For Hillary Clinton, Surprising Celebrity Ties

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Friday, November 2, 2007

Startling new information suggests a secret connection between Hillary Rodham Clinton and our era's most controversial, charismatic and polarizing women:

Madonna, Angelina Jolie and Camilla Parker-Bowles -- they're all her cousins.

Not that they've hung out at many reunions together. HRC and Madge are 10th cousins, who share the same great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, according to research by Washington genealogist William Addams Reitwiesner. The Democratic front-runner is ninth cousin once removed to Prince Charles's wife, while Jolie is her ninth cousin twice removed.

Reitwiesner is the Library of Congress employee whose research formed the basis for our blockbuster story on how Fred Thompson and Elvis Presley are eighth cousins once removed (explains a lot) and made headlines with the discovery that Barack Obama is descended from slave owners. He declined to comment about the Hillary kin, but made his work available on his Web site (

Clinton's connection to all three women comes via 17th century French ancestors who made their way to Quebec before drifting south. Speaking of Canadians: Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette -- Clinton's tenth cousins once removed. Though when you go back that far, we probably all are.

A '24' Secret Revealed in D.C.

Spoiler alert! Don't read this if you don't want to know who turns out not to be dead after all on "24"! But if producers are going to let actor Carlos Bernard (a.k.a. good-guy-turned-bad-guy-turned-good-guy-turned-dead-guy Tony Almeida) show his face on the streets of D.C. during a week of filming, then we don't think it's a secret. (Plus, he's already in an Internet promo.)

Bernard, Kiefer Sutherland and others are scheduled to start filming here tomorrow (on Georgetown's N Street) and will spend about a week at various spots around town for the first season set primarily in D.C. Where exactly? "Everything with '24' is very secretive," Fox's Chris Alexander told us.

Tell us what you see:


Comic Stephen Colbert's fake run for the presidency in South Carolina ended abruptly yesterday, just as it threatened to become all too real. The state Democratic Party voted 13 to 3 to keep him off the Jan. 26 primary ballot, after one leader groused that the Comedy Central star was playing them for "suckers, so he can further a comedy routine." However, he will get his $2,500 filing fee back. Meanwhile, his plan to also run as a Republican seems to have lost steam -- a state GOP rep told reporters the S.C. native never got around to filing papers or the $35,000 fee (!) by yesterday's deadline. According to one poll, Colbert was running fifth among Dems (ahead of Richardson and Kucinich), not so well with Republicans. Comedy Central reps did not return calls for comment.

HEY, ISN'T THAT . . . ?

David Lee Roth , whiling away a Wednesday afternoon at Camelot strip club, having come to town early for last night's Van Halen show. Seemed to have trouble hailing a cab on the way out, but who didn't that day?

Chris Dodd trick-or-treating with his kids on Capitol Hill Wednesday night. The Democratic '08 contender was dressed as -- wait for it -- a dark horse. Ha! Meanwhile, Dodd's campaign this week urged children to dress for Halloween as Chris Dodd, with white hair ("represents [his] 26 years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee"), a copy of the Constitution and "a folder with literature about Dodd's bold ideas." No, really -- it's on his Web site.

Clarence Thomas grocery-shopping with wife Virginia in the frozen-foods section of the Fairfax Wegman's Tuesday night, he in a dark-blue pinstriped suit, she in a trench coat over a blue skirt, white sweater, sporty heels.

LaVar Arrington lunching at the bar at Penn Quarter's Zola yesterday with a female colleague; wore jeans and an Army jacket, had a hamburger and a cocktail. The ex-Redskins star, out of football since a June motorcycle crash, seems to be enjoying the downtime -- he also dined at the bar with a group on Tuesday.

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