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Mighty Amazing Celebrity Ancestors

By Edited Dec 4, 2015 1 4

Fame and Family

Believe it or not, some celebrities have very famous people in their family trees. And some of these ancestors are royal and their names are also known throughout the world.



Madonna Louise Ciccone has sold more than 300 million records worldwide. Her father Silvio Anthony Ciccone, was a first-generation Italian American and her mother Madonna Louise Fortin, was of French Canadian descent.

Madonna is distant cousins with Celine Dion, as they share an ancestor called Zacharie Cloutier, a French carpenter who emigrated to New France near Quebec City. Other famous people who can trace their ancestry to Zacharie Cloutier are: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé Knowles, Avril Lavigne, Jack Kerouac and Shania Twain. What a collection of cousins!

Ellen DeGeneres and Madonna are also distant cousins, sharing a"10th great-grandfather" — Martin Aucoin of France (Ancestry.ca). DeGeneres is also a direct descendant of King Edward III of England, as is Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Michael Douglas, Hilary Duff, Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.

 Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

 Actress Brooke Shields has many royal connections. Not only was her paternal grandmother an Italian princess, but she is also related to French and English royalty. Researchers on the TV program Who Do You Think You Are, discovered that Ms Shields is directly related to King Henry IV and also related to Louis XIV of France.

Interestingly the actress studied French culture and literature at university, but did not know of her royal connections at the time. Brooke Shields also shares an ancestor with the Queen of England, John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster. One of Brooke Shields ancestors Christine Marie, was born in the then royal palace, the Louvre. Doesn't that just make you green with envy? Ms Shields is also second cousins -once removed with Meryl Streep.


Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt(124850)

Movie star Brad Pitt also has royal connections on his mother's side, as he is related to King Henry II, the ruler of England from 1154 to 1189. Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, also found that Brad Pitt is related to President Obama. Obama himself is related to six former U.S presidents: George Bush Sr and Jr, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Harry Truman and James Madison. Obama is also related to poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and novelists W. Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene.

Jesse James is Brad Pitt’s 9th cousin twice removed. Pitt is also 12th cousins with Prince William and he is distantly related to Angelina Jolie.

A Miscellaneous Collection

Tom Hanks- Is related to King John of England and is the  24th cousin of the Queen of England. 

Hilary Duff - Also shares ancestry with the Queen of England, through England’s King Edward III. Her ancestor Alexander Spotswood, was an officer in the British Army and  Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, as well as 10th great-grandson of Edward III. Ms Duff is also a descendant of Catherine Cary, who is believed to be the illegitimate daughter of Henry VIII.

Jane Fonda -Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda, was named after the third wife of English king Henry VIII, Lady Jane Seymour, with whom she related on her mother's side.

Katherine Hepburn - is a descendent of King Louis IV of France. She is also related to Louisa May Alcott, Lyman Frank Baum and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Robert Pattinson -the actor famous for being a sexy vampire in the Twilight series, is actually related to real life 'vampire', 15th-century Romanian ruler Vlad III, commonly known as Vlad the Impaler. Prince Harry and Prince William are also Pattinson’s distant cousins, through Prince Charles’s side. The connection is through a Yorkshire family called the Pickering's.

Jerry Lee Lewis- this American rock and roll, country music, singer, song writer began playing piano in his youth with two cousins, country music singer Mickey Gilley and TV evangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

Lauren Bacall - was born Betty Joan Perske. She is first cousin's with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres.

George Clooney - is the half-first cousin five times removed from Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln's mother Nancy Hanks was half-sister to Clooney's fourth great-grandmother.

Justin Beiber - Is related  to Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne. They can trace their ancestry back to Mathurin Roy and Marguerite Bire, who were born in France, but emigrated to Quebec, Canada.

 Richard Belzer - an actor who has appeared in many TV shows like: Law and Order and The X-Files, is the cousin of Henry Winkler (Fonzie from Happy Days).

Helena Bonham Carter - an English actress is the great-granddaughter of Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith, Prime Minister of Britain from 1908–1916. She is related to renown French novelist Victor Hugo and to pioneering English nurse Florence Nightingale.

Taylor Swift - the young country music signer is related on her father's side to: Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Reba McEntire and Loretta Lynn.

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Jan 18, 2013 7:33am
What an amazing list of connections.

Thumbs up for putting this all together!
Jan 18, 2013 4:31pm
Thank you for your comment, as the article did take quite a bit of putting together.
Feb 25, 2013 7:53pm
Wow. I have no idea where you could have possibly found all of this info. Well done! Great article.
Feb 26, 2013 3:45pm
Well thank you! I was researching my own ancestors and came across a lot of interesting information along the way. I kept getting side tracked, but it was fun. Thank you for commenting, I appreciate it.
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