Celebrity moms who have raised celebs of their own
With Mother’s Day in sight, many are likely reflecting on the ways they are thankful for the impact their mothers have had on their lives. For many celebrities this may go beyond feeling grateful their mom showed up to their tennis matches—their mothers may have helped launch their careers. Sure, becoming a famous actor, singer, model, or artist takes hard work, talent, and a lot of luck. But for some, star quality may simply run in the family.
In honor of Mother’s Day this year, Stacker scoured the family trees of a plethora of celebrities to find those with equally—if not more—famous mothers. These women have not only found success in their own careers, but have passed along the superstar bug to their sons and daughters—and some grandchildren, too.
Some famous mother-child duos may sound familiar: Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, for example, made news when they both died within a day of each other in late 2016. Others, however, may come as more of a surprise as some celebrities are more secretive when it comes to their star-studded lineage.
Read on for 35 mother-daughter combos that have achieved fame in their own right.
#35. Debbie Reynolds
Best known for her breakout role as Kathy in the seminal 1952 movie-musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” Debbie Reynolds was a decorated screen and TV actor, as well as a humanitarian. She was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2015. Her daughter Carrie Fisher was best known for her role as Princess Leia throughout the sci-fi “Star Wars” series. The two shared a rather difficult relationship, but still supported each other until they died a day apart in December 2016.
#34. Carrie Fisher
The legacy of Carrie Fisher’s parents not only lived on through her, but it was also passed along to her daughter, Billie Lourd. Lourd is in her early 20s and known for her roles in TV, namely Chanel #3 in “Scream Queens” and Winter Anderson in the FX’s “American Horror Story: Cult.” Lourd and her mother acted together in the 2015 “Star Wars” film “The Force Awakens,” in which Fisher reprised her role as Leia and Lourd played the part of Lieutenant Connix.
#33. Courtney Love
Courtney Love is not only the widow of the late-Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, but is a ‘90s grunge icon in her own right as the lead singer of Hole. Her daughter Frances Bean Cobain is a 25-year-old model and artist who was Marc Jacobs’ muse for his 2017 campaign. Love and her daughter have publicly shared a contentious relationship, including the time in 2009 when Cobain filed a restraining order against her mother.
#32. Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn has been a big name in film and TV acting since the early ‘70s when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1969 movie “Cactus Flower,” and then gained even more prominence on NBC’s “Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Her daughter Kate Hudson is an Oscar-nominated actress (“Almost Famous") known for her roles in various romantic comedies, including “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” in 2003. Hudson and Hawn share a close, ‘open’ relationship, in which they reportedly talk about everything together.
#31. Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith’s breakout role in film was 1988’s “Working Girl,” in which she worked alongside Harrison Ford and Sigourney Weaver. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won a Golden Globe for her role. Her daughter Dakota Johnson, whose father is Griffith’s first husband Don Johnson, is also an actress. She’s been in various films and TV shows, but her leading role in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy is what has launched her into the public eye. The two have been supportive of each other and their respective careers.
#30. Naomi Judd
Country music singer Naomi Judd formed a singing duo, the Judds, with her older daughter, Wynonna, and the pair have gone on to win five Grammys, as well as dominate the country music charts in the 1980s. Ashley Judd, the younger, half-sister of Wynonna, is best known for her roles in the 1999 film “Double Jeopardy” and the 2012 TV series “Missing,” as well as her recent political activism, especially in regards to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The three have shared a sometimes tumultuous relationship, but are publicly cordial nonetheless.
#29. Robin Wright
Seven-time Emmy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Robin Wright has starred in many notable films, particularly 1987’s “The Princess Bride” and 1994’s “Forrest Gump.” She also has garnered accolades for her role as Claire Underwood in Netflix’s 2013 series “House of Cards.” Her daughter with fellow actor Sean Penn, Dylan Penn, is an occasional actor, but mainly a model who has walked at Milan Fashion Week with her younger brother Hopper. Despite a reportedly messy divorce between Wright and Penn, Penn has said that his daughter has the support of each of them.
#28. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is one of the most celebrated household names in acting today, nominated for an unparalleled 21 Academy Awards, of which she has won three. She has four children, two of which are actors, one a musician, and another a model. Perhaps the most famous of her children is Mamie Gummer, who played the title role in “Emily Owens, M.D.” from 2012–2013, and also was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for “Ugly Lies the Bone” in 2016. It seems that the relationship between Gummer and Streep is strong—in 2013, it was reported that Streep spent time comforting her daughter after Gummer split from her husband Benjamin Walker.
#27. Jada Pinkett Smith
The Smiths are a powerhouse family—Will Smith is a well-known action and drama actor as well as a ‘90s sitcom icon, and Jada Pinkett Smith is a TV and film star herself, having just starred in the all-female comedy “Girls Trip.” Their teenage children Willow and Jaden have both already found success in their music careers. Though some of their parenting has been called “unconventional,” the family appears to be close in the public eye.
#26. Lisa Bonet
Best known as teenager Denise Huxtable on the ‘80s sitcom “The Cosby Show,” before Lisa Bonet married her current husband “Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa, she married popular rock singer Lenny Kravitz and gave birth to her daughter Zoe Kravitz, who has racked up many acting credits of her own. Kravitz acted in 2011’s “X-Men: First Class,” the “Divergent” film series, and most recently, HBO’s 2017 TV miniseries “Big Little Lies.”2018 All rights reserved.