Home Celebrity Congresswoman Gifford’s Hollywood Connection to Paltrows

While everyone is praying for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords‘ speedy recovery, I can tell you that, yes, she does have a Hollywood connection.

Gabrielle Giffords‘ grandmother and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s late grandfather were brother and sister. That makes Gabrielle’s father, Spencer Giffords, and Gwyneth’s late director-producer father, Bruce Paltrow, first cousins.

Technically, Gabrielle and Gwyneth would be first cousins once removed. Or maybe second cousins.

In any case, it’s quite a family of achievers– a Congresswoman and an Oscar winner — nothing to sneeze at, as they say.

Giffords, like Gwyneth, is half Jewish on her father’s side. She’s also the first Jewish congresswoman from Arizona.

5 replies to this post
  1. How can you not know that means they are second cousins? They would be First Cousins once removed to each others fathers and second cousins to each other. You only use the once removed stuff when they are at different generational levels.

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