A few weeks ago, I suggested that we have a post to talk about who our celebrity relatives are. Here we go. My maternal grandmother’s cousin’s daughter (so, first-cousin once-removed, I believe) is none other than Eve Plumb, TV’s Jan Brady. “ORLY, Flanny’s related to the proto angsty, whiny, hormonal and obsessive teenager who is always living in the shadow of her siblings?” — the world, unsurprised. Yes. That’s me. When I was younger, people would question my claim. And to those doubting Thomases I would say, “If I were lying, why would I choose Jan, of all the Bradys?” And this was in, like, 1990. Why would I choose a Brady of all the TV families? It must be fact.
As a person with a celebrity relative, it’s difficult for me to comprehend that not everyone is related to someone famous or noteworthy, so maybe if you don’t have a real relative to share, make one up. Like, you know, how you wish Tim Gunn was your dad.