Famous Adopted Children and Adoptive Parents

This is pure superficial celebrity trivia, but I’ll post it anyway. I must’ve been inspired by the Barbara Walters special the other night, feeling a bit nostalgic and sentimental. Some of these names are well known, others maybe not. I don’t know whether some names “count” as they weren’t adopted in the “traditional” sense; they were raised by biological family members other than their biological parents. So here is an edited down list of 25 each.

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25 Famous Adopted Children:

  1. Robert Byrd – U.S. Senator
  2. Peter and Kitty Carruthers – Olympic silver medal figure skaters
  3. Eric Clapton – Rock star
  4. Bill Clinton – U.S. President
  5. Nat King Cole – Pop star
  6. Bo Diddley – Blues star
  7. Larry Ellison – Billionaire, CEO, Oracle Corp. (close friend of Steve Jobs, also adopted)
  8. Gerald Ford – U.S. President
  9. Debbie Harry – Rock star, Blondie
  10. Steve Jobs – Co-Founder of Apple Computer
  11. Colin Kaepernick – NFL quarterback
  12. John Lennon – Beatle
  13. Art Linkletter – TV star
  14. Ray Liotta – Movie star
  15. Greg Louganis – Olympic gold medal diver
  16. Nelson Mandela – Civil rights icon and President, South Africa
  17. Marilyn Monroe – Iconic movie star
  18. Willie Nelson – Country music star
  19. Jack Nicholson – Movie star
  20. Edgar Allen Poe – Poet, Writer
  21. Nancy Reagan – First Lady
  22. Michael Reagan – Author and Ronald Reagan’s son
  23. Eleanor Roosevelt – First Lady
  24. Dave Thomas – Entrepreneur, founder of Wendy’s
  25. Malcolm X – Civil rights icon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Famous Adoptive Parents:

  1. Charles Bronson – Action star
  2. Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman – Movie stars
  3. Sammy Davis, Jr. – Star entertainer
  4. Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne – Best selling authors
  5. Walt Disney – Founder of Walt Disney Company
  6. Mia Farrow – Movie star
  7. Henry Fonda – Iconic movie star
  8. Bob Hope – Iconic movie star and entertainer
  9. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – Movie stars
  10. Magic Johnson – Basketball star
  11. Diane Keaton – Movie star
  12. George Lucas – Director of Star Wars films
  13. Harpo Marx – Marx Brother
  14. Willie Mays – Baseball star
  15. John McCain – U.S. Senator
  16. Ed McMahon – TV star, Johnny Carson’s sidekick
  17. Paul Newman – Movie star
  18. Rosie O’Donnell – TV star
  19. Ozzy Osbourne – Rock star
  20. Burt Reynolds – Movie star
  21. Roy Rogers – Movie, TV star
  22. Al Roker – TV star, weatherman
  23. Linda Ronstadt – Rock star
  24. Stephen Spielberg – Hollywood director
  25. Barbara Walters – TV star, news anchor

2 thoughts on “Famous Adopted Children and Adoptive Parents

  1. Bill Clinton was raised by his biological mom and later adopted by his stepfather. By that definition, pretty much any kid with divorced parents who remarried is considered an “adopted” kid.

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