Like Mother, Like Daughter

posted on 5/9/13

If beauty and talent are inherited traits, then it should come as no surprise that Hollywood is filled with famous mother-daughter duos. Famous actresses from earlier generations have produced stunning offspring who are more than capable of carrying on the family legacy. Some of these pairs may surprise you, as the resemblances somehow go unnoticed for many casual observers and fans. Many of these women came up in the business before the days of internet tabloids tracking the every move of starlets and their children. The daughters featured in this post were never splashed all over the media, like Suri Cruise and other celebrity babies are today. Perhaps it is because they were blessed by living in an age of privacy that these mothers were able to protect their daughters while grooming them for stardom. We present to you the Top Ten Mother-Daughter Celebrity Pairs.


1. Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli
Judy Garland became a household name as a teenager in 1939 when she starred in the Wizard of Oz. She enjoyed a successful film career while juggling a tumultuous personal life that included five marriages. In 1946 Judy had a daughter named Liza with her second husband Vincente Minnelli, a director she met while filming Meet Me in St. Louis. The couple divorced in 1951. Liza Minnelli started singing in nightclubs as a teenager and later found her own success as a film actress. Liza’s performance in the 1972 film
Cabaret won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to become a legend on Broadway, starring in shows like Victor/Victoria.


2. Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
Debbie Reynolds was a rising star in the 1950’s who secured her place in Hollywood when she landed a role in the 1952 film Singin’ In the Rain. Debbie married a famous singer named Eddie Fisher and the couple had a daughter named Carrie. The couple divorced in 1959 after Eddie fell in love with infamous man-eater, Elizabeth Taylor. Though this destruction of a family was dramatic, both Debbie and Carrie maintained a good relationship with Elizabeth up until her death. Carrie Fisher studied drama in London, then returned to the States where she became a cult classic icon as Princess Leia in the 1977 film Star Wars.


3. Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow
Blythe Danner got her start acting in theater productions in Boston and then New York. She won a Tony Award in 1970 for her role in the stage production Butterflies Are Free. Blythe married director Bruce Paltrow and the couple had a daughter, Gwyneth. Blythe continues to find work, starring in movies like Meet the Parents along side Robert DeNiro. After dropping out of college, Gwyneth Paltrow decided to pursue her career in acting as well. She got a break in 1991 when her godfather Steven Spielberg cast her in a small role as Young Wendy in the movie Hook. From there she enjoyed a successful film career, including her Academy Award winning role in the 1998 film Shakespeare In Love.


4. Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
Goldie Hawn became a popular comedic actress in the 1960s. She earned major recognition and an Academy Award for her role in the 1969 film Cactus Flower. Goldie’s career kept going strong well into the 1990s with films that this author cherished during her impressionable youth, such as Death Becomes Her and The First Wives Club. In 1976 she married her second husband, Bill Hudson, with whom she had her daughter Kate. To no one’s surprise, Kate Hudson has excelled in romantic comedies. She got her first big break in an Academy Award nominated role playing a teenage groupie in the 2000 film Almost Famous.


5. Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith
Tippi Hedren was a relatively unknown model when she married 18 year old Peter Griffith in 1952. Five years later the couple had a daughter named Melanie. Tippi went on to star in several Hitchcock films, including her infamous role in The Birds. After Tippi and Peter divorced, Melanie split her time between her father’s home in New York and Tippi’s California animal preserve named ‘Shangrila’. She and her daughter shared a special bond, and also a pet lion. Melanie Griffith grew up fast, moving in with her 22 year old boyfriend (Don Johnson) at the age of 14. Melanie had a few roles in small films and got her big break with the 1988 film Working Girl, for which she was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award.


6. Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis
Janet Leigh already had two marriages and a slew of film credits under her belt by the time she married Tony Curtis at the age of 24. Janet continued her successful acting career, most notably starring as a murder victim in Hitchcock’s Psycho. In 1958, Janet and Tony had a daughter named Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee earned the nickname “Scream Queen” when she starred in the 1978 horror classic Halloween, as well as other scary movies like The Fog and Prom Night. As her career progressed, Jamie Lee proved her comedic skills in films like A Fish Called Wanda and Freaky Friday.


7. Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay
Jayne Mansfield was an iconic sex symbol in the 1950s due to her Playboy pictorials and acting career. She was often compared to Marilyn Monroe. After getting a few Hollywood jobs, Jayne got her first big break on Broadway in the 1955 production of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? She married her second husband, a bodybuilder named Mickey Hargitay, in 1958. The couple had their third child, a daughter named Mariska, in 1964 but then divorced that same year. Tragedy struck in 1967 when Jayne was killed in a car accident with Mariska in the backseat. After surviving the crash that killed her mother, Mariska Hargitay grew up to have a successful acting career of her own. She is best known for her Emmy winning role as Detective Benson on the television series Law and Order: SVU.


8. Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones
Peggy Lipton was a well-known fashion model and actress in the 1960s. She landed a starring role on the television series The Mod Squad in 1968, a role that won her a Golden Globe for Best TV Actress in a Drama. Peggy married music industry mogul Quincy Jones in 1974. The couple had their second daughter, Rashida, two years later. Peggy took a break from acting to focus on raising her children, but returned after her divorce from Quincy in 1990 with a part on the cult classic television show Twin Peaks. Her daughter, Rashida Jones, graduated from Harvard in 1997 and proceeded to work her way up in the acting community. Rashida enjoyed success with minor roles in television series like Freaks and Geeks before landing bigger parts in The Office and
Parks and Recreation.


9. Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini
Ingrid Bergman came from humble beginnings as a Swedish orphan raised by her aunt. She grew up with a passion for acting and moved to the United States during World War II to star in Hollywood films like Casablancaand Gaslight. In 1949, Ingrid went to Italy to work with Roberto Rossellini on a film. Though she was already married with one child, Ingrid began a scandalous affair with Roberto. The two had a child together before Ingrid divorced her first husband and married her new paramour. They had two more children, twins named Isotta and Isabella. Growing up in Rome and Paris, Isabella Rossellini capitalized on her good looks to become a fashion model. From there she transitioned into acting, landing memorable roles in films like Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her.


10. Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri
Susan Sarandon has enjoyed steady employment as an actress since she entered show business in 1969. She has starred in iconic films such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975, and Thelma & Louise in 1991. Susan became involved with Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri in the mid-80s. The couple had a daughter named Eva Amurri who followed in her mother’s footsteps. Eva has performed in comedic films such as Saved! as well as having small roles in television shows like Californication.

To treat your own mother like a V.I.P., you might want to pick something from this list of classy lady gifts:
DOZEN Wool Berets Mixed Colors
Silver Sequin Sparkle Beret
White And Pink Arab Shemagh Houndstooth Scarf
Black And Turquoise Arab Shemagh Houndstooth Scarf
Hot Pink Pashmina Shawl
Light Blue Pashmina Shawl
Viscose Scarf Turquoise
Red Long Sheer Chiffon Scarf
Red Rhinestone Cat Eye Glasses
White Jackie Oversized Sunglasses
Brown Woman’s Designer Sunglasses Shades

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