Notebook: Twist Of Fate

<b>Lesley Stahl</b> Reports On Her Latest Stories

Correspondent Lesley Stahl gives CBSNEWS.com viewers a behind-the-scenes look at her upcoming stories on 48 Hours Investigates and 60 Minutes.
Hi, everyone:

Get ready to do a double take when you watch "Twist Of Fate" and meet identical twins on 48 Hours Investigates this Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

And when you learn they've been apart for 20 years, the story is even more amazing. Adriana Scott and Tamara Rabi were separated at birth and raised in very different homes with very different parents. Yet today, they are virtually indistinguishable from one another.

Adriana grew up Catholic in a middle class suburb and went to a big public school. Tamara, raised Jewish, had an exclusive private school education and grew up in a posh Manhattan neighborhood. Still their grades are identical, their SAT scores are almost the same, and math frustrates both of them. We test their likes and dislikes -- from movies to shampoo - and the results are - well, they're funny!

How can two people separated for their whole lives like exactly the same things? Genetics seem to play a bigger role than we realize: not only in our intelligence and our personalities, but in what we like to eat, how we eat, and even in our choice of friends.

I got to interview Adriana and Tamara and tell their story -- their separation, their remarkable reunion, and the search for their biological mother. My sister-in-law (and one of my best friends) is an identical twin, and I have been intrigued with (and a little jealous of) her beyond-close (if not mystical) relationship with her sister. Adriana and Tamara never knew each other growing up - they didn't even know the other one existed - and yet they seem even more similar than my sister-in-law and her twin.

You will meet four other sets of identical twins who were also separated at birth, and found each other later in life. As with my sister-in-law, and Adriana and Tamara, they have similar reactions to things that happen to them. After these twins met each other, it took no time before they were best friends with a beyond-close, even mystical, relationship in which they both comfort and even empower each other. I started to wonder where that old axiom "opposites attract" comes from. Because after doing this story, I'm convinced, it's our similarities that draw us together.

So tune into 48 Hours Investigates on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/PT to be doubly amazed at the twins. And of course, watch 60 Minutes at its regular Sunday time, 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Thanks for your emails with ideas and comments. Keep them coming to lesleystahl@cbsnews.com.

Thanks for watching.

Lesley Stahl