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Famous Jews That Pretend Not To Be

Ralph Lauren Slim Aarons Spike Jonze

by Anonymousreply 12206/13/2021

Oh, WHO pretend...oops.

by Anonymousreply 105/14/2020

Jesus Christ

by Anonymousreply 205/14/2020

Lucy was Jewish, but Gary Morton talked her out of it.

by Anonymousreply 305/14/2020

Julianne Moore, seriously.

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The Dalai Lama

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Dorothy Zbornak

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^^^^ I knew it!

by Anonymousreply 1105/14/2020

The Darfur Orphan

by Anonymousreply 1205/14/2020

One of Nancy Reagan's pet fashion designers, Arnold Scaasi, was huge in the 1980s. He was born Arnold Issacs (which is Scassi backwards, more or less) in Montreal.

Fun fact: designer Stella McCartney, Paul's daughter, is Jewish through her mother, the late Linda Eastman. Linda's family name was originally Epstein.

by Anonymousreply 1305/14/2020

Lauren Bacall admitted that she hid her being Jewish when she first went to Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 1405/14/2020

Ralph Lauren never tried to hid his heritage. Do your homework OP

by Anonymousreply 1505/14/2020

Julianne Moore is not Jewish. Just sayin'.

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by Anonymousreply 1605/14/2020

R16 needs to get familiar with the definition of sarcasm and DL snark

by Anonymousreply 1705/14/2020

It's really disgusting when Jews try to hide from the public like this. We should NOT let them get away with it!

by Anonymousreply 1805/14/2020

[R15] Sure he did, don’t believe everything in that documentary that he produced! He wants everyone to think he’s a WASP/cowboy.

by Anonymousreply 1905/14/2020

Natalie Portman

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Joel the sexy neighbor nephew

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Bob Dylan

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Blanche Devereaux

by Anonymousreply 2305/14/2020

R4 No on Julianne

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by Anonymousreply 2405/14/2020

[quote]Lauren Bacall admitted that she hid her being Jewish when she first went to Hollywood.

We knew, but since we were all Jews, we were okay with it.

by Anonymousreply 2505/14/2020

Does this also include actors who Anglicized their names in order to advance their careers because their real names were too Jewish? Actors like Kirk Douglas, for example.

by Anonymousreply 2605/14/2020

R24 are you new around here?

by Anonymousreply 2705/14/2020

Helen Lawson. Born Heidel Leibovitz.

by Anonymousreply 2805/14/2020

R27 Are you?

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by Anonymousreply 3005/14/2020

R28 I thought her real name was Heidel Abromowitz.

by Anonymousreply 3105/14/2020

"Jew/Not A Jew"

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by Anonymousreply 3205/14/2020

r18, "It's really disgusting when Jews try to hide from the public like this. We should NOT let them get away with it! "

Yeah, like Gays never do it or were you being sarcastic?

by Anonymousreply 3305/14/2020

R24 that’s a running DL joke for at least a decade or more.

Not sure the original source, but it’s a popular snarky reply in threads of all topics. For example:

Actresses Who Were Former Prostitutes; Hollywood Republicans; Hindenburg Survivors

You’ll always find a “Julianne Moore, seriously” reply.

by Anonymousreply 3405/14/2020

[quote] Yeah, like Gays never do it or were you being sarcastic?

There would be NO need for sarcasm if the Jews would simply identify themselves. As this thread proves, you can't always tell by looks, so a modest lapel pin or even a patch would be helpful.

by Anonymousreply 3505/14/2020

r34 Ah ok. I'm not new here but it's the first time I've seen that

by Anonymousreply 3605/14/2020

R35 what a novel idea. That’s never been tried before. (I’m assuming you were being funny).

by Anonymousreply 3705/14/2020

R30 Hello

From R10

by Anonymousreply 3805/14/2020

r36 Please review this thread.

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Maureen O'Hara

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Calvin Klein

by Anonymousreply 4105/14/2020

No to Portman, whose Jerusalem birth was always mentioned in the first line of any bio of her, even early on in her career, and who is an outspoken Zionist. If she "pretended" not to be Jewish, she--or her "people"--sure didn't try very hard. And no to Jonze, upper-middle-class/upper-class Jew who came from big money and was certainly privileged and confident enough not to care what people might think. Just because he adopted a skater-boy nickname doesn't mean he hides or denies his heritage.

by Anonymousreply 4205/14/2020

WTF? Natalie Portman doesn't try to hide her Jewish identity at all. She's very open about her background, her time spent living in Israel, her knowledge of Hebrew. She openly gives money to Jewish causes.

WTF are you talking about, r20?

by Anonymousreply 4305/14/2020

It's very clear that people are responding to this thread as if it were entitled "Celebrities you were surprised to find out were Jewish." Almost NONE of the people listed so far have tried to hide their Jewish identities.

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Jonah Hill

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James Franco

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Timothée Chalamet. Speaks only about his French heritage, never of his Jewish half even though he seems really close with his mother. I can't really blame him though. The world is increasingly anti-semitic and it's possible he doesn't see himself as Jewish, but I doubt it.

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Goldie Hawn, Kirk Douglas, Shelley Winters, Ruth Gordon. Carly Simon.

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Michael Lucas

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by Anonymousreply 4905/14/2020

So Timmy should grow payess, wear tzitzit, and carry around a dreidel, r47? (Not that I wouldn't be even more inclined to suck his kosher cock if he did.)

by Anonymousreply 5005/14/2020

Jill St. John, Debra Winger.

by Anonymousreply 5105/14/2020

r35, "There would be NO need for sarcasm if the Jews would simply identify themselves. As this thread proves, you can't always tell by looks, so a modest lapel pin or even a patch would be helpful. "

Then I guess Gays should always keep a pink, yellow or red hanky in their pockets, because they're not always easy to identify and even a rainbow flag pin would be helpful

You're either being very sarcastic or you're nuts

by Anonymousreply 5205/14/2020

R50 What a bizarre reply. Of course not. He's not orthodox. I just find it odd that there is never even a casual mention by him of any Jewish heritage in any of his interviews, but he makes frequent references to being French. It does feel a bit like he's proud of one side but not the other. Even Gwyneth Paltrow has made casual references to her Jewishness, but again, maybe he doesn't see himself as Jewish. That's fine too. I would say R35 is making fun of this thread and us by sounding like a Nazi.

by Anonymousreply 5305/14/2020

[quote]Shelley Winters, Ruth Gordon

Color me astounded.

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[quote] Then I guess Gays should always keep a pink, yellow or red hanky in their pockets, because they're not always easy to identify and even a rainbow flag pin would be helpful

Don't be silly.

by Anonymousreply 5505/14/2020

Taika Waititi, aka Taika David Cohen.

Other than changing his name he hasn't really tried to hide it, but really, who ever thinks of a Maori Kiwi as Jewish?

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Bootsey Gumdrop

by Anonymousreply 5705/14/2020

r55, "Don't be silly. "

Ok, don't be ignorant then

by Anonymousreply 5805/14/2020

Ruth Gordon wasn't Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 5905/14/2020

I think Lilli Palmer down played it which was difficult considering she was a German refugee. Weirdly she returned to live in Germany later in life.

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Tovah Feldshuh

by Anonymousreply 6105/14/2020

r35 is making a joke that's in incredibly bad taste even for this forum's standards.

by Anonymousreply 6205/14/2020

Mel Brooks is JEWISH?

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Al Jolson, who popularized African American music, paving the way for the Beastie Boys.

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Bill Cooper, family took father's trade name to avoid discrimination in London.

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Who the hell is Bill Cooper?

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Yves Saint Laurent

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Mayim Bialik

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Christian Slater, Miss Kay Lenz.

by Anonymousreply 6905/14/2020

Oh no! No fucking way you’re passing Helen Lawson off on us! She’s your shitstain.

by Anonymousreply 7005/14/2020

Lassie, born as Esther Rachel Lassenberg

by Anonymousreply 7105/14/2020

R56–It says in Wikipedia “He describes himself as a "Polynesian Jew.” So he doesn’t “try to hide it” at all

by Anonymousreply 7205/14/2020

Kathie Lee Epstein "I love Jesus" Gifford

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by Anonymousreply 7405/14/2020

I know it’s an old stereotype but there are tons of Jews in Hollywood. They don’t actively pretend not to be, they just don’t tell everyone because why does their religion matter to other people?

by Anonymousreply 7505/14/2020

I agree that one's religion shouldn't matter at all; however, some members of a given religious group may be inclined to favor, ahem, fellow members of a religious group professionally in certain situations. When those identities are known to both parties.

In certain prominent, high-paying professions. Particularly in, say, NYC, LA, and DC.

Just suggesting that this may have occurred in the past, and may still be occurring today.

No names, of course.

by Anonymousreply 7605/14/2020

Being Jewish is a heritage, not necessarily a religion.

by Anonymousreply 7705/14/2020

This thread is so... DL

by Anonymousreply 7805/14/2020

R76 Nepotism is common amongst all groups.

by Anonymousreply 7905/14/2020

R76 That's a myth or sour grapes. For decades in Hollywood, it was such a disadvantage to be Jewish that many Jewish actors concealed their background and changed their names, often at the recommendation of Jewish people who ran the studios. Examples: Hedy Lamarr, Tony Curtis, Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas. Nepotism in the form of helping out a relative is a different story. And R79 is right. All groups do it. But just sharing the same ethnicity or religion with a stranger doesn't amount to much, especially in an age where Jewish people often intermarry and are less and less culturally distinct.

by Anonymousreply 8005/14/2020

R72, Yes, that's what "he hasn't really tried to hide it" means.

But it's also true that there are a lot more Jewish Cohens than there are Jewish Waititis, and the average person isn't even going to ask.

by Anonymousreply 8105/14/2020

You’re so sweet to point out what you meant, r81. Thank you. Still, I must insist that someone who describes himself as a Jew isn’t trying to hide it at all. I don’t know why he ceased to use his mother’s last name and began using his father’s, but I don’t think we can assume it was to hide his mother’s religion.

by Anonymousreply 8205/14/2020

Being Jewish is NOT about a religion. Anyone can convert to Judaism. Your remarks are so full of ignorance.

by Anonymousreply 8305/14/2020

Julia Louis Dreyfus

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Rachel Lipowitz Cohen .. chess champion and comedian

by Anonymousreply 8505/14/2020

Joan Collins is about as Jewish as you can get (both Parents), but it's largely never mentioned.

Her Mother and Father are buried at Golders Green Jewish cemetery in London (separately).

by Anonymousreply 8605/14/2020

Not sure she "pretends" not to be, but the widow Gifford doesn't talk it about much. However, she sure plays up the Christian side because it's lucrative.

by Anonymousreply 8705/14/2020

Not sure she "pretends" not to be, but the widow Gifford doesn't talk it about much. However, she sure plays up the Christian side because it's lucrative.

by Anonymousreply 8805/14/2020

According to the anoraks who spend their time digging into the lineage of celebrities:

[quote]Taika’s maternal grandfather was David Cohen (the son of Henry/Harry Isaac Cohen and Norah/Nora Baker). Taika’s great-grandfather Henry came to Wellington on the Ruahine in 1913 from London, England. He was the son of Lewis Cohen, who worked as a tailor in Wellington, and of Rachel Annie. They were Jewish, from Novozybkov, Russia. Lewis’s family at one point lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. Taika’s great-grandmother Norah/Nora Baker was born in Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand, and was the daughter Henry Baker and Honora Norah Butler, who were farmers. Henry was Irish, from Portlaw, Waterford. Taika’s great-great-grandmother Honora was born on Lyttleton, South Island, and was the daughter of David Butler and Mary Cull, who were Irish, with roots in County Limerick.

[quote]Taika’s maternal grandmother was Bertha Mary Bond (who likely was the daughter of Percy Randolph Bond and Winifred/Winnie Catherine Ruth Seal). Percy was the son of John Bond and Lavina Frelan/Freelan/Freland/Freeland, who had roots in Rathkeale, Limerick, Ireland. Winifred was the daughter of Thomas William Seal, who was born in Hampshire, England, and of Mary Stokes Wildey, who was born in Dunedin, Dunedin City, Otago, New Zealand. Taika’s great-great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Benjamin Milton Wildey, who was born in the U.K., and of Catherine Wasen/Wason Munro, who had Scottish ancestry.

Please Jesus, don’t let him be afflicted with the Irish curse!

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by Anonymousreply 8905/14/2020

I am a proud "completed" or Messianic Jew.

Look it up.

by Anonymousreply 9005/14/2020

R87, meet R73.

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Bonnie Franklin

by Anonymousreply 9205/14/2020

R86- Her father was Jewish. Her mother was NOT.

by Anonymousreply 9305/14/2020

I think I read somewhere that the Jews were claiming Elvis, through his mother Gladys.

Have no idea if this is so.

by Anonymousreply 9405/14/2020

Fuck you, OP.

How does someone pretend not to be Jewish?

And fuck through the thread all the way to R94, claiming "the Jews" "claim" Elvis.

Trumpian fascism and leering, snarking turds who play with fire.

A curse laid on you.

by Anonymousreply 9505/14/2020

Scraping the bottom of famous barrel. Angelyne and Bryan Hawn.

by Anonymousreply 9605/14/2020

What's considered to make you Jewish, apart from the Jewish female link? Or is that just it?

by Anonymousreply 9705/14/2020

Matrilineal descent or conversion

by Anonymousreply 9805/14/2020

[R95] Study the people in the original post to find out.

How can someone be THAT stupid, and not get the concept here?

by Anonymousreply 9905/14/2020

For r95:

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by Anonymousreply 10005/14/2020

I know you can't always tell, but lol @ anyone thinking superGoy Julianne Moore is Jewish.

by Anonymousreply 10105/14/2020

Don't lol too hard. "Julianne Moore, seriously?!?!?!?!?!?!" was the reaction of an aggrieved Datalounger in response to her placement in the photo below. As R34 said, it went on to become a common response.

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by Anonymousreply 10205/14/2020

R67 His partner Pierre Berge was Jewish, not Yves.

by Anonymousreply 10305/15/2020

All fashion designers and those in the garment and magazine industry are Jewy.

by Anonymousreply 10405/15/2020

Pretend not to be famous, or pretend not to be Jewish?

by Anonymousreply 10505/15/2020

R104- and GAY

by Anonymousreply 10605/16/2020

"Hiding one's Jewishness" is a classic anti-Semitic trope. In my experience, most Jews are quite proud of, and embrace, their heritage.

by Anonymousreply 10705/16/2020

R103 - my grandparents, who were Jewish, were friends with YSL's parents in Oran, Algeria in the 1930s. They told my mother that Yves' parents were Jews who were anxious to hide their religious background fearing the rampant anti-semitism of the time would damage their social position.

by Anonymousreply 10805/16/2020

Again r86, Joan Collins mother was Anglican. Couldn't you have checked before posting?

by Anonymousreply 10903/06/2021

Nice try r108, but if his parents were indeed Jewish, it would have been uncovered by now.

by Anonymousreply 11003/06/2021

Whoopi Goldberg.

by Anonymousreply 11103/06/2021

Barbaric Streusel. aka Barbara Striezand.

by Anonymousreply 11203/06/2021

Sophia Petrillo.

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by Anonymousreply 11303/06/2021

Sophia and Dodo were just passing. The antisemitism of the time made it easier for them to pass as Sicilian Catholics instead of living their truth as Jewish New Yorkers.

by Anonymousreply 11403/07/2021

[quote]Joan Collins is about as Jewish as you can get (both Parents), but it's largely never mentioned.

Nah, her mother was Anglican and was buried at St John's Churchyard in Hampstead. Not far from Rex Harrison's first wife.

by Anonymousreply 11503/07/2021

You can be Jewish and Anglican. So much ignorance on this site. You can be chinese and of the Jewish faith too.

by Anonymousreply 11603/07/2021

R116 Anglican is another term for Episcopalian.

by Anonymousreply 11703/08/2021

Lauren Bacall was glorious for her whole goddamn life. And the most beautiful young woman. She had nothing to hide.

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by Anonymousreply 11903/08/2021

Sure, R108, and my mother was fingered by JFK in the 1960's. If YSL's family was Jewish it would have been uncovered by now.

by Anonymousreply 12006/09/2021

Santa Clausenstein-Gursky

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Tom Bosely

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