It’s All In the Genes: Mother-Daughter Celebrity Look Alikes
They often say that famous people and Hollywood stars tend to keep it in the family and there seems to be a lot of truth in that statement! This list of mother-daughter celebrity look alikes proves that the progeny of the world’s most famous singers, actresses, and supermodels are often carbon copies of their parents who bequeathed them a lucky string of DNA. So, if you’re ready to experience a bit of a chip off the old block, then read here. We warn you: you might have to rub your eyes after seeing double as these duo divas will knock your socks off!
1. Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson has risen to fame for playing Anastasia Steele in 50 Shades of Gray, but did you know that the Hollywood starlet hails from a successful line of Hollywood starlets? That’s right, her mother is none other than Melanie Griffith, renowned for her performance in the 1988 flick Working Girl, while her grandmother is the Hitchcock actress Tippi Hedren.
Johnson definitely inherited the showbiz gene from the leading ladies in her life, as well as her father, the actor, producer, and director, Don Johnson. Dakota Johnson’s career first took off when she co-starred as Griffith’s on-screen daughter in Crazy in Alabama, and now the sky is the limit for this People’s Choice Award and BAFTA Rising Star award holder.
2. Christie Brinkley and Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook
Now this is what you call a pair of glamorous uptown girls! Supermodel Christie Brinkley has always known how to strut her stuff, and it seems like Brinkley’s youngest daughter Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook is following right in her mother’s stiletto-wearing footsteps.
The striking resemblance between this star-studded mother-daughter duo left fans amazed when supermodel Brinkley modeled for Sports Illustrated with both her daughters, Sailor Lee Cook and Alexa Ray Joel, by her side in 2017. Since Cook took to Twitter and Instagram in 2011, her following has grown exponentially, which has garnered her a contract with the modeling agency IMG modeling.
3. Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber
Kaia Gerber can definitely chant “I got it from my mama”. At just 16 years old, she is a spitting image of her mom, supermodel Cindy Crawford. It’s safe to say that fashion and beauty were always written in the stars for her!
While Crawford was a household name in the ’80s and ’90s, her daughter Gerber became the next It Girl when she graced the cover of Vogue and debuted on the runway for Calvin Klein in 2017. Gerber seems to have slipped into her mother’s successful shoes, or should we say heels, by modeling for fashion houses Versace, Burberry, Coach, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Fendi, Moschino, and Alexander Wang, and she’s not slowing down. Now that’s what you call a good set of genes!
4. Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer
When your mother has been cited as “the best actress of her generation,” the genetic apple cannot fall too far from the blessed tree, right? That’s certainly the case for three-time Academy Award winning (and 21-time nominee) actress Meryl Streep and her daughter Mary Willa “Mamie” Gummer.
Gummer doesn’t only look identical to her iconic mother, she also inherited her stellar acting skills from Streep. Gummer hit the silver screen at the tender age of 20 months old alongside her mother in the 1986 movie Heartburn and reunited with her as her on-screen daughter in the 2015 comedy-drama Ricki and the Flash. Some of Gummer’s other notable roles have been in the medical drama series Emily Owens, M.D. as the titular role, as well as the recurring role of Nancy Crozier in the legal TV series The Good Wife.
5. Lisa Bonet and Zoë Kravitz
Yep, you might think you’re seeing double, but you’re not! Lisa Bonet and Zoë Kravitz look so alike they could be sisters, which is why it’s hard to guess who the mother is over here. Well, in case you didn’t know, Zoë Kravitz is the daughter of the swelteringly-gorgeous actress Lisa Bonet and soulful rock and blues singer Lenny Kravitz.
Kravitz definitely inherited her good looks and talents from her parents, and has morphed into an actress and musical sensation in her own right, starring in No Reservations, The Brave One, as well as X-Men: First Class as the Marvel Comics character Angel Salvadore. She has also acted in the TV series Californication and Big Little Lies, the latter of which earned her much acclaim playing the supporting role of Bonnie Carlson. Kravitz also started making he own music at the age of 16.
6. Kim Basinger and Ireland Basinger-Baldwin
If your mother was a Bond girl, then you can rest assured that your gene pool will secure you fame and success. Ireland Basigner-Baldwin is the daughter of actress and former model Kim Basinger and the legendary actor, producer, and comedian Alec Baldwin.
The 22-year-old fashion model and actress has made a name for herself in Tinseltown since she signed with IMG Models in 2013. Since then, she has bagged Vanity Fair‘s It Girl title of June 2013 and starred in Grudge Match as the younger version of her mother’s character. Basigner-Baldwin’s latest appearances have been in 2017 campaigns for True Religion Jeans and Guess, among others. In 2018, the young star posed for PETA in an anti-fur campaign, mirroring her mother, who did the same thing 24 years earlier.
7. Madonna and Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon
When your mother dominates the “material world” as the queen of pop, then it’s only natural to follow suit as her daughter, right? It also makes total sense that Lourdes Leon is a copy-paste pre-blonde version of her successful mother.
The formidable duo launched their very own ’80s-inspired punk-girl fashion line at Macy’s called Material Girl. An avid fan of her mother, Leon has also worked on Madonna: Celebration – The Video Collection, an anthology of videos spanning her mother’s career from 1983 to 2009, as well the 2005 documentary I’m Going to Tell You a Secret about Madonna’s Re-Invention world tour in 2004.
8. Reese Witherspoon and Ava Phillippe
With a mother as pretty as a peach like Louisiana-born Academy-Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, it’s simple math that her daughter would turn out just as fine. Ava Phillippe, daughter of Witherspoon and actor Ryan Philippe, definitely didn’t have “cruel intentions” when bringing Ava into the world. In fact, they had the best of them judging by Ava’s burgeoning success today.
The 18-year-old Phillippe debuted as an up-and-coming fashion model when she lent her face to the clothing and accessory brand Rodarte for its Fall 2018 Portrait Series collection, and her mother couldn’t help but brag at how beautiful her daughter is both “inside and out.” Turns out the young model didn’t only inherit her mother’s good genes, but also her tenacity and ambition.
9. Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri Martino
It’s no secret that the showbiz gene is somewhat of an inherited one, and Eva Amurri Martino’s success is one of those case in point examples. Daughter of Academy-look aliAward-winning actress Susan Sarandon and Italian director Franco Amurri, Eva is no stranger to the big screen.
In 2002, the actress starred alongside Sarandon as her on-screen daughter in the comedy film The Banger Sisters with another star and mother on this list – Goldie Hawn. This mother-daughter duo love to make magic onscreen, as they also guest-starred in Season 7 Episode 15 of Friends. One of her latest ventures was in the 2016 film Mothers and Daughters, in which she once again played, yep you guessed it, the daughter of her mother’s character. Talk about keeping it in the family, literally!
10. Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
When anyone thinks of a mother-daughter celebrity look-alike duo, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson are the first iconic pair who come to mind. Whether it’s those golden locks or glistening smile, Hudson is certainly a carbon copy of her talented and beautiful mother.
Hudson rose to fame for her role in Almost Famous in 2000, and since then has graced the screen in several films as a superstar in her own right. In 2016, she co-founded the fitness brand Fabletics and authored her first lifestyle book Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body. The following year, Hudson released another book called Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition. Well, Hudson did a great job of keeping the Hollywood tradition in the fam.
11. Bebe Buell and Liv Tyler
One of the ’70s most celebrated figures, Bebe Buell is know for her piercing blue eyes, as well as her work as a singer, fashion model, and a regular at all the backstage rock scenes of the era. However, her other claim to fame is her equally-dazzling daughter Liv Tyler.
Liv’s mother Buell and father Steven Tyler, Aerosmith frontman, bequeathed their daughter with both great genes and lots of talent. Liv started modeling when she was just 14, but turned her focus to acting soon after. Since her film debut in the 1994 film Silent Fall, Tyler has starred in an eclectic range of movies, most notably in the Lord of the Rings film franchise for her role as Elf maiden Arwen Undómiel. She was also a spokesperson for Givenchy’s line of cosmetics and perfumes.
12. Tina Knowles and Beyoncé
While all the “Single Ladies” swear by Beyoncé’s diva moves and killer set of vocal chords, the men are all “Drunk in Love” or even “Dangerously in Love” with the multi-platinum artist, and that’s all thanks to her mom Tina Knowles. Tina also serves as Beyoncé’s personal fashion designer, mentor, and biggest fan.
When Tina isn’t supporting her “Bootylicious” daughter from behind-the-scenes, the two are collaborating together to “Run the World” with their contemporary fashion line House of Deréon and the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center in Brooklyn. Tina and Beyoncé are not only a mother-daughter celeb duo, they’re also the “Best Thing [We] Ever Had.”
13. Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith
Willow Smith was kind of destined for fame as the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. The singer, actress, and dancer launched her music career when she was only 10 with the singles “Whip My Hair” and “21st Century Girl” and made her acting debut in the 2007 movie I Am Legend, starring her father.
When your parents are Hollywood icons, it’s no surprise that you make history yourself. Yes, Willow became the youngest artist to sign with a label when she signed with Jay-Z’S record label Roc Nation in 2010. The musical prodigy also busies herself with philanthropic endeavors, such as Project Zambi, for which she serves as a youth ambassador assisting Zambian children orphaned by AIDS.
14. Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow
The Hollywood gene runs strong in this line of beauties. Both Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow are celebrated starlets with Paltrow garnering a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love. Meanwhile, mom Blythe Danner is a Primetime Emmy and Tony award winner for her performances in the drama series Huff and the play Butterflies Are Free, respectively.
Not only does it look like Danner and Paltrow were cut from the same cloth, the two also acted together in the 1992 TV film Cruel Doubt and then in the 2003 movie Sylvia, where Danner plays Paltrow’s on-screen mother. Continue reading for more mother-daughter celebrity look alikes; you won’t believe your eyes when you see the next duo!
15. Robin Wright and Dylan Penn
Fame should be Dylan Penn’s second name seeing that she hails from two Hollywood giants, namely: actor and filmmaker Sean Penn and actress Robin Wright, who has won seven Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe awards. It’s kind of a given that their daughter would inherit her mother’s good look and both parents’ stellar acting skills.
Dylan Penn first appeared on modeling billboards for Gap’s 2013 campaigns, and the rest was history. She has also bagged a few acting roles, with her latest roles being a pair of indie films called GenRX and Unfiltered that are currently in production.
16. Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger
Known for her tooth gap, the English model Georgia May Jagger is the daughter of none other than Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger and model and actress Jerry Hall, so it’s no wonder that she was bequeathed a good set of genes.
Jagger has made a name for herself ever since she signed with TESS Model Management in 2008, landing gigs with luxury fashion houses Chanel, Versace, Miu Miu, Vivienne Westwood and the fashion brand H&M. The model has also appeared in cosmetic advertisements for Rimmel and Thierry Mugler’s fragrance Angel.
17. Yolanda Hadid and Bella Hadid
When you are Dutch-American model and TV personality Yolanda Hadid, it’s a given that your progeny will be just as magnificent. Indeed, model Bella Hadid inherited her looks and uber-feminine figure from none other than her talented mother.
We bet Yolanda knew exactly what she was doing by naming her daughter Bella, which means “beautiful” in Italian, as the model took the fashion world by storm in 2016 when the industry named her “Model of the Year” for her work with Chanel Couture, Givenchy, Dior, and Miu Miu, just to mention a few. Hadid feels right at home when she’s strutting those runways, and the best part is that she’s just half of the double slice when it comes to the enigmatic beauty of the Hadid women. Want to know what we mean? Read on!
18. Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain
When it comes to the world of music, Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain make one helluva mother-daughter duo. Hailing as the only offspring of two rocker parents, the punk and grunge singer Courtney Love and late lead singer of Nirvana Kurt Cobain, Frances Bean has continued the legacy of her family with her modeling and visual art pursuits.
Cobain and Love enjoy spending time together. Not only do the chic rockers bear a striking resemblance, they also share the same interests with their edgy style and love of art and clothes. So, which other mother-daughter celebrities made this list?
19. Kris Jenner and Kendall Jenner
It’s safe to say that all the members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan have inherited their good looks from the steadfast and stunning matriarch of the household Kris Jenner, but the second-youngest of her children, the slim and willowy Kendall Jenner has secured herself the most successful career out of all her famous siblings.
The TV personality and model hangs out with the likes of the Hadid sisters and originally rose to fame as part of “the Instagirl era”. What’s more, we bet her gorgeous facade doesn’t need any filters, but Kendall has been ranked among the top 15 most-followed celebs on Instagram, and claimed the title as the Highest-paid model on Forbes list in 2017.
20. Christie Brinkley and Alexa Ray Joel
Alexa Ray Joel, daughter of piano man Billy Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley, certainly got a nice slice out of the genetic cake and boasts her own career as a singer and songwriter with mom and dad as her number one fans.
When Joel turned 19, she formed her own band, and since then her musical career has blossomed with the release of her EP record Sketches in 2006 and a Hard Rock Cafe tour. The brunette beauty enjoys performing at New York fashion events and was selected as the spokeswoman for Prell shampoo in 2010.
21. Demi Moore and Rumer Willis
The exquisite actress Demi Moore made a name for herself as a Hollywood actress playing sexy, strong, and tough roles, and thereby served as a great role model for her daughter Rumer, with ex-husband Bruce Willis.
Rumer (on the left) was the one to inherit her parents’ love of acting and the spotlight-landing roles in movies Striptease, The House Bunny, and From Within. She also co-starred with her father in The Whole Nine Yards and Hostage.
22. Yolanda Hadid and Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid, Bella’s equally-beautiful and successful older sister, signed with IMG Models just a year before her sister and was named the 2016 International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council. Her career actually kicked off, however, when she was just two years old, modeling for Guess clothing.
In 2017, Gigi and Bella opened the Spring/Summer year together for Fendi and Moschino, and since then, their faces have graced almost every billboard in the world. For almost three years, Hadid started dating One Direction singer Zayn Malik, which earned the model a few perks like starring in his music video “Pillow Talk.”
23. Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Depp
When Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp and the striking French model and actress Vanessa Paradis had a child, the result was nothing short of wonderful. Yep, the model and actress Lily-Rose Depp is the product of the star-studded former couple.
Lily-Rose made her acting debut in the comedy-horror 2014 film Tusk, but her biggest claim to fame was when she was announced as the face of the fragrance Chanel No°5 L’Eau, a fashion house her magnificent mother has modeled for since 1991.
24. Annie Lennox and Tali Lennox
Annie Lennox, the Scottish singer and songwriter, has gifted the world with beautiful melodies since late ’70s and also graced the world with a beautiful and talented daughter, Tali Lennox. Born to Lennox and Israeli film and and record producer Uri Fruchtmann in 1993, Tali Lennox Fruchtmann inherited the performing gene from her parents.
She is both an actress and model, renowned for her work with Burberry, Acne Studios, Prada, Miu Miu, Christopher Kane, and Topshop. Her true passion lies in portrait painting. We guess we can still say like mother, like daughter!
25. Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross
It’s no wonder the legendary diva Diana Ross was the front-woman of ’60s group The Supremes, and continued producing hit after hit after launching a successful solo career. She has gone down in history as one of the biggest musicians of the era.
Ross passed on the talent gene to her daughter Tracee Ellis Ross, most famous for her lead roles in the comedy series Girlfriends and Black-ish. With a mother like hers, it seems like the sky is the limit and “Aint No Mountain High Enough” for Tracee. We’re not done yet! Read on for some more astounding mother-daughter celebrity look alikes.
26. Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones
With a flower child mother like Peggy Lipton, who rose to fame as Julie Barnes on the show The Mod Squad, coupled with music legend Quincy Jones, it was a given that Rashida Jones would turn out just as talented.
Rashida Jones has forged with her own acting path with roles on the hit NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, the U.S. version of The Office, and Boston Legal. The TV and film actress’s latest accolade was performing as the lead in the series Angie Tribeca.
27. Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne
We all appreciated the quirky antics and outrageous shenanigans this eccentric mother-daughter duo entertained us with in the reality TV series, The Osbournes. Who would’ve thought that this series would win a Primetime Emmy Award and garner the highest ratings in MTV history?
Since the reality show came to an end in 2005, this impressive pair has continued to entertain us with Sharon hosting the daytime series The Talk and Kelly showing off her awesome fashion sense on reality shows like Fashion Police, Australia’s Got Talent, and Project Runway Junior.
28. Diane Ladd and Laura Dern
This mother-daughter duo really epitomize the meaning of a successful double-act! Laura Dern kicked off her acting career starring in mother Diane Ladd’s film White Lightning and she also made a brief cameo in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, one of Ladd’s signature performances. In 1991, they were both nominated for an Oscar for their performances in the film Rambling Rose.
The blonde twosome are such a formidable force that they received adjoining stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010, the first time any famous family members have been given such an opportunity. Well, they certainly deserve it, that’s for sure!
29. Leticia Jean Cyrus and Miley Cyrus
When a child star grows up, Hollywood sure makes a big deal out of it, and such was the case with Miley Cyrus. From her Hannah Montana days to her signature twerking on stage, Cyrus has never failed to impress.
Well, her good genes, her glam, and her big blue eyes come from her mama Leticia Jean Cyrus, better known as Tish. Remember the films The Last Song, LOL, and So Undercover? Well, Tish was actually the one to produce all these films her daughter starred in. That’s girl power right there!
30. Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis
What do horror films and two Hollywood heavyweights have in common? A mother-daughter bond! Janet Leigh was discovered at just 18-years-old and her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 psychological horror Psycho paved the way for her career in Hollywood.
Leigh’s daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, made her film debut in the 1978 slasher film Halloween, earning her the nickname “scream queen”. After that, her star power exploded and has continued to this day, especially in the horror genre.
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