Kevin Bacon and Wife Kyra Sedgwick Are Related
Bacon and Sedgwick Are Distant Cousins
First came the news that Oprah "The Queen of Talk" Winfrey, and Elvis "The King of Rock" Presley were related. Now word is that Kevin Bacon is a distant cousin of his wife of 23 years, Kyra Sedgwick. Talk about six degrees of separation (Kevin Bacon)!
Has the world gone completely mad? Or is some strange cosmic force to blame for all of these famous people being interconnected?
Most likely it's just a matter of coincidence. But the purpose of Finding Your Roots, a PBS show on genealogy that's hosted by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., is to show that all Americans are connected in some way. (Could even the Bushes and Clintons and Obamas share some geneology?)
"I want ... Americans [to] realize how united we are as a people," Gates told Zap2It.com. "There's so much animosity ... and one of the things that I want the series to do is to show that, deep down, we are all Americans."
Using sophisticated DNA searches that go back hundreds of years, Finding Your Rootshas traced the lineage of everyone from Barbara Walters to Condoleezza Rice. Next thing you know Lady Gaga will be revealed as the long lost daughter of Bob Dylan. Come to think of it, that would actually explain a lot of things.
Finding Your Roots airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS.