Cause We Love A Good Surprise: Celebrities Who Are Related And You Ain’t Even Know It
You know we can’t get enough of trying to find out how famous folks are related and if they fight over the last roll at Thanksgiving. And because we know you can’t get enough of them either (or you probably wouldn’t have clicked…), enjoy! Here are few more celebrities who are related and you didn’t even know it!
Bianca Lawson, Berry Gordy and Richard Lawson
Bianca Lawson is of course the actress we know from her work in Save The Last Dance, Saved By The Bell: The New Class and Pretty Little Liars, and she is the daughter of actor Richard T. Lawson, he we know from Poltergeist, Dynasty, and from dating Tina Knowles. Lawson had Bianca with actress Denise Gordy (who also had children with Marvin Gaye), the niece of Berry Gordy. Therefore, Bianca Lawson is ALSO the great-niece of Berry Gordy.
Nas and Yara Shahidi
The 13-year-old beauty who played a young Olivia Pope on last week’s episode of Scandal (Yara Shahidi) is known for her work in Imagine That with Eddie Murphy. But what some might not know is that she is the second cousin to rapper Nas. In case you missed that tidbit from our profile on the actress last week, we thought we’d share that with you again. Nas is a first cousin to Yara’s mother Afshin Shahidi, and they’ve all been snapped together on Instagram with Nas’ daughter Destiny.
Linda Womack and Sam Cooke
One of our faithful readers shared this tidbit and I definitely was surprised. If you’re a fan of the song “Baby I’m Scared of You” by the group Womack & Womack, you probably know about Linda Womack. She is the daughter of the late and great singer Sam Cooke (I know ya’ll know “A Change Is Gonna Come”!). She joined her husband, Cecil Womack, to create their popular group. Cecil is of course the brother of singer Bobby Womack.
Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy
Ever since Melissa McCarthy blew up from her awesome comedic timing in Bridesmaids and the show Mike and Molly, Melissa McCarthy has stepped into the spotlight. And since she’s done so, we learned that the Plainfield, Ill. actress is the cousin of funny lady and The View co-host Jenny McCarthy. We see great sense of humor runs in their family.
Jason Schwartzman, Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola
So what do these three famous faces have in common? Handsome actor Jason Schwartzman, Academy-Award winner Nicholas Cage and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Sofia Coppola are all first cousins! You can say that talent runs in the family, or you could say that having good family connections (including having a famous uncle, or in Sofia’s case, dad, in Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola) definitely helps.
Damon Dash and Stacey Dash
The Clueless and former Single Ladies star and the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records are first cousins. Showing love to his former artist, Stacey Dash appeared in Kanye West’s “All Falls Down” video and was good friends with Dash’s former love, the late Aaliyah.
Meryl Streep and Brooke Shields
The always amazing Academy Award-winning Meryl Streep and actress Brooke Shields are actually second cousins twice removed. I’m sure they haven’t seen each other since the last family reunion, but catch up when they meet up at the awards shows.
Lenny Kravitz and Roxie Roker
The always delicious rocker Lenny Kravitz is the son of The Jeffersons star (Helen Willis on the show) Roxie Roker. She was also the cousin of TODAY Show anchorman Al Roker. Kravitz’s mother passed away in 1995 of breast cancer when she was only 66 years old.
Anjelica Huston and Jack Huston
If you’ve ever watched the popular HBO show Boardwalk Empire, I’m sure you know something about the disfigured, mask-wearing character of Richard Harrow. That violent character is played by actor Jack Huston, and he is the nephew of famous Academy Award-winning actress, Anjelica Huston.
Alfie Allen and Lily Allen
Any Game of Thrones fans in the house? Actor Alfie Allen plays Theon Greyjoy, who just this past season was getting tortured by the very vicious Ramsay Snow. Anyway, Alfie is the younger brother of singer Lily Allen, who we all know from the popular single, “Smile.”
Calvin Richardson, Dave Hollister and Fantasia
We already knew that Fantasia was related to K-Ci and JoJo, but did you know that the “Lose To Win” singer was also related to R&B crooners Dave Hollister and Calvin Richardson? The two crooners, one from Chicago and the other from Monroe, NC are cousins to her and the former Jodeci stars.
Josh Brolin and Barbra Streisand
What does actor Josh Brolin have in common with Babs? She’s actually his step-mother! Streisand married Josh’s famous father, James Brolin (his third marriage by the way). When are we going to see these two come together for a movie??