12 Famous Generations of Celebrities That Continue to Shine in the Spotlight

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Many of the celebrities and stars of today’s era have some close relatives that also used to be very successful in the entertainment industry. This definitely makes it easier for them to get their foot in the same business and make a name for themselves. Together we will see 12 generations of famous people who are ruling Hollywood in their chosen aspirations.

1. Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie, James Haven, and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt

As one of the most influential Hollywood stars of the 21st century, Angelina Jolie has over the years earned numerous awards and acclaim as an actress as well as a director. Her father, Jon Voight, is also an established actor who rose to fame in the late ’60s and earned many awards and nominations throughout his career.

Angelina’s older brother, James, is also an actor and producer, who had his first role in 1998. Today at the age of 15, Angelina’s daughter Shiloh with her ex Brad Pitt is all grown up. This teenager had all eyes on her during several recent red carpet appearances where she has accompanied her mom

2. Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, and Dakota Johnson

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Hedren was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s muses and most remember her for her suspenseful performance in Birds (1963). Her daughter Melanie followed in her footsteps and quickly won a spot in the sun thanks to her long legs and talent.

One of Griffith’s most famous roles to this day was in Working Girl (1988), which brought her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Now, it’s Melanie’s daughter’s time to shine. Dakota Johnson is confidently taking over Hollywood and is focusing on serious roles after concluding her work on the Fifty Shades series.

3. Betty Witherspoon, Reese Witherspoon, and Ava Phillippe

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While Reese is the most famous one of the 3 ladies, it might be just a matter of time before Ava rises to the occasion. Betty Witherspoon, Reese’s mom, passed down great intellect along with stunning looks to her girls as she has 3 degrees and used to work as a professor of nursing. Reese herself is an accomplished actress and an Academy Award winner. As for Ava, she’s currently into photography and we can’t wait to see how she turns out in the future.

4. Roxie Roker, Lenny Kravitz, and Zoë Kravitz

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The actress was best known for her role in a ’70s sitcom where she portrayed half of the very first interracial couple on TV. Her only son is multi-award winning rock star and actor Lenny Kravitz who has had a very close relationship with his mother.

Lenny’s only daughter is singer, actress, and model Zoë. She made her acting debut in 2007, and today, the 33-year-old rising star has acted in numerous films and series, as well as become the face of a popular beauty brand.

5. Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, and Riley Keough

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Priscilla started out as an actress and even appeared in 3 Naked Gun movies, but she’s currently the chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises, a company that operates her late ex-husband’s tremendous legacy. Her daughter, Lisa Marie, inherited her father’s singing talent and released 3 studio albums. Riley, however, is more like her grandmother and has also dedicated her life to cinema. She’s starred in films like Magic Mike (2012) and Logan Lucky (2017), and even received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the TV mini-series The Girlfriend Experience (2016).

6. Gayle Gaston, Robin Wright, and Dylan Penn

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Interestingly, Gayle Gaston discovered her acting chops even later than her own daughter. Gaston’s first appearance in films dates back to 2011. Since then, she’s added a few more credits to her filmography and has several that have yet to be released.

Her daughter Robin has been acting since 1983 and is best known for The Princess Bride (1987), Wonder Woman (2017), as well as the TV series House of Cards, which also brought her a Golden Globe. As for Dylan, she is just starting out her career in movies and modeling.

7. John Barrymore, John Drew Barrymore, and Drew Barrymore

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Drew has been under the spotlight before she can even remember. Her first appearance was in an advertisement at just 11-months-old. After that, she became one of the most notable child actors and a popular public figure before becoming a multi-award-winning actress. Her father was also an actor who had his first role at the age of 18.

His father, John, was a reputable and acclaimed stage and screen performer who had appeared in more than 40 plays, 60 films, and 100 radio shows. Besides these 3 members, the Barrymore family is one of the biggest acting dynasties whose genealogy includes actors and actresses who have been performing on stage for centuries.

8. Tom Hanks, Colin Hanks, and Chet Hanks

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Tom Hanks has 4 kids including a daughter, Elizabeth Ann and a son, Colin from his first marriage. The latter got his father’s outstanding acting talent and became a successful actor and producer. Chet and Truman Theodore are Tom Hank’s sons from his second marriage.

The 29-year-old Chet first decided to follow in the footsteps of his father and film movies but seems to have changed his mind. Today he is composing rap songs. As for the younger son, he maintains an isolated lifestyle and doesn’t like public attention.

9. Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher, and Billie Lourd

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Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie were both exquisitely talented actresses. Reynolds had roles in numerous films and TV shows and is also remembered for her musical gifts. Fisher was most known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series and forever remains in the hearts of her many fans.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie, now continues her grandma’s and mom’s legacy. She also appeared in the new Star Wars films with her mother and is currently a cast member on the hit series American Horror Story.

10. Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Peter Fonda, and Bridget Fonda

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Henry was a well-respected American film and Broadway actor whose career lasted more than 5 decades. His daughter Jane followed in her father’s footsteps and built a respectful career including many award-winning and acclaimed roles in movies and TV. She was also a model and is a notable public figure known for her political and environmentalist activism.

Jane’s late brother Peter was also an actor and director who received accolades for many of his works. His daughter Bridget made her movie appearance at the age of 5 alongside her dad. She studied acting and appeared in numerous acclaimed movies before retiring from the acting scene in 2002.

11. Blythe Danner, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Apple Martin

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Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow clearly takes after her talented mother, who also has quite the filmography of her own. Blythe has appeared in films like 1776 (1972), The X-Files (1998), Meet the Parents (2000), and many others. Gwyneth also found other passion and, aside from acting, she is the owner of the lifestyle company Goop, and still manages to shine on the big screen. Her daughter, Apple, has yet to find her calling, but considering her family background, we know she’s looking at big things for her future.

12. Stellan, Alexander, Gustaf, and Bill Skarsgård

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We couldn’t not tip our hats to this outstanding male family that has concentrated a tremendous amount of talent into just 2 generations. The Skarsgårds are a well-known name in the film industry with their father Stellan having paved the way for his sons.

Out of his 8 children, 3 are already in high demand in Hollywood: Alexander starred in the series True Blood and Big Little Lies, as well as the film The Legend of Tarzan (2016), among many others. Bill is best-known for his role as Pennywise in the IT film series. Gustaf currently stars in the hit show Vikings. Something tells us the reign of the Skarsgård family will continue for a very long time.

Do you think that a celebrity’s child has it easier to become a star on their own or do they have to be talented and work hard in order to achieve anything?

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