Thursday, July 29, 2010

Relatively trivial.

I love discovering unusual pairings in the family tree. (Getting a bit Chaucerian here, try a different tack.) Odd relationships, I mean. People with unexpected kin.

Just found out today -- Anna Leonowens, the real-life governess whose writings inspired the movie Anna and the King and then, of course, the Rogers and Hammerstein musical (and film) The King and I, was the great-aunt of . . .

 . . . Boris Karloff.

My very favorite composer on the planet, Ralph Vaughan Williams, was the great-nephew of personal hero Charles Darwin and the great-great-grandson of Josiah Wedgwood, of pottery fame, for whom I entertain no particular affection beyond general admiration.

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