A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]Actor George Clooney baffled the audience at the 2006 Golden Globes last night when he began laying out his genealogy during an acceptance speech.
"Rosemary Clooney was my aunt," explained Clooney. "Now, her first husband was José Ferrer, and their kids are my first cousins. Didn't Miguel get nominated for Crossing Jordan this year? No? Anyway, Miguel's brother Rafael Ferrer is married to Debby Boone, who's Pat Boone's daughter, of course, but also the granddaughter of Red Foley, who used to appear on the Grand Old Opry."
The music then started up, signaling that it was time for Clooney to step off the stage. But he was just getting started.
"My ex-wife, Talia Balsam, was the daughter of Martin Balsam and Joyce Van Patten, so she's the niece of Dick Van Patten, and a cousin to Vince and the others. But let's get back to my father, Nick, who's the descendant of an Irish immigrant to Kentucky."
As Clooney pulled a folded family tree chart from the pocket of his tuxedo, two security guards wearing NBC name tags tackled him and dragged him offstage. To the dismay of those trying to keep the show on schedule, the audience responded with a standing ovation that lasted four full minutes.