–noun patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics. In the entertainment industry, this is known as Hollywood NepotismTM. Talent not required.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ashlee Simpson's Bundle of Joy!

Future nepotism alert! Last week in Los Angeles, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, singer and little sis to Jessica Simpson, gave birth to her first child with her husband Pete Wentz. The couple gave their bouncing baby boy the oh-so-practical name "Bronx Mowgli." To see our posting on the Simpson siblings, click here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Natalie Cole Suffers a Setback

Songstress Natalie Cole is currently on a brief hiatus from the promotional tour for her new album, Still Unforgettable, which was released this past September. Due to side effects associated with hepatitis C treatment, the eight-time Grammy Award winner and daughter of legendary crooner Nat King Cole is taking time to recuperate at her Los Angeles home. Cole publicly announced her hepatitis C diagnosis on July 16, 2008. Click here to see our posting on the Cole family.

Friday, November 14, 2008

This Weekend: Saturday Nepotism Live!

Tomorrow night, Saturday Night Live will experience its second dose of Hollywood nepotism. Back in 1979, Peter Aykroyd, younger brother to original cast member Dan Aykroyd, joined the SNL cast for one season. This weekend, Abby Elliott, daughter of former SNL cast member Chris Elliott (There's Something About Mary), will make her debut as a featured player. Chris, who performed on the show during the 1994-95 season, is the son of actor Bob Elliott, a member of the comic duo "Bob & Ray," who were most popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Bob Elliott played his son's father on the short-lived Fox sitcom Get a Life! (1990-92). To see our posting on the Elliott family and a photo of Bob & Ray, click here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Destiny's Children

The Knowles sisters have delved further into the world of style with the recent launch of a handbag collection designed by the duo for a Japanese-based line, Samantha Thavasa. “Bootylicious” belter Beyoncé and her “Sandcastle Disco” singin’ little sis Solange (their parents obviously support the whole crazy baby name trend) first fell into fashion in 2006, when they launched the line House of Deréon with their mother, Tina Knowles. Solange, who got her start as a backup singer for Beyoncé’s group Destiny’s Child (which was managed by their father, Matthew Knowles), is also currently promoting her sophomore album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams. Her big sister, Beyoncé, is promoting her single “If I Were a Boy,” a track from the soon-to-be-released I Am… Sasha Fierce album, slated to drop this month. To see our posting on the Knowles family, click here.

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