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Six Degrees of the Braxton Sisters

What do Whitney Houston, Tyler Perry and Taylor Hicks have in common with the Braxton sisters? Find out the six degrees of separation between your favorite sisters and some of society's biggest stars.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Six Degrees of the Braxton Sisters

It’s a small world after all — especially when it comes to the Braxton family! As the second season of Braxton Family Values gears up, here’s a look at the sisters’ unlikely connections to Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Princess Diana.

Toni Braxton/Kim Kardashian/Brooke Burke
Long before the infamous Kardashian marriage-divorce of 2011, Toni and Kim both appeared in the seventh season of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2008. Kim was eliminated third and Toni was eliminated fifth (Brooke Burke won).

Tamar Braxton/Vincent Herbert/Lady Gaga
Tamar is married to music executive Vincent Herbert, who is credited with “discovering” Lady Gaga when he hired her as a music writer and signed her to his label Streamline Records, an imprint of Interscope Records.

Trina Braxton/Tyler Perry/Angela Bassett
Trina appeared in the 2004 Tyler Perry play, “Meet the Browns.” Oscar nominee Angela Bassett later appeared in the 2008 movie version.

Toni Braxton/Whitney Houston
Toni’s hit song “Let It Flow” was recorded for and included on the soundtrack to Houston’s hit 1995 movie, “Waiting to Exhale.”

Toni Braxton/Babyface/Princess Diana
Toni and music producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds co-wrote the 1997 single “How Could an Angel Break My Heart,” which was later included on the “Diana, Princess of Wales Tribute.”

Toni Braxton/Enrique Iglesias/Christina Aguilera
In February 2000, Toni performed with Enrique Iglesias and Christina Aguilera at the Super Bowl halftime show (thankfully, without a wardrobe malfunction).

Toni Braxton/Anita Baker/Eddie Murphy
Toni’s first solo single, “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” was written for Anita Baker for the soundtrack of the 1992 Eddie Murphy movie, “Boomerang.” But Baker, who was pregnant at the time, suggested that Braxton record the song instead.

Trina Braxton/Salt-n-Pepa
Trina was part of the play “Rise,” written by Cheryl “Salt” James-Wray from the 1980s hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa and Christopher “Play” Martin from the 1980s rap duo Kid ‘N Play.

Toni Braxton/Taylor Hicks
Toni appeared on the season five finale of “American Idol” in 2006, where she performed Elvis Presley’s “In the Ghetto” with winner Taylor Hicks.

Toni Braxton/Wayne Newton
Toni replaced “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton as the new headlining act at Las Vegas’ Flamingo Hotel and Casino in 2006.

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