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George Clooney may be the unofficial head of Hollywood, but, as it turns out, he's also in the same bloodline as a former and incredibly famous head of state.
According to the genealogical website Ancestry.com, the 51-year-old silver-haired stud is a distant cousin of none other than Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States and leader of the abolition of slavery. Technically, George and Abe are half-first cousins five times removed, which means that Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, was the half-sister of Clooney's great-great-great-great-grandmother Mary Ann Sparrow. Sparrow and Hanks had different fathers but the same mother, Lucy Hanks.
In light of this news, Clooney's heavy involvement in U.S. politics seems extremely natural. A staunch supporter of the Democratic Party, he's raised $15 million for Barack Obama's campaign, and Clooney's name is the fourth most influential in print press. He's also a notable humanitarian, the nephew of singer Rosemary Clooney, one of Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World" three years running (2007 to 2009), and is one of only three men to be named People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" twice (in 1997 and 2006).
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If we didn't know any better, we'd think Clooney might one day become yet another president in his family tree. (Former wrestler and Clooney's main squeeze Stacey Keibler sure would make an interesting first lady.)
A Clooney in the White House maybe wishful thinking for now. In the meantime, though, Daniel Day-Lewis won't just need to impress the film critics with his performance of Honest Abe in the upcoming biopic, "Lincoln"; he'll also have to impress the former president's blood relative.