The many degrees of Ellen

By Kathleen Pierce
Globe Correspondent / May 14, 2011

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Ellen DeGeneres is related to Halle Berry (10th cousins once removed via the Van Swearingen family of Maryland).

Halle Berry is related to Mark Wahlberg (11th cousins via the Peabody family of Massachusetts).

Mark Wahlberg is related to Madonna (11th cousins via the Dumay family of Quebec).

Madonna is related to Camilla Parker Bowles (ninth cousins once removed via the Cloutier family of Quebec).

Camilla Parker Bowles is related to Diana, Princess of Wales (seventh cousins via the Keppel family of England).

Diana is related to Tim Robbins (10th cousins via the Thompson Parke family of Connecticut).

Tim Robbins is related to Richard Gere (11th cousins via the Denison family of Connecticut).

Richard Gere is related to Ellen DeGeneres (11th cousins via the Brewster family of Massachusetts).

Source: Chris Child, New England Historic Genealogical Society