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Everyone knows that Milla Jovovich and Mila Kunis have Slavic roots. However, there are still a lot of foreign celebrities, whose ancestors were born in the territory of the Russian Empire or the USSR. Yes, some stars are quite difficult to suspect that they can be connected with Russia, but the fact remains.
Leonardo DiCaprio can boast that 25% of Russian blood flows in his veins. The maternal actor's grandmother, Helen Indenbirken (Elena Smirnova), after the revolution, moved to Germany with her parents in early childhood, where she met the future grandfather of the actor.
In 1955 they immigrated to the USA, where 19 years later, in 1974, Leonardo DiCaprio was born. Surprisingly, having left his homeland as a child, Helen Indenbirken knew Russian until the end of her life. In 2008, the beloved grandmother actor died.
Pamela Anderson also boasts Russian roots.Her maternal relatives were from Russia. It is known that they first moved to the Netherlands, and later to Canada, where the future Hollywood diva Pamela Anderson was born (in 1967). By the way, the great-grandfather of the actress lived in what is now Finland, which was previously part of the Russian Empire.
The actress has repeatedly visited Russia and even announced her intention to get a Russian passport.
James Franco once admitted: he was always told that he was half Russian, while the actor claimed that, unfortunately, he did not feel a connection with his roots. His mother’s relatives were born on the territory of modern Ukraine, and later moved to the USA, where they changed their first and last names.
Both grandfathers of film director Steven Spielberg are from Russia. They were born on the territory of today's Ukraine. His grandfather and grandmother from his father moved to the United States in 1906. It's funny that little Stephen's mother often cooked for him Ukrainian borscht, which he ate with great pleasure.
Interesting fact: the husband of the director's sister Sue is a distant relative of Boris Pasternak.
It is known that the ancestors of Amy Winehouse were Russian, Belarusian and Polish Jews. The great-great-grandfather of the world famous singer Abraham Grandish in 1911 at the census in Great Britain in the column "origin" indicated "Russia". In 1895 in London, he had a daughter, Fanny, who was married to Benjamin Winehouse. They became Amy's great-grandmother and great-grandfather.
The grandmother of Harrison Ford, Anna Lifshits (maternal) was born in the current capital of Belarus. In 1907, she moved to the United States, where, ironically, she met with a native of Minsk, Harry Nidelman, and was married to him. Harry and Anna had a daughter, Dorothy, who married the Irishman Christopher Ford, and in 1942 a future Hollywood star was born in their family.
Harrison Ford himself first visited Russia in the early 2000s on the set of the K-19 film in Murmansk.
Robert Downey - Jr.
In the veins of Robert Downey Jr. Russian blood also flows. For the actor even made up a genealogical tree, which confirms this information. His grandfather on the part of his father emigrated from Russia, but it is not known for certain exactly where it came from and when.
Gwyneth Paltrow - a representative of a famous kind Paltrovichey. Her great-grandfather lived on the territory of modern Belarus in the town of Novogrudok and was a famous rabbi. After the revolution, he immigrated to the United States, where he changed his name to Paltrow. The actress herself has repeatedly admitted that she has a great love for Russians and is proud of her origin.
In 2016, Steven Seagal received a Russian passport from the hands of Vladimir Putin. Then the actor told that he has Russian roots. His grandfather by his father, surnamed Siegelman, emigrated with his family from St. Petersburg to the United States in early childhood. There, they immediately shortened the name to the euphonic Seagal.
The actor's dad himself has Russian, Jewish and Mongolian roots. Some relatives of a Hollywood star moved to the United States from Vladivostok, so perhaps one of his relatives lives there now.
This is surprising, but Whoopi Goldberg also has Slavic roots. Oscar-winning actress grandmother was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and the family moved to the United States at the dawn of the 20th century. Whoopi herself was born in New York, but in memory of her Russian-Jewish ancestors she did not change her last name.
The 2000s star Avril Lavigne also turned out to be our “compatriot”. It turned out that her great-grandfather Andrei Lavina served as an officer in the Russian Tsarist army. After the revolution, he immigrated to France, where he shortened his name to Lavigne. Well, a little later, the singer's great-grandfather moved to Canada, where Avril was born in 1984.
2-time Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman was born and raised in Los Angeles. His parents come from Kiev, but they were forced to leave there in the 1920s, after the Bolsheviks shot the actor’s grandmother and grandfather. They made their choice in favor of the United States.
Dustin Hoffman himself was always not indifferent to Russian literature and even studied theater skills using the Stanislavsky system.
Yoko Ono knows only a few words in Russian: “hello”, “thank you”, “goodbye”. However, visiting the Museum of A.S. Pushkin in the Tula region during her visit to Russia, she admitted that she feels Russian. It is known that the aunt of the artist Anna Bubnova in 1914 met a student of the Imperial Petrograd University and later went to his homeland in Japan.
In the 1920s, Anna's mother and her sister, Barbara, went to visit Anna and stayed there forever. Both Anna and Barbara took an active part in the upbringing of Yoko.
The sultry handsome Lenny Kravitz also has Russian roots. The grandfather of the American musician emigrated from Ukraine, which was previously part of the USSR, to the States. There he had a son, Sai, who tied the knot with actress Roxy Roker. And in 1964, the future musician Lenny Kravitz was born in their family.
The grandfather of the Oscar winner Winona Ryder was born in Minsk and bore the Russian surname Tomchin. However, when he moved to the States in the US immigration service, some confusion arose, and the actress's grandfather became Horowitz. Well, in 1971, the future Hollywood star was born in Minnesota in the family of his son Michael.
By the way, Winona Ryder has a brother Uri, who was named after Yuri Gagarin. The actress herself is very warm towards Russia and even wants to make a film about our country.
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