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10/16/2012 11:00 am ET

Halle Berry, Sarah Palin: Actress Related To Former Vice Presidential Candidate

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry disclosed a surprising fact about herself this week: She is related to former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

"You wanna know who I'm related to? Sarah Palin!" the "Cloud Atlas" actress told "Extra" in a video interview, laughing as she spoke. "That's what I said, 'Nooo!' Some twisted way -- somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative]."

Thanks to popular shows like NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" and the website ancestry.com, more celebrities are finding surprising genealogical connections with other famous faces. Researchers recently tied Justin Bieber to fellow Canadian superstars Celine Dion and Ryan Gosling, making some wonder if there were such a thing as a "celebrity gene." And on the political front, President Obama's family tree was linked to Dick Cheney, George Bush and -- you betcha -- Sarah Palin, who is his tenth cousin.

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