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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Former Russians In Hollywood

Steven Spielberg

Both grandfathers of Steven Spielberg are from Russia. And his sister’s husband is a distant relative of Boris Pasternak, a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator.
Sylvester Stallone 

 It is unlikely that a shy Jewish girl Rosa Robinovich from Odessa ever thought that her great grandson would become a world famous movie actor Sylvester Stallone.

David Duchovny
 David Duchovny’s father is a Russian Jew. His name was Amram Duckovny because he’d changed his last name to adjust it to American pronunciation. David, however, changed it back.

Nicole Scherzinger 
 Nicole Scherzinger’s mother is half-Russian and half-Hawaiian.

Natalie Portman 

 Natalie Portman’s parents moved to Jerusalem from Kishinev, Moldova.

 Gwyneth Paltrow
 Ancestors of Gwyneth Paltrow used to live in Minsk, Belarus.

Milla Jovovich
 Milla Jovovich was born in Kiev, Ukraine. So first five years of her life she spent in the Soviet Union.

Harrison Ford 
 Harrison Ford’s grandmother left Minsk in 1907. Now the actor is searching for his relatives who might live in Russia and post-Soviet republics.

Whoopi Goldberg 
Whoopi Goldberg’s grandmother was born in Odessa, Ukraine. 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio’s grandmother moved from the USSR to Germany together with her parents after the revolution. There, she got married and her daughter moved to the USA to give birth to the world famous actor.
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