“What family doesn’t have its ups and downs?” opined Katharine Hepburn’s Eleanor of Aquitaine in the film “The Lion in Winter.” While Hepburn was talking about the Plantagenet family’s own twisted trysts — romancing half-sisters, step-daughters and the like — she might as well have been referring to Larry King’s latest scandal in which his wife, Shawn Southwick, claimed the CNN newsman shacked up with her sister, Shannon Engemann. Here, a list of other notorious familial (disclaimer: not incestuous) philanderers.
• In between her much-publicized relationships with Jude Law and Balthazar Getty, tabloid target Sienna Miller found herself in the arms of George Barker, aka DJ Slinky Wizard, in 2009. Barker had previously dated her older sister, Savannah, according to ShowbizSpy.com. Clearly, the two sisters share more than just a clothing line.
• Oscar winner Morgan Freeman faced some particularly unflattering publicity last summer when news broke of his alleged decade-long affair with his step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines, then 27. Hines, who routinely attended events with Freeman including the premiere of “Batman: The Dark Knight” in 2008, is the granddaughter of Freeman’s first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, but was raised by the “Invictus” star and his second wife, Myrna Colley-Lee.
• Hockey superstar Martin Brodeur faced a serious penalty off the ice when it was revealed the New Jersey Devils goalie cheated on his wife, Melanie Dubois, with his sister-in-law, Genevieve Nault. Dubois filed for divorce, and the multiple Stanley Cup winner is stuck paying $500,000 in yearly alimony until 2020 for the couple’s four children, on top of a $9 million-plus settlement. But Brodeur’s story has a somewhat happy ending: He married Nault in 2008, and the couple had their first child in December 2009.
• Even before her sex-tape woes, former Playboy playmate Shauna Sand behaved badly in the bedroom. Apparently, Sand slept with her teenage stepson, A.J. Lamas, while she was still married to his father, Lorenzo. The elder Lamas blames the affair for the duo’s 2002 divorce, but Sand has long denied the allegations, claiming the rumor was concocted to drum up publicity for the family’s 2009 reality show, “Leave It to Lamas.”
• Henry VIII sure liked to keep things in the family. The royal first wooed his brother’s widow, Catherine of Aragon, only later to engage in affairs with Mary Boleyn and her sister, Anne. Henry VIII then annulled his marriage to Catherine so he could marry Anne, but when she couldn’t provide him with a son, the king tried her for high treason and had her beheaded.
• While Oedipus didn’t make our list because he married mama (albeit unwittingly) another mythological figure did: Phaedra, daughter of Minos and wife of Theseus, fell in love with her stepson, Hippolytus. As such tales go, this one ends in tragedy — Theseus kills his son and Phaedra commits suicide.
• Barry Williams’ on-screen familial relationships with Florence Henderson and Maureen McCormick on “The Brady Bunch” didn’t stop the teen heartthrob from dating both of them in real life. While his romance with McCormick may not have been a surprise, his confession about Henderson in his memoir “Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg” stunned fans. However, Mrs. Brady contends there was only one dinner that ended with a kiss on the cheek.
In Nancy Meyers’ 2003 romantic comedy “Something’s Gotta Give,” Jack Nicholson played a bachelor known for his love of younger women. After suffering a heart attack at the home of his girlfriend’s mother, played by Diane Keaton, he is left in Keaton’s care, only to fall for her.
• In 1992, Woody Allen infamously took up with Soon-Yi Previn, the adopted daughter of his longtime partner Mia Farrow. Allen was 56; Previn, 22. Farrow got an offer from ex-husband Frank Sinatra to have Allen’s legs broken — allegedly.
• Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, better known as the French novelist Colette, was known to be a lesbian, with sexual conquests including Josephine Baker. One of the more famous heterosexual exceptions: her stepson, Bertrand de Jouvenel. Colette and the elder de Jouvenel, newspaper editor Henri, divorced as a result.
• British Lord Sir Oswald Mosley didn’t just shack up with Lady Alexandra Metcalfe, the younger sister of his wife, Lady Cynthia Curzon; he also took up with their stepmother, Grace Curzon, in the early twentieth century. After Cynthia died, he married another, unrelated mistress, Diana Guinness (née Mitford).
• Tod’s founder Diego Della Valle is married to architect Barbara Pistilli, the younger sister of his first wife, Simona, with whom he has a son, Emanuele. Barbara and Della Valle have their own son, Filippo, making the offspring both brothers and cousins.
• Anne Bancroft is the ultimate seductress — and cougar precursor — as Mrs. Robinson in Mike Nichols’ 1967 classic “The Graduate.” She seduces recent grad Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, who goes on to fall in love with her daughter. Whether that romance ends well, judging from the iconic final scene, is to be determined.
• Several years after the fact, Lynn Redgrave discovered that her husband, John Clark, had had an affair with his then-assistant, Nicolette Hannah. Hannah went on marry the couple’s son, Benjamin — after she had secretly given birth to Clark’s son, thus marrying her son’s half-brother.
• Carla Bruni-Sarkozy isn’t shy about her long list of paramours. But she has always denied one fling. While involved with professor Raphaël Enthoven, she was rumored to have had an affair with his father Jean-Paul Enthoven. Of her alleged relationship with père Enthoven, Bruni noted, “I never slept with [Jean-Paul], not even a minute.”
• The Kennedy clan shared more than a love of politics. According to the 2009 book by C. David Heymann, “Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story,” Jackie Kennedy engaged in a four-year affair with Bobby Kennedy shortly after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The brothers were also famously rumored to have bedded Marilyn Monroe. But it’s Marlene Dietrich who wins the prize here — she was said to have snogged and snagged herself three Kennedys, Joseph P., Joseph P. Jr. and John F.