'6 Degrees' Kevin Bacon Learns Wife Is ... His Cousin
Actress Kyra Sedgwick was initially horrified
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2013 2:05 PM CST
Actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick watch the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets play in Los Angeles,Tuesday, May 12, 2009.    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Kevin Bacon's wife says she knew it all along. Actress Kyra Sedgwick and her Hollywood-star husband were filmed for the PBS show Finding Your Roots, which traces family backgrounds, and learned that they're actually cousins—albeit ninth cousins, the Independent reports. Sedgwick looked mortified at first: "See," she said. "I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!" But she calmed down, saying that "as long as we’re not first cousins, it’s fine."

Host Henry Louis Gates Jr also told Bacon that he is 13th cousins twice removed from Brad Pitt and 12th cousins three times removed from President Obama. "No kidding," said Bacon. "I knew I wasn’t getting enough respect." Bacon confessed that initially he didn't like the "Six Degrees" game that linked him to nearly all famous actors: "I wasn’t in the headspace to take it as flattery," he said. "I kind of felt like it was a joke at my expense, you know." But he now considers the linking "a beautiful concept. ... It’s fun to be at the forefront of that idea."

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Mar 3, 2013 9:50 AM CST
It is written in the Book of Fred 23:38, "bear unto the world that all are related. This thy know thee to be true to thyself, ipso facto lepto." Pray to the invisible man in the sky!
Mar 3, 2013 6:31 AM CST
I miss Kyra Sedgwick on "The Closer."
Mar 3, 2013 12:54 AM CST
This episode aired over a year ago. I guess Neal Colgrass, author of this article, is a little behind on the DVR! Not exactly breaking news.