Henny Orri Death – Obituary, Dutch Actress Henny Orri Has Passed Away

By | January 5, 2022

Henny Orri Death – Obituary – Yesterday Dutch actress Henny Orri passed away, 96 years old.  Recently someone asked me whether a well-known Dutch actress was related to my wife’s family. The last name of the actress is Orri, my wife’s last name is Orie. In Dutch, the pronunciation of these two names is almost equal. Therefore, I started digging up the ancestors of actress Henny Orri. As was expected, privacy laws prevented me from quickly finding out who were her parents. But luckily we have Delpher, the largest site in the Netherlands to delve through countless digitized Dutch newspapers. And as a Dutchman, I am happy to add it is free 🙂 There I found the names of her parents. Having those, it was almost a piece of cake to put together her pedigree. And much to my surprise, it ended up in Spain, in Barcelona! Henny’s ancestor names are Charlos Orri and Anna Maria Palau. Charlos was born around 1715 and came to Amsterdam to marry Anna who was 7 years his junior. She was born in Amsterdam but through her father, I found out that also she has Spanish roots.

Henny Orri Death – Obituary, Dutch Actress Henny Orri Has Passed Away

After having found some notarial deeds, it became clear to me that there was an active Spanish community in Amsterdam in the early 18th century. There were even preprinted notarial deeds in the Spanish language! I am certain notaries wouldn’t do that to please a single client. So there must have been more demand for that kind of service. Charlos Orri and his father in law were part of that community. They were involved in the import of cork. And when Charlos died, his wife took over.