Surprise! These 10 Pairs Of Famous Folks Are Cousins
Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / February 15, 2011
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This week, everyone is excitedly talking about Prince William and Kate Middleton's best man and maid of honor selections, even though they are totally duh—he chose brother Harry while she chose her sister. I am much more interested in this story—apparently, Ellen DeGeneres and Kate are distant cousins. The New England Historic Genealogical Society wrote a note to Ellen saying, "Our trusty genealogists have been at work on Kate Middleton's genealogy. As we were doing the research, we discovered that you are related to Kate via a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife Agnes Gascoigne. You are distant cousins – 15th – but cousins still the same." [I wanna get a letter saying I'm related to someone awesome, famous, and rich! Pout. -- Editor] Now, of course, Ellen wants an invite to the royal wedding. "Cuz, let me know where you're registered," she joked on her show. "I have a Pier 1 and a Target real, real close to my house." [People]
These two aren't the only unexpected famous cousins. After the jump, some pairings that may surprise you.