–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.

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