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Celebrities You Never Knew Were Related

Who knew the Duchess of Cambridge and Dakota Fanning were distant relatives?

Some related celebrities are pretty obvious: the Olsen twins, Venus and Serena Williams, the Hanson brothers (yes, remember Hanson?).

But there are other famous folks with equally famous relatives you may not believe are related. Keep reading to find out some surprising combinations of celebs who happen to be kin.

Halle Berry And Sarah Palin

In an interview with Extra TV, the Academy Award-winning actress said that somehow, she and the politician are related.

“You want to know who I’m related to? Sarah Palin!” Berry told Extra TV. “In some twisted way. Somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative].”

We are mildly skeptical that this is entirely accurate, given Berry’s proof of relation is “somebody sent me this information,” although if you look closely you can kind of see the resemblance, can’t you?

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Zooey Deschanel And Emily Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel and her older sister, Emily, have both found fame in acting. Each sister has starred in separate hit TV shows: Zooey in “New Girl,” and Emily in “Bones.”

The Deschanel sisters grew up in L.A., and both of their parents worked in show business. In addition to acting, Zooey is a singer and was the co-founder of the media site HelloGiggles. Emily is married to David Hornsby from “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and they have two kids. Zooey is married to film producer Jacob Pechenik and they, too, have two children.

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Kate Middleton And Elle And Dakota Fanning

In 2014, genealogy site Ancestry.com revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge and the Fanning sisters are distant relatives of King Edward I who reigned back in the 13th century. Who knew Dakota, the little girl the world fell in love with in “I Am Sam” and “Charlotte’s Web” and her little sister, Elle, had ties to modern-day royalty?

Fun fact: Elle actually played the younger version of Dakota’s character, Lucy, in “I Am Sam.” Dakota was just 7 during filming, and Elle was 3.

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Kate Hudson And Goldie Hawn

OK, fine. You probably already knew this dynamic mother-daughter duo were related. It’s tough not to see the resemblance between these two actresses.

Kate and her older brother, Oliver, consider their mom’s longtime life partner, Kurt Russell to be their father. Their biological father, Bill Hudson, wasn’t active in their lives after he and Hawn split up (Kate was just 18 months old when they divorced).

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Diana Ross And Evan Ross

Actor and singer Evan Ross is the son of the iconic Diana Ross. He’s been open about how he and his mom share a close bond (so close she evidently was there when Ashlee Simpson gave birth to her granddaughter!). How cute!

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Melissa McCarthy And Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy got her start as an actress and reportedly helped Melissa McCarthy, who happens to be her cousin, break into the industry. The rest is history!

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Francis Ford Coppola And Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage may have made a name for himself without the help of his family, but he has some very important ties. He’s the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, who directed a little film you may have heard of called “The Godfather.”

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Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson and Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson became well-known for her role in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movies, but she comes from a famous family, too. Her mom is Melanie Griffith, and her dad is Don Johnson.

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Alec Baldwin And Hailey Baldwin

Model Hailey Baldwin (and rumored on-again-off-again love interest of Justin Bieber) is actually the niece of Alex Baldwin. Her dad, Stephen Baldwin, is no stranger to the big screen either, of course.

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Rashida Jones And Quincy Jones

OK, chances are you already knew this one: The “Parks and Recreation” actress is the daughter of music legend Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton.

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Elizabeth Olsen And Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen

Twins Mary-Kate and Ashely Olsen got their acting debut as children and found a home on the “Full House” sitcom, but their little sister Elizabeth Olsen has gone on to create a name for herself in Hollywood, too, appearing in movies such as “Godzilla, the Avengers series and more.

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Miley Cyrus And Noah Cyrus

You definitely know Miley is the daughter of Mr. Achy Breaky Heart (Billy Ray Cyrus). But do you know her little sister, Noah Cyrus? A singer and voice actress, the younger Cyrus sister was named one of Time magazine’s 30 most influential teens of 2017.

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Zoe Kravitz And Lisa Bonet

It’s not hard at all to tell that Zoe Kravitz and Lisa Bonet are related. They look so much alike that they look like sisters, but they’re actually mother and daughter. Bonet and Lenny Kravitz are Zoe’s parents, which you may not have realized — but when you see them all together, it’s clear that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

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Magic Johnson and E.J. Johnson

The NBA basketball legend is the father to E.J. Johnson, who became popular after appearing on “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.”

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Snoop Dogg And Brandy

Singer Brandy happens to have ties to one of the most well-known rappers. None other than Mr. Snoop Dogg is her first cousin.

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Alexander Skarsgard, Stellan Skarsgard and Bill Skarsgard

Stellan Skarsgard is the father to eight children, four of whom are actors. So, if you hear the Skarsgard last name, you can bet that they’re all related.

You may know his son, Alexander, from the HBO series “True Blood” or “Big Little Lies,” and Bill played the role of Pennywise in the 2017 remake of the “It.”

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Lily Allen And Alfie Allen

Well-known British singer Lily Allen is actually the sister of “Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen. (In case you don’t recognize him in this photo, Alfie plays Theon Greyjoy on the show (perhaps you know him better as “Reek”).

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Martin Sheen And Emilio Estevez

It’s pretty well known that Martin Sheen is the father to Charlie Sheen, but don’t forget that he’s also the dad to “Breakfast Club” and “Mighty Ducks” star Emilio Estevez.

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Blake Lively And Robyn Lively

Actresses Blake Lively and Robyn Lively, who starred in “Gossip Girl” and “Teen Witch” respectively, are half-sisters who share the same mother.

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Katherine Waterson And Sam Waterson

You may recognize Katherine Waterson from “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” but did you know she’s the daughter to Sam Waterson? Perhaps best-known for his “Law & Order” days, he recently starred in  Netflix’s “Godless.”

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Elle King and Rob Schneider

Elle King has opened up about changing her name so that she could pursue her singing career and make a name for herself without help from her famous dad, Rob Schneider.

“It’s not that I wanted to be a famous person. I wanted to be a performer,” the Ex’s and Oh’s singer told ABC News. “But I worked really hard and I did everything myself and I took a name that … is my mother’s name … I took that name because I wanted to be myself.”

She continued, “And, yeah, people know who my dad is,” she added. “But I think that my voice and my music speaks for itself: that I am my own person.”

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Julia Roberts And Emma Roberts

You may have figured it out just by looking at them, but Julia Roberts is Emma Roberts’ aunt — and you can definitely see the resemblance.

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Cindy Crawford And Kaia Gerber

This mom-and-daughter duo are practically twins. Kaia Gerber is following in her mom’s footsteps and becoming a well-known fashion model.

What can they say? It runs in the family!

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Bryce Dallas Howard And Ron Howard

The “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World” actress is the daughter of the famous filmmaker and one-time “Happy Days” star, Ron Howard.

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Tom Cruise And William Mapother

Tom Cruise isn’t the only famous one in the family! His first cousin, William Mapother, is also in the industry. He’s most well-known for his role in “Lost.”

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Zoey Deutch And Lea Thompson

Zoey Deutch may only be 23 years old, but she’s already acted in films such as “Flower” and “Before I Fall.” Her success could have something to do with the fact that she learned from her mom, actress Lea Thompson.

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Liev Schreiber and Pablo Schreiber

Pablo Schreiber from “Orange Is The New Black” is actually actor Liev Schreiber’s half-brother. They share the same father.

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Steven Spielberg And Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw is the step-daughter to the famous director Steven Spielberg, who married her mother, Kate Capshaw.

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Emily Blunt And Stanley Tucci

Stanley Tucci and Emily Blunt, who appeared in “The Devil Wears Prada” together, are actually in-laws. Blunt’s sister, Felicity, is married to Tucci.

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Lenny Kravitz And Al Roker

Beloved “Today” weatherman Al Roker and rocker Lenny Kravitz are distant cousins. Roker explained on a 2011 episode of “Today” that their grandfathers were cousins.

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