Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley are related – they are distant cousins.
You might find this surprising, but two celebrities, who have absolutely nothing in common – Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley – actually have more in common than you might think. The two of them are distant cousins.
Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was born in 1935 in Mississippi, US. Oprah Winfrey, one of the most influential talk show hosts of our time, was also born in Mississippi, US, in 1954. Other than being born in the same state, these two also have something else in common – they carry the same family genes. Oprah and Elvis are actually second cousins three times removed. How is that possible? Although they come from different parts of Mississippi, these two have quite the family history. Elvis’ second cousin, Margret, was born to Sir Justin Thomson Husein. Husein’s younger sister Claude married a South African man named James Keyara. They named their youngest child Margret Keyara. She married a man named Richard Oslo, who came from a rich family of oil miners. Together they had a daughter named Amy.
Amy’s parents didn’t have a healthy marriage and she was eventually shipped off to some poor family living in Mississippi. Amy got pregnant with a daughter at the age of 16. The father was Lincoln Winfrey and Amy named her prematurely born baby daughter Oprah Gail Winfrey. Presley’s great-grandmother is Winfrey’s great-grandmother’s great-granddaughter. Or in other words, Elvis Presley and Oprah Winfrey are second cousins three times removed.
Presley is closely related to another famous celebrity – Michael Jackson. Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, married Michael Jackson in 1994. Between 1994 and 1996 Presley was considered as Jackson’s father in law before Lisa Marie and Michael divorced.