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The world wide web of Wilde

By Laurie Bennett

June 17, 2012 at 12:26pm

Expand actress Olivia Wilde’s connections beyond her TV and movie credits, and you see a network of well-known actors and journalists, none of them named Wilde.

According to People, Wilde changed her surname from Cockburn after starring in a high school production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.”

 Olivia Wilde
Olivia Wilde

She is the daughter of Leslie Cockburn, a former correspondent with “Sixty Minutes,” and Andrew Cockburn, an Irish author and contributor to such publications as National Geographic and CounterPunch. Together, they produced the 2009 documentary “American Casino,” which tells the story of the subprime mortgage crisis.

Wilde’s uncle, Alexander Cockburn, is the political columnist.

Last year she divorced filmmaker Tao Ruspoli, the son of an Italian prince and an Austrian-American actress. Ruspoli’s brother Bartolomeo is married to heiress Aileen Getty.

Getty’s ex is Christopher Wilding, daughter of Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Wilding.

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