14 Celebrities You Probably Didn’t Know Had Famous Relatives

Celebrities often have interesting family stories and connections. But did you know that some of your favorite stars actually come from famous ancestors themselves? Check out these 14 celebs who prove that fame runs in their family.

Brad Pitt and Barack Obama

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Barack Obama, the former President of the United States, and actor Brad Pitt share a distant familial connection. They are distant cousins, with Pitt being a 9th cousin of Barack Obama, sharing a common Virginia ancestor in Edward Hickman.

Brooke Shields and Queen Elizabeth II

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Model and actress Brooke Shields has a distant familial tie to the now-deceased Queen Elizabeth II. They are connected as 18th cousins once removed, with their familial connection resting on Shields’ relation to King Henry IV of France.

Tom Hanks and Abraham Lincoln

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According to Ancestry.com, Tom Hanks is a distant cousin and descendant of Abraham Lincoln. Their connection lies through Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, making Tom Hanks a 3rd cousin of the President, four times removed.

Richard Gere and James Garfield

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Actor Richard Gere has a special presidential connection in his family tree. Former President James Garfield would be his 6th cousin, four times removed. Gere also has other notable ancestors, including Mayflower passenger John Billington.

Hilary Duff and Queen Elizabeth II

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Actress and singer Hilary Duff is connected to Queen Elizabeth II as her 18th cousin. Their familial connection traces back to their shared ancestor, Alexander Spotswood.

George Clooney and Rosemary Clooney

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George Clooney, the well-known actor, is the nephew of singer and actress Rosemary Clooney. Rosemary Clooney gained fame for her songs and acting roles, including the film “Mambo Italiano.”

Oona Chaplin and Charlie Chaplin

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Actress Oona Chaplin, known for her role in the HBO series Game of Thrones, is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin. She is also the great-granddaughter of famous playwright Eugene O’Neill.

Maya Rudolph and Minnie Riperton

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Maya Rudolph, a comedian and actress known for her time on SNL, is the daughter of the late singer and songwriter Minnie Riperton. Minnie Riperton was known for her soprano voice and had a successful music career.

Hannah Einbinder and Paul Newman

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Hannah Einbinder, a rising comedian, is the daughter of original SNL cast member, Laraine Newman. Her mother had a long-running career in TV and movies, including roles in “The Flintstones” and “Finding Nemo.”

James Dean and Richard Nixon

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James Dean, the Hollywood actor known for films like “Rebel Without a Cause,” and Richard Nixon, the former President, were distant cousins. They were 7th cousins.

Conor Kennedy

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Conor Kennedy, a member of the Kennedy family, is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. This means his uncle was the late President John F. Kennedy.

Margaret Hoover and Herbert Hoover

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Margaret Hoover, a political commentator and news host, is the great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States.

Princess Diana and Hugh Despencer

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Princess Diana, before her marriage to Prince Charles, had her own highborn bloodline. One of her ancestors, Hugh Despencer, famously interfered in King Edward II’s reign and was eventually executed for it.

Marilyn Monroe and George W. Bush

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Marilyn Monroe, the iconic actress, had a connection to the Bush political family. She was the 9th cousin twice removed of former President George W. Bush. She was also the 9th cousin once removed of his father, former President George H. W. Bush.

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