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Celebrities Who Never Would Have Made It In Show Business If It Weren't For Nepotism

Gwyneth Paltrow comes to mind....

by Anonymousreply 5911/25/2012

Rumer Willis ..... and she didn't make it very far to begin with.

by Anonymousreply 111/25/2012

Sofia Coppola

by Anonymousreply 211/25/2012

Jaden and Willow Smith

At least Sofia Coppola grew to be a good director. I can't see either of the Smiths being worth a damn as performers.

by Anonymousreply 311/25/2012


by Anonymousreply 411/25/2012

"That's Barbara Bosson... B-O-S-S-O-N, with an 'N,' as is 'nepotism.'" -- Steven Bochco, referring to his wife/invariable star to a bunch of reporters

by Anonymousreply 511/25/2012


Tori Spelling

Charlie Sheen

Jaden and Willow Smith

by Anonymousreply 611/25/2012

Nic Cage

Jason Schwartzman

by Anonymousreply 711/25/2012

Lucie Arnaz and Lorna Luft. Both are perfectly okay performers, but neither would have gotten a chance had it not been for their respective Mamas. They offer nothing that thousands of other girls hitting show business when they did also had--a pleasant voice and adequate (well, in Lorna's case....maybe not) acting chops.

by Anonymousreply 911/25/2012

In some cases, the children actually outstripped whatever fame their parents had or won major awards, and I think it's safe to say people like Jane Fonda and Drew Barrymore (and even Gwyneth Paltrow, who is an asshole but who genuinely has beauty and some talent) deserve their fame, despite the fact that many doors were opened for them because of their last names.

The ones who seem despicable to me are the children and nephews of Francis Ford Coppola. An untalented and dislikable crowd.

by Anonymousreply 1011/25/2012

Hello, Tori @ R4!

by Anonymousreply 1111/25/2012

She hasn't happened yet but, Cody Horn.

by Anonymousreply 1211/25/2012

Uh me and all my siblings.

by Anonymousreply 1311/25/2012

Not that they have made it yet, but Meryl Streep's daughters.

(And I am not the consistently dull M troll either)

by Anonymousreply 1411/25/2012

Melissa Rivers (behind the scenes is where she works as a producer, also as a host and reality star...)

Kelly and Jack Osborne

by Anonymousreply 1511/25/2012

Lily Rabe got her foot in the door by virtue of her being (the late) Jill Clayburgh's daughter. But, she has shown herself to be a very fine actress on her own accord for a while now.

by Anonymousreply 1611/25/2012

Jane "Wooden" Fonda

by Anonymousreply 1711/25/2012

May she never "happen," R12.

by Anonymousreply 1811/25/2012

Emma Roberts

Drew Barrymore

Kate Hudson

Oliver Hudson

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Tater Tot O'Neal

Jack Ritz Cracker

Kim Kardashain

Paris Hilton

Nicole Richie

Lana Del Rey, whose real name is not that

by Anonymousreply 1911/25/2012

Griffin Dunne

Mariska Hargitay

Lorna Face Luft

Mamie Gumball

Lena Dunham

Jen Aniston

Angelina Jolly

by Anonymousreply 2011/25/2012

Lisa Marie Presley

by Anonymousreply 2111/25/2012

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhall, who are plain and modestly talented, to put it politely.

Ditto Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively.

Kiera Knightly is photogenic at least, but can't act. Being from a showbiz family got her in the door.

Chris Pine and Rashida Jones are not without appeal, but would they have gotten anywhere without family connections?

by Anonymousreply 2211/25/2012

Rashinda Jones, no. She is homely as homely can be and a boring actress to boot.

Chris Pine, yes. There is always a place for a conventional, yet extraordinarily beautiful young man in film.

by Anonymousreply 2311/25/2012

Didn't JD Salinger's son Matt become an actor?

He sort of came and went in the late 70s...

by Anonymousreply 2411/25/2012

I am surprised no one has mentioned Anderson Cooper yet. If it wasn't for his mother being Gloria Vanderbilt he wouldn't be where he is today. I doubt anyone would even know who he is.

by Anonymousreply 2511/25/2012

I haven't the slightest idea...

by Anonymousreply 2611/25/2012

What about Judd Apatow's wife Leslie Mann? the only movies I see her in are his movies where she plays the "hot" MILF.

Michael Douglas

by Anonymousreply 2711/25/2012

[quote]Didn't JD Salinger's son Matt become an actor?

Yes. He had a prominent role in "Revenge of the Nerds".

by Anonymousreply 2811/25/2012

Nicole RItchie

by Anonymousreply 2911/25/2012

I love Rashida Jones. She may have been helped by her family connections but she's adorable and a very good actress.

by Anonymousreply 3011/25/2012

Not true, R26. Janet has talent. She didn't need to be associated with The Jackson's to make it.

by Anonymousreply 3111/25/2012

Robert Downey Jr.

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by Anonymousreply 3311/25/2012

Tom Hanks' son...what's his name again?

by Anonymousreply 3411/25/2012

"What about Judd Apatow's wife Leslie Mann? the only movies I see her in are his movies where she plays the "hot" MILF. "

She's not really an example of nepotism, more of someone sleeping their way to the middle. She had a middling career as an ingenue before she married Apatow, and he's kept her working long after her ingenue days ended.

by Anonymousreply 3511/25/2012

Gay etch and Kate Hudson might have been in tv but I don't see either of them working hard enough to be big stars. Gweneth would have married rich at least.

by Anonymousreply 3611/25/2012

Gwyneth's parents got her to the middle, fucking Brad Pitt got her to the top.

by Anonymousreply 3711/25/2012

Do we included spouses? If so, Marsha Mason (now reduced to playing Patricia Heaton's mother on "The Middle.")

by Anonymousreply 3811/25/2012

Nicholas Cage Gwynnie Tom Hank's son Kate Hudson

by Anonymousreply 3911/25/2012

I disagree with some of these. Rashida Jones is a genuinely good comic actress and a beautiful woman. Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal also have genuine talent, and Jake is very attractive in an offbeat sort of way.

by Anonymousreply 4011/25/2012

[quote]Jake is very attractive in an offbeat sort of way.

He looks like a monkey.

by Anonymousreply 4111/25/2012

I agree, r40.

by Anonymousreply 4211/25/2012

Jason and Justine Bateman

by Anonymousreply 4311/25/2012

Zoe Kazan

by Anonymousreply 4411/25/2012

(Not show business but) I can't come up with anything attractive yet I'm still a celebrity.

by Anonymousreply 4511/25/2012

Not that they've "made it", but they're only known to us due to who their parents were.

Patti Davis

Ron Reagan

Michael Reagan

Bristol Palin

Meghan McCain

Steven Ford

Margaret Truman

Caroline Kennedy

JFK, Jr.

The Bush sons

The Romney sons

by Anonymousreply 4611/25/2012

The entire royal family (including the queen)

by Anonymousreply 4711/25/2012

Mitt is also a "Romney son."

by Anonymousreply 4811/25/2012

Kiefer Sutherland

by Anonymousreply 4911/25/2012

I actually think Kiefer is great in villain/creep roles R49. Loved his character in Freeway.

by Anonymousreply 5011/25/2012

Alexa Ray, still trying.

by Anonymousreply 5111/25/2012

All the Baldwins who aren't Alec.

Casey Affleck, Liv Tyler, the Mapother cousin, Danny Huston, Anjelica Huston.

Alexa Ray Joel should go to Ivanka Trump's plastic surgeon.

by Anonymousreply 5211/25/2012

ITA w/R26. Janet, without her Jackson name, would have had to have gone the Foxy Brown/Ashanti/Ciara route, and fucked and sucked her way to the top. God knows she didn't get where she is because of her great voice.

by Anonymousreply 5311/25/2012

I'm LOLing at the Janet hating troll at R53, who just left the Christina Aguilera thread ragging on Janet's voice as well. Ha!

by Anonymousreply 5411/25/2012

Ronnie Burns

by Anonymousreply 5511/25/2012

Y&R's Laura Lee Bell.

by Anonymousreply 5611/25/2012

Luke Russert

by Anonymousreply 5711/25/2012

Jim Belushi

by Anonymousreply 5811/25/2012

Goop is insufferable, but talented.

Tori Spelling owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 5911/25/2012
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