Celebrities You Didn't Know Had Famous Parents (2022)

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When you think of Hollywood dynasties, a few powerful names come to mind. Sure, we have the Coppolas, the Fondas and the Eastwoods. But what about the famous family trees that are a little less obvious? Over the years, you might have seen Mick Jagger's daughter rock the catwalk, or watched Jennifer Aniston's father on a top daytime drama. Whether you never knew these celebrities were related or you simply forgot, these are the stars with parents who shine just as bright as they do.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner

You may recognize Blythe Danner from Meet the Parents, Madoff, or Will & Grace. While the actress has been a major name in Hollywood since the '70s, she's also the mother of Goop founder and Academy Award-winning actress, Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight

Before Angelina Jolie was a mother to six children, she was Hollywood star Jon Voight's daring daughter. In fact, the Maleficent star made her onscreen debut alongside her famous father, in Lookin' to Get Out, at the age of seven.

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Jennifer Aniston and John Aniston

While you first met Jennifer Aniston on Friends, the actress was already familiar with the television industry thanks to her father. John Aniston was a well-known star of the popular daytime drama, Days of Our Lives, in the '80s.

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Zoë Kravitz and Lisa Bonet

Because of her iconic last name, many people already know that Lenny Kravitz is the father of Big Little Lies actress, Zoë Kravitz. However, her mother happens to be the just-as-famous Lisa Bonet, who starred on The Cosby Show in the '80s.

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Mamie Gummer and Meryl Streep

When your mother is Meryl Streep, is there even a choice about going into acting? Mamie Gummer goes by her father Don Gummer's last name, but has starred in a number of films, including Ricki And the Flash, with her mother.

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh

Jamie Lee Curtis earned her fame with horror flicks like Halloween. Her spooky start in showbiz makes sense, considering her mother was one of the industry's original scream queens, Janet Leigh. The Old Hollywood starlet shined in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Like mother, like daughter!

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Rashida Jones and Peggy Lipton

Rashida Jones has not one, but two famous parents. The Parks and Recreation actress was born during the short-lived marriage of Mod Squad actress, Peggy Lipton, and music producer Quincy Jones.

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Jessica Capshaw and Steven Spielberg

Jessica Capshaw rose to fame on Grey's Anatomy. While you might know her as the scrubs-wearing Dr. Arizona Robbins, what you may not know is her father is famous director Steven Spielberg.

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Laura Dern and Diane Ladd

While many weren't aware of Laura Dern's Old Hollywood connections, the actress brought her famous mother, Diane Ladd, to the Academy Awards in 2020. She took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress that evening, an award Diane had been nominated for three times.

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Riley Keough and Lisa Marie Presley

No one has more fame in their family than Riley Keough. She is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, and former stepdaughter of Michael Jackson. However, the star often manages to keep her familial ties under wraps.

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Tracee Ellis Ross and Diana Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross rose to fame due to her comedy chops, appearing on hit shows like Girlfriends and Black-ish. That being said, she inherited some serious pipes from her Queen of Motown mother, Diana Ross. Tracee showed off her vocal range in 2020's The High Note, where she belted out six original songs.

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Mariska Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit star, Mariska Hargitay, was born to Hollywood starlet Jayne Mansfield and Mr. Universe winner, Mickey Hargitay. Sadly, Mariska was just three years old when her mother died in a car accident.

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Maya Rudolph and Minnie Riperton

Comedic actress Maya Rudolph grew up in the spotlight, as her mother was Minnie Riperton. The beloved singer was best known for her "whistle register" that was prominently featured in the iconic song, "Lovin' You."

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Chris Pine and Robert Pine

It turns out leading men run in the Pine family. The Star Trek actor's father is a beloved name as well, thanks to his starring role on the '70s television show, CHiPs.

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Eve Hewson and Bono

Because of Bono's stage name, no one would ever know that Eve Hewson is his daughter. While the up-and-coming actress has recently made a name for herself in Behind Her Eyes and The Luminaries, she claims the U2 frontman can still embarrass her, just as any father does.

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O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Ice Cube

If you haven't seen O'Shea Jackson Jr. and Ice Cube stand next to each other, you might have thought they were the same person. The father and son look so identical, O'Shea landed the role as his father's younger self in Straight Outta Compton.

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Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren

While Melanie Griffith didn't land her first major film until she was 17 years old, she was exposed to the film industry at a much younger age. Her mother was one of Alfred Hitchcock's star actresses, Tippi Hedren.

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Dakota Johnson and Melanie Griffith

Dakota Johnson is not just the daughter of iconic '80s couple Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. The 50 Shades of Gray star's grandmother is The Birds actress Tippi Hedren, making Dakota a third-generation Hollywood star.

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John David Washington and Denzel Washington

Since starring in recent films like BlacKkKlansman, Malcom and Marie, and Tenet, John David Washington has made a name for himself outside the legacy of his father, Denzel Washington.

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Georgia May Jagger and Mick Jagger

Georgia May Jagger is one of Mick Jagger's seven children — and one of four he had with his longtime partner, Jerry Hall. She has traded in her dad's guitar licks for lipstick, building her own career as a fashion model. Georgia has worked with brands like Rimmel London, Tommy Hilfiger and Balmain.

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Lily Collins and Phil Collins

Before she was strutting through the streets of France in Emily in Paris, Lily Collins was introduced to stardom by her famous father, singer Phil Collins.

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Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn

Perhaps the golden blonde hair could have tipped people off, but Kate Hudson is a spitting image of her mother, Goldie Hawn. Working under her father Bill Hudson's name, Kate has built a hugely successful career. Not only does she have countless hit films under her belt, but she also runs athletic clothing company Fabletics, as well as a vodka brand.

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Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon

After years of pursuing acting like her famous mother, Eva Amurri changed course and built a successful lifestyle blog, Happily Eva After.

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Billie Lourd and Carrie Fisher

Billie Lourd is most known for her roles in Scream Queens and American Horror Story. However, she recently honored her late mother Carrie Fisher's legacy by appearing in 2019's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

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Stella McCartney and Paul McCartney

While Stella McCartney opted for a different career path than her famous dad, she did inherit his style. The daughter of the Beatles singer earned acclaim as one of Britain's top fashion designers.

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Colin Hanks and Tom Hanks

First of all, can we talk about the family resemblance? Colin Hanks was born during Tom Hanks's first marriage to Samantha Lewes. The actor has starred in a number of successful flicks, just like his dad.

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Sam Robards and Lauren Bacall

Apparently, Sam Robards inherited more than just his mother's famous blue eyes. The son of Lauren Bacall and her second husband, Jason Robards, followed both of his famous parents into the acting business. While initially starring in films like American Beauty and Casualties of War, the actor also held significant guest appearances on popular shows like Gossip Girl and West Wing.

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Kate Burton and Richard Burton

Thanks to her father's relationship with Elizabeth Taylor, Kate Burton (Scandal, Grey's Anatomy) grew up under the glare of Hollywood. However, the actress decided to eventually follow her father, Richard Burton, into show business. The father and daughter are pictured here while filming their mini-series, Ellis Island, together in 1984.

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Isabella Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman

Italian actress Isabella Rossellini is most known for her work in Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her, but did you know she is also the daughter of an Old Hollywood star? Isabella is one of three children that Ingrid Bergman — yes, Casablanca's Ingrid Bergman —welcomed during her controversial marriage to Italian director, Roberto Rossellini.

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Tatum O’Neal and Ryan O’Neal

Not only did Tatum O'Neal enter show business at age 10, the actress became the youngest person to receive a competitive Academy Award in 1974. She actually won the Oscar for her first film, Paper Moon — in a role opposite her father, actor Ryan O'Neal.

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