NBC Shows Gwyneth Paltrow’s Connection to the Lower East Side

Posted on: April 7th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Who Do You Think You Are? is a must-see for genealogy fanatics and the celebrity-obsessed alike.  Currently in its second season, the NBC production documents one famous person each week on a personal quest of self-discovery to trace the branches of their family tree.  Anglophiles might recognize the show of same, as it originally aired on BBC (like so many other great shows!).

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Last week’s penultimate episode featured the ancestral life of Academy Award winner Gwyneth Paltrow.  Her father’s side of the family apparently has roots in the neighborhood.  During this segment of the show, there were plenty of local cameos.  For instance, Paltrow meets a NY Jewish history expert at Sebastian LC to learn about her paternal lineage.  Then she learns about the line of rabbis in her ancestry while at the iconic Eldridge Street Synagogue.

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We suspect that the bloodlines of most show participants passed through the bowels of the Lower East Side.  The eighth and final installment of Who Do You Think You Are airs tomorrow night at 8 pm on NBC.

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