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Celebrities you were surprised to find were not Jewish

Joy Behar

Valerie Harper

Nathan Lane

Anne Bancroft

Lily Tomlin

Josh Grobin (only half)

Matthew Broderick (only half)

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Cyndi Lauper

Jimmy Kimmel

I always thought the founder of the Singer sewing machine fortune was Jewish, but he wasn't. And he turned out to be something of a bigamist as well as a serial philanderer/baby daddy.

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Jason Biggs

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Norman Jewison

Penny and Garry Marshall

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Martin Short

Andrea Martin

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Mel Gibson OJ Simpson Colin Farrell

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Jennifer Lopez

Cameron Diaz

Peter O'Toole

Liza Minelli

Phylicia Rashad

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Ben Vereen

Katie Holmes

Leontyne Price

David Letterman

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by Anonymousreply 802/13/2013

Joy Behar owns this thread, but how about

Whoppi Goldberg

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Neil Sedaka

by Anonymousreply 1002/13/2013

R10 Neil Sedaka's parents were both Jewish, so I don't think there's much doubt about him.

by Anonymousreply 1102/13/2013

I never thought Joy Behar was Jewish. I lived in Queens for a while in an Italian/Jewish neighborhood and she was undoubtedly Italian to me.

She looks damn good for a 70 year old.

by Anonymousreply 1202/13/2013

r sorry to disappoint but Jesus was (is) Jewish..

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Michael Musto


Why did someone mention Anne Bancroft ? Sure she is Jewish, where does it say that she isn't - and if not then what is she ?


Italians are often interchangeable with Jews and have in their ancient history semitic and Arab elements, many are Jews but. Identify as roman catholic italian due to historical events and conversions and persecution

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Dustin Hoffmann

Barbra Streisand


Steven Spielberg

Harvey Fierstein

Natalie Portman

by Anonymousreply 1602/13/2013

JLDreyfuss IS jewish

And why the hell would anyone think Beyonce was jewish??

Lena Dunham

by Anonymousreply 1702/13/2013

Greeks are just Jews without money.

by Anonymousreply 1802/13/2013

R15 Her real name was Anna Maria Italiano, so I'd guess Italian.

by Anonymousreply 1902/13/2013

I think many new yorkers can be confused for american jews to be honest.

by Anonymousreply 2102/13/2013

R19. I am shocked, did not know that - you should see FATSO starring Dom Deluise, where Bancroft plays his sister - very good movie

by Anonymousreply 2202/13/2013

Celebrity I was surprised to find WAS Jewish:

Phoebe Snow

by Anonymousreply 2302/13/2013

Which half, OP, for Grobin and Broderick? Judaism is matrilineal, so if their mothers were Jewish, they are considered fully Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 2402/13/2013

Alan Dershowitz

by Anonymousreply 2502/13/2013

Supposedly Phoebe Snow was shocked that so many thought she was black.

by Anonymousreply 2602/13/2013

Lena Dunham's mother is Jewish, so she is a Jew.

by Anonymousreply 2702/13/2013

R23e looked like a black woman when she was younger

by Anonymousreply 2802/13/2013

How about Rachel Maddow? I see her as Jewish, but either she isn't or she's a closet case Jew.

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Ann Romney


Bonnie Bedelia

Sara Ramirez

Pat Sajak

Lola Falana

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Joey Patton

Dave Grohl

Ellen Pompeo

Claire Danes

Julianna Marguiles

Elaine DuBois

Sandra Oh

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Alan Adla

Marilyn Manson

Liza Minnelli

Weird Al Yankovic

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Michael Richards.

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Gregory Peck

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Barbra Streisand's NOT Jewish, R16?

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So many Italians.

by Anonymousreply 3502/13/2013

[quote]How about Rachel Maddow? I see her as Jewish, but either she isn't or she's a closet case Jew.

You're nuts. Maddow screams WASP. She's not Jewish.

There's no such thing as a closet case Jew. This isn't the 1930s, dear.

by Anonymousreply 3602/13/2013

R16, Spielberg is totally Jewish. He both set up the Shoah Foundation AND got ripped off by Bernie Madoff!

by Anonymousreply 3702/13/2013

[quote]Why did someone mention Anne Bancroft ? Sure she is Jewish, where does it say that she isn't - and if not then what is she ?

Anne was Italian. She changed her name.


[quote]Italians are often interchangeable with Jews and have in their ancient history semitic and Arab elements, many are Jews but. Identify as roman catholic italian due to historical events and conversions and persecution

Did you complete your GED?

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Penny and Gary Marshall

Italians yet again.

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I' shocked to discover Liza Minellis is not jewish

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Ethel Merman

by Anonymousreply 4102/13/2013

Not that it's a big deal, but these days you really can't tell who is Jewish based on a last name.

Based on experience I would guess that there are far more "Jewish sounding" last names than there are Jews, at least in America.

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I can't believe how many people on this thread can't tell what a joke post looks like.

by Anonymousreply 4302/13/2013

Why are you shocked, R40?

She's a genealogical mongrel (Sicilian, French-Canadian, Scots Irish, German, Colonial American, possibly Native American) but not Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 4402/13/2013

All of these ARE Jewish:

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Dustin Hoffmann

Barbra Streisand

Steven Spielberg

Harvey Fierstein

by Anonymousreply 4502/13/2013

Joy Behar uses her first husband's last name, she's obsessed with the whole New York Jew persona, she LOVES when people assume she's Jewish. Her second husband is also Jewish.

Joy is Italian Catholic, from Brooklyn. One of her best friends is a priest, I bet that's not something she brags about! I know this for a fact because he's the godfather of a friend's son.

by Anonymousreply 4602/13/2013

Back in the late 80s I was shocked to find out Roseanne was/is Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 4702/13/2013

That's a cop out, R43. The R16 post has both Jews and non-Jews listed. You just didn't know who was and who wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 4802/13/2013

R36, Yes there is such a thing in 2013 as a "closet case Jew." Apparently you haven't been told non-stop that the apartment buildings where you live normally don't rent to Jews, subjected to constant anti-Semitism rants a la KKK "literature" everyplace that you've worked (especially if the owners/upper-level mgrs are Jewish) and have come to realize that your very survival means always having to be an excellent actress and a liar. Some of the worst insults come from other Jews.

The truth is that many confuse stereotypical New Yorkers with Jews. If they dislike the former, then they're usually biased against the latter.

by Anonymousreply 4902/13/2013

I second Ethel Merman r41, she all but screamed "I'm Jewish" and her literally screaming other stuff reinforced that impression. One could easily assume the name Merman is Jewish too. I was absolutely amazed that she supposedly wasn't Jewish as she seemed quintessentially so and still find it unbelievable.

by Anonymousreply 5002/13/2013

Tony Curtis (Bernie Schwartz) was a shock to find out he's Jewish.

Any other old timers you were shocked to find out were Jewish?

by Anonymousreply 5102/13/2013

R51, Actors who don't fit the stereotypical "Jewish look" are still told to quickly change their name or lose work. Same with actors who have other culturally identifying names that look "different" than expected.

by Anonymousreply 5202/13/2013

Ethel Merman was born Ethel Agnes Zimmerman.

To quote Lenny Bruce "All italians are Jewish. All Irish who have lost the faith are Jewish. All New Yorkers are Jewish. There are no Jews between Chicago and Las Vegas...

by Anonymousreply 5302/13/2013

OMG, I clearly posted obvious Jews and included Beyonce as a joke. I can't believe anyone thinks I was serious in listing Babs and Spielberg as not Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 5402/13/2013

Joy Behar used to joke in her act that even her [italic]mother[/italic] used to think she was Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 5502/13/2013

[quote]One could easily assume the name Merman is Jewish too

Merman was a stage name. Her real surname was Zimmerman, but she cropped it 'cause she said it wouldn't all fit on a billing.

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Louis Armstrong

Bing Crosby

John Wayne

Butterfly McQueen

Grace Kelly

Betty Windsor

Catherine Zeta Jones

by Anonymousreply 5702/13/2013

Wasn't Bob Dylan's real name Zimmerman? And most people know he's Jewish, I think. I had read somewhere that Elvis Presley had a Jewish ancestor as well as a Native American one. Can anyone confirm this? I have no idea whether he explained what this meant to him.

by Anonymousreply 5802/13/2013

R18 I disagree. Greeks are hardworking & always have plenty of money. Jews with crosses, I thought.

by Anonymousreply 5902/13/2013

The guy from American pie Jason Biggs, the son is not Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 6002/13/2013

Native Americans - I was raised Mormon, in the book it say they are descendants of Jews.

We are the riotous people of the land, not the natives!

By the way, god also says all dark people are cursed.

by Anonymousreply 6302/13/2013

Is it true that Jews only like to do business with Jews? A friend of mine said she was basically taught growing up not to trust Gentiles?

Translation = dont trust non Jews.

by Anonymousreply 6802/13/2013

Since Josh Groban and Matthew Broderick are 50% Jewish they are absolutely Jewish op.

by Anonymousreply 6902/13/2013

I am pretty sure that Grace Kelly was Jewish. She looks just like one, you fool.

by Anonymousreply 7002/13/2013

Isnt the old Spock Jewish?

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Breckin Meyer

by Anonymousreply 7202/13/2013

Most of Hollywood is not Jewish. It's mostly the guys at the top, the CEO's Power Brokers, Lawyers, Studio Heads.

FACT: In the early days of Hollywood, the studio head changed their names so people would not know they were Jewish. Goldwyn and Cecil B. de Mille for example.

by Anonymousreply 7302/13/2013

The kind of thread that makes DL as irrelevant as the Roman Catholic Church.

by Anonymousreply 7402/14/2013


I can answer this question in more detail but yes, the Torah details (what is considered to be) proper finance including money lending, setting interest rates and ideal vs. verboten borrowers.

Some Jews adhere to the ancient guidelines.

by Anonymousreply 7502/14/2013

Tim Roth (his dad changed the family name to make it sound jewish)

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I realize R63 is being a wiseacre but the mark of Cain isn't "dark skin" even if English speaking holy rollers and their mockers wish to have it that way.

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Jesus was only Jewish on his mother's side, R13.

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Paul Newman? Not Jewish?

I've met and worked with Jewish people in present day who try to hide that they're Jewish, in L.A., no less. How? They use their middle names as their "last" name -- get rid of the identifying surname. However, their schnozz and their demeanor gives their Jewishness away after you get to know them.

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Amanda Plummer

Patti Deutsch

Barbara Sharma

John Astin

Jodie Benson

Diane Ladd

Sean Penn

Thelma Ritter

Audrey Hepburn

Anne Frank

Nicole Kidman

Spiro Agnew

Judy Blume

Jacey Farrow

Cassandra July

Guy Pearce

Diana Sands

Tennessee Williams

Angela Lansbury

Leigh Anne Tuohy

by Anonymousreply 8002/14/2013

There was huge shock among all the Jewish people I know (I've qorked in NYC hospitals for 30 years and my partner is Jewish. I know a lot of Jews) that Bernie Madoff scammed fellow Jews. I said, "Do you realize that your shock at Madoff scamming Jews sounds to Gentiles as if it is ok for Jews to scam non-Jews?" And they we all ,"But it's different! You don't understand!" I said, "Yeah, I do understand. And you'd better stop talking that way in front of non-Jews because it's pretty horrifying and it just reinforces anti-semitism."

They really didn't think there was anything wrong with feeling that Madoff was a bad guy mainly because many of his victims were Jewish.

I will tell you this -- if Madoff didn't have so many Jewish clients, nobody would have seen a penny of their money again. It's the only reason why a large part of his scam money has been recovered.

by Anonymousreply 8102/14/2013

Mad Men character Don Draper is not considered Jewish , but the actor playing him in fact is very Jewish - compare the facial expressions - totally different

by Anonymousreply 8202/14/2013

Archie Bunker @ R78, Jesus was an Abrahamic Jew by lineage through both parents and in practice because he kept Torah.

by Anonymousreply 8302/14/2013

Rachel Maddow may seem like a wasp but she is Roman Catholic, although her paternal grandfather was an Eastern European Jew.

by Anonymousreply 8402/14/2013

Norman Jewison, the director. Not Jewish. Ironic, no?

by Anonymousreply 8502/14/2013

R82 What are you talking about? Jon Hamm is not Jewish. (Certainly not with a non-Kosher name like that!)

by Anonymousreply 8602/14/2013

Bruce Springsteen, is the only one I can think of right now that hasn't been listed in this thread so far. For the longest time I thought he was Jewish. I finally looked up his biography and found he wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 8702/14/2013

For the longest time I thought Billy Joel was, but my father told me he wasn't.

by Anonymousreply 8802/14/2013

I was surprised to learn Zachary Levi from 'Chuck' isn't Jewish. He's actually an evangelical Christian

by Anonymousreply 8902/14/2013

R15, ROTFLMAO! Italians interchangeable with Jews? Wrong. Completely.

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R90 Obviously you never watched The Golden Girls.

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Nancy Walker (Ida Morgenstern)

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[A] Shonda [for the goyim] Rimes

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Martha Stewart

all the Jonas brothers

the voice for Jack in the Box

Davy AND Goliath

Micheal K

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Incidentally, I learned the other day that when Martha Stewart was a teenager she babysat for the kids of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and other Yankees players.

A fact. Use it as you wish.

by Anonymousreply 9502/14/2013

Valerie Harper is Irish. Nancy Walker was Italian.

Garry and Penny Marshall are Italian.

Harry Connick's mom is a NY Jew.

Joan Collins and her late husband Anthony Newley, Vidal Sassoon, Peter Sellers, all British and Jewish. Actually I think Vidal was Russian or Polish, not sure.

I knew a Chinese Jewish woman married to an Italian Jew.

Jews are all over the world, big surprise.

by Anonymousreply 9602/14/2013

R38. , Although my response was not scholarly, I think you get my gist

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oh, and Die Antwoord

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Sammy Davis jr.

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Julianna Margulies is Jewish

by Anonymousreply 10002/14/2013

Ethel Merman was German and her name was Zimmermann.

by Anonymousreply 10102/14/2013

R86. Yes he is, he said so in an interview , it was mentioned in an article - and his girlfriend is also

R90. They are exactly the same phenotype, physically, esp in the face and hair - too many examples to mention and can play each other in plays and movies etc without any trouble

Ernest Borgnine was 0 Italian, both parents - I thought he was Jewish for some reason, especially with the wife named Tovah, who was from Norway of all places

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