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Six degrees of Kyra Sedgwick

By Laurie Bennett

July 4, 2010 at 7:07am

The game may be named for her husband, Kevin Bacon, but Kyra Sedgwick is the one with the real power connections.

Sedgwicks have held positions of authority in the U.S. since colonial days.

The actress’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, Theodore Sedgwick, was a member of the Continental Congress, then served in the House and Senate.

Kyra Sedgwick
Kyra Sedgwick

A great-grandfather, Endicott Peabody, founded the exclusive Groton School. His grandson, also named Endicott Peabody, was governor of Massachusetts.

The family tree includes author Frances FitzGerald, fashion model Penelope Tree and Edie Sedgwick, the “it girl” made famous by Andy Warhol before she died of a drug overdose at age 28.

Marietta Tree, mother of Penelope Tree and Frances FitzGerald, was U.S. representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Her husband, Desmond FitzGerald, was deputy director of the CIA.

The family tradition of government service continues today, if not at the same lofty levels. Businessman Theodore Sedgwick, another great-great-grandson of Theodore Sedgwick, was confirmed last week as U.S. ambassador to Slovakia.

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