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Johnny Depp’s Interesting Connection to Black History

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Johnny Depp is one of the most successful actors of his generation. As a result, he has earned a lasting place in Hollywood history. What many people don’t realize, however, is that Johnny also has an interesting connection to Black history. Johnny Depp is the 8th great-grandson of Elizabeth Key Grinstead, a woman who was born into slavery during the 1600s. Elizabeth’s mother was an African woman and her father was a white planter from England. Elizabeth would go on to become part of one of the most instrumental court cases involving Black people at the time. Unfortunately, however, her story has largely been forgotten. Keep reading to learn more about Johnny Depp’s interesting connection to Black history.

Who Was Elizabeth Key Grinstead?

Elizabeth Key Grinstead was born in Virginia. Despite the fact that her father, Thomas Key, was a wealthy white planter, Elizabeth was enslaved because her mother was. Shortly after Elizabeth’s birth, her father was taken to court and charged with having a baby with a Black woman. Although he initially denied being Elizabeth’s father, he later took responsibility for the child. Thomas made arrangements to have Elizabeth baptized and he supported her financially. However, Thomas must’ve fallen ill at some point in 1636, because shortly before his death that year he made arrangements for Elizabeth to become an indentured servant for a man named Humphrey Higginson. The agreement was that Elizabeth, who was about six at the time, would remain Humphrey’s servant until she turned 15 years old. During that time, Humphrey was also to act as Elizabeth’s legal garden. Once she turned 15, she was supposed to gain her freedom. However, things didn’t end up happening that way. When Humphrey returned to England, he essentially sold Elizabeth to another man, John Mottrom.

During the 1650s, Elizabeth met one of Mottrom’s white indentured servants, William Grinstead who was also a lawyer. Not much is known about William’s early life other than the fact that he was from England. More than likely, he came to the American colonies looking for new opportunities. It was common at the time for white people who traveled across the Atlantic to be placed into indentured servitude until they repaid the cost of their travel. The two had a child together but were prohibited from marrying. When Mottrom died in 1655, Elizabeth and her child were considered his property and thus classifying her as a slave. In an effort to fight the decision of Mottrom’s estate, William represented Elizabeth and filed a lawsuit on her behalf. At the time, Elizabeth was 25 years old and had been an indentured servant for 19 years. William argued that she had well exceeded the terms of her indentured servitude and that their son should’ve technically been born free.

Witnesses were brought in to testify that Elizabeth was the daughter of a free white planter who had passed away several years earlier. Once the court believed that paternity had been established, the courts agreed that Elizabeth should be free. However, Mottrom’s estate appealed the decision which was then overturned on the grounds that Elizabeth’s mother had been enslaved. The case was eventually taken to the Virginia General Assembly which decided once and for all that Elizabeth should be free. The decision marked one of the first lawsuits in which a Black person had successfully sued for their freedom. Elizbeth and William had another son before his death. She went on to remarry and when her second husband died, and she and her children inherited a very large portion of land.

The Aftermath of Grinstead’s Case

Although Elizabeth’s trial was a huge personal win and a step forward, it didn’t take long for laws to change to help prevent other people in her situation from gaining their freedom. In the winter of 1662, it was determined that children’s status was dependant upon the mother. This was a change from previous laws established in England that said that the status of a child depended on its father. At the time, many enslaved women at the time were assaulted and became impregnated by their white owners. It was essentially unheard of for a child to have a white mother and a Black father. In practice, this law made it impossible for mixed-race people to sue for their freedom.

Elizbeth key Grinstead’s Other Well-Known Descendants

Johnny Depp isn’t the only well-known person believed to descend from Elizabeth and her first husband, William. In fact, it is commonly believed that the majority of people in the United States with the last name Grinstead (and various spellings including Greenstead, Grimstead, and Grinsted) are descendants of William. Some of those people include Irish, Orish, and LaMisha Grinstead of the R&B group 702 and Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher who has been missing since 2005. Tara’s story has been featured on several true crime podcasts.

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When Johnny Depp was in love with ‘beautiful and brilliant ’ Amber Heard: “ I am a lucky man”

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Johnny Depp, who recently won a blockbuster defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, once talked very fondly of her and called himself’ a lucky man’ to have her in his life.

The couple were married for two years. In 2016, Amber filed for divorce and secured a temporary restraining order against Johnny. However, the two were recently involved in a high-profile defamation trial.

During their six-weeks trial that ended on June 1, the couple accused each other of abusive behaviour in their marriage.

The Pirates of The Caribbean star, 59, emerged victorious in his $50m defamation case against Heard after three days of deliberations by a jury, which also handed Heard a partial win in her countersuit.

Following this, an old interview of Johnny has resurfaced over the internet as he says good words for Heard.

In 2015, during Amber’s film The Danish Girl’s premiere, Johnny told Eonline, “We connect on a lot of levels but the first things that really got me was she’s an aficionado of the blues. I would play a song, some old obscure blues song, and she knew what it was. She’s very very literate. She’s a voracious reader as I have been, so we connected on that as well and she’s kind of brilliant and beautiful. I am a lucky man.”

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Lily-Rose Depp net worth: What is the fortune of Johnny Depp’s daughter?

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Born on May 27, 1999, Lily-Rose Depp is a very normal little girl… except that her parents are international stars: Johnny Deppand Vanessa Paradis. Lily-Rose is followed by her little brother, Jack John Christopher, on April 9th 2002. Their parents are married since June 1998, and symbolize the glamour of the Hollywood couple.

The interpreter of Jack Sparrow in Pirate of the Caribbean and the singer of Joe the Taxi do everything to preserve their children of the flashes of the celebrity. They grow up far from the cameras, between France and the United States.

During her childhood, Lily-Rose Deppshows a certain affinity with music: according to her mother, it is she who would have sung the first notes of the song New Year (released on the album Love Songs in 2013): “My daughter, who was 6 years old at the time, began to hum something sublime. That melody has stuck, along with the first sentence of the text, just as she sang it at 6 years old.” Lily-Rose is therefore credited on the album! In 2012, her parents separated and their divorce was highly publicized.

If one could imagine a career in music, it is towards the cinema that the teenager turns. In the summer of 2014, at the age of 15, she made an appearance in the film Tusk by Kevin Smith. An extra that everyone defines as her first film role.

Dreams of the big screen become a reality in 2016 with the release in September of The Dancer by Stephanie Di Giusto, starring Gaspard Ulliel, Soko and Melanie Thierry, among others. The film is presented a few months earlier in the selection Un certain regard at the Cannes Film Festival. The general public discovered Lily-Rose Depp. The same year, we find the actress on the poster of Planetarium, by Rebecca Zlotowski, where she shares the poster with Natalie Portman.

In 2018, she plays in Les Fauves by Vincent Mariette with Laurent Lafitte and in L’Homme fidèle by Louis Garrel with Laetitia Casta. In 2019, Lily-Rose Deppplays Queen Catherine of Valois in The King by David Michôd, a historical fiction produced by Netflix. She rubs shoulders with the French-American actor Timothée Chalamet, with whom she has been in a relationship since 2018.

In February 2019, Lily-Rose Depp paid a poignant tribute to the artistic director of the house of Chanel, the German couturier Karl Lagerfeld, who had just passed away at the age of 85. “Karl, we love you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You are eternal,” wrote in particular the one who became a Chanel muse from the age of sixteen.

What Is Lily-Rose Depp’s Net Worth?

In her short but important career, Lily-Rose has accumulated a fortune of 2 million dollars. She has won several awards such as the Los Angeles Film Award, the Cesar Award, the Lumieres Award, the Romy Schneider Award and the CinEuphoria Award.

In the past, Lily-Rose has suffered from anorexia, and in 2016, she confided in “French Elle” about her followers on social networks who commented on her weight, stating, “It hurts me a lot and makes me depressed, because I spent a lot of energy fighting the disease.” She added, “I have been battling an eating disorder for a long time and I am very proud of the results I have achieved.”

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Quentin Tarantino Pushed Back on Studio Head’s Request to Cast Johnny Depp Over Tim Roth in Pulp Fiction

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Quentin Tarantino revealed that he had to push back against studio demands to have Johnny Depp as first choice for key Pulp Fiction role.

Pulp Fiction is one of those movies that seems to have the perfect cast in just the right roles. However, a recent viral post has suggested that the actors who made up the iconic ensemble could have been different, and one role, in particular, had director Quentin Tarantino at odds with the head of the studio. The list of potential actors who could have been in line to take on some of the roles in the action movie included Johnny Depp, who was second on Tarantino’s “wish list” for the Tim Roth role of Pumpkin. However, the director was adamant that Roth was who he wanted, even if that went against how the studio saw it.

While appearing on the 2 Bears, 1 Cavepodcast, Tarantino responded to the viral post, which showed the actors he potentially wanted to play key roles, including Vincent and Lance. While the compiled list shows Tarantino’s options and overall preference, the director explained that it was not simply a “wish list” of who he wanted in the movie. He said:

“On the internet there’s a thing floating around about my wish list of the cast of Pulp Fiction, it’s kind of floating around and it’s not. It’s not that, not really. I didn’t know exactly who I wanted to play this part or that part, so I wrote a giant list with a ton of names. I wanted to get them all pre-approved sure and I didn’t know if it’s gonna work out, if I would like vibe with the person or if they would even do a good job but I wanted to get them approved…It’s kind of all over the place but that was kind of the idea, I wanted to be able to explore it and go all over the place but then I’m also really very opinionated.

How Did Johnny Depp Not Get A Role In Pulp Fiction?

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As part of Tarantino’s list of possible stars, Johnny Depp appeared as his third choice for Pumpkin and was also a possible inclusion for the role of Lance, which eventually went to Eric Stoltz. When Tarantino put forward his list, it seemed that the head of the studio wanted to know why they would be offering the role of Pumpkin to Roth over Depp. Tarantino also noted that they told him that they would not offer the role to Roth until three others had turned the role down. In response, the director asked them:

‘Do you think Johnny Depp playing the role of Pumpkin in this movie, which is the opening scene and the closing scene that’s it, do you think that will add that much to the box office?’”

As it turns out, they didn’t believe it would add anything in terms of box office success. Still, as Tarantino concluded, many studios at the time thought having a big-name star on board would help if the movie ended up being a critical failure. But, of course, we all know that even without Johnny Depp bookending the film, Pulp Fiction managed to do just fine.

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