Getting into show business is hard work. It can take years of stubborn dedication to finally break through, or, for some, a little luck and good timing. For most though, it's about slowly working your way through the small gigs until you finally get noticed and get your shot at the big time. It's an industry, like many, that rewards the tenacious. Because of the necessary tenacity in its members, it makes sense that show business is dominated by big, bold and strange personalities.
Dustin Hoffman tells a story that he once asked Sir Laurence Olivier, "Why is it that we do what we do?" Olivier leaned forward and said the reason was simply, "Look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me, look at me." Actors are front-and-center kind of people. They like the attention, and we, lesser folk, like to give it to them. When the cameras are off, however, these people are going to say and do things that we roll our eyes at. These are colorful people, remember.
Now, when actors work hard to get where they are, they earn some space to let their freak flags fly; they deserve to show off their big and weird personality. Chances are, it was their weirdness that got them there, so why not? But what about the ones who didn’t need to do a whole lot to get into show business. What about those whose big break came when they happened to be born to other celebrities? Should we feel it necessary to accept them for who they are then? Did they earn our patience and understanding? Maybe not. In hindsight, there are some celebrities who we wish were never in show business. They annoy us; they offend our sensibilities. If their famous parents never allowed or encouraged them to get into the business in the first place, we wouldn't have to see them or hear from them at all. There are also those we feel bad for, the ones whose parents brought them into a world they don't belong in (or their parents never got them out in time). Unfortunately, they're here and all we can do is wish. We can only imagine a world in which these stars didn’t show their faces on our TVs; that’s all we have left to do at this point.
15 Will Smith & Jayden Smith
14 Farrah Abraham & Daughter
13 Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus
12 12 Lionel Richie & Nicole Richie
11 Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger & Ireland
10 10 Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne & Kelly
9 Martin Sheen & Charlie Sheen
8 Mama June & Honey Boo Boo
7 Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith & Dakota Johnson
6 Snooki's Mom & Snooki
5 John, Jules & Kristen Stewart
4 Kris, Bruce & the Jenner Sisters
3 Dina & Lindsay Lohan
2 Robert, Kris & the Kardashian Sisters
1 Blythe Danner & Gwyneth Paltrow
One of the most pretentious and disliked celebrities in the world, Gwyneth Paltrow, would argue that she shouldn't be on this list at all. I'm positive that she would argue this because she suggests that she became a celebrity through her hard work and persistence, definitely not because her parents are famous celebrities themselves, nope. And for sure not because their family friend is Steven Spielberg, who gave her that first break in Hook, no, not that. Whenever you hear Paltrow say something conceited, something that insults your social status or your intelligence, you can blame Blythe Danner for being famous. Blame her parents for asking Spielberg to do them a solid and make their daughter famous. It’s all their fault really. They helped make Paltrow who she is. I'm sure their nanny and their private chef had some influence too, but we can’t blame everyone.
Sources: Wikipedia; IMDB; Rotten Tomatoes
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