Downton Abbey’s Lady Grantham: Honorary Jewess With Attitude

“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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