14 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related

May 25, 2018

As it turned out, many world’s celebrities are not only linked by film co-starring and millions of fans, but also by family ties! Did you know that Jamie Lee Curtis is a daughter of Tony Curtis? And Julia and Emma Roberts don’t merely share one surname? Learn about these and other family ties in our list.

1. Melanie Griffith is Dakota Johnson’s mother


The future of the Fifty Shades saga star was predetermined from early childhood. Dakota was born in a family of movie stars Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson.

Besides, she is a granddaughter of Tippi Hedren — Alfred Hitchcock’s muse, and the main star in his movie 'The Birds'. After Melanie and Don’s divorce, Antonio Banderas became Dakota’s step-father. With such a list of star relatives, it would be unimaginable for the girl to pursue a different career!

2. Kate Middleton and Guy Ritchie are sixth cousins


It is not common knowledge that Guy Ritchie, the iconic filmmaker and Madonna’s ex-husband, was invited to the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince Harry not for his artistic achievements, but as a relative of the bride. The roots of their relation go back a few centuries. However, Kate and Guy certainly know about being related.

3. Tony Curtis is Jamie Lee Curtis’s father

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Jamie was born in a family of famous actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. To everybody’s surprise, the daughter of the movie stars didn’t plan to follow her parents at first, and was going to become a social worker. But, genes took over with time. She chose the career of an actress over studying at the Pacific University after only one semester.

4. Julia Roberts is Emma Roberts’s aunt


Emma’s star aunt had definitely something to do with her vocational choice. Her mother wanted Emma to have ordinary childhood without fame and stresses of work in the film industry. But it wasn’t to be, as Emma preferred to spend all her free time with Julia Roberts at the movie set. In 'Valentine's Day', 2010, you could see them acting together on one screen.

5. Brad Pitt and Barack Obama are ninth cousins


It must be quite hard to believe, but the Hollywood actor and the former president of the USA are in fact distant relatives. According to experts, Brad Pitt and Barack Obama are ninth cousins linked by Edwin Hickman of Virginia, deceased in 1769.

6. Thomas Brodie-Sangster’s is a second cousin of Hugh Grant


The list of Thomas’s famous relatives is also impressive. The mother of 'The maze runner' and 'Game of Thrones'” star appeared in several series, and his father, the musician, took part in 'The Lion King' musical. Additionally, very few know that Thomas is a second cousin of Hugh Grant. No wonder Thomas dedicated his life to film industry. He was 10 when he first appeared on the screen.

7. Steven Spielberg is Drew Barrymore’s Godfather


Drew was lucky to have Sophia Loren and Steven Spielberg as Godparents. Besides, it is mostly due to the filmmaker that the actress became famous. When Drew was 6, she appeared in Spielberg’s 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial', gaining her first publicity and viewers sympathies.

It appears that there are more relatives in the cinema industry than one would imagine. And some of the family ties are truly amazing! Which one surprised you the most? Tell us in the comments!

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