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Posted at 8:50 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Gwyneth Paltrow news: 'Glee' and the Rep. Giffords connection

By Jen Chaney

Gwyneth Paltrow at the Country Music Awards in November. (AP)

"Country Strong" may not have captivated the attention of moviegoers over the weekend. But don't think you've gotten rid of Gwyneth Paltrow that easily.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed over the weekend that Paltrow will definitely return to "Glee" -- you know, that little show with all the singing that featured a spunky Paltrow dancing with an umbrella back in November. Show creator Ryan Murphy told EW that Paltrow will reprise the part of teacher Holly Holliday for two episodes, and also will have a fling with Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester. This is good news since Paltrow's "Glee" episode has been the highlight of this season so far (and yes, I am including "Britney/Brittany"). She begins shooting the episodes this month, presumably after she hosts "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.

That wasn't the only reason Paltrow's name surfaced over the weekend; it also did so in a much sadder context.

In case you missed this small detail in the Post's coverage about the awful shooting in Arizona, Paltrow and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- who is still fighting to recover from a gunshot wound to the head -- are second-cousins.

As explained in more detail by Politico, Paltrow's grandfather and Giffords's grandmother were siblings, making Giffords' mother and Paltrow's late father, Bruce Paltrow, cousins. Paltrow released a statement to Entertainment Tonight regarding the incident:

"Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting congresswoman Giffords, my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family as well as the other victims of this horrible act of senseless violence."

Another Hollywood actress also has a personal connection to the events in Tucson; Sophia Bush of "One Tree Hill" fame is a second-cousin to Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old girl who was killed during the shooting on Saturday. Bush commented on the tragedy in several posts to her Twitter account.

"There are no words to explain what my cousin's family is going through in Arizona," she wrote.

By Jen Chaney  | January 10, 2011; 8:50 AM ET
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Minor correction: The late Bruce Paltrow was a first cousin of Rep. Giffords' father, not her mother.

Posted by: Herb_Huston | January 11, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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