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Did You Know These Celebrities Were Related?

Generally, when one child in a family gets into show business, others are often soon to follow. It seems that once someone is famous, it can naturally open doors for their siblings that would have otherwise remained shut. Also family members, (siblings in particular) are very competitive.There is no denying that the talent runs deep in some of Hollywood's well-known family trees. There are all those Baldwin brothers and through the years so many Barrymores, as well as several Stillers and then too Will Smith and his family. As in Smith’s case, it seems some of the most successful actors and actresses often produce stars of their own.Therefore we thought it was time to compile a list of celebrities that are related, see how many come as a surprise.

17 George Clooney and Miguel Ferrer 

16 Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy

15 Glenn Close and Brooke Shields

Apparently actresses Glenn Close and Brooke Shields are second cousins.Close's grandfather and Shields's great-grandmother were siblings. Brooke Shields was the star of “The Blue Lagoon” and "Suddenly Susan." Glenn Close has appeared in such films as “Fatal Attraction” and “Erin Brockovich”.

14 Tom Cruise and William Mapother

13 Brandy and Snoop Lion (Snoop Dogg)

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., known by his stage name Snoop Dogg (an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor) is the first cousin of Brandy Rayana Norwood, also known as Brandy, (an American recording artist and entertainer) and her brother William Ray Norwood Jr., known by his stage name Ray J, (an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.)

12 Sissy Spacek and Rip Torn

Actors Sissy Spacek and Rip Torn are first cousins - Torn's mother and Spacek's father were siblings. Spacek even lived with Torn when she first moved to New York to become an actress. Spacek has appeared in such films as “Carrie”. Torn has appeared in “Men in Black”.

11 Kyra Sedgwick and Edie Sedgwick

10 James Franco and Dave Franco 

9 Gwyneth Paltrow and Katherine Moennig

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Katherine Moennig are cousins. Paltrow's mother (actress Blythe Danner) is the half-sister of Moennig's father. Gwyneth Paltrow has appeared in such films as “Seven” and “Shakespeare in Love”. Moennig is best known for her role on the Showtime series, "The L Word."

8  8. Philip Glass and Ira Glass 

Composer Philip Glass and public radio host Ira Glass are first cousins. Phillip Glass has composed scored for such films as, “The Hours” and “Notes on a Scandal”. Ira Glass is the host of "This American Life," a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations, which frequently features the music of Philip Glass.

7 Melissa Gorga and Ralph Macchio

6 Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal and Bill Bellamy

Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is an American retired basketball player, former rapper and current analyst on the television program, “Inside the NBA”. His cousin is American actor and stand-up comedian, Bill Bellamy who first gained national notoriety on the HBO show, “Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam”.

5 Elizabeth, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

27 year old twin actresses, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, (former child stars of the television series, “Full House”) and currently fashion designers are the perfect siblings to give their younger sister, 22 year-old Elizabeth Olsen career advice on her new found fame for her film work in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (due out Oct 21st), “Red Lights” (with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver). Elizabeth also recently wrapped the Josh Radnor-directed film, “Liberal Arts”. Their advice? – just, “be yourself”.

4 Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine

Actors Warren Beatty (of the film, “Heaven Can Wait”) and Shirley MacLaine (of the film, “Terms of Endearment”) are brother and sister. Beatty was reportedly inspired to start acting after witnessing his old sister’s success in Hollywood. Now these siblings (who hail from Richmond, Virginia) are both stars in show business.

3 Rashida Jones and Quincy Jones

2 Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson

1 Halle Berry and Sarah Palin

Halle Berry revealed in an interview with “Extra” that she is related to politician/former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Berry did not specify how she was related to the politician, except to say, "In some twisted way...somebody sent me this information that she was my distant relative.” “You want to know who I’m related to? Sarah Palin!” Berry told ”Extra’s” Jerry Penacoli who shouted “No!” in disbelief. Berry laughed and said, ”That’s what I said, ‘No!’” mimicking a horror movie scream. Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002 for her performance in the film, “Monster's Ball”.

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