See These 15 Famous Celebrities That Married Their Cousins

Back in the day, marriage was about more than love. It was about property. It was about the transfer of wealth. It was about social standing and political influence. In fact, many of the most famous couples from the past weren’t the result of some torrid affair topped off with a wedding spectacular fir for a king…or queen…or duke…or duchess. No, people got hitched for a myriad of reasons beyond a mutual attraction and a desire to spend their lives together. In some cases, it was all in the family.

Here are 15 people who took that concept to a creepy, uncomfortable point. All of them married a relative – in most cases, a cousin of some closeness – and among the scandal and social alienation, more than one had a nice long life as husband and wife. Check them out:

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Guliani


While he can argue ignorance, the former chief of the country’s largest city understood that his wife Regina was a cousin…a THIRD cousin. Turns out, he was wrong. She was his SECOND.

Queen Elizabeth II


Just like Guiliani, Her Royal Highness knew of her relationship to Prince Phillip. She still married him. He is her second cousin once removed.

Kevin Bacon And Kyra Sedgwick


When they married, they didn’t think they were related. Now, after appearing on a TV show which traced their family heritage, they found out they are ninth cousins, once removed.

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Now things are starting to get a bit…creepy. See what we mean.

Edgar Allan Poe


This one is doubly creepy. The famous author indeed married a cousin – his FIRST cousin. Adding insult to incest, she was only 13 years old at the time.

Jesse James


The famous outlaw followed in Poe’s footsteps, at least when it came to choice of bride (not her age). He also married his first cousin, and they had a long and fruitful life.

Jerry Lee Lewis


We’re kind of getting sick of writing this, but the famous musician and rock ‘n’ roll icon went for his first cousin, and in true Poe fashion, took her to the altar when she was barely 13. Ew.

Albert Einstein


Leave it to one of the most educated men in history to make this kind of marriage mess. Not only was his wife a first cousin on his mother’s side, but she was a second on his father’s side as well.

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Even politicians and powerful men got “in a family way,” so to speak.

Thomas Jefferson


Not only did he draft the Declaration of Independence, he married his third cousin. There’s was a successful union, with six kids as a result.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt


Most people knew that First Lady Eleanor was his cousin – a fifth, once removed. In fact, it was a better known fact than the President’s health, which included polio and life in a wheelchair.

H.G. Wells


The author, best known for such sci-fi classics as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine, turned a few heads when he married his first cousin.

Charles Darwin


The famed formulator of the theory of evolution didn’t look too far outside the family lineage for a spouse. He ended up having 10 kids with his first cousin.

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John F. Fitzgerald


The relative of President John F. Kennedy (the middle name – get it?) was quite the ladies man himself. He ended up wed to his second cousin.

Johann Sebastian Bach


He’s one of the world’s best known and beloved composers. He’s also one of the many famous people who married in the family – a second cousin, with which he had seven children.

Igor Stravinsky


You know his music – “The Rite of Spring” – but you might not know that the famed Russian composer married his cousin.’

Saddam Hussein


The infamous leader of Iraq was, arguably, a bad man. But marrying his cousin was not his idea. It was arranged when he was five and the two never met until their wedding day.

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