finding your roots

Cousin Meryl Streep

Melissa Howard March 19, 2012

When Meryl Streep appeared in Sophie’s Choice back in the 1980′s I started hearing from friends and strangers that I looked like her. Even when she went blond strangers still approached me to say, “You look like a dark haired Meryl Streep.” It has happened numerous times. I think she’s a wonderful actress and classic beauty, so I couldn’t help being flattered, but didn’t think anymore about it. Imagine my surprise when Meryl Streep’s genealogy was traced on Harry Louis Gates PBS special and I saw my own ancestors being featured! It turns out that Meryl and I are 8th cousins once removed. We both descend from Capt. William Crispin 1627-1681.

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  • Donna

    March 21, 2012 at 11:21 am


  • Felicia

    March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Very cool! I am looking into the possibilty that Samuel L. Jackson is my 3rd of 4th cousin on my dad’s side of the family his mother’s maiden name is Montgomery, like mine is, and she comes from a portion of Alabama where many of our relatives settled…

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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