Some would say that Hollywood is driven not by talent but by famous families. After all, so many famous actors, directors or writers have family in the business as well. This includes the Baldwins, the Arquettes and the Coppolas. Still, these famous families have produced some great work.
Today, we’re talking about famous moms and their celebrity daughters. These mother daughter duos have tons of acting credits between them, and there are even some you may have never known were related. While a few of these daughters got into the business because their family was already embroiled in the Hollywood life, that doesn’t mean their work can’t stand on its own.
Read on for our list of mothers and daughters in the entertainment industry.
Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz
Lisa Bonet is best known for her role as Denise Huxtable in The Cosby Show. Even before she got into acting, her life was in the spotlight as a young beauty pageant contestant. After The Cosby Show and the spinoff TV show A Different World, Lisa slowed down with her acting roles. She’s been in a handful of movies and shows in the last few decades, although she’s mostly stuck to her private life out of the spotlight. Still, she had a high-profile relationship when she eloped with famous musician Lenny Kravitz in 1987. They were only married for six years, but, in that time, they became happy parents of daughter Zoe Kravitz.
Zoe Kravitz must have some of the best genes around. Her famous parents have passed down a score of traits. No wonder she’s an actress, singer and model. Although she’s only been acting since 2007, the amount of film roles she’s had has already surpassed her mother’s. Her most famous role was as mutant Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class in 2011, for which she was nominated for several awards. She’s also taken after her musician father. She’s been in the bands Elevator Fight and Lolawolf singing lead vocals.
Though Zoe is still young and relatively new to Hollywood, she’s definitely one to watch. She’s recently starred in Divergent and is likely to be in many other important films in the future.
Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow
Some might be surprised to hear that the Academy Award-winning actress and controversial celebrity personality Gwyneth Paltrow is the daughter of the Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner. After all, they don’t have the same last name. But, when you see them side-by-side, you can’t help but notice the resemblance.
Blythe is an accomplished actress of both stage and screen. She’s won awards for her work in the show Huff and the play Butterflies are Free. She married director/producer Bruce Paltrow in 1969 and had Gwyneth in 1972. Gwyneth started her acting career in 1989 with the TV movie High. As you might expect, her Hollywood family connections got her that role: her father directed the movie. Her acting skills have shined through, though, and she won an Oscar for her role in Shakespeare in Love. Over the past few decades, Blythe and Gwyneth have had solid acting careers. They’ve even starred in films together: Cruel Doubt (1992) and Sylvia (2003).
While Blythe has certainly taught Gwyneth about acting, it looks like that hasn’t extended to lessons on marital life. Blythe was married to Bruce Paltrow for over 30 years before his death in 2002. Unfortunately, Gwyneth’s marriage to Coldplay-frontman Chris Martin hasn’t been as long-lasting since they’ve separated in early 2014.
Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri
Some mother-daughter celebrity duos occur after short and forgettable relationships, as is the case with Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri. While Susan has been married several times, it was during a short dating relationship with Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri that she gave birth to Eva. By then, Susan was already an established actress. She’d been in such memorable hits as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Pretty Baby. Susan’s acting career hasn’t stagnated in the past few decades, either. She’s had over 120 movie and TV roles since the start of he career in 1970. She even won an Academy Award in 1995 for Best Actress for her role in Dead Man Walking.
Eva Amurri started her acting career in 1992 at the young age of seven in the movie Bob Roberts, written and directed by her step-father Tim Robbins. Many of her earlier roles were in films connected with her famous family, including the movies Stepmom and The Banger Sisters. She even starred in an episode of Friends with her mother in 2001. In recent years, though, she seems to be getting roles based on her own merit. After her great performance in Saved! in 2004, she’s earned many movie and TV roles. Perhaps she’ll have just as many acting roles under her belt when she’s her mother’s age.
Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
Goldie Hawn has been in the entertainment business since the 1960s. Her first big role was in the sketch comedy show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. Since then, she’s been in dozens of movies. She even won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1969 for her role in Cactus Flower. In 1979, she gave birth to Kate Hudson, her little blonde doppelganger. True to form, Kate became a force in the entertainment industry as well. While she started acting in 1998, her big break came from the 2000 Academy Award-winning film Almost Famous, for which she won many awards. Her acting career has been steady ever since.
It seems that Kate hasn’t just inherited her acting chops from her famous mother. Both have had a shaky past when it comes to relationships. Goldie had already been married once before marrying Kate’s dad, Bill Hudson, in 1976. It seems that she learned that marriage isn’t the right path for her, and has instead been in a committed non-married relationship with actor Kurt Russel since 1983. Though Kate is only in her mid-thirties, she’s also been through one marriage and is getting ready for another with fiance Matthew Bellamy.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
Here’s another mother daughter duo that might be surprising to readers. Both Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher have had such accomplished careers without having to bring up their familial connection. Debbie is one of the most famous and accomplished living actresses. She’s been in such gems as Singin’ In the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown and In & Out. Since her debut in 1948, she’s been in over 80 movies and TV shows.
During her brief marriage to singer Eddie Fisher, Debbie gave birth to Carrie Fisher in 1956. (Just two years later, Eddie left Debbie for her best friend Elizabeth Taylor! Ouch!) As she got older, Carrie decided to enter the entertainment industry in her mother’s footsteps. She started out in stage productions, but her real big break came from her film role as Princess Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. It was only her second film role at the time. Though she’s had over 80 roles since then, she’ll always been known more as Princess Leia than anything else.
While Debbie has stuck to the spotlight, Carrie has taken a more behind-the-scenes approach in recent years, focusing more on writing than acting. She’s written seven books, three plays and three movies. She’s also done script-doctoring for several other movies, including The Wedding Singer.