Tuesday, June 18, 2024

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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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