Celebrity Heredity: Famous Mothers Who Have Famous Daughters
Celebrities, like other people, find partners and have children. While those in the limelight often try to protect their offspring from the prying eyes of the public, these kids sometimes grow up also seeking a place in the spotlight. This has been the case for many sets of glamorous showbiz ladies and their next generation of kin. When the family business is show business, why not keep it a family affair? And that’s just what the famous mothers and daughters on this list succeeded in doing. While you may be familiar with some of the DNA-sharing divas on this list, others are bound to leave you starstruck.
Robin Wright and Dylan Penn
She’s got the “Wright” stuff. Dylan Penn, the 25-year-old daughter of acclaimed actress Robin Wright and Sean Penn has sure inherited her mother’s crazy good-looking appearance and that magnetic quality that just won’t let you look away.
Wright shot to fame at age 21 with her iconic role as Buttercup in the cult classic “The Princess Bride.” She went on to land other legendary roles, including Jenny in “Forrest Gump” and Claire Underwood in “House of Cards.” Like her mother, Dylan has pursued modeling and acting from a young age.
Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow
Like mother, like daughter: the fame gene definitely seems hereditary for these two blonde icons who both boast celebrated acting careers. With Hollywood in their blood, the reputed careers of Tony-winner Blythe Danner and her Oscar-winning daughter Gwyneth Paltrow have even crossed paths.
The famous flaxen-haired pair shared the screen in the 1992 miniseries “Cruel Doubt,” and also in the 2003 biographical drama “Sylvia.” Although Paltrow is one of Hollywood’s most recognized stars with her film credits and high-profile relationships, she’s stayed close to her roots.
It’ll be hard to tell who is the mother and who is the daughter in the next slide, check it out!
Kim Basinger and Ireland Basinger-Baldwin
You could say it’s the luck of the Irish, but we think it’s more like the luck of the gene pool for Ireland Baldwin, Kim Basinger’s daughter by ex-husband, Alec Baldwin. It’s hard to ignore the striking resemblance between the 21-year-old model and blonde Basinger.
While it wasn’t all rainbows and leprechauns growing up for Ireland, the grass definitely seems to be greener for her nowadays now that her parents’ bitter custody battle is a thing of the past. Like her famous mother, the camera seems to love arising fashion icon Ireland.
Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger
She may have the “Moves like Jagger,” but the daughter of fashion icon Jerry Hall and Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger definitely got a good dose of her mom’s gorgeous genes. Georgia May Jagger is (surprise, surprise) also a model who has posed for the likes of Chanel and Versace.
Known for her iconic tooth gap, the stunning blonde 25-year-old is a dazzling combination of her bombshell mommy dearest, who took the fashion world by storm in the late 70’s as one of the most sought-after models of the day, and her rockstar father.
Lisa Bonet and Zoë Kravitz
The genetically blessed apple doesn’t fall far from the tree for Zoë Kravitz, the daughter of drop-dead-gorgeous actress Lisa Bonet and oozing cool rocker Lenny Kravitz. Basically a beautiful clone of her stunning mom, Zoë inherited her parent’s killer looks and talents.
Truly a fusion of her famous parents, Zoë has become a musician and actress in her own right with dozens of roles ranging from “No Reservations” to “Big Little Lies.” Bonet may have just turned 50, but these two could just as well pass for super sleek sisters.
Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
You can’t help but notice that these two golden girls of Hollywood are cut from the same cloth. Both are bubbly, blonde and bonafide movie stars. It’s undeniable that we’re equally as obsessed with the gorgeous gals on-screen as we are with their real lives.
Born to showbiz royalty, “Almost Famous” actress Kate followed in her mother’s fab footsteps as both are now most DEFINITELY famous. Their infectious perk, megawatt smiles and enviously radiant manes add to the star quality that makes them one of pop culture’s biggest celebrity mother-daughter powerhouses.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith
It can be difficult to grow up in the shadow of Hollywood royalty parents, or so says Willow Smith. The constant scrutiny of the public eye is “excruciatingly terrible” said the doppelgänger daughter of Jada Pinket and Will Smith.
Still, it seems this fresh-faced princess has made due with her inherited fame. With a fierce personality and looks derived from her power couple progenitors, Willow whipped her way into record books as the youngest artist signed to a music label at age 10.
Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray Joel
What do you do when your mom is legendary supermodel Christie Brinkley and you dad is renowned piano man Billy Joel? Form a band and pose in a bikini, obviously. The iconic blonde Brinkley who shot to stardom in the 70’s and 80’s is her daughter’s #1 fan.
The mega-famous mom, who became a household name with her record-breaking three consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers, regularly tout’s her singer-songwriter daughter’s albums and performances. And that love goes both ways as Alexa has said: “Mom is like my little pocket of sunshine.”
Christie Brinkley and Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook
Christie Brinkley is that your mini-me? There’s no denying that the iconic blue-eyed, blonde-haired super model’s third and youngest child, Sailor Lee Brinkley-Cook, is the spitting image of her famous mom. She has even followed (bathing)suit, becoming a model for Sports Illustrated.
Fans can’t help but be amazed at the striking similarity between Brinkley and 19-year-old Sailor. This was amazingly evident in 2016, when Brinkley and her two uniquely gorgeous daughters astounded fans by posing in all their bikini-body glory for SI. Now that’s family bonding Brinkley style.
Keep scrolling for more model mother-daughter duos!
Bebe Buell and Liv Tyler
Bombshell Bebe Buell was a singer, fashion model and fixture in the 1970s backstage rock scene. She served as the inspiration for Penny Lane in “Almost Famous.” But perhaps her greatest achievement was passing down those beautiful baby blues and giving birth to the lovable Liv Tyler.
The story behind Liv’s discovery that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was her biological father has made headlines for years. Like both of her perennially-know parents, Liv exudes a magnetic persona. As one of Hollywood’s most talked about mother-daughter duos, Liv and Bebe share more than their good looks and remain very close.
Vanessa Paradis and Lily Rose-Depp
Lily-Rose Depp has blossomed into a surreal look-alike of her famous mama, French singer/actress/model Vanessa Paradis. The uncanny resemblance between Paradis and her daughter by Johnny Depp has resulted in an already-explosive career for the 18-year-old stunner.
Paradis’ dead ringer daughter further proved she’s a chip off the old block when she was named the face (and cheekbones!) for Chanel’s fragrance, No.5 L’Eau, 26 years after her magnifique mother garnered fame for posing for the fabled fashion house. Talk about très chic!
Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson most notably stars in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, but did you know the ethereal beauty is her family’s third generation of Hollywood leading ladies? Showbiz is definitely in the DNA of Johnson’s maternal lineage.
The film world is basically a family affair when your mother is Hollywood headline-maker Melanie Griffith and your grandmother is Hitchcock star Tippi Hedren. Johnson actually got her big-screen start playing her real mother’s on-screen daughter in “Crazy in Alabama.” Totally crazy, right?
Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber
Following in her supermodel mother’s fashionable shoes, Cindy Crawford’s carbon copy daughter Kaia Gerber has already graced the coveted cover of Vogue. Pitted as the modeling world’s next big thing, Gerber, 16, already has an impressive resume. Needless to say, she got it from her mama!
Gerber’s good genes seem to have her on track to climb to the same level of ubiquitous fame that made Crawford a world-recognized name in the 80’s and 90’s. From rockabies to the runway, this mother-daughter bond has been through it all, including photo shoots and fashion shows.
Kris Jenner and Kendall Jenner
Mogul “momager” Kris Jenner is the unflagging matriarch of the famous Jenner-Kardashian clan. Although all of her children have contributed to the bodacious brood’s empire, second-youngest child, Kendall Jenner, has forged ahead with the biggest individual career success of all her reality star siblings.
While Kris famously pulls the strings behind the scenes, everyone is trying to keep up with Kendall, who ranked as 2017’s highest-paid model. Whether Keeping Up with the Kardashians has you saying “like, OMG!” or not, there’s no denying that the right combo of DNA and diligence have paid off for these two.
Read on to see which other famous bloodlines made the list!
Madonna and Lourdes Leon
If Madonna is the “Queen of Pop,” then does that make her eldest daughter, Lourdes Leon, a princess? At least in her legendary mother’s (and the paparazzi’s) eye, the 21-year-old is! Fans have been quick to notice that Leon spot-on looks like a pre-blonde version of her “Vogue” mom.
Like her iconic mom, Leon has an affinity for bold fashion choices. The head-turning mother-daughter duo decided to make use of their fame and threads by jointly designing a fashion line fittingly called Material Girl. Now everyone can “strike a pose” like these two pop culture linchpins.
Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain
Perhaps the most-talked-about mother-daughter pair in the music world, Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain have perservered through some tough times. As the only child of rocker parents, Courtney and legendary late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Frances’ professional pursuits are close to her roots.
The 25-year-old visual artist and model has recently reconciled her stranged relationship with her Hole lead singer mother. In 2016, the two famous females came as they are in all their edgy awesomeness for a collaborative Burberry campaign. Seriously, we can’t get enough of this “Love Buzz.”
Leticia Jean Cyrus and Miley Cyrus
By now, everyone is familiar with wholesome-child-star-turned-Hollywood-wild-child Miley Cyrus who has definitely hit the celebrity scene like a “Wrecking Ball” over the years. The ever-evolving pop/country sensation may have her father’s flair for Nashville honky-tonk, there’s no denying mom, Tish had something to do with the glam factor.
Tish has often been photographed alongside her superfamous offspring and it’s easy to tell that Miley is equal parts country singer dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, and producer/actress/co-manager mom. The matriarch of the family showbiz fam was an executive producer for “The Last Song,” where Miley met on-and-off again fiance Liam Hemsworth.
Demi Moore and Rumer Willis
“G.I. Jane” actress Demi Moore is known for playing strong female leads and breaking the glass ceiling as the highest-paid actress in film history in the mid-1990s. This no doubt has come in handy as the role model for her three daughters with ex-husband Bruce Willis.
All three of Moore’s children – Rumer, Tallulah and Scout – have grown up in the spotlight. But, her eldest, Rumer, takes after her famously fit mom with more than just their similar svelte statures. Rumer has also taken to acting with parts in “The House Bunny” and a “Beverly Hills 90210” reboot.
Yolanda Hadid and Gigi Hadid
Dutch-born “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda Hadid had a successful modeling career that started in her teens and ran for a fashionable 15 years. The blonde bombshell has since bequeathed her drop-dead-gorgeous genetics to “It girl” daughter, Gigi Hadid.
Exploding onto the scene as one of the most popular supermodels in recent years, you can barely pass a billboard or magazine without seeing the blonde beauty. With a “lit” social media game of over 37 million followers and BF Zayn Malik (the one who left One Direction), there’s no escaping the glory of Gigi.
Yolanda Hadid and Bella Hadid
Yolanda Hadid’s perfectly-sculpted progeny also includes Gigi’s equally as stylish sibling, Bella. Comprising half of the double-threat Hadid sisters, Bella basically took over the fashion world in 2017 and possibly even eclipsed her superstar sister as the most ubiquitous face (and body) in fashion.
Jet-setting to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the runways of all the major fashion houses is just a day in the life of Bella, who boasts of BBFs like the Kardashians (can you say squad goals?). With a name that means “beautiful,” Bella was destined to be in front of the camera.
Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones
When your mom is award-winning actress Peggy Lipton and your father is Grammy legend Quincy Jones, it seems inevitable that your natural career path will be in show business. And, that’s exactly what Rashida Jones did.
Upholding her family’s Hollywood legacy, Rashida has successfully garnered second-generation celebrity credentials for her roles in quirky comedies like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation.” Rashida says she is BFFs with her mother who rose to fame with “The Mod Squad” and “Twin Peaks.”
Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli
These two are both celebrity legends in their own right, but together they make one of the most talented mother-daughter duos in entertainment history. On stage and on set the legendary Judy Garland and her iconic daughter Liza Minnelli stunned audiences, and the similarities between them are uncanny.
There seemed to be barely enough room for both members of the dynamic mother-daughter duo when they shared the stage. However, each woman had her own dynamite career that measured far past “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” “Cabaret” legend Minnelli made the rare list of astounding EGOT winners after winning Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. As for Garland: “The Wizard of Oz…” need we say more?
Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne
This British duo might be the most boisterous mother-daughter pair to have ever hit the airwaves. We couldn’t help but watch the unfiltered shenanigans and outrageously entertaining antics on their famous family’s reality series “The Osbournes” (they actually won an Emmy for that!)
The enduring absurdity of the show was coupled with an unavoidable affinity for the candid clan. Since then, the Osbournes have toned things down. But, don’t worry, you can still catch their quick-tongued quips as Sharon hosts “The Talk” and Kelly is a regular reality TV staple.
Tina Knowles and Beyoncé
Queen B, Sasha Fierce, Yoncé… no matter what you want to call her, the world is “Crazy in Love” with Beyoncé. The celebrated multi-platinum album artist has sold millions of records and is now one hot mama herself to three children with music mogul Jay-Z.
This diva’s path to “Run the World” was always bolstered by the constant support of an “Irreplaceable” inspiration: Tina – her mother, costume designer and all-around #1 fan. Over the years, the two have teamed up to launch multiple endeavors, including the fashion line House of Deréon and a cosmetology center in Brooklyn.
Naomi, Ashley and Wynonna Judd
This trio of talent started with matriarch Naomi Judd, who apparently passed her star power on to daughters Wynonna and Ashley. Naomi and Wynonna aren’t just a mother-duo, but a recognized country music pair while Ashley has taken on a successful Hollywood career spanning over two decades.
Ashley and Wynonna have different fathers, but their monumental mother ties together the triple-threat of celebrity titans. While the tales of these three famous women of kin could very well be versed into a country ballad, the Judds have secured their place in history as Hollywood hallmarks.
Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri
Of Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon’s three children, so far only one – her eldest Eva Amurri – has followed her mother into the world of acting. Amurri, known professionally as Eva Amurri Martino, was born to Sarandon and Italian director Franco Amurri.
In 2002, the real-life mother-daughter pair portrayed fictional characters with the same relationship in the film “The Banger Sisters” alongside another famous mom on this list – Goldie Hawn. We’ll have to wait and see if Eva’s kids will follow in the family tradition.
There are plenty more legendary parings on the list, keep reading to see if you know them all!
Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay
Mid-century blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield left an iconic legacy as one of the most famous sex symbols in history. But it doesn’t end there. Although she tragically passed away in 1967, she lives on in the essence of Mariska Hargitay, her daughter by bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay.
Best known for her role as Sergeant Olivia Benson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” Hargitay made her film debut in 1985’s “Ghoulies.” Her accolades include an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. Although she has said she dislikes comparisons with her famous mom, Hargitay recalls her mom with fondness.
Kathy, Paris and Nicky Hilton
The heiress daughters of the Hilton Hotel fortune inherited their high cheekbones and popular brand status from their hotelier parents. Celebutante sisters Paris and Nicky Hilton are known for their resplendent stints as some of Hollywood most-talked-about socialites.
Paris was an outrageous “It girl” in the early 2000s before a leaked sex tape spurred a rollercoaster of media attention. From reality shows to high-profile relationship drama and attempts at singing, Paris has stayed in the headlines. Meanwhile, sister Nicky has launched a clothing label and married a Rothschild. “That’s hot!”
Tali Lennox and Annie Lennox
Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox showed us what sweet dreams are made of in her decades-spanning music career. She made waves around the world in the 80’s as part of the duo Eurythmics. It was her partnership with Israeli producer Uri Fruchtmann, though, that produced another masterpiece: daughter Tali Lennox.
Carrying on in the artistic tradition of her family, although in different fields, Tali is an artist and model. The 24-year-old has walked the runway for Burberry and Prada, but her true passion seems to be portrait painting. Talk about creative kin!
Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough
Now here’s a family with some truly rockin’ genes. The “King of Rock ‘n Roll” Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla had one child together – Lisa Marie. Like her legendary dad, Lisa Marie took on the music industry and has released three albums.
Lisa Marie’s first-born, daughter Riley Keough, has also taken up the family (show) business. Far from Graceland, the 28-year-old actress and producer has made a name for herself in La La Land. We’ll just say, the physical similarities between the three generations have us “All Shook Up.”
Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross
“Supremes” lead singer Diana Ross has made music history and is celebrated as one of the most successful and influential divas of our time. This Motown mama produced endless number-one hits across the charts and passed her larger-than-life genes on to her five children.
Ross’ first “Baby Love,” Tracee Ellis Ross, is now forging her own mainstream path in showbiz with commended roles in the comedy series “Girlfriends” and “Black-ish.” It seems there “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to conquer for this fabulous family.
Read on for more awesome actresses, artists and entertainers who gave birth to future stars.
Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis
Janet Leigh and daughter Jamie Lee Curtis are two Hollywood heavyweights who seem to share a scarily similar affinity for horror flicks (or at least starred in them). Leigh is iconically remembered as a Hitchcock blonde in the seminal 1960s thriller “Psycho.”
Jamie Lee, Leigh’s youngest daughter with third husband Tony Curtis, gained the status of Tinseltown “scream queen” after her 1978 debut in the seminal horror flick “Halloween.” Despite a complicated relationship, both women went to on have varied careers and spots on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Diane Ladd and Laura Dern
Diane Ladd and Laura Dern made history as the first ever mother-daughter duo to win an Oscar nod for the same movie (or even in the same year, for that matter) with their 1991 Depression-era drama “Rambling Rose.”
Dern got her start as a child making appearances alongside her mother in two films: “White Lightning” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.” Both blondes have raked in their fair share of accolade over the years, and even have adjacent stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now that’s one famous family affair.
You’ve definitely heard of the next two stars, but did you know they’re related?
Minnie Riperton and Maya Rudolph
Mamma mia! No… mama (of) Maya. SNL funny-woman Maya Rudolph has a knack for comedic timing, but did you know she comes from a line of Hollywood talent? That’s right, the “Bridesmaids” actress is the “mini-me” daughter of soul singing sensation Minnie Riperton.
Famous for her 1975 hit “Lovin’ You” (the one that gets really high), Riperton and husband Richard Rudolph composed the song as a lullaby to their daughter. Minnie sadly passed away in 1979 from breast cancer, but Maya has kept her legendary memory alive and even named her fourth child after her famous mom.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
From “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Star Wars,” Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher were one of the most legendary mother-daughter pairs to ever reign over Hollywood. Fisher, who iconically played Princess Leia, said she was in awe of her award-winning mother as a child.
The two endured their fair share of volatility as Fisher shot to fame, but the two later reconciled and forged a bond stronger than ever. The two touchingly and tragically died one day apart from each other in 2017. Still, the two Hollywood veterans will be remembered for light years to come.
Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini
Swedish screen siren Ingrid Bergman starred in several classics such as “Casablanca,” “Murder on the Orient Express” and three Hitchcock flicks. Her daughter Isabella with Italian director Roberto Rossellini also had an extensive career in front of the camera as a model and actress.
Rossellini has heartwarmingly recalled that as a child she “thought my parents were famous because they were parents.” Although that should probably be true, Rossellini’s mom was notably a three-time Oscar winner and one of the greatest screen legends in classic American cinema.
Linda McCartney and Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney grew up traveling the world and rubbing shoulders with celebrities long before she became a world-recognized fashion designer. The daughter of photographer Linda McCartney and Beatles great Paul McCartney, Stella now has a renowned name of her own.
Making her way up the ladder of the fashion world, Stella has launched her own eponymous brand and has dedicated various collections to her late mother. Like her famous parents, Stella has lived up star quality name and is also a strident supporter of animal rights advocacy.
Patti Hansen, Theodora and Alexandra Richards
Blonde beauties Theodora and Alexandra Richards got model mother Patti Hansen’s fabulous figure and Rolling Stones guitarist father Keith Richards’ rock chic. Like their magazine muse mother, Theodora and Alexandra have taken up modeling careers.
Hansen made a name for herself in the disco decade of the 1970s, and now her doppelganger daughters are following suit. Keeping it in the family, the eye-catching trio put their genetically blessed looks together to pose for a perfume campaign for Guerlain Paris.
Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer
You might not know it by their names, but you can definitely tell by their faces that living Hollywood legend Meryl Streep and actress Mamie Gummer are two peas in a pod. The pair is so startlingly similar that they could almost pass as sisters (seriously, we’re seeing double).
Twenty-time Academy Award nominee Streep apparently passed down her enthusiasm for acting to her second-oldest child. Gummer played Streep’s on-screen daughter in the movie “Ricki and the Flash” and has had credited roles in productions such as “The Good Wife” and “Cake.”
Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton
The Clinton family is synonymous with the Washington politic scene. For 37 years, America’s first female presidential candidate has said “I’m with her,” in regard to daughter Chelsea. Born to one of the country’s most powerful political couples, Chelsea has grown up to be a policy advocate herself.
Working with the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative along with raising own two children, the forme First Daughter sure stays busy. Who knows, perhaps she will even make it full circle and one day return to her childhood residence of the White House in a different capacity…
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