Friday, December 10, 2010

Settling the Score: Julia Louis-Dreyfus



Originally, our profile posed the question, is Julia's mother Jewish? Thanks to reader Michael, we are now pretty sure she is not (see Julia's maternal ancestry here). But that still leaves Julia herself.

There's a supposed cross she's seen wearing (we've never seen it). There's a supposed radio appearance from the 90s when she said she's not Jewish (we've never heard it). Well, "Borderline Jew" makes sense until further proof is found...

Update: thanks to the commenter and this video. So no, she doesn't consider herself Jewish. "Barely a Jew" it is... And a profile re-write. Oh well.

7 comments:

  1. Isn't she distantly related to one of the "famous" Dreyfus's? Wouldn't that ethnically make her at least "Barely a Jew"?

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  2. Her father is a billionaire Gerard Louis-Dreyfus, Jew. Borderline Jew is above Barely a Jew, so...

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  3. What has Julia L-D and Michelle LaVaughn Obama in common? Not much, indeed - but both of them have at least remote Jewish ancestry. In the case of the First Lady there is a COHEN in her pedigree. Mrs Obama's paternal grandfather's mother was a Roselle Cohen from South Carolina.

    Source: www.wargs.com/political/robinson.html

    /Zeev (Ulf Ståhlberg, Linköping, Sweden)

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  4. Not Jewish - from her own mouth.

    http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/beb450a27e/judd-apatow-s-all-star-video-part-2

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  5. Interestingly, that list of her maternal ancestors have many first and last names that "sound" Jewish, but could easily be German too and I presume it is that (since you mention "Pennsylvania Dutch" somewhere and unlike in pre-Nazi and 1800s Germany itself, not too many intermarriages with Jews among that group).

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  6. Hi, it's a Judd Apatow [Jewish, score of 12], ironically sincere PSA for a thing with Jewish in the name. I would hardly take that as solid evidence of her shiksahood. She was on Seinfeld for Christ's Sake.

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  7. I get the impression Julia is somehow trying to deny or avoid owning up to being at least partly Jewish; as I understand she is related to the Jewish Dreyfus of the famous Dreyfus case in France involving treason or some such thing when Dreyfus was in the French army. I think she's also related to the Dreyfuses of the financial crowd, also Jewish. And, by the way, Reform Jews have for some time interpreted the Jewish law to give children of Jewish fathers and Gentile mothers the same Jewish validity as if born of a Jewish mother, this also being based on Biblical precedent. Anyway J L-D, it seems, ought to rethink the whole idea of her Jewish ancestry. What is evident cannot so easily be denied with a simple "no".

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