Discussion around whether a celebrity is a ‘baby nepotism‘or not has been saturating social media for about a year, and we have another list to add to the growing pile. For the fierce fans, believe me, no one questions the “merit” of their success or doubts the proof of some of their talents – it’s simply an acknowledgment of their privileged beginnings which undoubtedly helped them. in the pursuit of their careers.
Unfortunately, the more we find out, the more we realize that most, not all, but most celebrities helped get them where they wanted to go and that the stardom – which many of us dream of – is often a birthright. A closed circle that limits its newcomers. Here are 14 celebrities you might not have known had rich or famous families.
1. Brooke Shields
Infamous for his iconic eyebrows, Brooke Shields critically acclaimed in the 1978 film pretty baby only 12 years old. Talented in her own right, and though she’s no doubt had to build her own career, Shields does in fact have ties to Italian royalty. Her paternal grandmother is said to have been a noblewoman and the daughter of an American socialite and an Italian prince. Shield’s father was also a successful businessman and Revlon executive. After the divorce of her parents, the modeling career of the actress in her childhood was the main income for her and her mother.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow
While the younger generation may only know her as a lifestyle brand owner goop and the on-screen romance of Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow actually comes from a different kind of royalty – Hollywood royalty, that is. Coming from one of the most prestigious cinematographic families, Paltrow is the daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blyth Danner. Her father Bruce was a successful producer and writer, while her mother Blythe was an incredibly respected actress who won two Emmys and a Tony in her career.
With two movie legends as parents, it’s no surprise that Paltrow tried her hand at the industry.
3. Cara Delevingne
“Unlike Moss or Naomi Campbell – emerging from Croydon and Streatham with international profile – for Cara, high society fame and interest in gossip columns run in her blood,” wrote The evening norm in a profile piece on the model’s family line. Just like the other iconic brow Shields, Cara Delevingne has quite high ties in society through her family heritage, consisting of publishing executives, models, socialites, and even some politicians.
Quoted in The Evening Standard as “occasionally described as country aristocrats”, Delevingne’s mother was a prestigious socialite who was said to have been personal friends with Princess Marguerite. His father (Delevingne’s maternal grandfather) was a newspaper publisher who went on to run both The Evening Standard and the Daily Express. But it’s not just the maternal side that has prestigious ties.
Delevingne’s father, who was a real estate developer, came from a well-connected family. His mother (Delevingne’s paternal grandmother) was the daughter of a Viscount (Hamar Greenwood) and an infamous debutante in the 1920s. His paternal grandfather was also friends with Edward, Prince of Wales. Basically his family has always run in the same circles as the British Royals – honestly we’d be here all day going through it all.
Not only is it well documented that her older sisters were in the modeling scene before Delevingne, but among her sixteen the godparents are Nicholas Coleridge and Joan Collins—yes, the Joan Collins. If you don’t recognize Coleridge’s name correctly, he was chairman of Condé Nast for only thirty years before stepping down in 2017…
4. Emma Stone
Eccentric and popular actress Emma Stone is another who has been born into wealth. His father started his own general contracting business and remained the CEO and just like musical high schoolit is Sharpay Evans, Stone spent part of her teenage years living in a posh resort called the Camelback Inn Resort.
5. Natasha Richardson
Our favorite The parent trap Diana’s mom and lookalike, Natasha Richardson is a scion of the Redgrave family, a family with immense ties in theater and film. Not only was his father an Oscar-winning director and producer, but his mother Lady Vanessa Redgrave was a highly regarded actress who heralded a dynasty of winning actresses: an Academy Award, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes, two Emmys, two SAGAs and even a Tony throughout her career, making her one of the few actresses already to get the Triple Crown Acting.
His maternal grandfather, Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave, was also a successful filmmaker and actor who won an Oscar for his role in Mourning becomes Electra.
6. Laura Dern
A jurassic park AND, Laura Dern is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actress born to parents of a very similar caliber. His mother and father were both accredited actors with very long careers – his mother actually starred in more than 120 movies. But that’s not all. Dern’s godmother was none other than Shelley WintersHollywood royalty quite frankly.
7. Bryce Dallas Howard
Another jurassic park alum, Bryce Dallas Howard is actually the daughter of Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard – with a career in the ’60s, Howard’s father also has decades of acting experience.
8. Drew Barrymore
One of our favorite ’90s “it girls” was none other than Drew Barrymore, but did you know that the name Barrymore is infamous on the Hollywood scene? They are literally a working dynasty. Going back even before silent cinema to the 1800s with his great-great-grandfather, Maurice Barrymore, who was part of a comedy troupe. Throughout each generation of the Barrymore family are movie icons, award-winning actors of the highest caliber and Hollywood legends – there are so many that they are actually known as ‘the Barrymore acting family‘.
And of course, having a cinematic royal family lends itself to having an iconic godfather, and guess who Barrymore has for one? Steven Spielberg, of course. However, it wasn’t all glitz and glamor for the young actress, who began her career as soon as she could walk, as Barrymore’s early exposure to the industry (and her complicated relationship with her mother) took a toll. led to serious addiction problems.
9. Nicholas Cage
Barrymore isn’t the only one with a famous movie family, our favorite Nicolas Cage meme is actually part of the Coppola family. Yes, you read correctly. Cage was actually born Nicolas Kim Coppola, nephew of the legendary The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire on her father’s side. The Coppola dynasty stretches far and wide, but the actor reportedly wanted to drop his last name to avoid such nepotism, opting instead for Cage, a decision allegedly inspired by the character Luke Cage from the Marvel comics.
10. Zoey Deutsch
Beginning her career on the Disney Channel, Zoey Deutsch built a tremendous critically acclaimed career in his young life. The actress was also born to film friendly relatives. Her father is director Howard Deutch and her mother is actress-turned-director Lea Thompson. Deutch and his sister starred in their mother’s first movie in 2017 for The Year of the Spectacular Men where his father was also a producer.
11. Ben Stiller
Ben StillerThe comedic flair of Us has been in his hands for decades now, but did you know comedy is literally in his blood? His parents, Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, were an iconic ’60s comedy team known as “Stiller and Meara.” Her mother was also an Emmy and Tony nominated actress and even won a Writers Guild Award for the film. Jhe other woman which she co-wrote. Stiller’s father enjoyed success even later in his career in Seinfeld in the early 90.
12. Jamie Lee Curtis
Although we may know her as the mother from the 2003 film terrible friday, Jamie Lee CurtisThe actress’ career is well-known in itself, however, the actress’ family also includes some pretty heavy names. Her father Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz) starred in more than 100 films in a career that spanned six decades, but her mother is where the real infamy lies. Known as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s actresses, Janet Leigh (Curtis’ mother) is best known for her role as Marion Crane in psychology. You know that classic shower scene? Yes, she’s Curtis’ iconic mom. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role.
Another fun fact, Curtis is Jake Gyllenhaall’s godmother.
13. Phoebe Dynevor
A star of the hugely popular Netflix series Bridgerton, Phoebe Dynevor rose to fame after the release of the first season as Daphne Bridgerton. However, this wasn’t the actress’ first time in front of the cameras, she actually started her career as a child in Waterloo Road. Her parents are also familiar with the British television industry – her mother Sally Dynevor is a well-known actress who starred in coronation street since 1986 and his father has been a screenwriter since Emmerdale since 1995.
14. Bessie Carter
Another Bridgerton starlet, Bessie CarterUpper-class acting runs in the family. Her parents are iconic British actors Jim Carter and Imelda Staunton. Ringing bells? Well, her dad Jim is known for his role in a little show called Downton Abbey. And his mother ? Oh she’s only scary Dolores Umbridge. However, both parents had incredibly long and infamous careers in film and theater beyond these characters, with numerous nominations and awards between them. Carter’s BAFTA-winning mother is also set to reprise her role as Queen (which she previously played) on Netflix The crown.
Self-made versus born rich: 14 celebrities you didn’t know had famous parents