic Aryan Nations, started his own Web site. Others, less well known but eager, also created their own hate pages. One young neo-Nazi skinhead proudly posts his picture and announces that he is Usenet newsgroups-on-line community discussion bulletin boards-also contribute to the proliferation of publicly visible anti-Semitic hate on-line. Anyone with access can read and send messages to the newsgroups.

To read or post messages to a group, the user simply uses the newsreader program provided by most Internet services. The number of messages posted to the newsgroups is staggering; upwards of 60,, a year and growing!

Considering these numbers, it is not surprising that tens of thousands of anti-Semitic rants show up each year and was no exception. Unlike the World Wide Web, where the user must seek out a site, haters on the Usenet can send their messages, unsolicited, to any group. Some groups such as alt. Here one finds the traditional themes of anti-Semites: It is not surprising that groups such as soc.

But any newsgroup is a potential target for a bigot in the mood to antagonize and intimidate. And any person who wants to send hate messages can send them to multiple groups at one time-a technique known as "cross posting. Unlike the people who venture out in the night to spray swastikas on tombstones or synagogues, Internet bigots can spew their hatred without ever running the risk of being identified.

They can also work far outside the neighborhoods in which they live. Newsgroup hate messages are more like anonymous phone calls or letters that can be sent simultaneously to hundreds or thousands of people. To be consistent with past practice, the ADL Audit counts such simultaneous hate messages as one incident. Anonymity, a key part of Internet culture, also plays a role in encouraging on-line hate.

There is no requirement that a person accurately identify him or herself. Unless the individual chooses to reveal it, no one need know the user's real name, sex, age or anything else about him or her. E-mail addresses are frequently "handles"-nicknames-such as "Agent13" "Aryan" or "Titan White. Also, many mail programs make it possible for users to create false E-mail addresses, a behavior common enough to have a name: E-mail is essentially a private, person-to-person technology but it, too, can be adapted to the task of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda.

Mass mailings are simple-and require no postage. It is a merely a matter of compiling a mailing list and sending a message. It is possible to mail hate messages to the private mailboxes of large numbers of people. From time to time, enterprising haters have managed to mass-mail hate materials to tens, hundreds, or even thousands of people without revealing their identity.

Like other mass mailings of hate material, however, such a massive E-mail transmission could be counted as one incident. The challenge of on-line anti-Semitism is significant. The lies of the haters can be seen by more people than ever before. Men and women of goodwill must monitor the Internet and respond forcefully to the taunts and distortions of the bigots. Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents Rothschild is a prize-winning photographer and filmmaker. Most of the photos are of performers who appeared at the Fillmore East.

There is even a chart of every performer who played the Fillmore East. It opened in and closed in His sister died during this arduous journey. His parents died in the concentration camps.

He took over the old Fillmore Auditorium and then the Carousel Ballroom re-named the Fillmore West and made them the premier showcase of the psychedelic San Francisco Sound. Graham, as the book states, was a success because he was both a good businessman and someone who really cared about his audience and the performers.

He wanted a rock show to be treated with the respect of an opera. He lent the auditoriums for benefit concerts for many worthy causes. Graham, like any businessman, had to turn a profit to stay in business. Rothschild told me that she did not know Mr. The quality of the photos of in this book reflects that access and Ms. Talent runs in Ms.

Unfortunately, an on-line exhibition of the senior Ms. Her biography is online, and she and her daughter are represented by the Gomez Gallery in Baltimore. Rothschild tells me that she is not one of the famous Rothschilds. Rothschild and I had a lively discussion about her hometown. We agreed that talented young woman might well strike out for New York as soon as she could.

In addition to taking photographs, Ms. The Joshua Light show was the house light show at the Fillmore. If you want to know how those groovy effects were created in the pre-comput er age, you need to pick up the book. Bill Graham closed the Fillmores in Rock festivals and such had driven up the price of rock performers so high that the economics of a small auditoriums did not make sense any more.

Graham remained a top rock impresario, using other venues, until his accidental death in After the Fillmore closed, Ms. Rothschild got a graduate degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and turned more of her attention to film.

It depicts the relationship, sometimes difficult, between three generations of women. This genre is familiar today, but Ms. The web site also gives a detailed description of her other films and is well worth a look. Rothschild currently divides her professional work between film and still photographs. Although some other sites erroneously list Jewhoo as a general search engine.

Jewhoo is an inter-active celebrity list with a search engine. Well-known Jewish persons in a wide variety of fields are listed on the site, organized by category.

If you click on actors, you will see a list of Jewish actors. All names are alphabetical by first name in the category, and clicking on a name automatically performs an AltaVista search on each individual. Our site search engine is currently limited. We hope to improve in the not too distant future.

But if you are looking for an actor, for example, it is just as easy to click on actors as scroll down. If you are unsure of the category, a search may be quicker. If you get nothing, either the person is not listed on the site or you badly mis-spelled the name. We do not currently have a category of religious figures, either post-biblical or biblical.

A few of the most notable post-biblical religious figures are listed on the site. We are currently deciding whether to add such a category. We have started to create an extensive links page. It should be up in a two weeks and will be updated and expanded frequently.

Serious requests for information will be answered. The purpose of Jewhoo is to celebrate the contributions of Jews to civilization. Whether that is an actor, a Nobel Prize winner, an opera singer, a rock and roll star, a painter, or a baseball player.

Visitors are welcome to suggest names of persons to be listed, but all names are reviewed before being placed on the site. Please see our frequently asked questions link for more information about adding names. If you want a link to your site, contact us. We want Jewhoo to be more than lists.

We try to bring a sense of humor to the listings. The web is full of those. We want to entertain you as well as enlighten you. Among Jews of a previous generation, it would be used to mean a Jew from the same village, city, or region, depending on the context. In the United States, it is often used to refer to another Jew. Many Jews today may not know the term, but they play the game anyway.

It is particularly delicious to find out that someone who is famous, but is not obviously Jewish, is Jewish. Playing LTL is a little less interesting today than it was a generation ago when Jewish actors had to change their names to be acceptable to the general public.

Or that was the perception that mostly Jewish-run film studios had. These name changes provided one of the most amusing and interesting aspects of LTL.

In fact, until thirty years ago, one would be hard-pressed to find a major Jewish actor or actress who did not change their name. Jews, of course, were not the only ones to have to change their names. Italian-American and Hispanic performers often did the same thing. I expect Italian- Americans and Hispanic-Americans sometimes play locate the paisan or locate the compadre. Now the LTL game has an element of nationalistic or group pride. But that is more than okay within limits.

These two facts are probably not unrelated. If one is an outsider, as Jews were, they sought niches where they could make it. The Jewish guys who founded Hollywood would not have got a job interview with a major American company.

So they went out and founded their own industry. In entertainment, you make it based on box office, not birth. In comedy, it helps to see the world from an outsider perspective to be better able to comment on the funny quirks. I note that several non-Jewish Canadian comedians like John Candy and Mike Myers have become leading American comedians in recent years. It is kind of the same thing-they grew up with an outsider perspective. They were familiar with American culture, but a little outside it.

Perfect training for a comedian. The same thing goes for scientists. Jews were less than five percent of the German population. To move up, they had to be better than their non-Jewish colleagues and were conditioned, in a subtle sense, not to accept the conventional wisdom in their field. Combined these factors make for great scientists. Just last year yet another Jewish refugee scientist from Austria now 82 years old won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. I sometimes think there is a grim race going on: LTL with these scientists has a haunting a nd poignant resonance: Now when it comes to Sports and the Military, somewhat different emotions come into play.

Jews, for cultural reasons, were not encouraged to into Sports until comparatively recently. It was viewed as a distraction from studies and making a living. And there was some discrimination against Jewish athletes. This explains why David Cone, star pitcher for the Yankees, was inundated with inquiries as to his faith when he broke into the Major Leagues. No, he politely replied, he was not Jewish. For most of the last two thousand years, Jews were prevented, with some exceptions, from serving in European armies and had insufficient numbers or resources to counter official or unofficial violent attacks.

Consequently, until the creation of the State of Israel, violence and the military were viewed as something non-Jewish. So when a Jew achieved a high military rank, or won a major decoration, it was a refutation of the image of the passive Jew who will take anything. The Jewish military prowess in the creation of the State of Israel did not come out of a vacuum: For all these reasons, Jews like to hear about Jews who lead armies or win the Medal of Honor.

During their heyday, these guys were viewed as a shame on the community. But behind the shame was a certain pride that some Jews would punch back and use a gun. So these guys are largely forgotten, as is their Jewishness. Similarly, most people never find out that among the soldiers killed defending the Alamo there were a number of Hispanic-Texans as well as one French Jew. Not just John Wayne. So another aspect of LTL game is find out that Jews were an important presence in places one would not expect.

As editor of Jewhoo! One cannot understand Jewish history if one does not understand what motivated so many famous Jews or their parents to convert-Marx, Heine, Felix Mendelsohn, and Disraeli. The story is largely the same for each of these figures. Ironically, had they not converted, would they be remembered?

Disraeli, for example, could not have become Prime Minister. In my heart, I have a softer spot for some converts than others.

I am sympathetic to Heine, the great German poet, who converted for career reasons and always regretted it. I also have a soft spot for Benjamin Disraeli, the great Prime Minister of England in the 19th century.

His father converted the family. However, he was always viewed as a Jew, he helped overseas Jews, and he made the greatest prideful response to an anti-Semitic remark ever made. A moronic Member of Parliament made a speech attacking Disraeli and concluded his remarks with these words to Disraeli: LTL is a game in its own right and a door to understanding the cultures of virtually every European civilization and some non-European civilizations as well.

As Disraeli said, Jews have been around a long time and ended up in virtually very country. If you find a famous Jew from a country and research his background a little, you enter not only into his world, but also into the world around him. How did he get there? How was he received in this country? What did his success say about his country and culture? And, of course, there is just the fun aspect.

Best expressed in the following lines: We want this site to grow and to be as accurate as possible. Please see our frequently asked questions column for more information on what standards we use for inclusion and other information. Baron Rothschild had a memorial placed on her Paris grave. Full first name is Alexandrea.

Ali MacGraw - A reliable correspondent tells us the in Ms. Now mostly on infomercials because her acting ability was, to say the least, modest. Yes, she is most assuredly Jewish. Alla Nazimova - Legendary silent film actress. Star of Russian and American stage. It is likely that her father is not Jewish Amanda Peet - Very attractive young actress who is rapidly becoming a star.

Got incredible divorce settlement. She was married to actor Richard Harris not Jewish for a while. Also an entertainment writer. Anne Meara - Well-known as part of the comedy team of Stiller and Meara. Mother of Ben Stiller. An organization of Irish Jews in NY. They serve green matzoh ball soup during their annual St. Annie Sprinkle - Star of adult filMs. One of the few actresses in such films that Jhoo could verify as Jewish.

Anouk Aimee - Beautiful leading lady of s and 60s European cinema. It took a little while, but we confirmed this entry. Barbara Bach - Born Barbara Goldbach. Wife of Ringo Starr. Her father was Jewish, her mother not. Married to actor Martin Landau Jewish for over twenty years, they are now divorced. While in college, she was in the same Jewish national sorority that Ruth Bader Ginsberg and astronaut Judith Resnik, among others, were in. A visitor tells us that Ms.

She mentioned being baptized in the same church she married her 3rd husband in. Therefore, our doubt may have been justified. So, many sources over the years have been wrong. Someone makes a mistake, and it is repeated. We broke this chain. Barbara Harris - Tony-award winning actress. In one report, it is noted that her father is Jewish, her mother is not.

This is likely accurate. Jhoo will update when we have more info. Deserves credit for being the first actress to not tone down her NY Jewish persona for popular approval. She was married for close to thirty years to Broadway and film director Gene Saks who is Jewish. They are now divorced. Extremely talented singer and dancer as well as comedic actress. Bette Midler - Actress and singer. One of the few Jewish people born and raised in Hawaii. She is hosting an interview show carried on a limited number of stations in which she interviews Jewish celebrities.

Just published book about her life and weight problem: This is not a cruel joke, this is the title of her book. Stagestruck, she persuaded her father, a San Francisco rabbi, to let her go to Hollywood.

Griffith classic her father was a techical advisor. The story is told that her friend, legendary actress Mary Pickford, made an anti-Semitic joke in her presence. When she found out Myers was Jewish, she was so upset she became a major long time benefactor of a Jewish old age home.

Sylvia Sydney, who was also Jewish, played this role in the pilot. Carol Kane - Star of many films and TV shows. Simka means a happy event in Yiddish. Some supporting roles in filMs. She reprised this role in the series. Many character parts since, including a number of voice-only roles. Now divorced, we do not know if she still considers herself Jewish.

Converted when she was married to Aaron Spelling. Unclear whether she considered herself Jewish after the marriage ended in divorce. Father, Eddie Fisher is Jewish. Married to Paul Simon for about one month. Joely Fisher is her half-sister. Catherine Zeta Jones - Up for informational purposes. There was a report that this Welsh Catholic actress, who just married Michael Douglas, was thinking of converting.

Michael identifies as Jewish so we assume this means Jewish. Cathy Silvers - Daughter of actor Phil Silvers. She has retired from acting. We are almost certain her mother is not Jewish.

All sons should be so nice. She is scheduled to have her own talk show, no surprise there. Recently wrote nasty memoir of her life with ex-hubbie Phillip Roth. Up with a huge asterisk. According to some reports, she is studying to convert in anticipation of marrying Australian Jewish rock musician, Ben Lee.

Up mostly to let you know that Jhoo is on top of the news. With a heavy heart, Jhoo has to announce that Cyd, listed as Jewish in many books, is not. We have received info. To people who ask, Fred Astaire almost certainly had some Jewish ancestry. However, he was not born or raised Jewish and the ancestry was remote. Dani Behr - Very attractive young English actress. She became a household name in the U.

Messing is a graduate of Brandeis. Still doing good work. She spent part of her teen years in Israel and served in the Israeli army for a short time.

Dianne Wiest - UP with a big asterisk. We know all about her parents and that her husband is a guy named Sam Cohn. Didi Conn - Born Didi Bernstein. Had title of most annoying voice until Fran Drescher. Her brother is Richard Bernstein, a fast-rising young and handsome opera singer. She is married to Oscar-winning film composer David Shire who is Jewish. Daughter of actress Lee Grant. Dinah Shore - Singer, actress, talk show host. With her sweet southern accent and blond hair, she ranked high among stars that few people knew were Jewish.

One of our visitors related a nice story. Her father who taught at Vanderbilt tutored Dinah and attended a seder at her home. Dinah graduated from Vanderbilt. We have confirmed some visitor info. Not only is Ms. Elaine May - Actress, screenwriter, director, comedian. Elina Lowensohn - Rumanian-born daughter of a concentration camp survivor. Film and TV actress: Elisabeth Bergner - Born Elisabeth Ettel. Began career on stage in Germany with Max Reinhardt. Clarifying what we know. We believe she was raised Jewish.

Our source is not precise on these last points. Pretty to look at, Jewish, but she needs some real help with the acting part of being an actress. Elizabeth Taylor - Converted when she married film producer Mike Todd.

He died in air crash; and Liz the widow was comforted by soon to be hubbie 4 , Eddie Fisher. So, sports fans, 3 and 4 were Jewish. Ron gives a lot of money to charity, but his personal behavior is usually described as somewhere between atrocious and awful. Barkin is the 4th Mrs. Elsa Zylberstein - French actress who is becoming an international star.

Her father is Jewish; it is unclear whether her mother is. Her married name is Estelle Gettleman. Estelle Harris - Best known for playing Mrs. In a published interview, Jerry Stiller Mr. One very memorable film role: Born and raised Lutheran. Her husband of 32 days who was in her weight class was Ernest Borgnine.

Apparently some list floats around the web that says he is Jewish. His real name is Ermes Effron Borgino, and he is the son of southern Italian immigrants. Especially from the south of Italy. But, in a weird way, we stand corrected. Jewish origins unadmitted until proved recently.

She is a convert to Judaism. Her brother was actor Billy Halop. Unlike her character, she is actually married to a Jewish guy. We may write a short piece. Griffin is not Jewish in real life. Infrequent parent appearances and very minor characters excluded. She was born in America of Greek Jewish parents. Gertrude Berg - No surprise here. Karyn was murdered in The case has never been solved.

Gilda Radner - Actress and comedian. Wife of Gene Wilder; died of cancer far too young. Her half-sister is the much more famous actress Shari Belafonte. Her husband since is actor Sam Behrens, who is Jewish. We do not know if this has any significance as to her formal religious affiliation.

Hence its popularity as a pendant among Jewish and some non-Jewish people. This is a quite well done, if somewhat slow moving story of an American Jewish woman meeting a sister who was long thought killed in Europe. Great cast, worth seeing. Her mother is Jewish, her father is not.

Goldie has said she was raised Jewish. Unclear whether Kate was. Father, Bruce Paltrow, director, is Jewish. Mother, actress Blythe Danner, is not Jewish. Her brother was bar mitzvah, so we assume she was confirmed as well. Her mother was head of the Jewish Home in the Bronx. Born Hedwig Kiesler, it is unclear from the sources whether she was Jewish by faith, or was the child of Jewish parents who converted.

Hedy referred to herself as Jewish in a few interviews, however. Incredibly, this toad, an arms merchant, supported the Nazis. Hedy left him and immigrated to the United States. Via a source very close to Ms. Real family name is Schlacter. Hermione Gingold - English Jewish stage and film actress who had a delightfully wacky persona and voice.

Ida Kaminska - The last great Yiddish actress; tried to keep Yiddish theatre alive in post-war Poland. It was made in Czechoslovakia during the brief thaw before the Soviet invasion. Ione Skye - Actress who seems to be getting increasingly better parts. Her mother is Jewish. Her brother is Donovan Leitch, an actor. He and Ally Sheedy recently hosted a Manhattan Chanukah bash.

Skye was married, until recently, to Adam Horwitz, Beastie Boy member. We have recently found that Ms. Jamie Lee Curtis - Sexy star of many filMs.

Father, Tony Curtis, Jewish. Mother, Janet Leigh, not. Her father is Jewish, her mother is not. She took her name from the 3rd wife of King Henry VIII-there were a lot of films about royalty when she took her stage name. Her aunt is Helen Suzman, legendary anti-apartheid activist. Has not acted on film or TV for many years. Elfman is her married name. She was born Jennifer Mary Butala. A non-Jewish Greek American.

Jennifer Connolly - Attractive actress who grew up in Brooklyn and began in music videos. Our source, who knows her, says her mother is Jewish. Her father is not. Daughter of Joel Grey, actor. Grandaughter of Mickey Katz, legendary Klezmer musician. A few years ago she had so much plastic surgery she is almost unrecognizable.

She needs a shrink, not a plastic surgeon. Her father was actor Vic Morrow, Jewish, from whom she was estranged. Unclear, but unlikely that her mother is Jewish.

She has been in a number of television series, but none seem to last more than a season. Guest shots on scores of series. She is married to actor Ron Leibman. David Merrick was Jewish. Reported to be quite smart, she dated Henry Kissinger for a time. In a famous incident, Soviet Premier Breshnev reportedly squeezed her tushy at a reception.

Joan Blondell - We had long heard one of our favorite actresses was Jewish, and it was confirmed by a scholarly biographical encylopedia. Joan Copeland - Character actress born Joan Miller. Joan Rivers - Comedian and actress.

Although her forays into acting have not been successful. Joanna Frank - She had one really memorable role. She is married to him in real life. Bochco certainly does not have an anti-nepotism policy. Joanna Gleason - Film and television actress. Yes, Monty is Jewish. Father, Eddie Fisher, Jewish. Mother, actress Connie Stevens, not Jewish. A veteran Israeli visitor to Jewhoo tells us that an Israeli paper reported her as Jewish and that both sets of her grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants to France.

We had reason to question this entry based on the fact that Ms. Light went to a Catholic H. Light said she went to a Catholic H. Refugee from Germany, her father was a rabbi. Nor is Liza Minnelli. Her father was Vincente Minnelli, film director, not Jewish. Very smart, despite dumb blonde appearance. Sadly, she died young. Tuvim can mean holiday in Hebrew. Not an easy subject to research, we are almost certain that only her paternal grandfather was Jewish. However, her mother converted to Christianity when Julianna was a small child and Ms.

Margulies was more or less raised Christian her parents divorced. She says she does not consider herself a practicing member of any faith now. This is an unusual biography and accounts for confusing reports about her ethnic background. Voice of Marge Simpson. See rock and roll for more details. One article said her mother is Jewish.

Her maternal great-grandmother is Jewish. Lang seems to self-identify as a Jew, noting that she fasted one year on Yom Kippur. Karen Black - Up with a big asterisk. Converted after she met and later married Steven Spielberg. Her father was well-known film and television director Boris Sagal. Both she and her father are religious Christians. The children working in her sweatshops probably know by now.

Frank, you can send me the angry letter now. Kathryn Grody - Character actress and playwright. Has appeared in about twenty films in supporting roles. Wife of actor Mandy Pantikin. Kitty Carlisle - Wife of famous playwright Moss Hart. Probably last person alive who dated George Gershwin. Kyra Sedgwick - Up with an asterisk. Lainie Kazan - Singer and actress. Has made a number of television and film apperances since.

Unlike John Belushi, she cleaned up her act before it was too late and has been clean for a long time. Lauren Bacall - Born Betty Perske. Bogart was, of course, not Jewish. Blacklisted for a long time for refusing to testify aganist her husband. Her daughter is actress Dinah Manhoff.

Lesley Anne Warren - Pretty actress who should have been in more good movies. Born Lily Peyser in Poland. Lillian Roth - Born Lillian Rutstein. Her career declined into alcoholism. Lilyan Tashman - Brooklyn-born Jean Harlow type bombshell who made the transition from silents to talkies. Died of a mysterious ailment in None of her talkies are well-known.

She was born and raised in Portland, Maine which has a small, but vibrant Jewish community. She was once married to actor Ron Leibman. She has continued to have a major career, starring in big budget filMs. Bonet was recently inteviewed by an Israeli paper. She was raised Jewish and loves kreplach, but not gefilte fish the sugar.

She is raising her child with Mr. Lisa Edelstein - Guest actress on many television shows. Lisa and David are Jewish. Courtney Cox is not. Matthew Perry is NOT. All we could find is that she was born in Toronto of Yugoslav parents. Therefore, we think it is unlikely that she is Jewish if her parents were post War immigrants.

If anyone knows, let us know. Lori Capp - Born Lori Kopp. Once married to Woody Allen. She was a non-conformist and few good parts subsequently came her way.

She is still very much alive and appeared in a Hungarian film made in Once married to playwright Clifford Odets. Died in of ovarian cancer, which is the disease that killed Gilda Radner. Like Gilda, she was funny and will be missed. The dialogue is a mixture of Swedish sounding English and Yiddish. Mae West - Its one of those maybe stories.

Mother, maybe some Jewish ancestry-how much will forever be unclear. Mother and West practicing Christians. Maia Morgenstern - Rumanian actress who works in the international cinema and Rumanian theater.

Born in , she was with the Rumanian State Jewish theater between and She has been with the Rumanian State Theater since We note that this film, about a Greek filmmaker, is something of an international Jewish actors convention-starring Harvey Keitel, Morgenstern, and Erland Josephson, a Swedish Jewish actor. Maria Friedman - British actress and singer who has been extremely hot in the British musical theater for the last decade. A visitor says she saw Friedman in concert and Friedman said she is Jewish.

Friedman also sang some songs composed by prisoners of a concentration camp. Marisa Berenson - Actress and model. Related to the legendary art critic, Bernard Berenson. Her father is Jewish, her mother not. Berry was married to Tony Perkins for a time. But they are now divorced and it unclear what her religious affiliation, if any, is.

Mother Jewish, father not. Raised in both religions, according to our source. Marla Maples - Well this one is almost too absurd. She is engaged to Michael Mailer, producer and son of Norman Mailer.

She told the Post that she and her daughter, Tiffany Trump, are serious students of kabbalah Jewish mysticism. Marla has a few acting credits as well as a former career as a model. Maureen Lipman - English actress. Not well known in the States, but well-known to English audiences. A lot of surgery later, she looks much more WASPish. Sister of Sara Gilbert. We do not know if Mr. Melissa Rosenberg - Daughter of Joan Rivers. Played herself in autobiographical movie about family.

Her father is a reporter for the Canadian Jewish news. She says that she was raised in a Conservative household and observed the major holidays. Michelle Pfeiffer - Not Jewish. The mohel to the stars, if you will. Pfeiffer, while not Jewish, wanted a very experienced hand. And the nature of his practice IS to make house calls. It is unclear whether they are still dating.

Tom Cruise is her ex-husband and both of them are active Scientologists. Her father, who lived through the holocaust, is Jewish. Her mother is not Jewish. Minnie Driver - Not Jewish. Jewhoo saw an interview with her in which she stated this. Mixed English, French, and Italian non-Jewish background. She was an active opponent of the murderous ethnic divisions that boiled over into ruinous civil war. She reluctantly immigrated to the US in Miriam Margolyes - English Jewish film and stage actress.

She has appeared in over fifty films, mostly in supporting roles. Molly Picon - Yiddish theater star. Made many TV appearances as the cute little Jewish old lady. Natalie Portman - Actress and model. So, here are the straight Jewish facts: Her father is an Israeli physician and her mother an American Jewish woman.

Her family travels back and forth frequently. She speaks fluent Hebrew. She went to a Jewish High School. Her father, Aaron Braunstein, is a major boxing promoter and entertainment agent.

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