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6 Celebs Whose Real Nationalities Will Shock You

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When we think of our celebs, we don’t usually think too much about their history, like where they were born, or what cultures form part of their heritage. We are aware of some, like Charlize Theron who was born in South Africa, but that’s usually because she herself makes people very aware of her country. Today we have a look at the interesting cultures and birth places of some of our well-known celebs.

Never forget When we think of our celebs, we don’t usually think too much about their history, like where they were born, or what cultures form part of their heritage. We are aware of some, like Charlize Theron who was born in South Africa, but that’s usually because she herself makes people very aware of her country. Today we have a look at the interesting cultures and birth places of some of our well-known celebs.

Your roots

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Troian Bellisario is the actress who plays Spencer Hastings in Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars. This talented actress has been in the business since she was 3 years old. Her heritage is quite colorful, with her dad being of Italian and Serbian descent and her mom African-American and Creole descent. Her dad is actually producer Donald P. Bellisario who created the series NCIS.

Land of make believe

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Life in the 1930’s was so different from today, and Merle Oberon was quite a popular actress during that time. She was born in the then Bombay, now Mumbai, in 1911. Her mom was only 12-years old when she gave birth to Merle. She told many tales about her childhood. One being that her birth records were destroyed in a fire and that she grew up in Australia.

There were many cover-ups throughout her life, as her believed cousins were actually her half-brothers and sisters, and her mother was portrayed as her sister. Some stories claim that Merle pretended her mother was her maid. There are so many stories that a documentary was made all about her fascinating life and heritage. She was in films like Wuthering Heights, The Cowboy and the Lady, and the Dark Angel.

Mixed Bag

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Isla Fisher is an actress who is well-known for her role in Wedding Crashers and Confessions of a Shopaholic. She began her life in Muscat, Oman, which has the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west and borders with Iran and Pakistan. Her parents are Scottish and her dad was working as a banker for the UN at the time. When she was 6, they moved back to Scotland and then immigrated to Australia. She is married to Sacha Baron Cohen from London, who’s mother is from Israel.

The name game

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when it comes to names, Cameron Diaz has a very familiar one. What we may not be too familiar with is her heritage. Diaz is partly Cuban, but also has a little German, English and Celtic in her blood. Her mom even has a little Cherokee in her heritage. Interesting to note, Diaz is the 14th most popular Hispanic surname and its number 73 on the list of most popular surnames in the USA.

Family Tree

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>Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco in 1955. His biography is a must-read if you get the chance. His biological parents were Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble. Abdulfattah grew up in Lebanon and went to study at the University of Wisconsin where he met Joanne. Joanne was a Catholic of Swiss German descent, who grew up in Wisconsin.

Schieble’s father wasn’t happy with the relationship and told her that he would cut her out the family if she continued seeing him. Joanne fell pregnant and did end up marrying Abdulfattah. However, with enormous pressure from her parents, she left Abdulfattah and gave her baby up for adoption. It’s a long story, but Steve Jobs was raised by adoptive parents Paul Reinhold and Clara Hagopian. Clara had Armenian parents and Reinhold came from a Calvinist household.

Born and raised

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Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario, just her real name tells a story, but we know her as Zoe Saldaña, was born in New Jersey in 1978. Her father was Dominican and her mother was from Puerto Rico. She was raised speaking Spanish and English and somewhere in there is also a little Lebanese. She’s mom to twins, Bowie and Cy, and Zen born in 2017. Her and hubby Keith Britton also speak English and Spanish to their children.

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