Famous Adoptive Parents

Did you know that these famous celebrities are adoptive parents?

Meghan Rivard February 23, 2015

Many famous celebrities have adopted children of various ages and from various countries. Did you know that these famous celebrities are adoptive parents?

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Angelina Jolie
1. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six children: Maddox (adopted in 2002 from Cambodia), Pax (adopted in 2007 from Vietnam), Zahara (adopted in 2005 from Ethiopia), Shiloh (born to them in 2005), and twins Vivienne and Knox (twins born to them in 2008).

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Barbara Walters
2. Barbara Walters

Barbara and her husband Lee adopted their daughter Jackie in 1968. Walters said that having a child made her life complete.

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Bob (and Delores) Hope
3. Bob (and Delores) Hope

Bob and Delores adopted four children: Linda (adopted in 1939), Tony (adopted in 1940), Nora (adopted in 1946), and Kelly (adopted in 1946), all from the same orphanage in Evanston, Illinois.

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Burt Reynolds
4. Burt Reynolds

Burt and his ex-wife Lori Anderson adopted their son Quinton in 1988.

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Calista Flockhart
5. Calista Flockhart

Calista adopted her son Liam in San Diego in 2001. Being a single mom was not a concern to her and she told People magazine at that time that a relationship was “not a priority.”

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Connie Chung
6. Connie Chung

Connie and her husband Maury Povich adopted their son Matthew in 1995. This highlight in her life came shortly after losing her co-anchor spot on the CBS Evening News.

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Diane Keaton
7. Diane Keaton

Diane adopted her daughter Dexter in 1996 and then her son Duke in 2001.

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George Lucas
9. George Lucas

George and his ex-wife Marcia Lou Griffin adopted their daughter Amanda in 1981. After they divorced, George adopted two more children as a single parent: Katie in 1988 and Jett in 1993.

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Hugh Jackman
10. Hugh Jackman

Hugh and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness adopted two children: Oscar in 2000 and Ava in 2005. After years of infertility with his wife, Hugh Jackman stated, “adoption was our destiny.”

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Jamie Lee Curtis
11. Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie and husband Christopher Guest adopted their daughter Annie (born in 1986) and son Tom (born in 1996).

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Julie Andrews
12. Julie Andrews

Julie and husband Blake Edward adopted two daughters from Vietnam in 1974: Amy Leigh and Joanna Lynne.

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Kirstie Alley
13. Kirstie Alley

Kirstie and ex-husband Parker Stevenson adopted their son William True in 1992 and daughter Lillie Price in 1994. Adoption came after Kirstie’s experience with a miscarriage and stillbirth.

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Kurt Vonnegut
14. Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt adopted his sister’s children—James, Steven, and Kurt—when his sister and brother-in-law passed away in 1958. He later adopted his daughter Lily as an infant in 1982.

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Magic Johnson
15. Magic Johnson

Magic and his wife Earleatha Kelly adopted their daughter Elisa in 1995.

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Meg Ryan
16. Meg Ryan

Meg adopted her daughter Daisy True from China in 2006.

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Michelle Pfeiffer
17. Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle adopted her daughter Claudia Rose in 1993. She told People Magazine that not being married wasn’t going to stop her from having a family.

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Nicole Kidman
18. Nicole Kidman

When they were married, Nicole and Tom Cruise adopted their daughter Isabella Jane in 1993 and their son Connor Antony in 1995.

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Ozzy (and Sharon) Osbourne
19. Ozzy (and Sharon) Osbourne

Ozzy and Sharon adopted a teenage son, Robert Marcato, when Robert’s biological mother died from cancer in 2002.

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Pierce Brosnan
20. Pierce Brosnan

Pierce adopted his first wife Cassandra Harris’s children Chris and Charlotte Brosnan when their biological father died in 1997.

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Ronald Reagan
21. Ronald Reagan

Ronald and ex-wife Jane Wyman adopted their son Michael in 1945. Before adopting, they had a biological daughter, Maureen, in 1941 who was born four months prematurely and only lived one day.

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Rosie O'Donnell
22. Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie adopted her first son Parker in 1995. Then Rosie and her partner Kelli Carpenter adopted three children: Chelsea (adopted in 1997), Blake (adopted in 1999), and Dakota (adopted in 2013).

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Sammy Davis, Jr.
23. Sammy Davis, Jr.

Sammy and his ex-wife May Britt adopted sons Mark Sidney and Jeff in the 1960's. Sammy and his third wife Altovise adopted their son Manny in 1989.

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Stephen Spielberg
24. Stephen Spielberg

Stephen and his wife Kate Capshaw adopted their son Theo (who was adopted originally by Kate Capshaw before her marriage to Spielberg) and daughter Mikaela George (born in 1986).

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Tom Cruise
25. Tom Cruise

Tom and ex-wife Nicole Kidman adopted Isabella Jane ( in 1992) and Connor Antony (in 1995).

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Walt (and Lily) Disney
26. Walt (and Lily) Disney

Walt and his wife Lily adopted Sharon Mae Disney in 1936.

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Meghan Rivard

Meghan is an adoptive mother and a big advocate of adoption and foster care. She resides in Indiana with her husband, their one-year-old daughter who is the center of their lives, and their dog Max. She has a Bachelor's and Master’s Degree in Social Work. Meghan stays at home with her daughter but is so happy she found this outlet to share her personal adoption story and educate about adoption!

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