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Gwyneth Paltrow related to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords




In an obscure connection to celebrity news, Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head Saturday in Tucson and remains in critical condition, is apparently a cousin to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. This news has absolutely no bearing on movies, gun-control laws or gossip, but it is definitely an oddity.

Even Paltrow didn't seem to know: "Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting congresswoman Giffords, my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as well as the other victims of this horrible act of senseless violence," she said in a statement to Entertainment Tonight.

Another connection is that actress Sophia Bush is related to 9-year-old victim Christina Green, who is a second cousin to the One Tree Hill star, MTV adds. The little girl is the grandson of 1980 World Series-winning Philadelphia Phillies manager Dallas Green.

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[Last modified: Monday, January 10, 2011 5:31pm]


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