Stars. They’re just like us! Meaning they can screw up their children just like the rest of humanity can.
When loads of money, abounding confidence and low levels of day-to-day responsibilities intersect… weird things can happen.
Today we’re going to look at 5 famous daughters of Hollywood, many of whom went on to become even more famous than their parents.
1. Carrie Fisher
Before Carrie became the most famous space princess in film history, she was Debbie Reynolds’ daughter… and Debbie was definitely Hollywood royalty.
The story goes that when Debbie found out that Carrie got the role in Star Wars, she demanded her daughter get star treatment from George Lucas. And when she found out the cast and crew were flying coach instead of first class, well, that just wouldn’t do. So she literally called Lucas up and complained.
Here’s where it gets fun… Fisher happened to be standing right next to the director when her mom called. She was so furious with her mom’s interference that she snatched the phone from Lucas and yelled, “Mother, I want to fly coach, will you fuck off!?”
R.I.P. to both of them.
2. Jane Fonda
Many know Jane Fonda as an actress and fitness guru. What many don’t know is she suffered from bulimia for years and traces some of those problems with self-image back to her father, legendary actor Henry Fonda.
“I was raised in the 50s. I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly. He was a good man, and I was mad for him, but he sent messages to me that fathers should not send: Unless you look perfect, you’re not going to be loved.”
Jeezus Henry! Who taught you about love?
3. Liza Minnelli
With a mom like Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli’s life was bound to be chaotic. Garland struggled with addiction problems, and the household was subject to her erratic moods.
Minnelli’s stepfather, Sidney Luft, ran the household for most of her childhood, but when Luft and Garland divorced, Minnelli and her siblings became their mother’s primary caretakers.
But it wasn’t always a bumpy ride. As Minnelli’s younger sister Lorna Luft said:
“My older sister, Joey and I had a nanny and we had help in the house because my mother was either making films or recording. She was modern; she was a working mom. In the late 1950s and early 1960s not many mothers did that. She’d come home exhausted, but she’d still have the energy to sing us a lullaby before bed.”
Minnelli would later go on to a win an Academy Award and can currently be seen playing herself (basically) on Arrested Development.
4. Drew Barrymore
Drew was boring into an a legit acting dynasty. In fact, the Barrymores were such an established acting clan that they inspired a play called The Royal Family… that debuted in 1927, 48 years before Drew was born.
Needless to say, addictions and dysfunction riddled the Barrymores, and Drew suffered from an early age. She reportedly smoked cigarettes at age 9, was drinking heavily by age 11 and had moved on to cocaine by 14.
The good news is that Drew got clean by 15, emancipated herself and became one of the more successful actors of her generation.
5. Angelina Jolie
Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie and her father, Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, have had a relationship fraught with frustration and heartache over the years. Voight and Jolie’s mom, Marcheline Bertrand, split before Angelina was a year old, so the father and daughter duo didn’t really see each other unless there were cameras involved.
In fact, Jolie made her big-screen debut in 1982 alongside her father in Lookin’ to Get Out. It’s actually really cute. Check it out.
Eventually, Jolie petitioned to change her last name to “Jolie”.
After Bertrand passed in 2007, Voight and Jolie did reconcile for a time.