Children of Celebrities Who Became Famous for Their Own Work

     January 25, 2019


The children of celebrities tend to get a bad rep. They’re stereotyped as being overindulged and entitled. However, many of the stereotypes of about celeb’s kids is unfair, and these famous children of celebrities have carved out very successful careers of their own.

Jennifer Aniston

Best known for the astronomically successful sitcom Friends, Jennifer Aniston quickly became a star, and public interest in her has never dwindled. Jennifer Aniston portrayed many characters before landing the role of Rachel. She even starred as a camp counselor in the made-for-TV movie Camp Cucamonga that’s become something of a cult classic. Her famous dad was an iconic TV star, too.


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But she’s also a product of Hollywood nepotism. Jennifer Aniston is the child of soap star John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. John Aniston has played Victor Kiriakis on Days of Our Lives since 1985. Jennifer had a problematic relationship with her mother for close to a decade that was said to be related to a book that Nancy wrote about their relationship, but they mended their relationship before Nancy passed away in 2016.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is more famous for her successful film career and her high-profile marriage to Brad Pitt than she is for being the child of a movie star. Angelina got her big break when she turned heads when playing the title character in the made-for-TV film Gia. She has feuded with her famous father of the years, but she made her screen debut with him in Lookin’ to Get Out.


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But she’s also one of the most famous “children of celebrities” examples. As the child of film star Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina Jolie was passionate about performing early on, although she did get frustrated when she was told that her demeanor was too dark in many auditions. Angelina won an Academy Award for her performance in Girl, Interrupted, while Jon won an Academy Award for his role in Coming Home.

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick will forever be beloved by some people for his endearing starring role in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He has enjoyed a successful career since the early 1980s, and he even voiced Simba in The Lion King. He has enjoyed a long marriage to Sarah Jessica Parker since 1997, and they have three children together.


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Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t Matthew Broderick’s only famous relative. He is the son of James Broderick and Patricia Broderick. James Broderick is the television star who is best remembered for his portrayal of Doug Lawrence in the hit television show Family. Patricia was a successful playwright and artist. Matthew is the grandson of well-known advertising executive Milton H. Biow.

Bryce Dallas Howard

Although she has joked about being frequently mistaken for fellow actress Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard stands out as a unique performer. She became well-known to Twilight fans when she took on a villainous role in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Bryce appeared as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3, and she starred in Jurassic World and its later sequels.


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Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of Ron Howard and Cheryl Alley. Ron Howard first rose to fame as the child star of The Andy Griffith Show and later had another extremely successful starring role in Happy Days. He later transitioned to directing major motion pictures like Splash and Apollo 13. Ron is very close to daughter Bryce and supports her successful career.

Mariska Hargitay

Beloved for her portrayal of Olivia Benson on Law and Order: Special Victims UnitMariska Hargitay was inspired by her role in the series to become a real-life activist for victims of sexual crimes. She even founded the Joyful Heart Foundation, an organization that supports the healing of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. She tragically lost her movie star mom in early childhood.


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Mariska Hargitay is the daughter of film star Jayne Mansfield and actor Mickey Hargitay (who also happened to be the 1955 Mr. Universe). Jayne Mansfield’s movie career was short, but she had achieved great fame with films like The Wayward Bus and Kiss Them for Me. Tragically, Jayne was killed in a horrible car accident when Mariska was only three and a half years old.

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson first appeared in a film in the 1990s, and she steadily built her career for years. After she starred as the leading lady in Fifty Shades of Grey, Dakota became a household name. As so many people took notice of the talented young actress, few realized that her mother was a famous working girl, too.


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Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson are the proud parents of Dakota Johnson. Melanie Griffith is a film star most loved for her roles in movies like Working Girl and The Bonfire of the Vanities. Melanie and Don starred together in the 1991 film Paradise when they were married. They are supportive of Dakota’s career, although both admit that they can’t watch the sexy film that made their daughter famous.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow has received a lot of criticism for her rather vapid comments and the potentially harmful pseudoscience that has been spouted by her site Goop. However, there’s no doubt about the fact that the actress has achieved great success as both an actress and a businesswoman. She even won the Academy Award for her acting in Shakespeare in Love in 1998.


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Gwyneth is the daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner. Bruce Paltrow was a film director and producer who worked with his daughter in the film Duets. Gwyneth has praised her mother Blythe for giving up a successful acting career to raise a family, Blythe has acted in such films as The Invisible Circus and Meet The Parents.

Laura Dern

Laura Dern has had an illustrious career in film and television. In addition to being nominated for two Academy Awards, she has won four Golden Globe Awards for her acting and an Emmy. She was well-praised for her work in David Lynch films such as Blue Velvet and Inland Empire. Many people don’t know that her parents are also famous actors who conceived her while making a movie together.


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Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern conceived Laura Dern while they were making an outlaw film called The Wild Angels with Nancy Sinatra and Peter Fonda. Diane Ladd is a critically acclaimed actress herself, and she’s known for such films as Chinatown and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Bruce Dern is also much-lauded for his acting career.

Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke has an accomplished career in music. He is probably best known for his controversial hit song “Blurred Lines” that exploded on the charts in 2013. The song was nominated for two Grammys. Since then, Robin has continued to record music. He may have had some growing pains, but his parents must have taught him the facts of life.


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Robin Thicke is the son of Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring. Alan Thicke was best known for his portrayal of Jason Seaver on the phenomenally successful 1980’s sitcom Growing Pains, and Gloria Loring is known for playing Liz Chandler on Days of Our Lives. Robin’s parents also partnered to create TV show theme songs such as the theme for The Facts of Life.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins is a woman of many talents. She has enjoyed great success with modeling, acting, and writing. Her debut book, a memoir called Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me., received rave reviews. She most recently starred in BBC One’s miniseries adaptation of Les Misérables. Her famous dad was once mentioned in a hit Eminem rap song.


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Lily Collins is the daughter of Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman. Phil Collins first gained fame and success as a member of the band Genesis, and he has since also had many hits as a solo artist. He has, unfortunately, had a somewhat difficult relationship with his daughter, though Lily wrote an open letter of forgiveness to him in her memoir.

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher became a movie star at the age of 19 when she portrayed Princess Leia in Star Wars. Her mother had also become a movie star at the age of 19. Carrie and her famous mother had an intense relationship that she chronicled in the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge.


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Born to Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher perhaps seemed destined for fame herself. After Eddie left the family when Carrie was still very little, she and her brother Todd were raised by Debbie and their stepfather Harry Karl. Carrie took control of her life and fame, using her star power to bring attention to mental health issues like the bipolar disorder that she suffered with throughout her life. Carrie and her mother Debbie sadly died within one day of each other in late December 2016.

Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore has been beloved by film audiences since her unforgettable debut as Gertie in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. She went to struggle as a teenager before becoming a very successful film star as an adult. Some of her most beloved roles include playing Beverly in Riding in Cars with Boys and Little Edie in Grey Gardens.


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Drew Barrymore is from Hollywood royalty, yet many people don’t realize this. John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore are her parents. John had over 40 roles in film and television, and Jaid has acted in films like Night Shift and Irreconcilable Differences. Drew’s great-uncle was Lionel Barrymore who is probably best-known today for playing that mean Mr. Potter in It’s a Wonderful Life.

Norah Jones

Norah Jones recently headlined the fabulous Riviera Maya Jazz Festival. The eight-time Grammy winner played her big hits and newer music to thousands. She’s a singer, songwriter, and pianist who utilizes all three talents in almost all her performances, and she has sold over 50 million records around the world. Most people don’t realize who her famous father is.


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Norah is the daughter of concert producer Sue Jones and Ravi Shankar, a mega-successful Indian composer and musician. He influenced many musicians and famously collaborated with George Harrison. The two were very successful in their work together and helped popularize the use of Indian instruments in pop music.

Riley Keough

How do you stand on your own when your grandparents were pretty much considered American royalty and their legend continues to thrive? Riley Keough has found a way to stand on her own and enjoy a lot of success on her own terms. Since she made her film debut as Marie Currie in The Runaways in 2010, Riley has acted in more than 20 feature films.


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Riley Keough is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley. Her parents are Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. She has spoken of how, despite being the oldest grandchild of the King of Rock and Roll, she lived both a privileged lifestyle with her mother and a very different lifestyle with her dad who didn’t have much money. She appreciated both experiences.

Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller has over 125 acting credits, and he has been performing since he appeared on one episode of Kate & Allie in the mid-1980s. He didn’t come across his comedic timing and strong acting talent by accident. He is the son of two funny celebrities that have long supported their gifted son.

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Ben Stiller’s parents are Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. They are both actors and comedians who were part of a husband-and-wife comedy team they aptly called Stiller and Meara. Many people don’t realize this, but Ben Stiller acted with his parents in many of his movies including Zoolander.

Kate Hudson

Since her star-making role in Almost Famous, Kate Hudson has become a darling of American comedy films. That’s a title her mother once held. Kate has acted in over two dozen films, leaving her mark with such hilarious films as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Bride Wars.


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Kate Hudson is the daughter of beloved film star Goldie Hawn and Bill Hudson. She also considers Kurt Russell, her mother’s long-time romantic partner, to be a dad to her. He helped raise her when her biological dad Bill Hudson was largely out of the picture. Although Kate and her brother Oliver have dissed their biological dad Bill on social media, they have allegedly reconciled in recent years.

Maya Rudolph

With a distinctive beauty and offbeat humor, Maya Rudolph is an unforgettable actress who started her career in music as a member of an alternative rock band before she pursued her interest in improvisational comedy. Her talent was obvious when she performed with The Groundlings, and she has been a member of the Saturday Night Live cast for almost two decades.


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Maya Rudolph is the daughter of acclaimed singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton and songwriter-producer Richard Rudolph. Minnie Riperton had great success with her single “Lovin’ You” in 1975 from her successful album Perfect Angel. Richard Rudolph co-wrote the hit song with his wife. Maya Rudolph has been nominated for two Emmy awards and continues to enjoy success in TV and film.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney has created a mega-successful career for herself as a fashion designer with her own beloved designer fashion label. She takes a refreshing stand for animals with all of her fashions, and they are free of animal byproducts. Stella was likely influenced in this area by her very famous parents who were also animal rights activists.


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Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney are the parents of Stella McCartney. Sadly, Linda passed away from breast cancer in 1998. Both Paul and Linda were very supportive and enthusiastic about Stella’s career and talents. Stella has a new line men’s line out that pays homage to her father’s famous film The Yellow Submarine.

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones is a multi-talented actress who is best known for her starring role in Parks and Recreation. She has been nominated for several awards for her work in film and television, including being nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards. She is also a talented writer, and she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her screenplay Celeste and Jesse Forever.


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Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton are Rashida’s famous parents. Quincy Jones is known for his illustrious career in the music industry that has spanned six decades. He was highly praised for his collaborations with Michael Jackson, and he and Jackson produced the epic albums Thriller, Off the Wall, and Bad Together. Peggy Lipton is a very successful actress who starred in The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks.

Juliana Tyson Kissick

Juliana Tyson Kissick is the daughter of one of the biggest TV stars of the 1980s. She is an actress and dancer herself, and she has established a successful stationery company called Good Juju Ink with her husband and another business partner. Her parents are surely saying cheers to that.


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Juliana is the daughter of Shelley Long, and she is currently expecting a child of her own with her husband Ryan Kissick, according to her Instagram. Good Juju Ink, is a 2018 Louie Award Winner, and the stationery products feature Juliana’s own artwork and creative sentiments. You can get greeting cards and a variety of gifts that feature Juliana’s beautiful art.

Tracee Ellis Ross

With lovely dancing eyes and a powerful presence when she appears on camera, Tracee Ellis Ross has enjoyed success as an actress, director, comedian, model, and television host. Why choose one career when you can excel at several? She didn’t need to stand in the shadow of her superstar mother for people to come see about her. 


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Diana Ross, the singing superstar who was a founding member of the Supremes, and record executive Robert Ellis Silberstein had Tracee Ellis Ross early in their marriage. Actually, Tracee was born with the name Tracee Joy Silberstein before choosing to take her mother’s last name. Tracee is best known for her roles in Black-ish and Girlfriends.

Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw refers to herself as a mom, wife, and actress on her official Twitter page. Throughout her successful career, Jessica has portrayed a wide variety of different kinds of characters. She didn’t rely on her parent’s fame for her success. She graduated from Brown University and then studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.


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As the stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg and the daughter of Kate Capshaw and Robert Capshaw, Jessica had a lot of famous people in her households while she was growing up. Jessica now has four children of her own, and she is happily married to entrepreneur Christopher Gavigan.

Chloe Lattanzi

Chloe Lattanzi is a beautiful young singer who has been in front of the cameras since she was a toddler. That’s when she appeared in her mother’s music video for a lullaby album that was recorded for her. She has gone on to release her debut album called “No Pain” and had a number one dance hit with a duet she recorded with her famous mother.


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Chloe is the daughter of Olivia Newton-John and Matt Lattanzi. They met on the set of Xanadu, and Chloe came along a few years later after the two married. Chloe and Olivia acted together in several projects including the 1994 made-for-TV Christmas film A Christmas Romance and Sharknado 5: Global Swarming.

Kaia Gerber

Having modeled for such magazine as Teen Vogue and Vogue, Kaia Gerber is a very successful teen model. She has been in demand since she began her career modeling for Calvin Klein. She recently took Paris Fashion Week by storm. She made news for receiving good advice from Naomi Campbell at the event, but her mom is a different internationally famous supermodel.


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Superstar model Cindy Crawford and model-turned-businessman Rande Gerber are the parts of Kaia Gerber. Kaia and Cindy have walked the runway many times together, but Kaia has also carved out her own career. Kaia’s older brother Presley Gerber is also a model. With every member of the family having worked successfully as a model, that’s a lot of beauty in one family.

Natasha Gregson Wagner

Natasha Gregson Wagner has star power and charisma that you may expect from a child of a major movie star. However, as she has built a successful acting career in smaller films. She achieved success without chasing the spotlight. Natasha is now married to former teen star Barry Watson, and they had daughter Clover Clementyne Watson in 2012.


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Natasha is the daughter of superstar Natalie Wood and Richard Gregson. Her stepdad Robert Wagner primarily raised her after Natalie passed away when Natasha was still a child. Although many speculate that Wagner murdered Natalie Wood when she drowned in a boat near Santa Cataline Island, Natasha has always fiercely defended him.

Eva Amurri

With expressive eyes and a remarkable depth as an actress, Eva Amurri received much attention for several of her film roles. She had a breakout role playing a teenager facing a school shooter in the fascinating film The Life Before Her Eyes, and she last appeared in Mothers and Daughters in 2016. Eva’s movie star mom is outspoken on politics and other matters dear to her heart.


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Eva Amurri is the daughter of revered actress Susan Sarandon and Italian director Franco Amurri. She received small roles in a couple of her mom’s films before breaking out on her own and establishing her own, separate career as an adult. She is now married with two children and has often blogged about married life and parenthood.

Katie Cassidy

With her striking good looks and intense presence on screen, Katie Cassidy has appeared in a string of successful televisions shows such as Gossip Girl and Arrow. She has also appeared in feature films like the remake of When a Stranger Calls. She is the daughter of one of the biggest teen heartthrobs of all time and a high fashion model.


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Katie Cassidy is the daughter of David Cassidy and Sherry Williams. Unfortunately, Katie had a rather complicated relationship with her famous father, and she was raised primarily by her mother and her stepfather Richard Benedon. She has been outspoken about the fact that she was self-made. In fact, according to People, her father left her completely out of his will. Katie still sings his praises and remembers him fondly.

Sarah Sutherland

Known for playing Catherine Meyer in Veep, Sarah Sutherland is a powerhouse young actress. She who won a Screen Actors Guild Award along with the ensemble cast of Veep. Before that, she won the award for excellence in drama when she studied at the Crossroads Drama Conservatory in Los Angeles. Her famous dad and granddad were cautious about her joining the family business.


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Film star Kiefer Sutherland and Camelia Kath are the proud parents of Sarah Sutherland. Her famous grandfather is none other than Donald Sutherland. Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Catherine’s on-screen mom in Veep and has sung the praises of the young actress. In addition to Sarah’s starring role in television, she has appeared in films such as What They Had and Chronic.

Diggy Simmons

Diggy Simmons, whose given name is Daniel Dwayne Simmons III, is often referred to as simply Diggy. He is a successful rapper, singer, actor, and model. Talk about a quadruple talent. He is not the only member of his family to succeed in multiple careers, and he first rose to fame when he made a video of himself freestyling over the song “Made You Look”. After the video went viral, he’s considered to get attention for his own unique talents.


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Diggy is the son of Joseph Simmons and Justine Simmons. Joseph is the rap legend who is often referred to as Run or Rev. Run, and he enjoyed success with his hip hop group Run-D.M.C. Justine starred alongside the show All About the Washingtons in which they portrayed a fictional husband and wife team.

Elle King

Elle King has achieved much success as a singer and songwriter since she first released her debut single “Good To Be A Man” in 2012. It was widely praised, and she performed music from her successful EP on The David Letterman Show that same year. She has since been nominated for two Grammy awards for her music, and her song “Good Girls” played over the credits in the film Ghostbusters.


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Born Tanner Elle Schneider, Elle King is the child of Rob Schneider and London King. Rob Schneider is the movie star and comedian who starred in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo and The Hot Chick. London is a former model who was only married to Rob for two years. Rob Schneider encouraged his daughter’s musical talents and even established the Rob Schneider Music Foundation to support music in schools.

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