Downton Abbey’s Lady Grantham: Honorary Jewess With Attitude

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“Is she Jewish?”

It’s one of the first questions we Jews ask about anyone in pop culture who even slightly looks like one of the tribe, or has a “berg” or a “witz” as their name’s last syllable.

I’m usually curious to find out the answer, but I’m rarely obsessed. But with one particular woman, I absolutely MUST KNOW. Who is she? None other than Lady Grantham of Downton Abbey.

Yes, I know she’s not real. But I don’t care. I can’t get enough of this show. So imagine my delight reading the countess’s official PBS bio. “Cora is the beautiful daughter of Isidore Levinson, a dry goods multi-millionaire from Cincinnati.” With that one piece of information, I joined the chorus of Jewish Downton Abbey fanatics murmuring some variation of “Hmm. Levinson. I wonder…”


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