In one of my favorite television shows, Arrested Development, the young George Michael (played by Michael Cera) falls in love with his cousin Maebe (Alia Shawkat). One of the stories through the three season television show is George Michael’s struggle over liking his cousin even though he knows it is wrong. Don’t worry George Michael, you’re not alone. In fact, there are many very famous people that not only liked, but married their cousins.
Everybody knows that Albert Einstein wasn’t great at math but did you know he didn’t have a good sense when it came to women either? Einstein married his cousin Elsa.
Insert natural selection jokes as you see fit. Charles Darwin married his cousin Emma Wedgwood and they had 10 children.
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe was only 20 when he moved in with his cousin and fell in love with her. She was 7 years old. They marred when she was 13 years old and he was 25 years old.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
FDR was attending a party at his fifth cousin’s home, the White House. It was there that FDR became reacquainted with Teddy’s niece Eleanor and they later married.
H. G. Wells
It’s a little bit disappointing that H. G. Wells married his cousin Isabel Mary Wells. I thought Wells was a lot more creative than that. He should have married an alien or monster of some kind.
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old cousin. This wasn’t as accepted in the 1950’s as it was for some of these other famous people and it almost ended Jerry’s career. Naturally he became a country singer instead.
Jesse James married his cousin Zerelda Mimms. What? Did you think he was an outlaw because he killed peopled? The creepiest thing about Jesse James marrying his cousin was that his cousin was named after his mother. That is just way too close to marrying your mother.
Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach married his second cousin Maria Barbara Bach. Bach’s choice in women was questionable but I guess we can forgive him because of that whole music thing.
Governor Rudy Giulani married his third cousin Regina Peruggi in 1968. Or so he thought. They later found out they were actually second cousins. Oops!
Thomas Jefferson not only married one of his cousins but they also had six children. With that many children one of them was bound to go on to marry their cousin to keep the tradition alive.