That’s My Momma! 9 Famous Celebs With Even More Famous Parents (And Grandparents) We Didn’t Know About
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!).
Redfoo and Berry Gordy
The former member of LMFAO is known for his big hair, party-rocking jams, eclectic clothing, and his unique name. But in reality, “Redfoo” is actually Stefan Kendal Gordy, and he’s the son of legendary music producer and Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jr. Stefan comes from Gordy’s relationship with Nancy Leiviska, and he is the youngest of Gordy’s eight children. With the electropop jams Stefan is famous for, compared with the classic R&B jams that came out of Berry Gordy’s famous label, it makes the fact that they are father and son all the more interesting. And to make things more interesting, the other member of LMFAO, SkyBlu, is the grandson of Berry Gordy, making him the NEPHEW of his former band mate, Redfoo.
Allison Williams and Brian Williams
As a Girls stan, it’s pretty well-known that all the young women with a starring role on the show are the children of musicians, artists, writers and journalists. I for one was very surprised to learn that Allison Williams, who plays Marnie Michaels on the show, is the daughter of NBC Nightly News and Rock Center anchor Brian Williams. But once I saw the two standing side by side, it all made sense. They definitely look very similar. But I always wonder what Brian Williams thinks about his daughter being on such a raunchy program with sex scenes and such provocative stuff being discussed? Very interesting…
Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard
With her red hair and smile, it becomes pretty clear pretty fast that Bryce is the offspring of former child actor and producer Ron Howard. But for many, including many people who saw The Help in 2011, she was just any ‘ol young actress on-screen. The oldest of Ron Howard’s four children, Bryce and her siblings were kept out of the public spotlight and from the industry, but of course, after doing a few small cameo roles in a few of her father’s movies, she was bit by the acting bug.
Jennifer Aniston and John Aniston
For all Days Of Our Lives lovers out there (I used to be one when I had the time to catch up on the episodes in college), how many people knew the shady character of Victor Kiriakis was the real-life dad of actress Jennifer Aniston? Born Yannis Anastasakis, the Greek actor is a soap staple and has been on Days of Our Lives since ’85. Jennifer is John’s first child and is his daughter with actress Nancy Dow, whom Jennifer had a rocky relationship with for many years after Dow talked openly about her in a memoir.
Maya Rudolph and Minnie Riperton
I never knew all that much about Minnie Riperton back in the day, aside from the fact that she sang “Loving You” and could hit high notes that most people couldn’t even imagine reaching. But aside from all that, some of the most interesting information I ever learned about Riperton is that she is the mother of famous comedienne and Up All Night star Maya Rudolph. To this day, Rudolph pays homage to her mom, speaking about her during an episode of TV One’s Unsung, and even dressing up how her mother did on the cover of her album, Perfect Angel, for the bumper photos in between commercials while hosting the show she blew up on, Saturday Night Live.
Mariska Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield
An early Playboy playmate, Jayne Mansfield was all the rage in the late ’50s as an actress and “The Working Man’s Marilyn Monroe.” And after her untimely death in 1967 in a brutal car accident (Mariska and her brothers were actually in the car with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend during the accident), it seemed that her star was gone. But looking exactly like her mom, actress Mariska Hargitay became a star in a different lane thanks to her work on the addictive series, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, so people get another glimpse at Jayne through her beautiful daughter. However, Hargitay doesn’t like being compared to her mother, and would rather be compared to her father, former Mr. Universe, Mickey Hargitay. Maybe she’s not comfortable with her mom’s past sex symbol status?
Jenny Lumet and Sidney Lumet; Grandmother – Lena Horne
Okay, so you might not know homegirl like that, but Jenny Lumet is an acclaimed screenwriter, who started off as an actress. She’s the mind behind the critically-acclaimed film, Rachel Getting Married, which starred Anne Hathaway. Not only did Lumet win awards for her screenplay, but the story helped Anne Hathaway get an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Jenny Lumet is the daughter of journalist Gail Lumet Buckley, and Academy Award nominated film director and producer Sidney Lumet. Gail Lumet Buckley’s mother was the incomparable Lena Horne, making Jenny the late actress/singer’s granddaughter.
Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
Not only was Anderson Cooper’s great-great-great grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt, the wealthy shipping tycoon, but journalist and TV personality Anderson Cooper is the son of legendary designer, Gloria Vanderbilt. Gloria of course is known as one of the earliest makers of jeans for women. Her jeans were tighter than most out on the market back in the ’70s, propelling her brand into the stratosphere. She has an extremely close relationship with her son, as they’ve done numerous interviews together over the years. He even interviewed her for his show, Anderson Live. And may I add, for 87, Vanderbilt looks FAB!
Keifer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland
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. Out of his five children, Keifer and his twin sister Rachel were Donald’s first children, and Keifer is the only one to successfully follow in his dad’s movie star footsteps. While you might not immediately realize these two are father and son when you first hear the news (everybody’s seen Donald’s face but might not know his name like that), when you look at them it will all make sense. They look exactly alike!