That’s My Momma! 9 Famous Celebs With Even More Famous Parents (And Grandparents) We Didn’t Know About

January 3, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines


Being the child of someone with a lot of pull in the entertainment industry can have its perks. Not only can it help you get your foot in the door if for some reason you decide that you want to act, sing, or do anything that takes regular people hard work, years and tears to accomplish (see the Smith family, Will put everybody on), but you’re pretty much assured not to go hungry. But it can also have its setbacks, including being overprotected, judged by your parents actions and accomplishments and more. Many of the young people on this list kept themselves on the low low and didn’t ride their parents coattails to success, it just so happened that when they reached success, news got out that they were a famous kid. And others, well, nepotism isn’t the worst thing in the world for those on the receiving end of the benefits, right? Check out these nine celebs, and their surprising parents (hey, we were surprised at one time or another when we found out, you might be too!).

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  • Veronica Moser

    I was in high school and heard while i was there that Minny Riperton had die from cancer. I cried since i knew she had 2 children too and a sweet good lucking hubby.

  • Shiala

    Wow… the Maya Rudolph and Minnie Riperton one has been well-known FOREVER. And if you’re unable to tell that Donald and Kiefer Sutherland are related, your observation skills are terrible.

    • Cinnamon71

      Exactly. Kiefer is a younger version of Donald. They look exactly alike.

  • Kat

    Sorry, but your information on how Jayne Mansfield died is incorrect. Google ‘Charles Manson’ for the correct information.

    • Lulu

      You’re thinking of Sharon Tate. Jayne Mansfield did indeed die in a car accident.

    • ohsnaponu

      Uh no. Jayne Mansfield died in car accident…I remember when it happened. Plus, she had a very high IQ, was college educated, spoke 5 languages. Unfortunately, Hollywood wasn’t interested in her brains.

  • Schaal

    Do I win a prize for knowing all of these? C’mon, try a little harder.

  • Joel Lessard

    What fool didn’t know this?

  • Who didn’t know Bryce Dallas Howard was Ron’s daughter? But the Red Foo thing was surprising, I just knew about “Somebody’s Watching Me” Rockwell. Now a surprising one that wasn’t mentioned here was Martha Plimpton being daughter of Keith Carradine, niece of “Kung Fu” David Carradine and granddaughter of John Carradine. Melissa McCarthy and Jenny McCarthy are cousins. Dylan is the adopted son of “Vagina Monologues” author Eve Ensler.

    There’s Tyne (“Cagney & Lacey”) and Tim (“Private Practice”) Daly. And apparently Gloria Steinem is Christian Bales stepmom. Then there’s the whole Nic Cage, Jason Schwartzman, Talia Shire (Yo, Adrian!) Francis Ford, Sofia and Roman Coppola thing, too.

    Whoa – just looked up some more: Henry Winkler is cousins with Richard Belzer

  • Quel

    If you didn’t know that Kiefer and Donald were related, then you are a dumb-ass. Sorry.

    • Veratta Pegram-Floyd

      Right! Last name as well as faces…

  • lateshia

    Wow I had no idea those two guys LM…whatever that group name is was Berry Gordy son and grandson. That is funny they would make that kind of music when their dad, grandfather is a soul music mogul. Anyways, I knew Minnie Riperton daughter was the one comedian….by the way Mariah Carey can hit Minnie Riperton high notes.

    Mariska mom look like Marylin Monroe she she do look like her mother.

  • dddooonnnttt

    Was Jayne Mansfield passing as white? She looks bi-racial to me.

  • IllyPhilly

    These were all pretty much known about.

  • Maya rudolph is funny…


    The only one that surprised me was Anderson Cooper. I had no idea.

  • LiiSH

    If you listen really hard to Loving You by Minnie Riperton you can hear her calling Maya Rudolph’s name.

    • I was thinking the same thing. The song definitely ends with her saying Maya several times over the refrain

  • eyeEEsha

    I knew that Mariska Hargitay was Jayne Mansfield’s daughter but I don’t ever think I’ve seen a side-by-side picture of the two of them. I swear if you put a blonde wig on Mariska, she’d look just like her mother.

    • bahamianempress99

      You guys must not have seen her father. She definitely looks more like mickey, down to the square jawline.

      • GEO

        Excuse me, there must be a mistake. Mickey not had a square jaw. His jaw was pointed. View your pictures and see.

      • bigdede

        All Jayne’s kids with the father have blond hair and blue eyes. Mariska is the only one with dark olive skin. Everyone has said her bio dad was this Italian guy her mom was cheating on her dad with. Her skin tone and eyes matches that guys

        • voiceofreason38

          no her dad ….Mickey was Hungarian

    • GEO

      Totally agree with the above comment. If Mariska loiríssima would be much like her mother. The big difference between the two in this attitude. Jayne was an exhibitionist. Mariska is always very discreet in dress and in your personal life. Jayne’s famous breasts were too big. Mariska has better proportioned breasts. At least that’s what one perceives in the pictures and on television. Both are beautiful women. But the more I appreciate dark skin Mariska.

  • Love me some Bryce Dallas Howard!

    • Potato Dono

      Who would have thought little Richie Cunningham would have such a pretty daughter?

  • JB#3

    Never in a million years would I have associated Red Foo with Berry Gordy.

  • JN31

    “The last names should be a dead giveaway, but when a lot of people see the face of legendary actor Donald Sutherland, they don’t think of his famous son, actor Keifer.”

    Really guys? At first I thought it was an age thing, but by the time I got to the end of this post I figured it was a common sense thing. Just about everyone I showed this post to laughed; whether they were movie buffs, in the film/entertainment industry, or just people who occasionally watch movies & don’t get caught up in celebrity obsession. I’m not sure who the “We” are in the title of the post referencing those who were not aware of these family bonds but most of this is well known.

    • tutifrutti

      You took the words right out of my mouth! Not one of these was a revelation!