TLC had a marathon of Who Do You Think You Are yesterday. Zooey Deschanel, Kelly Clarkson, Jim Parsons, Chelsea Handler, and Christina Applegate were featured.
I've heard of Zooey before, but don't really know her work. Fascinating story of her ancestor, Sarah Pownall. Quakers, abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and John Wilkes Booth. I admit I don't know much of American history, and never knew that Quakers were staunch abolitionists. That Sarah's property was the site of a battle and it's aftermath angered John Wilkes Booth was a shocking revelation. Sarah Pownall was a political activist during a time when that was unheard of. Does anyone know if there is a movie or documentary about the Quakers and their involvement with the Underground Railroad? I wonder if Zooey or her dad are considering bringing Sarah's story to life? I am interested in learning more, off to google.
I missed all of Jim Parsons and the last half of Chelsea Handler.
Christina's story was kind of underwhelming until the last few minutes. I thought the timeline of her father's life was kind of hinky, how long did he live with his mother before being raised by his grandmother? He thought he was 7/8 when he heard about his mother's death when he was actually 13/14. Then I realized that he was 70 years old and probably didn't have a good recollection of his childhood. I'm 30 years younger and don't remember a lot of my childhood either. I jumped to conclusions and thought that maybe he didn't have any parenting skills and Christina was raised in chaos too, but she said that her father was a loving father and raised her well. A little bit of sanitizing there I wonder? She looked rough, I hope she isn't a drinker.
ETA: So it seems like everyone here liked Christina's episode. I guess for me it wasn't a big deal because my lineage is full of heavy drinkers, hence a lot of chaos and untold stories. One of my cousins in Estonia told me that a relative of hers had written a book about my grandfather's family. I'm not sure if I can bear to learn that side of my family history as it's probably eerily similar to my maternal side.