Which sitcom actress are you most closely connected to?

+31 votes

In honor of her 99 years and recent passing, we are featuring Betty White in the Connection Finder this week. She is remembered fondly as Rose on "Golden Girls" and in many other roles.

Featured alongside her are other beloved ladies of sitcoms:

Which Sitcom Star you most closely connected to? If you're one of the 24.5 million of us who are connected to each other on our big tree you can check with the Connection Finder.

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WikiTree profile: Betty White
in The Tree House by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (487k points)
reshown by Chris Whitten
Betty White…15th cousins 3x removed

Carol Burnett (not mentioned) 11th cousins once removed

Rue McClanahan…9th cousins once removed

Lucille Ball…15th cousins

45 Answers

+13 votes

Very surprised to see how closely related I am to Lucille Ball! Thank you laugh

Lucille and Andrew are 9th cousins twice removed

by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (294k points)
Me too, Andrew! I am 16 degrees away and 7th Cousins, once removed. I was always called "Lucille Ball" growing up and hated that! I still liked her and her shows though.
+13 votes
16 degrees from Rue McClanahan (7th cousins, 1x removed)
18 degrees from Jean Stapleton
19 degrees from Betty White (13th cousins, 3x removed)
19 degrees from Lucille Ball (9th cousins, 3x removed)
19 degrees from Julia Louis-Dreyfus
19 degrees from Audrey Meadows (10th cousins, 3x removed)
21 degrees from Mary Moore
24 degrees from Doris Roberts
25 degrees from Penny Marshall
35 degrees from Elspet Gray
36 degrees from Lisa Kudrow
by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 5 (54.5k points)
edited by Mike Wells
+13 votes
by Jennifer Robins G2G6 Pilot (116k points)

My closest connection is to an Australian actress not listed -- 13 degrees from Bunney Brooke.  Everyone else is 22 degrees or greater.

We put this together in a few hours and was coming up short on international searches. Thanks for sharing, Melanie. I'll add her to our list so we have her for future features.
+15 votes
Betty - 7th cousin 3x removed (thanks for the memories)

Lucy - 7th cousin 1x removed

Rue - 6th cousin 1x removed
by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (218k points)
+11 votes
18 degrees from Betty White, 15C1R
19 degrees from Lucille Ball, 15C1R
16 degrees from Audrey Meadows,
37 degrees from Elspet Gray,
37 degrees from Lisa Kudrow,
20 degrees from Julia Louis-Dreyfus,
24 degrees from Penny Marshall,
17 degrees from Rue McClanahan, 8C
22 degrees from Mary Moore,
25 degrees from Doris Roberts,
23 degrees from Jean Stapleton,
24 degrees from Denise Hunt

added: I'm surprised to see how many of us are related to Lucy, Rue and Betty.
by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 6 (67.9k points)
edited by Lynette Jester
+11 votes
Betty White is my 19th cousin.

Lucille Ball is my 7th cousin 2x removed.

Rue McClanahan is my 11th cousin 1x removed.
by Timothy Hendrickson G2G2 (2.6k points)
+12 votes

Happy to be able to say that Betty White herself is my closest, at 18 degrees.

More importantly, however, big time shoutout to Dagmar Thorisdottir of the Nordic Project, for finding Betty's Danish roots! Thanks to her, & Ole Selmer, the project intends to continue expanding on that side of Betty's tree.

by Thomas Koehnline G2G6 Mach 5 (54.7k points)
I'm closest connected and related to Lucille Ball, 19 degrees, 8th Cousin, 2x removed. Who doesn't love Lucy? I was hoping for Mary Tyler Moore though because I've been watching her show on Hulu ;)
+12 votes
  • Betty White: 19th cousins five times removed, 18 degrees connection
  • Lucille Ball: 9th cousins three times removed, 20 degrees connection
  • Audrey Cotter: 22 degrees connection
  • Elspet Gray: 38 degrees connection
  • Lisa Kudrow: 35 degrees connection
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus: 22 degrees connection
  • Penny Marshall: 27 degrees connection
  • Rue McClanahan: 15th cousins three times removed, 21 degrees connection
  • Mary Tyler Moore: 23 degrees connection
  • Doris Roberts: 25 degrees connection
  • Jean Stapleton: 25 degrees connection
by Jennifer Fulk G2G6 (8.9k points)
edited by Jennifer Fulk
+10 votes

I am most closely connected to Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Rue McClanahan at 21 degrees of separation.


by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (516k points)
edited by Tommy Buch
+11 votes
I am most closely connected to Lucille Ball at 23 degrees.
by Samantha Thomson G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
+11 votes
Betty White - 14th cousin 3x removed

Lucille Ball - 9th cousin 1x removed
by Cortland Lowe G2G6 (7.8k points)
+13 votes
34 degrees from Lucille Ball, through only 3 marriages! I know this is pretty far for most WikiTreeers, who are American, but for me it's really not that bad haha
by Léa Haupaix G2G6 Mach 1 (19.0k points)
+11 votes
18 degrees from Rue McClanahan. Wikitree makes her out to be my 11th cousin twice removed, MRCA Samuel Bridger (abt 1584 - 1650). Problem. If a Newberry County South Carolina Pitts were an Isle of Wight County Virginia Pitt when the DNA says otherwise.

19 degrees from Audrey Meadows.8th cousin once removed with her husband, Robert Logan Foreman Six. MRCA Sarah Elizabeth (Ferris) Woodson (1654 - abt 1689}.

20 degrees from Betty White. 15th cousin twice removed. MRCA Anne (Stanley) Gresley (abt 1421 - ?).

20 degrees from Lucille Ball. 13th cousin. MRCA Gaynor (ferch Robert) Puleston (abt 1495 - ?).

20 degrees from Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

20 degrees from Mary Tyler Moore.

21 degrees from Jean Stapleton.

23 degrees from Doris Roberts.

26 degrees from Penny  Marshal.

35 degrees from Lisa Kudrow.

36 degrees from Elspet Gray.

by Frank Blankenship G2G6 Mach 3 (35.7k points)
+12 votes

16 degrees from Betty White, and 7th cousin once removed. 

Betty Marion White (1922-2021) and Alexis (Lovelace) Nelson are both descendants of John Miller (1666-1714).

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (468k points)

Alexis, it now makes sense.  You are related to Betty White.  That's where you get your spunk!  smiley

+11 votes

I sort of expected that my closest connection would be Lucille Ball (who is my 8th cousin once removed) or maybe Betty White, so I was surprised that Connection Finder finds my closest connection in this group as Julia Louis-Dreyfus at just 16 degrees, via a melange of Pennsylvania relatives. Julia is not a blood relative. Lucy and Betty are both connected at 17 degrees.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

A new surprise! surprise

It appears that someone has been working on Jean Stapleton's genealogy, as she is now also 16 degrees from me, and a 6th cousin 3x removed, via some  Pennsylvania ancestors.

+10 votes
Betty White is first on the list, and one of several who are 22 degrees removed from me.  Another comedienne is Ruby Wax, who was unknown to me until I picked up a book she wrote.  Her theory is that many comediennes are basically depressed.  She herself found mindfulness therapy very helpful.  She went back to University to qualify with all the pre-requisites, then went to Oxford to do a post-graduate degree with the Professor who started the movement.  I can't find his name on a quick search, only the Americans who turned it into $$$.  Another group is wrestlers, who predominate in running podcasts about depression, but I don't know why. (I inherited major depression, and have spent a lifetime looking forlornly for a cure.This is an ultimate goal of genetic therapy.)
by Doug Laidlaw G2G6 Mach 2 (24.3k points)
edited by Doug Laidlaw
+11 votes
Lucille Ball is 16 degrees and a 7th cousin once removed.

Mary Moore is also 16 degrees.  The path includes her great-grandfather Lewis Moore and my grandmother Dorothy Moore Ensminger.  That is misleading though, because there seems to be no connection path that is 100% Moore.
by Steve Ryan G2G6 Mach 2 (23.7k points)

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