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30 Celebs That Are Surprisingly Related

Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn

Hollywood mega-star Goldie Hawn is the mother to award-winning actress Kate Hudson. Together, they’ve co-founded a fitness brand and membership program, Fabletics.

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Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty

At MacLaine’s American Film Institute Life Achievement Award ceremony in 2012, Shirley MacLaine was honored by her brother Warren Beatty when he opened for the night. They performed again for the Oscars in 2017, where Beatty had a major flop.

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Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore

Marisa Tomei and Julianne Moore didn’t even know they were related until Tomei appeared on Finding Your Roots. It was discovered that they had an identical stretch of DNA along their X-chromosomes. Moore promptly went on Instagram and happily announced, “I KNEW WE WERE ALIKE! @marisatomei is my COUSIN!!”

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

The two famous actors aren’t only good childhood friends, but they’re also distant relatives! The New England Genealogical Society reported that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are tenth cousins, once removed.

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Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, and Jamie Lee Curtis

Award-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis hails from legendary Hollywood parents, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. However, her parents divorced, and she and her father became estranged.

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Joan and John Cusack

With such similar sounding names, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Joan and John are siblings. The Cusack siblings have acted together in films like Sixteen Candles, Martian Child, and War, Inc.

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Halle Berry and Sarah Palin

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry told Extra that she’s related to former governor Sarah Palin. She said, “Some twisted way--somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative].”

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Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez

The sons of Hollywood star Martin Sheen, Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, have starred together in movies including National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1 and Young Guns. The brothers went down different acting paths, but both have many awards to their names.

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Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts

In an interview with Allure, actress Emma Roberts recalls being a little girl and playing hide and seek while her Golden Globe award-winning aunt Julia Roberts was filming on set. Julia Roberts is supportive of her niece, but she can't watch  American Horror Story, one of Emma Roberts's top shows.

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Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz

In an interview, entertainer Lenny Kravitz told Today that their grandfathers were related, making him and TV personality Al Roker distant cousins. When asked about their relation, Roker said, “All I know is I’m going with it.”

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Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow

Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, daughter of Blythe Danner, followed in her mother's footsteps and starred as Nina in the production The Seagull. When Paltrow was cast as Nina in 1994, both mother and daughter starred in the production. Both Danner and Paltrow have also appeared as mother and daughter on-screen in the film Sylvia.

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Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard is Ron Howard’s daughter! While Ron Howard may not in front of the camera as much, his daughter starred in Jurassic World and The Village. Bryce Dallas Howard was quoted saying, “He's a dad, but also this extremely impressive individual. I really look up to him” during an interview with UK’s Express.

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Jason Sudeikis and George Wendt

Cheers actor George Wendt jokingly told his nephew Jason Sudeikis, and soon-to-be SNL cast member, to “get on one of the best sitcoms of all time and then ride it out.”

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Prince Charles and Ralph Fiennes

Charles, Prince of Wales, and Golden Globe-nominated actor Ralph Fiennes are eighth cousins. Their royal lineage can be traced back to the 1400s when James II ruled Scotland.

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Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick

Not only are Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick vocal powerhouses with seven Grammys each, but they are also cousins. Before Houston passed, she called Warwick and begged Warwick to attend Clive Davis’s Grammy Party with her that night.

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Madonna and Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has gone on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and confirmed she’s related to entertainer Madonna! According to a genealogist, they are 10th cousins. The “Material Girl” singer has openly expressed her political support for her distant cousin during Hillary’s presidential campaign.

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Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight

Angelina Jolie’s relationship with her Golden Globe Award-winning father has seen its ups and downs. After Jon Voight divorced Jolie’s mother, he and his daughter became estranged until shortly after the death of his ex-wife. Jolie let Voight back into her life but didn’t invite him to her wedding with now ex-husband Brad Pitt.

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Princess Diana and Sarah Palin

Reuters reports that the Princess of Wales is related to former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. According to, they are 10th cousins.

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Hugh Hefner, George W. Bush, and John Kerry

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, former president George W. Bush, and former Secretary of State John Kerry are all distant cousins. Hefner stated, “I suppose that it is not a big surprise, but it is certainly unique to be a relation to both candidates.”

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Meryl Streep, Brooke Shields, and Glenn Close

Award-winning actresses Meryl Streep, Brooke Shields, and Glenn Close are all cousins. Streep and Close are 15th cousins. Streep and Shields are second cousins, and Close and Shields are second cousins once removed.

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George Clooney and Miguel Ferrer

Actor Miguel Ferrer is first cousins with award-winning actor George Clooney. Ferrer encouraged Clooney to try his hand at acting, Clooney told ABC.

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James Arness and Peter Graves

Airplane! actor Peter Graves directed an episode of Gunsmoke in 1995, which starred his brother James Arness as the leading role.

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Bill Skarsgård, Alexander Skarsgård, and Stellan Skarsgård

Stellan Skarsgård has been around for a long time, and you may recognize him from Marvel’s Thor. However, you’ll probably remember his children even more! Bill Skarsgård was most recently in IT as Pennywise, and Alexander Skarsgård was the hunk from True Blood. If you’re a Vikings fan, Gustaf Skarsgård, who plays Floki, is also Stallen’s son!

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Bernie Sanders and Larry David

This is another celeb who discovered they were related to another famous person thanks to Finding Your Roots on PBS. Larry David appeared on the show, and it was revealed that he's related to Bernie Sanders. Larry David said he was “very happy about that” and that Sanders was a “third cousin or something.”

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Kate Middleton, Elle Fanning, and Dakota Fanning

So, nearly everyone knows that Elle and Dakota Fanning are sisters, but what you may not know is that they’re also related to Kate Middleton! discovered that the acting sisters are distantly related to the Duchess of Cambridge. Elle told E! News, “It’s so weird…it’s crazy.” All three are descendants of King Edward III.

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Rob Schneider and Elle King

Rob Schneider isn’t as famous as he used to be, but his daughter is definitely up-and-coming. Elle King is a singer that has performed songs for famous films, including the 2016 Ghostbusters film. Rob Schneider didn’t raise Elle King, and she didn’t take his name on purpose. She wanted to be her own person and do everything herself rather than riding on her father’s name.

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Amy Schumer and Chuck Schumer

The comedian and New York senator are distant cousins! In 2015, the two paired up to push for stricter gun-control laws after a shooting occurred at Amy Schumer’s most recent film, Trainwreck. Both of them support each other during their endeavors.

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Denis Leary and Conan O’Brien

The late-night talk show host and actor are third cousins. Both of them were born in Massachusetts to an Irish Catholic family. We should have guessed this one since their hair is so similar! It also explains why they get along so well when Leary appears on Conan.

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Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones is Quincy Jones’s daughter! During an interview, Rashida Jones opened up about her famous father saying, “he’s pretty endless in the love that he has to give. He has that wonderful ability of making everybody feel like the most special person he’s ever met.”

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Lily Allen and Alfie Allen

Most of us recognize Alfie Allen from Game of Thrones (Theon Greyjoy). However, his sister was famous before he was! She’s well known in the UK as a singer. In fact, if you look up her songs, you’ll find one named “Alfie.” It’s actually about her pot-smoking brother, who is amounting to nothing. Did the song spur Alfie to get his life together? 

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