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All in the Family: Celebrity Cousins


Many people are familiar with the famous Coppola family tree. Carmine Coppola, husband of Italia Coppola, begat director Francis Ford, August Coppola and Talia Shire. Francis begat actress Sofia Coppola. August begat action movie hero Nicolas Cage and Talia gave birth to actor Jason Schwartzman. However, listed below are a few other well known people who you may be surprised to know are kin.

The ‘Today Show’s weatherman, Al Roker, and singer Lenny Kravitz are cousins. That’s right. Lenny’s mom, the late Roxie Roker who played Helen Willis on ‘The Jeffersons’ was Al Roker’s first cousin.

Snoop Lion (a/k/a Snoop Dogg) is a cousin to brother & sister, Ray J and Brandy. Their family roots can be traced to McComb, Mississippi.

Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek and Academy Award nominee Rip Torn are first cousins. Torn gave Spacek a place to stay and helped her get into the Lee Strasberg Actors Studio when she first tried breaking into show business.

Redfoo’s (one half of party rap duo LMFAO) famous father is none other than Berry Gordy, Jr., the founder of Motown.

Actress Oona Chaplin (played in the ‘Red Wedding’ episode of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones,’ is the great-granddaughter of American playwright Eugene O’Neill. And if her last name does not give enough of a clue, she is also the granddaughter of one of the most famous silent film stars of all time – Charlie Chaplin.

Basketball great and actor/comedian/former MTV host Bill Bellamy both hail from New Jersey and the same family. They too are also cousins.

Jessica Alba is married to producer Cash Warren who is the son of actor Michael Warren, best known for his role on the popular television series ‘Hill Street Blues.’

R&B crooners K-Ci and JoJo and ‘American Idol’ star Fantasia Barrino are cousins with North Carolina being their native state. Strong vocal cords are the DNA in this family.

Comedic actors Martin Lawrence and Christopher Martin of Kid N Play starred the 1990 movie ‘House Party’ together cast as cousins. What may not be known to many is that they actually are cousins.

Halle Berry announced that she and former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, are distant cousins.

Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall at some of these family reunions?

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