–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.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jennifer Grey Wows 'Em on "Dancing With The Stars"

After four weeks on the 11th season of ABC's Dancing With The Stars, Jennifer Grey clearly has a chance of taking home the trophy. Is it because she studied dance in high school? Is it because she played the lead role in Dirty Dancing? Or is it because her dad was a famous star of stage and screen who raised her around people like Liza Manelli? Click here to see who he is!

Jesse Eisenberg Has 500 Million Friends

Jesse Eisenberg has scored his first major starring role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. When he was a struggling child actor, his little sister Hallie Kate Eisenberg was world famous as the cute little girl in the Pepsi commercials. For more on the Eisenberg kids, click here.

Deanna Carter's Dad Passes Away

On July 17, Nashville session guitarist Fred Carter passed away. Fred played on such classic tracks as Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay," Marty Robbins' "El Paso," and Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer." He was the father of current country superstar Deanna Carter (Did I Shave My Legs for This?). To learn more about this father/daughter team, click here.

Second Generation Political Nepotism

In February, Indiana Senator Evan Byah surprised everyone when he announced that we would not seek re-election after two terms. Byah is the son of long-time Indiana senator Birch Bayh, who retired after being defeated in 1980 by a young man named Dan Quayle. Now, Quayle's son, Ben Quayle (left), has won the Republican primary for Congress in Arizona's 3rd District.

To learn more about the Byahs, click here. To learn more about the Quayles, click here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Peter Graves Passes Away

Peter Graves, star of the orginal Mission: Impossible television series and the farcical movie Airplane!, passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Do you know who his equally famous brother was? Click here to find out.

America's Valentine's Day Sweethearts

Emma Roberts first appeared with her aunt Julia Roberts in America's Sweethearts. Now they're together again in Valentine's Day. But who's the other member of the family to join them? Click here to find out!

Ringo's Son Rocks the Super Bowl!

Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey played the Super Bowl halftime show as drummer for The Who, with Pete Townshend's son Simon on rhythm guitar. Do you know the other famous band that Zak has played for? Click here to find out!

Dracula Lives!

Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew has published a sequel to the classic 1897 horror story Dracula! Click here for more.

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