We've put together a list of famous mummies and their equally (or more so!) well-known daughters...


1. Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson

Famous mums and daughters: Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson

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Goldie began her acting career in TV sitcom Good Morning World, but is was her cutesy appearances on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In that made Goldie a household name. In 1969, she bagged an Oscar for her role in Cactus Flower and was nominated again for Private Benjamin a movie that she also produced. Goldie married Bill Hudson in July 1976 and her famous daughter Kate Hudson was born in 1979. Goldie met her current partner Kurt Russell in 1983.

Goldie’s daughter Kate Hudson made her debut in Desert Blue in 1998, but it was her role as a rock-star groupie in Almost Famous in 2000 that got her noticed. She also appeared alongside Anne Hathaway in box-office hit Bride Wars in 2009. More recently Kate has been seen playing dance instructor Cassandra July in feel-good series Glee. The mother-of-two called off her engagement to Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy in December 2014.


2. Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson

Famous mums and daughters: Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson

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Melanie is the daughter of a famous mum herself – The Birds actress Tippi Hedren. Melanie was actually starring as an extra in The Harrad Experiment when she met and fell in love with her mum’s co-star Don Johnson at just 14. They married when Melanie was 18, however it wasn’t to last. In 1988, Melanie won the Golden Globe award for her role in Working Girl. But filming the movie hadn’t been easy because of Melanie’s addiction to drink and drugs. She called Don for support and they reconciled after her release from rehab. Melanie fell pregnant with her famous daughter Dakota Johnson in 1989 and married Don later that year. However, they divorced in 1996. Melanie was then with actor Antonio Banderas until last year when they too divorced.

Now synonymous with bonk-buster 50 Shades Of Grey, Melanie and Don’s daughter Dakota made her film debut in 1999 in Crazy in Alabama, where she and her half-sister Stella Banderas played daughters to their real-life mum Melanie Griffith and the movie was directed by Antonio Banderas himself! Dakota’s first box-office hit came with The Social Network in 2010. Dakota who says she never casually dates men, and only has long-term relationships, is currently single.


3. Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

famous Mums and daughters: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

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After winning a beauty contest at 16, Debbie began a career at MGM. She wasn’t a dancer, until she was selected to be Gene Kelly’s partner in Singin’ In The Rain. She continued in musicals and uses her dancing skills to this day. Debbie married Eddie Fisher in 1955, and had her famous daughter Carrie Fisher in 1956. But Eddie left Debbie for Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie divorced him in 1959. More recently, Debbie has played Grace Adler’s mother Bobbie in Will and Grace. She also buried the hatchet with Elizabeth Taylor when they filmed These Old Broads together in 2001, which Debbie’s daughter Carrie wrote.

As well as penning the above movie, Carrie also wrote semi-autobiographical movie Postcards On The Edge. Her mother Debbie Reynolds wanted to be cast in the film, but the role went to Shirley MacLaine. As for her acting, Carrie’s famous for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise and appeared in When Harry Met Sally in 1989. Carrie is also the voice of Peter Griffin’s boss Angela at Pawtucket Brewery. She will reprise her role as Princess Leia in the long-awaited Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens, due for release in December 2015.


4. Eve Pollard and Claudia Winkleman

Famous mums and daughters: Eve Pollard and Claudia Winkleman

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Often referred to as ‘The first Lady of Fleet Steet’ Eve Pollard OBE, was one of the first female editors of a national newspaper in the UK, editing the Sunday Mirror from 1987-1991 and the Sunday Express from 1991-1994. She had her famous daughter Claudia Winkleman in 1972. As well as her publishing career, Eve was also a regular guest panellist on Through the Keyhole (the original series not the reboot with Keith Lemmon!) and has also appeared on Loose Women.

Presenter Claudia Winkleman hosted Strictly Comes Dancing It Takes Two, but wangled the big presenting job alongside Tess Daly when Brucie retired in 2014. Plus Claudia took over from Jonathan Ross in 2010 on film review show, currently Film 2015, and also hosts The Great British Sewing Bee. Claudia married Chris Thykier in 2000 and they have three children.’


5. Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith

Famous mums and daughters: Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith

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After majoring in Dance and Choreography at the Baltimore School of Arts, Jada Pinkett dropped out to pursue an acting career. She was cast in the role of a college freshman in TV sitcom Different World in 1987, but had to wait until 1996 for worldwide recogntion. This followed Jada’s role opposite Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor. By that time she had already met Will Smith and they married in 1997. Their famous daughter Willow Smith was born in 2000. Jada was the voice of hippo Gloria in both Madagascar movies and has recently been seen playing nightcluh owner and mob leader Fish Mooney in comic-book crime drama series Gotham on Channel 5.

‘I whip my hair back and forth…’ sang Willow Smith at the tender age of 10 and indeed she did, as anyone who saw her perform will testify. The song reached No.1 in the UK R&B Chart and No.2 in the UK Singles Chart in December 2010. But it was as an actress that Willow first hit our screens at just 7 years old, starring alongside her father in I Am Legend. In 2008, Willow also voiced baby hippo Gloria to Mum Jada’s mummy Gloria in Madagascar sequel Madagascar Escape 2 Africa. However, despite being attached, in early 2011, to a remake of Annie which Jay-Z is producing Willow pulled out. Willow told Teen Vogue she quit because ‘Something inside me was just, like, ‘Don’t’, and I’m very connected to my intuition.’ We doubt this is the last we’ll see of Willow Smith, though!


6. Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow

Famous mums and daughters: Blythe Danner and Gwnyth Paltrow

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After getting her acting degree from New York’s Bard College, Blythe began her career on stage in Boston theatres and, at 25, she won the Theatre World Award for her role in French playwright Moliére’s The Miser. Blythe also picked up a Tony Award in 1970 as Best Supporting Actress for Butterflies Are Free. She has also appeared in stage productions of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal and Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire. Blythe married Bruce Paltrow in 1969 and they were married until his death in 2000. In 1972 their famous daughter Gwyneth Paltrow was born. In TV terms, Blythe came to our attention playing Will Truman’s mum Marilyn in Will and Grace from 2001 until 2006. And she is also Dina, the long-suffering wife of Robert De Niro’s character Jack Byrnes in the Meet The Parents films.

With her award-winning actress mum, Blythe and producer and director dad, Bruce, it’s not surprising that Gwyneth went into the acting business! Gwyneth made her first film with John Travolta in 1991. The same year Stephen Spielberg gave her a small role in Hook. Then, in 1994, she ‘hooked’ up with Brad Pitt and he chose her to play his wife in hit thriller Se7en. The couple got engaged in 1996. That same year, it was Gwyneth’s role in Emma that showcased her true acting potential. Although Gwyneth and Brad called off their engagement in 1997, her career went from strength to strength. Who can forget that Oscar speech in 1998, when she won Best Actress for Shakespeare In Love! She’s gone on to appear in Shallow Hall and Iron Man as well as TV series Glee, where she gets to sing (very well). Gwyneth married Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in December 2003 and they have two children. The couple ‘unconsciously uncoupled’ in March 2014, but remain friends.


Now we know all about these famous mums and daughters, tell us, what makes your mum so special?