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Maleficent Star Elle Fanning a Long-Lost Princess

Ancestry.com Discovers Fanning Is Related to King Edward III and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton

PROVO, UT -- (Marketwired) -- 05/27/14 -- In celebration of the release of the movie "Maleficent," (a "Sleeping Beauty" origin story about the malevolent fairy) Ancestry.com discovered that Elle Fanning has more in common with the character she portrays, Princess Aurora, than she may have thought. Fanning is actually the 22nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III, making her a long-lost princess. Her connection to King Edward III, who ruled from 1327-1377, makes Fanning of royal blood, a princess both on and off the big screen.

If Fanning's newly uncovered title of princess wasn't enough, it turns out she has a second tie to the royal family. The actress is also a relative of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. They share a connection to King Edward III, the grandson of King Edward I also known as "Edward Longshanks."

"It's exciting when art imitates reality, and Elle's storied family history adds another layer of magic to her portrayal of Aurora," said Michelle Ercanbrack, a family historian for Ancestry.com. "Whether it's royals or villains, there's a story in every family tree, and you'll never know what you might discover unless you look."

While looking into Fanning's family tree, researchers uncovered another magical connection. According to historical records, Fanning's 2nd great-grandmother Mamie (Ozburn) Odum was known as the "Sunshine Lady" -- a woman known for spreading good cheer. She was a collector of unique antiques, including glass slippers, a beloved item from another classic fairy tale, "Cinderella."

With such a strong royal lineage, and a great-grandmother who may have been her generation's fairy godmother, the starlet was a natural fit to play the part of Princess Aurora.

Wondering if you may be a long-lost prince or princess? Search and find out at Ancestry.com, the world's largest family history resource. Ancestry.com offers a 14-day free trial and the family tree you build is free, so take a look and discover your own family history for future generations to enjoy.

About Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com is the world's largest online family history resource with approximately 2.7 million paying subscribers across all its websites. More than 14 billion records have been added to the Ancestry.com sites and users have created more than 60 million family trees containing more than 6 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site www.ancestry.com, the company operates several global Ancestry international websites along with a suite of online family history brands, including Archives.com, Fold3.com, Newspapers.com, and offers the AncestryDNA product, sold by its subsidiary, Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, all of which are designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

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