Celebrity finds family links in Barbados
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday April 4, 2011 – Barbados’ tourism is expecting to cash in on the publicity from actress Gwyneth Paltrow retracing her family links to the island.
In last Friday’s episode of NBC-original genealogy show, "Who Do You Think You Are?”, local and international viewers witnessed the Academy Award-winning actress’s visit to the island where she traced the roots of her paternal grandfather.
“Gwyneth Paltrow digs in to her family's past and finds a surprising connection to her spiritual roots, a new appreciation for her great-grandmother and ancestors on the island of Barbados,” the blurb for the episode said.
Paltrow discovered that her great-grandmother was white Barbadian seamstress Rosamund Stoute, who migrated to the United States in 1868, at the age of 18.
“It definitely takes guts to travel at such a young age to a place you know nothing about. I can see where I get my sense of feeling I can do anything,” the actress says in the episode.
Director Marketing Services for the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA), Averil Byer said her agency was excited about “this windfall”.
“Barbados stands to gain substantial publicity from this episode. It also opens up future opportunities now that we know that the iconic actress has ties to Barbados,” she said.
NBC's series "Who Do You Think You Are?" follows some of today's most popular celebrities as they embark on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family trees around the world.
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