There is a long list of extremely successful actors and athletes that we could come up with here, but it’s the success of these famous folks’ daughters that we are more interested in. We have assembled a list of the successful daughters of your favorite athletes and actors, and you are sure to be surprised and intrigued to learn that at times that apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, while other times the apple practically runs away from the tree. One thing is for certain, genes cannot be denied in this case – these women are as strong and as talented as their respective parents.
In a case where daughter is more famous than father, at least to us. Gina Carano is the daughter of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Glenn Carano. Gina went into MMA after finishing her studies and did very well over the course of her short career as a fighter. She decided to hang up her towel and go into another field she was passionate about – acting. Gina has been in major motion pictures, such as, Extraction, Fast and Furious 6, and most recently, Deadpool, alongside actor, Ryan Reynolds. It seems Gina can do whatever she sets her mind to; once a fighter always a fighter.
Annie is the lookalike daughter of THE Glenn Close. When your mother is such a successful actress and you have that as your role model in life, you are bound to go into the same field, and she did. Annie began her acting career in 2001 and has been in films such as South Pacific, and Albert Nobbs, costarring beside her talented mother. Annie has kept very busy and has three films in post-production that are set to be released in 2017. Annie and Glenn are scheduled to costar once again in the film, The Wife, where Annie plays a younger version of Glenn.
Thanks to E! Channel and reality television, Brittny Gastineau is more well known than her father to the millennial generation. Brittny’s father is Mark Gastineau, a former NFL defensive end. The two are not close these days as Mark has battled his own demons for years, but Brittny is known for her famous friends, her designing skills and modeling jobs. Brittny has contracts with companies such as L’Oreal, in addition to various magazine spreads.
Gigi Hadid is the eldest of the three Hadid children, and at this point, the most successful. The daughter of former model, Yolanda Foster, Gigi is one of the new breed of supermodels to walk the runways of every fashion week around the globe. Gigi’s full name is Jelena Noura Hadid, shortened to Gigi for obvious reasons. Hadid has walked the runways for designers like Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Chanel, Fendi, Versace, and Balmain. She is also in a high profile relationship with Zayn Malik, the former member of the hit boy group, One Direction.
Miley Cyrus needs no introduction. Miley is the true to herself daughter of country singer, Billy Ray Cyrus. She also happens to have legendary singer, Dolly Parton, as her godmother! Anyway, Miley got her start in acting and singing as a young girl and has continued to slay musical charts through her teens and adulthood. Miley is currently engaged to actor, Liam Hemsworth, making her one half of a very powerful couple. Professionally though, Cyrus is currently on her sixth studio album, showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Rachel Bradshaw’s dad is Terry Bradshaw. Terry was a major figure in NFL as a quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, bringing them to Super Bowl victory four times. Rachel, who is very close with her father, studied at Belmont University in Tennessee. She is now a country singer who found her voice after the tragic death of her husband and needed a way to channel her grief of the situation. Her band, Stella James Band, is based in Nashville.
When your mother is supermodel, Christy Brinkley, you know you’re going to be something. Sailor is en route to being quite something once she finishes her schooling. Cook is currently enrolled in The New School’s Parsons School of Design and has a couple years left to go before she is out in the real world. While Sailor looks a lot like her beautiful momma, she doesn’t like hearing it. Noted.
Nastia is the daughter of Valeri Liukin, making them the gymnastics family to beat. Valeri was winning top marks throughout the 80s and 90s for his gymnastics skills, after which he trained his young daughter to do the same. Nastia was just 14 when she won her first gold medal in the Pan American Games, only to aim even higher and win the gold medal for the all around competition in gymnastics at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Talk about gene pool!
Watch out for this one. Sofia is the youngest daughter of musician Lionel Richie, and sister to yet another famous woman – Nicole Richie. Sofia is now a up and coming model who has been in magazines and shoots for major designers. She has also been in the press lately for being thought to be the new girlfriend of none other than Justin Bieber. Whether her relationship is rumor or truth, the most important thing is that she is working hard to be the best she can be at what she does.
Laila Ali is the daughter of legendary late boxer, Muhammad Ali. Ali made famous the phrase – float like a butterfly, sting like a bee – and was one of the most beloved athletes. Laila has followed her father into the boxing ring. She was a very good fighter for a few years before deciding to retire from boxing as well and pursue other passions. However, let us just show you how the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, both her and her dad mastered their winning streaks by way of knockout punches.
Emma Roberts is very well known in her own right, and has been acting since she was a little girl, but let’s not forget that her dad is Eric Roberts and her aunt is Julia Roberts! Emma is in the A list at this point in her acting game. She is huge on television and in film. She has starred in Scream Queens, Nerve, The art of Getting By, American Horror Story, and Twelve, to name a few projects. Roberts is a last name to remember here!
Brooke Hogan, is a Hogan! Daughter of former wrestler, Hulk Hogan, Brooke took after dad in her love of attention and dramatic behavior. Brooke is also a wrestler now, taking a page from her father’s book. A few years ago the entire Hogan family was in front of the cameras for a reality television show about their lives, proving that when you let a television crew into your home, you’re also inviting trouble. The Hogan’s later divorced and each child got into some trouble.
Lily Collins is the daughter of musician, Phil Collins. Phil has had a stream of successful albums and singles, and his daughter is giving him quite a run for his money. Lily is both an actress and a writer. The young Collins has starred in films like Mirror Mirror, alongside Julia Roberts, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Blind Side, Love Rosie, and Stuck in Love. Most recently, Lily has published her first book, a memoir, titled – Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.
Frances Bean Cobain
Frances Bean Cobain is the daughter of the leader of the grudge movement – the late great Kurt Cobain (and Courtney Love). Although the child of rock royalty, Frances is not in the music business and has no plans to be. Frances is a model and an artist, who has been in several design campaigns and has presented her art in a gallery under a pseudonym – Fiddle Tim. In addition to all of this, Frances was also an intern at Rolling Stone magazine.
Jordin Sparks is the daughter of Phillippi Sparks, a former NFL player for the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. Jordin is more famous than him at this point! She won American Idol on the season she was on, launching her very successful musical career. Jordin has won a Grammy for her hit songs, and has continued to record album after album. She has since been in a relationship with fellow musician, Jason Derulo, but that ended when he was unfaithful.
Allison Williams is the talented offspring of NBC Nightly News anchor, Brian Williams. Allison is not only a truly intelligent woman, graduating from Yale University back in 2010, but has proven to be a very good actress. Allison took part in the hit HBO series, Girls, alongside creator and actress, Lena Dunham. Now that Girls finished its last season (breaking all of our hearts), Allison is onto new and exciting projects. On the personal end, she is married to Ricky Van Veen.
Lily Rose Depp
The daughter of actor Johnny Depp, Lily Rose Depp already has a name people will recognize. However, Lily is a self-sufficient woman who is hard at work to make a name for herself. Lily has modeled for Chanel, in one of her first modeling jobs in the industry, and has been in a few films in supporting roles. The young Depp is very open about her thoughts on gender fluidity, for which she is an advocate for.
Ava is the spitting image of her mother, Reese Witherspoon. The young woman is also very much like her mom when it comes to her temperament, keeping to herself and being as classically charming as can be. Ava is currently in the process of thinking about her future and if she wants to take after her parents and get into the acting field. Either way we are sure this young lady will be good at whatever she puts her mind to.
Francesca Eastwood carries the famous and heavy name of Eastwood very well. Father, Clint Eastwood, is one proud papa. Francesca is following her passion for acting (with a family like hers who could blame her!). She was originally discovered when she appeared in her family’s reality television show on the E! Channel. Afterwards, she went on to appear in films like, Outlaws and Angels, Kids vs Monsters, and Final Girl. Francesca takes after her mother, Frances Fisher, in terms of her looks, but also her acting chops. We are sure to be seeing more from this lovely lady.
Sistine Stallone has mom and dad to thank for everything she has – from her name to her gene pool. Sistine, daughter of Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin, is a very successful model. Sistine has been in various magazines, as well as a campaign for Fendi. In recent months, Sistine has gone a little more free with her modeling restraints and has been in lingerie shoots. Her dad must love that.
Greer Grammer, daughter of comedian and Frasier star, Kelsey Grammer, is yet another success story in line with the child of actor becoming an actor. Greer has inherited her dad’s comedic skills, starring in shows like, iCarly, Awkward, The Middle, Melissa and Joey, and has fought for the title of best baker on Cupcake Wars. Little by little she is paving her way to greater success. Who knows where she could go!
Elettra comes from a long line of super talented women – mother, Isabella Rossellini, and grandmother, Ingrid Bergman! Elettra is 5 feet 11 inches and is, not surprisingly, a model. In addition to her modeling, Elettra is a writer and food editor; three of the coolest jobs anyone could ever have in our opinion. Elettra makes sure to use her own name and not pull the Rossellini name to get further, got to respect that.
Sosie Bacon is the daughter of two major Hollywood players – Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. Sosie made her screen debut in the film, Loverboy, when she was just 10. Over the years she has been on her mom’s television show, The Closer, and a few other productions to get her acting feet wet. Sosie accompanies her parents to Hollywood events, including award show red carpets. Soon enough they will be accompanying HER!
Bria is one of Eddie Murphy’s NINE children. The 27 year old is successful in her own right though. The Murphy name didn’t help much when it came to her specific passion – art. Bria is an artist and an actress, with her work displayed in a gallery in Los Angeles. In terms of her acting, her last name and dad will probably be very helpful for her advancement in Hollywood.
Kate Mara is not only the sister of another famous actress, Rooney Mara, but is also the granddaughter of Art Rooney Sr. the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Rooney name is one to remember. Kate is also an actress like her sister and has been in major films like, The Martian, Iron Man 2, Transcendence, and Brokeback Mountain. She is paving her own path in her career, sticking to her gut instinct along the way.
The third Lily on this list! Lily Costner, daughter of veteran actor, Kevin Coster, is also a child to go in the footsteps of her parents. Lily caught the acting bug hard ever since 1995. She was in the film, The Baby Sitters Club, 3000 Miles to Graceland, and The Postman. In 2004 she was Miss Golden Globe, presenting herself to a room full of the biggest names in Hollywood. It’s only a matter of time before she comes the next big thing.
Lourdes is the eldest daughter of the legendary pop queen, Madonna. Lourdes is currently in college at the University of Michigan, studying musical theater. In addition to being the next big thing in acting, Lourdes is also a model, and has worked for designers like Stella McCartney. Lourdes is also a businesswoman! She and her mother are co-founders of a clothing line they called, Material Girl. With all of these talents – acting, modeling and founding companies, it is no question that Lourdes will be a great success.
Kendall Jenner, daughter of Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner – Olympic gold medalist). Kendall is one of the younger Jenner children and a very successful model these days. The naturally tall, thin and beautiful woman is walking the cat walks of fashion shows on every continent, appearing in campaigns, reality television shows (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), and has a huge social media presence for the millennial generation to wow over.
Like mother like daughter! The mini-me version of actress Andie MacDowell, has to be her daughter, Rainey. Rainey takes after much more than just her mom’s features, but her passion for acting as well. Rainey has been in productions like, Mighty Fine, Mad Men and Falcon Song. In 2012 she was Miss Golden Globe which was not the best experience for her, as she said it pretty much traumatized her. Rainey is now a singer, living in both LA and Nashville to work on her upcoming album.
Wayne Gretzky is the proud father of Paulina. Wayne is an NHL legend who broke record after record. Paulina is a very successful model and savvy businesswoman in her own right. Her modeling career brought Paulina to the runways of fashion weeks all over the world, in addition to several magazine spreads and ad campaigns. She is without a doubt a woman to contend with.