Finding their roots - top Hollywood Irish and their heritage - PHOTOS
What Jack Nicholson, John Travolta and Anne Hathaway have in common
Hathaway's heritage actually goes back to Ireland, and in particular, Cork and Donegal.
She said "On my father's side, we have relatives all over Cork and Donegal. Ireland is such an amazing country, and I have this little dream in the back of my head that someday I'll end up living there.
"When I've established myself in America, and I don't need to live near the action, so to speak. If you're good, the work will come to you. I feel very Irish; maybe that's why I've been so lucky with my career."
Lara Flynn Boyle
Being an Irish Chicagoan came with all the rites of passage for Boyle, including weekend trips with her mother to Notre Dame football games, Irish dance lessons, and braving the Windy City's frigid breezes to dance in the city's St. Patrick's Day parades.
Boyle maintains that she is "seven-eighths Irish," a fact borne out by the traditions bestowed on her by her paternal grandmother, Helen O'Shaughnessy, her paternal grandfather, Jack Boyle, and her maternal grandmother, Kathleen Flynn, from whom she obtained the middle name "Flynn".
Kutcher said he was "Irish, Bohemian and Native American" on The Tonight Show (8/12/03). Kutcher's mother is Irish-American
She is Irish on both sides of her family. Her mother’s family are Moriartys, from County Donegal and County Clare. Her father’s side are Moynahans from County Cork.She has visited Ireland many times, and has an Aunt Bridget in Ireland who was delighted to meet her, "largely because she was so happy that her name was being passed along..."
He is half Jewish and half Irish. Being of Irish and Jewish heritage, Stiller’s parents serve green matzoh ball soup during their annual Saint Patrick’s Day dinner. Stiller’s great-grandfather, James Meara came to the United States from Liverpool aboard the Parthia on 19 May 1881.
Wilson grew up in Dallas, the middle child of Irish Catholic parents who were both funny and creative; his mother is a photographer, his father a writer.
The family is prone to a melancholy moodiness, an "Irish strain of depression," Wilson said, that goes back generations. "The Irish way of dealing with that is humor," he added.
"It's supposed to be England, if we go back to Jack the Ripper time. I don't know where, maybe Prague and London. I would like it to be Dublin, to be Ireland, because that's where my ancestors are from and I think I get along well with Irish people."
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