Celebrities who are distant cousins

Camilla and Madonna are both descended from Zacharie Cloutier (1617-1708), while Camilla and Céline descend from Jean Guyon (1619-1694) - both of Chateau-Richer, Québec. Through our Lachance ancestry, we are also descended from both Cloutier and Guyon. Photos at right are Madonna (L), Camilla Parker-Bowles (C), and Céline Dion (R).
Updated: February 1, 2017

Adrienne Barbeau [Solde > Barbeau > Ranger dit Laviolette].
Adrienne Barbeau was born in Sacramento, California, the daughter of Armene (née Nalbandian) and Joseph Barbeau, who was a public relations executive for Mobil Oil. Barbeau's father was French-Canadian and her mother Armenian-American. She has a sister Jocelyn and a half brother on her father's side, Robert Barbeau, who still resides in the Sacramento area. She attended Del Mar High School in San Jose, California. In her autobiography, Barbeau says that she first caught the show business bug while entertaining troops at army bases throughout Southeast Asia, touring with the San Jose Civic Light Opera.

Charlemagne [Martel > Pépin > Pépin dit Lachance].
Everybodys' favorite ancestor, Charlemagne was born c.742 – 28 January 814, also known as Charles the Great (Latin: Carolus Magnus or Karolus Magnus), was King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) from 800 to his death in 814. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800. The French and German monarchies descending from the empire ruled by Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor cover most of Europe. In his acceptance speech of the Charlemagne Prize Pope John Paul II referred to him as the Pater Europae ("father of Europe"). His empire united most of Western Europe for the first time since the Romans, and the Carolingian renaissance encouraged the formation of a common European identity.

Madonna [Cloutier > Fortin > Pépin dit Lachance].
Madonna (born Madonna Louise Ciccone, born August 16, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. Born in Bay City, Michigan, she moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy, she released her debut album in 1983. She followed it with a series of albums that attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Throughout her career, many of her songs have hit number one on the record charts, including "Like a Virgin."

Chelsea Clinton [Martin > Godet dit Marentette> Pépin dit Lachance].
Chelsea Victoria Clinton (born February 27, 1980) is the only child of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Chelsea is a television journalist, currently serving as Special Correspondent for NBC News, and philanthropist, working through the Clinton Global Initiative. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas during her father's first term as Governor of Arkansas. She attended public schools there until her father's election to the Presidency of the United States at which time she attended and graduated from the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. She pursued her undergraduate education at Stanford University and also earned master's degrees from University College, Oxford, UK.

Hillary Rodham Clinton [Martin > Beaudry > Pépin dit Lachance].
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26, 1947) was the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election, Clinton is a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. A native of Illinois, Hillary Rodham first attracted national attention in 1969 for her remarks as the first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. She embarked on a career in law after graduating from Yale Law School in 1973. Following a stint as a Congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas in 1974 and married Bill Clinton in 1975.

Celine Dion [Guyon > Lemelin > Bruneau > Pépin dit Lachance].
Céline Marie Claudette Dion, CC, OQ (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian singer. Born to a large family from Charlemagne, Québec, Céline emerged as a teen star in the French-speaking world after her manager and future husband René Angélil mortgaged his home to finance her first record. In 1990, she released the English-language album Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world. Céline had first gained international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest. Following a series of French albums in the early 1980s, she signed on to CBS Records Canada in 1986. During the 1990s, with the help of Angélil, she achieved worldwide fame after signing with Epic Records and releasing several English albums along with additional French albums, becoming one of the most successful artists in pop music history.

Dionne Quintuplets [Tétu > Guyon > LeGros > Pépin dit Lachance].
The Dionne Quintuplets were born in Corbeil, ON in 1934-05-28. The first known quintuplets to have lived beyond childhood, the Dionne girls did not have a normal life and were exposed to the public on a daily basis. Oliva Dionne and his wife, Elzire Legros, had 6 children before the birth of the Quints: Ernest, Marie-Rose, Thérèse, Daniel, Léo, and Pauline, who was born in 1933. After the birth of the Quints, the couple had 3 sons: Oliva, Victor, and Claude. As of November 2007,two of the quints, Annette and Cécile, lived in Mont-St-Bruno, QC.
Annette married Germain Allard but they eventually divorced.
Cécile married Philippe Langlois and the couple also divorced.
Éméle entered a convent where she had a series of seizures. She died in 1954.
Marie married Florian Houle in Montréal, QC in 1958. She died in Montréal, QC in 1970.
Yvonne was a librarian. She died in Longueuil, QC in 2001.

Leo Durocher [LeRoy > Bourgeois > Durocher].
Leo Ernest Durocher (July 27, 1905 – October 7, 1991), nicknamed "Leo the Lip," was an American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. Upon his retirement, he ranked fifth all-time among managers with 2,009 career victories, second only to John McGraw in National League history. Durocher still ranks tenth in career wins by a manager. A controversial and outspoken character, Durocher's career was dogged by clashes with authority, umpires (his 95 career ejections as a manager trailed only McGraw when he retired, and still rank fourth on the all-time list), and the press. Durocher was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. Other sports figures, and there are many . . . especially hockey players . . . too many to mention them all in this celebrity page.

Robert Goulet [Cloutier > Gauthier > Pépin dit Lachance].
Robert Goulet was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, the only son of French Canadian parents Jeanette Gauthier and Joseph Georges André Goulet, a laborer. Through his father he was a descendant of Zacharie Cloutier as well as Jacques Goulet. Shortly after his father's death, 13-year-old Robert moved with his mother and sister Claire to Girouxville, Alberta, and he spent his formative years in Canada. Due to the Canadian citizenship law at the time, Goulet was not awarded Canadian citizenship despite his Canadian parents, making him a Lost Canadian. A 2008 law allowed his to retroactively be awarded citizenship, but he died before it was received. In a career that has spanned more than half a century, Goulet's successes have ranged from Broadway and film to television and the Las Vegas strip.

Hugues de Payens [Champagne > Roquebrune > Larocque].
Count of Champagne. Hugues de Payens, also Hughes de Payns, Hughes de Pagan (English: Hugh of Payens or Hugh Pagan) (c. 1070–1136), a French knight from the Champagne region, was the co-founder and first Grand Master of the Knights Templar. With Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, he created the Latin Rule, the code of behavior for the Order. There is no contemporary biography in existence and no later writers cite one that is still extant. Information is therefore extremely scanty and any embellishments often rely on people writing decades or even centuries after De Payens' death. He was probably born at Château Payns, about 10 km from Troyes, in Champagne. Some sources suggest he went on the First Crusade in 1096, other sources do not. It is reasonable to believe De Payens served in the army of Godfroi de Bouillon during the Crusade. In 1125 his name appears again as a witness to a donation, this time accompanied by the title "magister militium Templi."

Elizabeth Hurley [Ranger dit Laviolette > Valencourt > Ranger].
In September 2000 the history of Liz Hurley was published in an English newspaper and this showed that one of her lines of ancestry was Ranger; her Grandmother being Ena Ranger, the child of Herbert and Eliza. Herbert's father was John Ranger an Innkeeper from Overton in Hampshire, born in 1849. He married Sarah Hawkins in 1870 and they had 3 children; Herbert, Frederick and Kate. These all appear in the 1881 census at Overton although John's name is shown as Jehu (it seems that the writing may not have been too good and that John looked like Jehu). John's place of birth is shown as Farrington, Hampshire, but there does not appear to be a Farrington in Hampshire and this also could be down to poor writing. The newspaper article mentions that John's father (also John) was born at Durrington (Wiltshire). This would probably have been about 1825. Durrington is not far from Hampshire (just a few miles) and John's place of birth could have been Durrington.

Angelina Jolie and her mother, Marcheline Bertrand. [Cloutier > Bertrand > Pépin dit Lachance].
Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actor and director. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and was named Hollywood's highest-paid actress by Forbes in 2009 and 2011. Jolie is noted for promoting humanitarian causes as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has been cited as the world's "most beautiful" woman, a title for which she has received substantial media attention. Born in Los Angeles, California, Jolie is the daughter of actors Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand. On her father's side, Jolie is of German and Slovak descent, and on her mother's side, she is of primarily French Canadian and Dutch ancestry, as well as of German and distant Huron heritage.

Jack Kerouac [Cloutier > Bolduc > Pépin dit Lachance].
Jean-Louis "Jack" Lebris de Kerouac (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet. Alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, he was a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his spontaneous method of writing, covering topics such as spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. His writings have inspired other writers, including Ken Kesey, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins, Will Clarke, and Haruki Murakami. Although a progenitor of the hippie movement, he remained antagonistic toward some of its politically radical elements. His books include: On the Road, Doctor Sax, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation Angels, Visions of Cody and Big Sur.

Beyoncé & Solange [Cloutier > Boyoncé > Pépin dit Lachance].
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (born September 4, 1981), often known simply as Beyoncé, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in various performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Mathew Knowles, a professional record manager, and Tina Knowles (née Beyincé), a costume designer and hair stylist. Knowles' father is African American and her mother is Louisiana Creole of African, French, and Native American descent. Knowles was baptized after her mother's maiden name, as a tribute to her mother. She is the elder sister of Solange, a singer-songwriter and actress.

John Larroquette [Champagne > Roquebrune > Larocque].
John Edgar Bernard Larroquette, Jr. (born November 25, 1947) is an American film, television and Broadway actor. Larroquette was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, the son of: Berthalla Oramous Larroquette (née Helmstetter), a department store clerk; and John Edgar Bernard Larroquette, Sr., who was in the US Navy. He played clarinet and saxophone through childhood but discovered acting and moved to Hollywood in 1973. Larroquette met his wife Elizabeth Ann Cookson in 1974. They have three children. Larroquette battled alcoholism. He was known to have a "cocktail or sixty." Once, while waking from a blackout, he found himself on a plane and had no idea that it was headed from Los Angeles to his hometown of New Orleans. He stopped drinking in February 1982.

Avril Lavigne [Cloutier > Pépin dit Lachance].
Avril Ramona Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, but spent most of her youth in the small town of Napanee. By the age of 15, she had appeared on stage with Shania Twain; by 16, she had signed a two-album recording contract with Arista Records worth more than $2 million. In 2002, when she was 17 years old, Lavigne broke onto the music scene with her debut album Let Go.

Pepé Le Pew [Warner > Blanc > Pépin dit Lachance].
Sure he's a 'toon, but he's OUR 'toon, dammit!
Pepé Le Pew is a fictional character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons, first introduced in 1945. A French skunk that always strolls around in Paris in the springtime, when everyone's thoughts are of "love", Pepé is constantly seeking "l'amour" of his own. However, he has two huge turnoffs to any prospective mates: his malodorous scent, and he cannot take 'no' for an answer, blissfully convinced that the girl is flirting with him, even when she physically assaults him. Pepé is stereotypically French in the way Speedy Gonzales is stereotypically Mexican.

Alanis Morissette [Cloutier > Morissette > Pépin dit Lachance].
Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and actress. She has won 16 Juno Awards and seven Grammy Awards, was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and also shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. Morissette began her career in Canada, and as a teenager recorded two dance-pop albums. Her first international album was the rock-influenced "Jagged Little Pill" released in 1995. Morissette became an American citizen in 2005, while retaining her Canadian citizenship.
Wade Morissette [Cloutier > Morissette > Pépin dit Lachance].
Wade Morissette was born in Ottawa, Canada, the son of Georgia Mary Ann Feuerstein, a Hungarian-born teacher, and Alan Richard Morissette, a French-Canadian high school principal. Wade is the twin brother of well-known singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, whom he names as "one of the biggest influences in his life." He decided to combine his interests in yoga and music, to create his own blend of indie rock/pop music with Sanskrit and English chants.

Enya [Cearbhall > Ni Bhraonain > Brennan].
Eithne Ni Bhraonain (Enya Brennan) was born in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Enya studied classical music at college and under private tuition. On leaving college she joined her siblings in their family band. In 1982 she joined a creative and business partnership. Enya's first commission was to write a score for the BBC documentary series 'The Celts'. Enya was then signed by Warner Music and made the hit singles "Orinoco Flow" and "Only Time." Enya was awarded two Honorary Degrees: the University of Galway honored her with Doctor of Music and the University of Ulster honored her with Doctor of Letters.

Camilla Parker-Bowles [Cloutier > Bolduc > Pépin dit Lachance].
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Rosemary; née Shand, previously Parker Bowles; born 17 July 1947) is the second wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and is the current holder of the titles of Duchess of Cornwall, Duchess of Rothesay and Countess of Chester. Although Camilla legally became the Princess of Wales upon her marriage to the Prince of Wales, she has chosen to be known by the secondary title of Duchess of Cornwall, out of respect the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Scotland protocol determines that she is properly styled the Duchess of Rothesay.

Pépin le Peu, Pépin the Short [Martel > Pépin > Pépin dit Lachance].
Pépin (or Pippin) (died 24 September 768), called the Short or the Little (Pépin le Bref) or the Younger (Pippin der Jüngere), rarely the Great (Pippin der Grosse), was the first King of the Franks (752–68) of the Carolingian dynasty. In 741 he and his brother Carloman succeeded their father, Charles Martel, as mayors of the palace and de facto rulers of the kingdom during an interregnum (737–43). After the retirement of Carloman (747), Pépin obtained the permission of Pope Zachary to depose the last of the Merovingian kings, Childeric III, and assume the throne (752). As he was named for his grandfather, Pépin of Heristal, in turn named for his grandfather, Pépin of Landen, both mayors of the palace, Pépin the Short has sometimes been numbered Pépin III.

Shania Twain [Cloutier > Pépin dit Lachance].
Born Eilleen Regina Edwards in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, country singer Shania Twain was raised in the mining community of Timmins, Ontario by her mother and stepfather, who were later killed in an automobile accident. Left to raise her younger siblings alone, Shania earned money for the family by performing at a local resort. She changed her name to Shania, an Ojibwa Indian word that means "I’m on my way." In 1993, Shania burst onto the music scene in 1993 with her self-titled debut album and continues to earn accolades and awards for her music. She is married to Robert "Mutt" Lange, a record producer, and they have one son.

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