11 Celebrities Whose Parents Did Their Best for Their Success

“I turned 8, we were in Disneyland, and I wanted to take pictures with the princesses, and everyone wanted a photo with her!” – so with a laugh described Kaya Gerber the moment when she first realized how popular her mother Cindy Crawford. Undoubtedly, Kaye was lucky with her parents – as well as the heroes of our selection.

Happy Worthy Life decided to find out which celebrity was lucky enough to appear in a family, where their creative pursuits found recognition and support, and how their extraordinary parents developed.

Keira Knightley and her modest but talented mother

Kira grew up in a creative environment. Her dad, Will Knightley, is an actor in theater and cinema, and her mother Sharman MacDonald is a talented playwright, writer and director. In his youth, Sharman, unable to overcome his shyness, after 7 years of work on television, left the career of an actress. The woman dreamed of a daughter, but her husband was against: a son was already growing up in the family, but there was not enough money and had to eat only baguettes, lentils and tomatoes.

Sharman got the idea to write a drama for the Bush Theater, in which she previously worked. And the husband suggested a bet: if she succeeds in selling her work, then they will have another child. The play was staged in 1984, it was a success, the former actress received a prize as the best beginner playwright. And a year later, the future Hollywood star Keira Knightley was born, whom her father named in honor of the brilliant Soviet figure skater Kira Ivanova.

Thanks to her parents, Kira met the theater and ballet in early childhood, and already at the age of 6, a novice actress had a personal agent.

Michael Douglas and his star parents

Parents Michael Diana and Kirk Douglas met at the acting school, but they did not start a serious relationship. However, fate brought them together again: while serving in the Navy, Kirk accidentally saw a photo of Diana on the cover of Life magazine, where she worked as a model. He exclaimed rather passionately: “I know this girl and marry her!” – and wrote her a letter. She answered. And six months later, she agreed to get married.

And although the marriage of the two actors was short-lived, they always maintained a warm relationship. And thanks to his father, Michael received his first Oscar. For his Broadway play, Kirk, the owner of an Oscar, bought the rights to Ken Kesey’s novel “Flying Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which he subsequently transferred to his son. And Douglas Jr. turned him into a film that deserved a prestigious film award.

Naomi Watts and her mom

Naomi‘s parents divorced when she was 4 years old, and the girl stayed with her mother. Miw Edwards worked as a costume and stage designer and performed in an amateur theater. Little Naomi saw her mother during the performance and fired up to become an actress. When she was 14 years old, the family moved from England to Sydney, where her mother sent Naomi to acting classes. There she made friends with Nicole Kidman and after 4 years received her first role in the film “In the Name of Love”.

Sylvester Stallone and his powerful mom

Jacqueline (Jackie) Stallone is a multi-faceted person. She became the first woman in Washington to host a power sports and kettlebell show. Later, she opened a gym only for the fair sex. In addition, she was a dancer, a circus gymnast on a trapeze and sang as part of a group in a nightclub. And even now, at 98, Jacqueline continues to engage in power sports.

During the birth, Jackie had complications. Obstetricians used forceps, but injured a nerve, and the boy was born with a paralyzed lower face. This explains the characteristic of Stallone’s slightly fuzzy speech and sternly implacable facial expressions.

Ansel Elgort and his creative parents


Ansel Elgort’s career began with the horror film “Carrie” (2013), where he starred in one of the main roles. The creative future of the actor was predetermined from birth: he appeared in the family of photographer Arthur Elgort, who worked for more than 30 years in Vogue magazine, and opera director Greta Holby. Ancel’s brother and sister also found a vocation in the field of art. At 9 years old, his mother took him to a ballet school, where the boy studied for 5 years. And from childhood, his father accustomed the children to camera flashes: he took pictures of all the moments of their life – from eating cereal for breakfast to taking a bath.

Hilary Swank and her mom

Hilary Swank calls her mother “an inspiration for her acting career and life,” although Judy Kay was an ordinary secretary. At 15, Hilary’s parents split up. The girl did not find understanding among peers and teachers, but she was already burning with a desire to become an actress. Just getting used to the character of a movie or book character, she stopped feeling strange. And the only one with whom she found support and who believed in her strength was mother. To realize Hilary’s dream, mother and daughter moved to Los Angeles. There they had to live in a car for a while, until Judy saved up money to rent an apartment.

The adventure of mother and daughter, as we see, gave a result, and now Hilary is the owner of two Oscars.

George Clooney and his parents

Star father Nick Clooney, a famous TV presenter, once was a judge in a beauty contest. The appearance of one of the participants, Nina Warren, made a strong impression on him. The girl received from him not only the crown of the beauty queen, but also an offer of marriage. And after 2 years, their son George was born.

Curiously, little George Clooney hated Christmas. Each year, his father, known for his kindness, received a bunch of letters from people who were in a difficult situation. Nick chose one letter, and they, as a family, bought gifts for strangers. On a festive day we drove to strangers for about an hour, cleaned their house for an hour and a half and cleaned the kitchen, and then presented them with presents. Just returning home, you could unpack your own gifts. But, having matured, George Clooney realized that his father was a man of a wide soul, and began, according to his example, to help those in need.

Taylor Swift and her parents


Taylor Swift’s parents were neither movie stars nor financial bigwigs, but she was certainly lucky with them. Until now, the girl has not been seen in any scandals, and despite the fact that she became famous early, she did not try to prove her “adulthood”.

Taylor spent her childhood on a Christmas tree farm. There she was entrusted with a responsible business: to knock cocoons of praying mantis from holiday trees so that insects would not creep into the homes of clients. Parents worked in parallel in the field of finance, and my daughter absolutely seriously wanted to follow in their footsteps. Only a passion for country music made her change her mind. From the age of 10, Mom took Taylor to karaoke contests, and at 11, at her request, she took her to another city so that her daughter could make a demo there. When Taylor achieved some success, her father moved to another city to make it easier for her to develop in her chosen field.


Little Taylor with parents at a Christmas tree farm.

Dwayne Johnson and his tough but loving dad

Dwayne Johnson is not only one of the most successful and grossing actors of all time, but also a 10-time world wrestling champion, as well as the holder of many other titles in this sport. He began to participate in the battles following the example of his father, also world champion Rocky Johnson.

Although Rocky himself taught Duane after retirement, he was initially opposed to having his son follow in his footsteps. He knew that participating in battles and regular training was not an easy task. But Dwayne was stubborn and achieved unprecedented success. However, like everyone else, in the beginning he had failures. During one of them, Johnson’s father’s heart could not stand it, and he himself entered the ring under the stage name of his son to teach his “offenders” a lesson.

This is how the actor talks about the role of the father:

“By their nature, little boys tend to turn their old man into an idol. They want to be like him and always seek his approval. It’s funny that I stopped looking for this approval only when I realized what it means to be a man and, more importantly, a father. This reinforced my gratitude for the hard love that he always gave me.

Years later, as a man and father of three girls, I realized that hard love is much better than the lack of love in general … She made me who I am today. ”


Whose mom and dad hit you the most? Did your parents support you as a child? Or maybe they gave reason to be proud of themselves? Tell us about it.

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