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Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… unless you fast-forward several generations, change the names, or have a diverse gene pool, in which case the apple appears to have fallen from an orange tree. Whether it’s grandparents, parents, or siblings, genetics can work in mysterious ways, prompting the occasional “that’s your dad?!” or “you look nothing like your sister” from friends and acquaintances.


For every famous family pairing in Hollywood; Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia and Eric Roberts, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz, Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross, there are just as many high-profile in-laws, superstar siblings, iconic mother-daughter duos, father-son actors, and even royal cousins who have gone unnoticed, until now.

Kate Middleton and Dakota and Elle Fanning

Oprah Daily/ Getty Images | Elle and Dakota aren’t the only famous cousins of the Duchess of Cambridge


Dakota and Elle Fanning are not only celebrity siblings, but the famous Fanning sisters are also royal descendants. Despite the fact that this may be a bit of a stretch. A family historian from confirmed Dakota and Elle’s ancestry to King Edward III, who ruled England from 1327 to 1377, in a 2014 interview with People magazine. Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton’s mother, is also a descendant of King Edward III, making the Fannings and the Duchess of Cambridge (very) distant relatives. Elle, in particular, is Kate’s 21st cousin.

Nicholas Cage and Francis Ford Coppola, and Jason Schwartzman

Nicholas Cage is a member of the Hollywood Coppola dynasty, but his lack of a common surname makes it an unusual connection. August Coppola, the brother of the legendary Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, is the father of the Con Air star. Because of this connection, Cage is Sofia Coppola’s and Jason Schwartzman’s first cousin.


Cage explained in 2011 why he doesn’t use the same surname as his famous uncle: “Nicolas Coppola was a very scared little boy, and I had to sort of re-invent who I was going to be to make my dreams come true.”

Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci

Oprah Daily/ Getty Images | Emily Blunt first became a mother in 2014 when she gave birth to her daughter Hazel


Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci are in-laws, with the latter married to Felicity Blunt, Emily’s sister. Felicity and Stanley actually met at Emily’s wedding to John Krasinski in 2010 and they now have two children together, as well as Tucci’s three children from his marriage to late wife Kate Tucci, who died in 2009.

Tracee Ellis Ross and Diana Ross

The Black-ish star obviously gets her looks, charm, and talent from her mother, Diana Ross, “The Boss.” Aside from their big, curly hair, both women have impeccable styles. At the American Music Awards in 2017, Tracee paid homage to her mom by wearing one of her epic looks from 1981. Tracee has four other siblings: Evan Ross, Rhonda Ross Kendrick, Ross Naess, and Chudney Ross.

Minnie Riperton & Maya Rudolph

Oprah Daily/ Getty Images | Fans may be surprised to learn that Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus’s godmother


Minnie Riperton, best known for her 1975 hit single “Lovin’ You,” is the mother of actress, voice actor, comedian, and singer Maya Rudolph. She was a regular on Saturday Night Live for seven years before moving on to roles in Inherent Vice, Bridesmaids, Away We Go, The Way Way Back, and various other films and television shows.

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