18 Celebrities Who Are Descendants Of Famous People

Genetics is something very complicated and mysterious. We all grow up hearing stories about influential people in history books, such as Abraham Lincoln, Pablo Picasso, Herbert Henry, and Nelson Mandela. Have you ever been curious about the descendants of these people? Although the descendants of famous people do not follow in the footsteps of their ancestors, they have proven that genetic factors greatly influence the family background. Most descendants of famous people have held important positions and have gained special achievements in their careers.
In this post, we will mention the names of celebrities who are descendants of famous people. Let's take a look.

#1 Nelson Mandela & Zoleka Mandela

Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary political leader who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the grandfather of Zoleka Mandela. After her daughter died tragically in a car accident, Zoleka became a spokesman for the United Nations road safety partnership.

#2 Pablo Picasso & Diana Widmaier Picasso

Diana Widmaier Picasso is the grandchild of Pablo Picasso, who is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Following in the footsteps of her ancestors, Diana holds a master's degree in private law as well as an art history master's degree. She is a co-founder of Menē, a jewelry brand.

#3 Abraham Lincoln & Tom Hanks

Abraham Lincoln was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States until his assassination in 1865. And Tom Hanks, who is considered Hollywood royalty, is related to Abraham Lincoln. Hanks is related to Lincoln through the president's mother, making him the former president's third cousin four times removed.

#4 Charles Dickens & Harry Lloyd

Charles Dickens is the greatest English novelist of the 19th century. He crafted complex plots and striking characters that capture the panorama of English society. One of Charles Dickens' best-selling stories, Oliver Twist, revolving around an orphan who is sold into an undertaker's apprenticeship. Harry Lloyd, an actor best known for his roles as Will Scarlet in BBC's 2006 miniseries Robin Hood and Viserys Targaryen of Game of Thrones, is his great-great-great-grandson.

#5 Herbert Henry Asquith & Helena Bonham Carter

In English history, Herbert Henry Asquith was a significant character. During World War I, he was the First Earl of Oxford and Asquith, as well as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. And Helena Bonham Carter is his granddaughter. One of her most memorable roles is as Bellatrix in the hit series Harry Potter, which was adapted from the novel by J.K. Rowling.

#6 Anne Gwynne & Chris Pine

Anne Gwynne was an actress and model who was known as one of the first “scream queens” because of her numerous appearances in horror films. Gwynne was also one of the most popular pin-ups of World War II. She is the maternal grandmother of actor Chris Pine. Chris Pine is an accomplished American actor who followed in his grandmother's footsteps by starring in Star Trek, Hell Or High Water, and Wonder Woman.

#7 Minnie Riperton & Maya Rudolph

Minnie Riperton was a singer-songwriter best known for her 1975 single "Lovin' You" and her four-octave D3 to F7 coloratura soprano range. Minnie Riperton is also widely known for her use of the whistle register and has been referred to by the media as the "Queen of the Whistle Register." Her daughter is Maya Rudolph, who is an actress, voice actor, comedian, and singer. She joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2000 and went on to appear in films including 50 First Dates, A Prairie Home Companion, and Idiocracy as a supporting actress.

#8 Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher & Billie Lourd

These three attractive ladies represent three generations of actresses who have appeared in some of history's most well-known films and TV shows. While many of us remember Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd from the Star Wars films, Debbie Reynolds is most remembered for her roles in Singin' in the Rain, In & Out, and Molly Brown.

#9 Charlie Chaplin & Oona Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin has two successors: daughter Geraldine Chaplin and granddaughter Oona Chaplin. It's not surprising that they've chosen this career path as well. Geraldine Chaplin and Oona Chaplin appeared in several films, made a lot of impressions, and gained love from the audience.

#10 Marlon Brando & Tuki Brando

Tuki Brando graduated from medical school and is now a model who has already worked with one of the world's leading luxury brands, Versace. Despite his accomplishments, Tuki's life is complicated by the fact that he is Marlon's grandchild. Tuki's father was murdered shortly before his birth; his mother committed suicide when he was five years old; and after his wealthy grandfather died, Tuki was left out of his will.

#11 Charlie Chaplin & James Thiérrée

In addition to his daughter and granddaughter, Charlie Chaplin has a grandson who is a circus performer. James Thiérrée deserves to be a great successor because he is known for his work on Chocolat, Les Illusions, and Vitalis.

#12 Clark Gable & Clark James Gable

Clark James Gable was an actor, model, entrepreneur, and TV presenter who hosted the reality show Cheaters. He is Clark Gable’s grandson, who is most remembered for his part in Gone with the Wind as Rhett Butler.

#13 Janet Leigh & Jamie Lee Curtis

“Glamor girl” Janet Leigh was an actress, singer, dancer, and author, whose career spanned over five decades. She is most famous for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Psycho, in which she played a shower scene. Following her debut in John Carpenter's horror picture Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leigh’s daughter, cemented her reputation as a scream queen.

#14 Jane Austen & Anna Chancellor

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpreted, critiqued, and commented upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. She is an eight-time great aunt of actress Anna Chancellor. Chancellor played Caroline Bingley in the 1995 rendition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

#15 Anthony Perkins & Oz Perkins

Anthony Perkins' son, Oz, followed in his father's footsteps and pursued a career as an actor. You may recognize him from films such as The Blackcoat's Daughter, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, and Legally Blonde.

#16 J.D. Salinger & Matt Salinger

Matthew is best known for his roles in the films Revenge of the Nerds and Captain America, and he is the son of Catcher in the Rye author, J.D. Salinger.

#17 Winston Churchill & Nicholas Soames

Winston Churchill, who led the United Kingdom to victory in World War II, is one of the most well-known politicians of all time. The famous man's grandson, Nicholas Soames, followed in his grandfather's footsteps and became a politician as well. Soames has been a member of Parliament since 1997.

#18 Gregory Peck & Ethan Peck

From the 1940s until the 1960s, Gregory Peck was an actor and one of the most popular movie stars. And Ethan seems to have inherited his grandfather's good looks as well as his talent. He is well-known for his parts in films such as In Time, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, and Nothing to Fear.
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