10 Celebrities That You Didn’t Know Were Cousins

Six degrees of separation in Hollywood just got real especially when it comes to these celebrity cousins. Based on this list it’s pretty apparent that the world of entertainment is not quite as big as we thought it was. In honor of National Cousins Day, take a look at these 10 celebrity cousins you may or may not have known were actually related!

1. Brooke Shields & Glenn Close

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Glenn Close and Brooke Shields aren’t as closely related as other celebs, but the talented second cousins once removed (Shields’s great-grandmother was the sister of Close’s grandfather) are still connected nonetheless.

2. Whitney Houston & Dionne Warwick

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The late singer Whitney Houston and “I Say a Little Prayer” singer Dionne Warwick was closer than we thought. Both of their mothers, Emily “Cissy” Drinkard and Lee Drinkard, were actually sisters, making the pair first cousins.

3. Monica & Ludacris

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Georgia natives Ludacris and singer Monica kept their success all in the family. The rapper and singer are cousins through marriage.

4. William Mapother & Tom Cruise


Apparently, good looks and serious acting skills do run in the family when it comes to Tom Cruise’s family. As it turns out, Tom Cruise’s real name is actually Thomas Mapother which would make him the cousin of fellow actor and Lost star William Mapother. Not only are the pair related, Mapother and Cruise are making sure the money stays in the family. Mapother has acted in not one but five Tom Cruise’s films: Born on the Fourth of July, Magnolia, Mission: Impossible II, Vanilla Sky, and Minority Report. 

5. Melissa McCarthy & Jenny McCarthy

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Talk about family first! Word around town is that back in the day when Jenny was doing her thing as an MTV host and TV personality, she also helped her older cousin Melissa land her first TV role as a guest on Jenny’s (very short-lived) sitcom. After putting her cousin on, Melissa and Jenny have both been totally taking over Hollywood, and the pair makes sure to let fans know that family comes first. The former View co-host has stepped up multiple times to defend her cousin against harsh criticism in the past, and Melissa has been riding for Jenny and fully supports her younger cousin as well.

6. Sofia Coppola & Nicholas Cage

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The Coppola/Cage lineage runs awfully deep, and the talented family just continue to expand and grow as time goes on. Turns out Cage and Sofia share the same grandparents, Italia and Carmine Coppola. Carmine and Italia’s union basically spawned a Hollywood dynasty: Carmine’s son Francis directed The Godfather, and his daughter Talia starred as Adrian in the Rocky movies! The second generation of Coppola cousins includes Sofia, Jason Schwartzman and of course Nicholas Cage.

7. Snoop Dogg & Brandy

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The musical talents are pretty solid when it comes to Brandy Snoop Dogg. It turns out that the rapper is first cousins with the talented singer and actress. We could only imagine what family gatherings are like at their house.

8. Melissa Gorga & Ralph Macchio

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Real Housewives of New Jersey vet Melissa Gorga was just a child when her cousin Ralph Macchio landed the role of his life in The Karate Kid, but Melissa would soon catch up to her cousin later down the line. While Macchio was busy acting on shows like Psych and How I Met Your Mother Gorga got her big break when she landed the role as a cast member on RHONJ.

9. K-Ci & Jo Jo & Fantasia Barrino

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Talk about the collaboration of a lifetime! If brothers Cedric “K-Ci” and Joel “JoJo” Hailey were to team up with their cousin and American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, we could only imagine the greatness they would come up with. While the trio has yet to officially collab, the singers do continue to show their support for their younger cuz.

10. Stacey Dash & Damon Dash

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You’d never be able to guess it at first glance, but it turns out that hip-hop mogul Damon Dash is cousins with actress Stacey Dash! Despite steering clear of one another in Hollywood, the pair does have one thing in common–they are both notoriously known for being outspoken on social media.

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