Famous Celebrity Grandchildren We Never Knew Existed

By Nick Hadji 7 months ago

1. Riley Keough - Elvis Presley's Granddaughter

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Danielle Riley Keough is the eldest grandchild of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. At the tender age of 15, she got spotted by a top model agency, who apparently were unaware of her connection to the original king of rock and roll. Riley (the name she goes by) has appeared in campaigns for Vogue, D & G and Dior. She is also an actress and been in some independent films.Original content sourced from Femanin.com

2. Oona Castilla Chaplin - Charlie Chaplin's Granddaughter

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Named after her grandmother, Oona’s grandfather is no less than cinema icon Charlie Chaplin. Spanish born Oona Castilla Chaplin mainly features in British and Spanish productions but has appeared in "Game of Thrones",, the BBC drama "The Crimson Field" and as Zilpha Geary in the tv series "Taboo."

3. Cameron Douglas - Kirk Douglas's Grandson

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The grandson of acting royalty Kirk Douglas and son of Hollywood icon Michael Douglas, is an actor and author of the book "Long Way Home." A bit of a bad boy, he made headlines for getting caught for involvement in drugs (more than once) and faced time in prison.

4. Charlotte Casiraghi - Grace Kelly's Granddaughter

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Grace Kelly was known for being one of the most beautiful women in the world as well as being a talented actress. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree when you see her granddaughter Charlotte Casiraghi, also a stunning lady. Charlotte was a film actress but now works as a journalist. She was the face of Yves Saint Laurent's fashion campaign in 2018.

5. Emma Ferrer - Audrey Hepburn's Granddaughter

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Swiss national Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of Audrey Hepburn, was born in 1994. She made her modelling career debut as a cover girl for Harper’s Bazaar in 2014. Her grandmother was an avid humanitarian and Emma has followed in her footsteps by being a spokesperson for UNICEF holding the title of UNHCR Ambassador to the U.S.

6. Ethan Peck - Gregory Peck's Grandson

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Gregory Peck was an American heart throb to so many from the 1940s through to the 1970s. His grandson Ethan Peck also picked up the acting bug. He portrayed young Spock in "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" and has the accolade of being part of the first on screen kiss with Mary-Kate Olsen!

7. Tuki Brando - Marlon Brando's Grandson

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When you mention Marlon Brando to someone of a certain age, they will instantly tell you their own personal favorite movie that he starred in. His grandson Tuki bears an extremely strong resemblance to him! Tuki has forged a successful career for himself as an international and much sought after model. He was in the "Technomarine" advertising campaign.

8. Pablo Dylan- Bob Dylan's Grandson

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Pablo Dylan, Bob Dylan’s grandson, started off as a rapper and has such respect for his 82 year old grandfather that he called him the "Jay-Z of his time." Pablo moved from rapping to folk-rock which has led to lots of comparisons between him and his award winning relative.

9. Anjelica Huston - Walter Huston's Granddaughter

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Walter Houston was the Canadian actor and singer who won an Academy Award for his role in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre."It was made even sweeter because it was directed by his son John Houston! Anjelica carried on the fame of her grandfather Walter by scooping her own Academy Award in the 1980s.  As well as acting Anjelica has successfully turned her hand to producing and directing.

10. Bridget Fonda - Henry Fonda's Granddaughter

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Hollywood legend Henry Fonda certainly passed on the acting genes to his family and that included his granddaughter Bridget, now 59. The American actress has made her mark in numerous movies and tv shows, as well as picking up awards for her stunning performances, much like her grandfather,

11. Dree Hemingway - Ernest Hemingway's Great Granddaughter

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Reflecting on her last name, you'd be right to guess that Dree is the great granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway. The 35 year old American fashion model and actress played the lead in "Scarlet" in 2012. Dree Hemingway now works predominantly in independent films.

12. Billie Lourd - Debbie Reynold's Granddaughter

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You will probably recognise Billie Lourd from "American Horror Story" and "Scream Queens."  What you might not know is that she is the lookalike granddaughter of actress Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds had a career lasting almost 70 years and appeared in "Singin' In The Rain" with Gene Kelly.

13. Steven R McQueen - Steve McQueen's Grandson

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Actor Steve McQueen was up there as one of the best looking actors in Hollywood! His grandson Steven R McQueen is quite the looker himself and is also an actor as well as a model. He portrayed Jeremy Gilbert in "The Vampire Diaries" from 2009 to 2015 and then again in 2017.

14. Abby Elliott - Bob Elliott's Granddaughter

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Comedian and actor Bob Elliot and part of the double act Bob and Ray, was a huge talent back in the day. He would have been over the moon, if he had still been alive, to know that his granddaughter Abby Elliott is the third generation of the family to be featured on "Saturday Night Live."

15. Chris Pine - Anne Gwynne's Grandson

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Anne Gwynne, popular American actress, was known as being one of the first "scream queens" because she was in so many horror movies! Gwynne was also a popular pin-up of World War II. Her grandson Chris Pine is a recognisable actor for his roles in "Princess Diaries", "Star Trek" and "Wonder Woman."

16. Clark Gable III - Clark Gable's Grandson

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Handsome Clark Gable, with hi trademark moustache, starred in over 60 movies and we still love watching the reruns! He is the grandfather to the late Clark James Gable, himself an American actor and television presenter who sadly died from a drugs overdose.

17. Bernard Einstein - Albert Einstein's Grandson

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Albert Einstein, the German born theoretical physicist was, of course, best known for developing the theory of relativity. He has three surviving grandsons, one of which is Bernard Einstein. Bernard had a long career in engineering and had numerous patents in electronics.

18. Stella Banderas - Tippi Hedren's Granddaughter

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The daughter of Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith is also granddaughter of Tippi Hedren Stella del Carmen Banderas has very famous parents, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas and she starred alongside them "in Crazy in Alabama." Stella is also the granddaughter of 93 year old Tippi Hedren, retired actress, animal rights activist and model.

19. Dakota Johnson - Tippi Hedren's Granddaughter

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Tippi Hedren is also grandmother to another famous actress, Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and first husband Don Johnson. Dakota is an actress, most well known for her steamy role in the Fifty Shades film franchise. Her partner is Chris Martin, lead singer with Coldplay.

20. Tatia Starkey - Ringo Starr's Granddaughter

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Back in the 1960s the Beatles gained world domination. One of those Beatles was drummer Ringo Starr. Ringo has seven grandchildren in total, all being his pride and joy although Tatia Starkey is known for her remarkable resemblance to him. She is also a musician.

21. Arabella Churchill - Winston Churchill's Granddaughter

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You would never have thought that the granddaughter of Winston Churchill, Arabella Churchill, was one of the original developers of Glastonbury Festival and she also founded and ran the charity "Children’s World." Her grandfather was a great man and Arabella is doing great things as well.

22. Ali Astin - Patty Duke's Granddaughter

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Patty Duke won Academy Awards and Golden Globes galore during her acting career, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her granddaughter is Ali Astin, most known for her role in "The Lord Of The Rings", "The Return Of The King" and "Apocalypse Society."

23. Quinn Tivey - Elizabeth Taylor's Grandson

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In her later life, stunning actress Elizabeth Taylor worked tirelessly for HIV charities and other good causes. After her death the work she had carried out, on her wishes, was continued by the family, especially grandson Quinn Tivey, who, himself, is passionate about the causes.

24. Rose Schlossberg - Jacqueline Onassis's Granddaughter

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The granddaughter of Jacqui Onassis is Rose Schlossberg and she is often described as her grandmother's double, quite a compliment as First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was an absolute stunner! Rose is an actress and has a very keen interest in politics.

25. Sarah Sutherland - Donald Sutherland's Granddaughter

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Donald Sutherland is now 87 and his film career spans over 60 years. He has been nominated for multiple awards over his many decades of acting and he never discouraged his granddaughter Sarah Sutherland from following in his footsteps. Sarah played Catherine Mayer in the television series "Veep."

26. Alia Shawkat - Paul Burke's Granddaughter

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The late Paul Burke was best known for his role in "Naked City" in the 1960s and for "12 O'clock High."  He received many nominations for Emmys and Golden Globes throughout his career. Burke's granddaughter Alia Shawkat is an actress and she played Maeby Funke in "Arrested Development."

27. Princess Charlotte - Princess Diana's Granddaughter

Image source: Wikimedia CommonsDiana, Princess of Wales was known for her compassion, for the love of her two young princes and for being a style icon. We are sure she would have adored her grandchildren and would have noticed what a fashion conscious and mature  granddaughter she has in Princess Charlotte. Charlotte can often be seen at State functions telling her brothers what to do and how to stand!

28. Sophie Dahl - Roald Dahl's Granddaughter

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Legendary British novelist Roald Dahl had an amazing imagination and put that into the books we all had on our bedroom shelves when we were young.  His granddaughter, Sophie Dahl, published her own children's book in 2019 called "Madame Badobedah." Sophie was previously a plus size model and is the wife of jazz musician Jamie Cullum.

29. Zoleka Mandela - Nelson Mandela's Granddaughter

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Nelson Mandela is right up there with the greats when it comes to passion surrounding anti apartheid activism. One of his granddaughters Zoleka is also passionate. She is a very well known writer and an activist herself, no doubt brought about from her grandfather.

30. Elettra Wiedemann - Ingrid Bergman's Granddaughter

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Ingrid Bergman was the Swedish actress who starred in films, tv movies and stage plays over a period of 50 years! She is one of the most influential screen figures in cinematic history.  Her granddaughter is Elettra Wiedemann, a very well known food writer and successful model. She is a brand ambassador for Lancome.

31. Duke Nicholson - Jack Nicholson's Grandson

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Jack Nicholson is a legendary actor, and outside of his relationship with Anjelica Huston - his longest to date at 17 years - he was known for being a man unable to settle down, which is why many people aren't too sure on his children and grandchildren in the realm of Hollywood! Now retired from acting, Jack actually does have a grandchild you probably didn't know about, but likely have seen and not known who he was. His grandson, Duke Nicholson, has followed in the acting footsteps of his famous grandfather, starring in the movie Us.

32. Zoe Kravitz - Roxie Roker's Granddaughter

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Zoe Kravitz is big news in the acting world these days, and while she's famous for having equally famous parents - rock singer Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet - you might not have known she has a famous grandmother, too. Roxie Roker was also a big name in the acting world, and she was best known for her role in The Jeffersons, which she starred in from 1975 to 1985. She's the mother of musician Lenny Kravitz, so showbiz obviously runs in this successful family! Born in 1929, actress Roxie passed away in 1995 in California.

33. Tony Goldwyn - Samuel Goldwyn's Grandson

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Tony Goldwyn has had a fair few serious acting roles under his belt, but you may not recognize his famous grandfather on photo alone! While his face isn't so famous, his name certainly is - Samuel Goldwyn put the 'Goldwyn' in the film studio, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). That wasn't the only movie studio he was responsible for, either, and he worked behind the scenes for many great movies. His grandson, Tony Goldwyn, was the star of the original Tarzan, as well as more recently starring in Scandal and Lovecraft County.

34. Apple Martin - Blythe Danner's Granddaughter

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If you're old enough to remember when actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin first released news of their daughter being born, you might also remember thinking 'Apple' was quite an... unusual name. Well, now daughter Apple is all grown up, and all grown up in a very famous successful family at that. In case you didn't already know, Apple's mother, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, is actually the daughter of another famous actress: Blythe Danner. Blythe is known for a ton of successful movies over her long career, including Meet the Parents.

35. Rooney Mara - Wellington Mara's Granddaughter

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Rooney Mara is a very successful actress, sister to another famous actress, Kate Mara, and partner to yet another famous name in the acting world, Joaquin Phoenix! She also already had fame in her blood by being the granddaughter of Wellington Mara. Her grandfather didn't act, but he was one of the biggest names in NFL history. It was Wellington's own father who founded the Giants back in 1925, and Wellington then took over from his father as owner of the team when he passed away. Wellington later passed away himself.

36. Skyler Austen Gordy - Berry Gordy Jr's Grandson

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You might not easily recognize Skyler Austen Gordy without all his hair, but the rapper was one of the two members of the electronic pop group LMFAO (we all remember Party Rock, right?). The group eventually split, but the reason Skyler got into the music in the first place might have something to do with his famous grandfather. Berry Gordan Jr was the founder of Motown Records, and he was also responsible for writing some big hits like the Jackson 5's 'ABC'. Skyler's uncle, Redfoo, was also the other half of the group LMFAO!

37. Celebrities you didn't know were related: Phil Collins and Lily Collins

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Though the shared surname might be a big giveaway, a lot of people in Hollywood have similar names - and depending on the music era you grew up with, you might not have known much about Phil Collins compared to the Emily in Paris star! But of course Phil Collins is a huge name in music, both as a solo artist and front man of the band Genesis. He's also the father of actress Lily Collins, but according to some published essays she wrote about her relationship with her father, it wasn't the smoothest road. "I forgive you for the mistakes you made," she wrote.

38. Denzel Washington and John David Washington

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Again, the shared surname is a clue, but you might have not even batted an eye when reading these two names in a movie! The pair do look alike, and there's a reason for that - John David Washington is the son of famous actor Denzel Washington, and they both seem to be pretty good at their jobs based on the ton of awards they've won! The pair are apparently very close, too, with Denzel being very supportive of his son's growing acting career over the years. Just like every good pop should, Denzel hugged his son for his award nominations.

39. Julia Roberts and Emma Roberts

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Both of these women are successful actresses, and stunningly beautiful at that - but they don't look much alike, so if you didn't already know they were related through the grapevine, you might not have put two and two together. Emma Roberts is the daughter of actor Eric Roberts, the brother of Julia. Emma Roberts, star of hit TV shows like American Horror Story, is the famous acting niece of our Pretty Woman. Emma's relationship with her father, Eric Roberts, is less talked about than the close relationship she appears to have with her auntie!

40. Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh

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Jamie Lee Curtis has had a successful career spanning years, and she's one of those actresses that you might never have known was born into famous parents. Curtis is actually the daughter of Hollywood legend Janet Leigh, most famous for *that* shower scene in horror movie Psycho, among a number of other huge Hollywood hits. Janet also played alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in the horror movie Halloween H20 in recent years. It looks like mother Janet Leigh gave her daughter the itch for starring in the horror genre!

41. Kate Middleton and the Fanning Sisters

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Although they aren't direct relatives hanging around the Christmas table together, the Duchess of Cambridge and British royalty, Kate Middleton, is actually distantly related to acting sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning! It was discovered through ancestry tracing that Elle and Dakota are related to King Edward III, who was king of England back in the early 1300s. Kate Middleton - naturally - also has family connections to King Edward, as her mother, Carole Middleton, is a descendent. It's a very big stretch, but that familial connection still exists between these three!

42. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy

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These are two actresses that most people know about for their separate careers, but never put two and two together about the shared name - and understandably, because they look nothing alike! The lack of family resemblance is because they're cousins, rather than anything direct like sisters. Both Jenny McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy have made careers in the genre of comedy in the acting world, so the cousins share that at least. The pair do seem to be in close contact, as Jenny shared a childhood photo of them in the past, as well as publicly speaking about Melissa.

43. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci

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Emily Blunt is a stunning actress known for both her many acting roles, and her marriage to fellow actor John Krasinski. She more recently starred in The Quiet Place movies and Mary Poppins. Stanley Tucci is a famous and successful actor, and you may remember the pair of them starring together in The Devil Wears Prada. Actually, the two are related through marriage - Tucci is married to Emily Blunt's older sister, Felicity Blunt, whose face isn't known in the acting world like her husband and sister because she's a literary agent!

44. Barbra Streisand and Josh Brolin

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Barbra Streisand is of course Hollywood royalty, both for movies and the music business. John Brolin is a famous actor most recently known for his role as Thanos in the Avengers movies. You might never have put these two together as being related, but Barbra is actually Josh's stepmother! That's because Streisand is married to James Brolin, Josh's father, and has been since 1998. When Josh was first expecting his first child, he spoke out about how Barbra was excited to be a grandmother - and we bet his children are loving having her as a famous grandmother!

45. Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard

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Another case of the shared surname, but not one you might have known about in terms of close family relations! Bryce Dallas Howard has quickly been proving her talent for a range of movies and one of the big stars of Hollywood right now, especially after appearing in the Jurassic World reboots. Ron Howard is the famous movie director - and Oscar winner - who is also her father. Bryce has starred in a fair few of her father's movies, but she's told the world before that she still has to ask her dad whether she can audition or not!

46. Blake Lively and Robyn Lively

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It's understandable why we don't hear as much about Robyn Lively as her sister, Blake Lively, due to her fame, her Met Gala gowns and her marriage to Ryan Reynolds (and everything they Tweet about). But Robyn Lively is not only an actress in her own right, she's also the half-sister of actress Blake. Robyn appeared in Teen Witch, while Blake is best known for her role in Gossip Girl. They both have the same mom, Elaine Lively, while they have different dads. Robyn even did her famous Teen Witch dance at Blake and Ryan's wedding.

47. Tom Cruise and William Mapother

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The reason that a lot of people don't know this acting pair are related is because a lot of people don't know Tom Cruise's real name (nope, it's not actually just Cruise!). Like many famous actors, Tom did a bit of a switch up when it came to his stage name. His real name is Tom Cruise Mapother IV. We can understand why he didn't keep his full title... He's cousins with actor, William Mapother. They've also starred together in more films than you might realize, including Vanilla Sky, Mission: Impossible II and Born on the Fourth of July.

48. Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones

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Rashida Jones has made her own successful way in the acting business, known for her roles in The Office US, Black AF and Parks and Recreation. Alongside acting, she's also a successful writer, producer and director in the business. Speaking of directing: she also directed the documentary, Quincy, which appeared on Netflix, named after Quincy Jones... her father! Quincy told the story of her father's life and the name he made for himself in the music industry. Who better to tell his story than his own youngest daughter?

49. Meryl Streep and the Gummer Sisters

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Mamie and Grace Gummer are both actresses, and they're the kind that leave you scratching your heads and reaching for your phone when you're watching a movie to try and Google where you've seen them before. They make it so difficult because 1) they look so much alike so you never know whether you're watching Mamie or Grace, and 2) you just know they look like someone and you can't put your finger on it! Well, that someone might be their famous acting mother, Meryl Streep. There's also a third sister and daughter in this acting troop!

50. King Charles III and Ralph Fiennes

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If you thought that the Fanning sisters being related to Kate Middleton was interesting, wait 'til you hear this! The recently coronated King Charles III is actually related to famous actor Ralph Fiennes, of all people. Ralph Fiennes is best known to modern day audiences as Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter movies, but he has a career spanning decades, including Schindler's List, The Menu and Grand Budapest Hotel. According to genealogy research, Ralph is distantly related to James II of Scotland, while King Charles III is related to James II, too.