PBS’ Six Degrees Cheat Sheet…


So…we’ve connected Tennessee Williams, Georgia O’Keeffe and George Gershwin to Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen. But we still have to link Frank Gehry, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Albert Einstein—within 6 degrees.


And I’ll get right on that, I promise:-).


But first I wanted to let you know about a Six Degrees site that I found that will give you hours of fun if you like linking famous people with each other…..


I do, in case you didn’t know:-)…


Plus, it gives me more time to find lots of  links to Truman Capote, who seemed to know absolutely everybody–no kidding—who was anybody in his day. It also gives me a little more of a chance to work on the link to Frank Gehry—a post which would amount to one sentence if you’re just talking about his connection to Paul Allen, but which has somehow mysteriously evolved into something like a 3 part mini-series.


And I’m sure you can wait for that, right?:-) Not that you have anything else to do during this time of year…….


Anyway, here’s the site–in my opinion, it’s pretty cool. The PBS Six Degrees site lists over a hundred historical figures and links them with each other.



So Tennessee Williams, Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Truman Capote and George Gershwin can be linked, not only to Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen, but also to each other—within 6 degrees. 

For example, look at the way the PBS site connects Truman Capote to everyone else: (From the PBS site) 

“1) Andy Warhol is connected to Truman Capote because Truman Capote and Andy Warhol were good friends.


2) Andy Warhol is connected to Philip Johnson because Andy Warhol photographed Philip Johnson. Philip Johnson is connected to Frank Gehry because Philip Johnson and Frank Gehry collaborated on plans for the Peter B. Lewis House in Cleveland, OH.


3) George Gershwin is connected to Truman Capote because Truman Capote’s book The Muses Are Heard was about a production of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.


4)  Truman Capote is connected to Georgia O’Keeffe because Georgia O’Keeffe appeared in the book Observations by Truman Capote and Richard Avedon. 

 5) Truman Capote is connected to Lena Horne because Lena Horne appeared in the book Observations by Truman Capote and Richard Avedon.Lena Horne is connected to World War II because Lena Horne entertained troops during World War II.World War II is connected to Albert Einstein because Albert Einstein immigrated to the United States because of World War II.


6) Truman Capote is connected to Gore Vidal because Gore Vidal and Truman Capote were literary rivals. Gore Vidal is connected to Tennessee Williams because Tennessee Williams and Gore Vidal were friends.————————————————- 

 It’s kind of a fun game if you are interested in the lives of anyone on the list—and a number of people who are on it are actually pretty interesting. Here are just a few of the names:

Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, Placido Domingo, Clint Eastwood, Aretha Franklin, Lucille Ball, Buckminster Fuller, Judy Garland, Samuel Goldwyn, Alfred Hitchcock, Lena Horne, Quincy Jones, Gene Kelly, Norman Mailer, Bob Marley, Yehudi Menuhin, Gore Vidal, Lon Cheney, Charlie Chaplin, Arthur Miller, Joni Mitchell, Edward R. Murrow, Willie Nelson, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Cole Porter, Frederick Remington, Norman Rockwell, Will Rogers, Maurice Sendak, Rod Serling, Neil Simon, Isaac Stern, Billy Wilder and many more.

 Also, as long as you can get one connection (a doorway) to anyone on the list—–you’re pretty much connected to everyone else on the list. 

Paul Allen has a number of “doorways”—for example, he is linked to Martin Scorsese because Scorsese is a friend. Scorsese was also the Executive Producer of Vulcan Productions’* PBS series, “The Blues”  and directed one of the episodes in the series, entitled  “Feel Like Going Home.” 

And  Clint Eastwood, another person on the PBS list, directed an episode of that series, called “Piano Blues.” See…  http://www.pbs.org/theblues/ 

*(Paul Allen owns Vulcan Productions.) 

Other Paul Allen “doorways” into the PBS American Masters Six Degrees list  include Frank Gehry, whom we’ll talk about later….. 

So Allen is in…

 But why stop there? 

For example, what about Kevin Bacon?

How is he connected to PBS’ American Masters?

 He has at least one doorway into the list through actor/director Clint Eastwood, who directed “Mystic River” 2003, starring among others, ……Kevin Bacon.  

See… http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0327056/ 

And finally,  at least one of Scarlett Johansson’s  “doorways” is a man who began his life 60 years before Scarlett was born, author Truman Capote.  In 1977, Capote made a cameo appearance in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall.” 


And within the last few years, Woody Allen directed “Scoop” and “Match Point.”

Both movies starred none other than

Scarlett Johansson

Of The Perfect Score. 

So thanks to PBS’ Six Degrees cheat sheet,  Scarlett Johansson, Kevin Bacon and of course, Paul Allen, now have a plethora of new connections…..

and I have more time……:-)

Stay tuned for more connections….within 6 degrees…………