I've been loving reading all about Joan Crawford and her kids. I was thinking about some others, like Gary Cooper's daughter Maria (who I found has her own website). Someone mentioned Robert Taylor's kids, so I looked them up (and the son doesn't look anything like his father - see pic). Are any of you descended from a movie actor or know someone who is? How has it affected their life?
Movie Stars' Descendants
|by Anonymous||reply 101||05/05/2021|
Great idea for a thread. I am not, but there's gotta be some on here who are.
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I read up more on Gary Cooper's daughter, Maria. She married the concert pianist Byron Janis and is a painter herself. She was best friends with Ingrid Bergman's daughter Pia growing up. That surprised me, because I thought Pia had been left back in Sweden with her father. Maria often lectures on Hollywood and growing up there, sometimes with Jack Benny's daughter, Joan. Maria is now 83 and never had any children. One interview with her talked about her father's affair with Patricia Neal and how Maria and her mother eventually forgave her and became her friends.
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OP, my family met Tessa’s in Hawaii during a vacation in the 70s. They were vacationing with Peter Marshall of Hollywood Squares fame. They played a lot of the board game Celebrity Piggy...wish I could remember more.
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R3 - Tessa?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/28/2021|
Reading about Spencer Tracy today. He had two children, a son John and a daughter Louise "Susie". John was born deaf, later had polio and then became blind! Yet, he had sons John and Joseph, and four grandchildren. I couldn't figure out if Susie had married or not, but she is still living at age 88. There is a picture of Spencer's great-grandson Shane (see below) - it would be so interesting to have an ancestor who was in the movies, especially in so many classics! Surprisingly, Susie worked with Katherine Hepburn on a documentary about her father.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||04/28/2021|
Tyrone Power, I think perhaps the prettiest man ever, had a step-daughter, two daughters of his own, and a posthumous son. Here is a nice website about his children and grandchildren. I didn't know that his step-daughter by Annabella had married Oscar Werner. Or that his daughter Taryn was once married to Soupy Sales' son! What a connection.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||04/29/2021|
A striking photo of Tyrone Power's grandson, Yari Carrisi. It's interesting how many descendants of movie stars have ended up living in Europe, rather than the US. Yari's sister Ylenia disappeared from New Orleans in 1994 and has not been seen since. I had never heard of that before.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/29/2021|
I read the old DL threads about Bette Davis' nasty daughter B.D. and I don't think there's much to be added there. It's interesting that Bette's two grandsons don't really have any internet exposure, at least not that identifies them as her progeny. Maybe they're still mad at her for cutting them out of her will (although that could hardly be their fault). I wonder if they're involved in their mom's church or not.
And what about adopted daughter Margot? Is she still living? Strange that she was cut out of the will. I'm guessing that Bette left the money to her adopted son Michael with the proviso that he take care of her.
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What about Olivia Newton-John’s 30 year old daughter who loves to dress like a porn actress at the AVN Awards?
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I think I read on DL once that homosexualist Joshua David (one of the co-founders of NYC's The High Line) is the grandson of Miss Deana Durbin. I wonder what his grandmom would think of those hideous dad jeans?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||04/30/2021|
Fantastic idea for a thread!
Are any descendants of Rita Hayworth, Norma Shearer, Richard Carlson, Mary Pickford,Greer Garson etc so many questions like these spring to mind now that I think about this question.
Of course also as an additional point there are some movie stars who have no bloodlines or family lines continuing for various reasons eg Barbara Stanwyck, Greata Garbo, Raquel Welch unless her son makes her a grandmother but thus so far the signs are not hopeful, Liza Minnelli and also Angie Dickinson whose only child and daughter sadly died.
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R8 from what I've read about Bette throughout the years Michael has basically been Margot's guardian for ages. I have a feeling Bette verbally told Michael to do that in her fashion and left well enough alone in her Will. Bette Davis didn't really have immense wealth and Michael is an attorney (maybe retired by now for all one should know).
Bette Davis supported her whole family. Her mother, sister, children. B.D. has a mentally ill son but I don't know anything about the other one. She's crazy that B.D. with her Baby Jane looking Fundie self.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/30/2021|
Victoria Mature (Victor Mature's daughter) seems like a cool person. I follow her on twitter
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Didn't Barbara Stanwyck's son Dion Fay turn out to be a bad seed?
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r14 I am not sure but I think I heard he died well over a decade ago and I think he might have died childless?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||04/30/2021|
R14 Well, I can't imagine Barbara Stanwyck and Frank Fay were great parents, either. I feel sorry for those adopted kids of Hollywood stars, they were mostly adopted to be an accessory IMO. Barbara Stanwyck is one of my favorite actresses, but I don't think motherhood suited her.
Surprised that no one's mentioned Tina Cassini yet, daughter of Oleg Cassini and Gene Tierney. I wonder if their other daughter Daria is still alive. Gene Tierney contracted measles when she met a fan (who was supposed to be quarantining!!!) and Daria was born mentally retarded and blind.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||04/30/2021|
We had a DL poster here who knew Bette Davis's adopted son Michael when they were in college (or in their 20s). He had a shitload of money from Gary's side of the family.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||04/30/2021|
Tina Cassini is dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||04/30/2021|
It looks like Daria died in 2010.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/30/2021|
I like blue!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||04/30/2021|
I was molested.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||04/30/2021|
Errol Flynn has a hot grandson.
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Errol Flynn had a "troubled" daughter who died young
|by Anonymous||reply 23||04/30/2021|
Jack Lemmon’s son, Chris, lives in a suburb of Hartford , Conn. his wife is from the area. He used to perform a one man show in the area.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||04/30/2021|
Paging Susie Lee!
Any DL old timers here remember poster "Susie Lee" who was the daughter of famed character actor Kurt Kasznar and grew up surrounded by Hollywood and Broadway stars and their kids (Kasznar was a contract player at MGM in its last glorious years and starred in many Broadway plays and musicals including the original Sound of Music). Susie had great authentic dish and also fascinating and informed opinions of all the stars. She was very generous and forthcoming with her info and insights. I really miss her here, even all these years later. I think some of those long threads can be googled.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||04/30/2021|
Tina Cassini today.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||04/30/2021|
I want Luke Flynn to murder my vagina!
|by Anonymous||reply 27||04/30/2021|
I know Gilda Radner’s niece. Does that count? I love her. She’s smart, funny, and fun.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||04/30/2021|
My SO was waited on by Cheryl, Lana Turner's daughter, and worked with Glenn Ford's son on a project. He also met Clark Gable's son, also in the construction industry. Oh, and went to Palm Springs with King Vidor's kid and Miklos Roza's son. He was a f-ing celebrity magnet back in the day, but then he worked in Beverly Hills, so there was that.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||04/30/2021|
In the mid 90s, my partner went on a date with Jason Gould, whose relation to Barbra was wasted on my partner - he's clueless about any sort of pop culture thing. But he said Jason was very sweet, but not there was no spark.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||04/30/2021|
[quote]Paging Susie Lee!
She's fine. Sends her love.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||04/30/2021|
Rita Hayworth had a cute, gay grandson who killed himself
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r32 Desperately sad
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R32 - Yasmin Khan looks really like her mother in some of the pics in that article - very pretty!
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/01/2021|
R11 - Mary Pickford didn't have any children. I read that she had an abortion in the teens. I've often wondered if she could still have been "America's Sweetheart", if that had become known, times being what they were.
Her step-son Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. had three daughters. One of them married Richard Morant, an actor in "Poldark". I found a pic of one of his grandsons, Dominick Fairbanks Weston - he sure doesn't look anything like DF Jr!
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/01/2021|
R14 - R15 - Stanwyck's adopted son Dion was apparently sent away to military school and largely forgotten about. It looks like he was arrested for pornography possession at one point. He married and had one child. He wrote an article about his mother which caused her to never speak to him again. He died in 2006. There's some detailed info about him on this page.
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R16 - Tina Cassini had two sons and two daughters. The sons have taken the surname Belmont for some reason. Here's a picture of one of them, he's "gone" French.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/01/2021|
R5, Spencer Tracy's great grandson actually resembles him!
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R22 - Luke Flynn is super hot! But then so was his grandfather and his Uncle Sean. Here's a pic of Errol's other daughter Rory and her son Sean. He doesn't seem to have inherited the same looks.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||05/01/2021|
Clark Gable's grandson died from a drug overdose
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R35, Mary Pickford & her last husband adopted two children, reportedly, they were very indifferent parents.
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Clara Bow married western actor Rex Bell and they had two sons. One of them (Rex Bell Jr.) was semi-famous in his own right as a lawyer in Nevada. According to his obituary, he had a son and a daughter and three granddaughters. Surprisingly, a Google search of all of them brings up nothing. If Clara Bow was my (great-)grandmother, I'd be trumpeting it all over! Clara's other son, George, appears to be alive at age 83, but also has no internet footprint.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/01/2021|
Peter Lorre’s daughter Catherine was almost a victim of the hillside strangler. It’s thought she was let go because the two men saw a photo of her late father in her wallet and recognised him and didn’t want a high profile victim.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||05/01/2021|
There was an interesting thread about famous peoples' children a few years ago. Don't worry, I'm not being a hall monitor -- it's full.
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I'm going to start carrying a picture of Ann Miller in my wallet--just in case.
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Vittoria Gassman, daughter of Shelley Winters and Vittorio Gasman is a doctor in Connecticut.
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R44 - thanks for the link, that was a very interesting (and long) read! So now we know what's already been discussed. Although those were only the tragic cases.
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One of Jimmy Stewart's daughters is a college professor
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WEHT Cheryl Crane, Lana Turner's daughter?
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Bette Davis' daughter BD Hyman and BD's son (Bette's grandson) Ashley on the left.
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BD looks like shit.
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Wow, Ashley's a big monster.
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BD is a homophobe, so I don't feel bad for making fun of the fact that she looks like shit
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R49 - surely you didn't miss the 600-post thread we just had on Lana Turner? Plenty about her daughter on there.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||05/01/2021|
Horror legend Lon Chaney only has a living great-grandson, Ronald Chaney, who has been in some movies. He has two daughters and a son. Here's his IMDB page with pic.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||05/01/2021|
In the old days of DL, Joan Bennett's grandson posted here fairly frequently as "Joan's grandkid" and he offered up a bit of dish about Grandma and Great Aunt Connie.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||05/01/2021|
Liz Taylor had a bunch of grandchildren. I remember the big magazine photo spread when she had her first grandchild at 40, her hippie son’s daughter. Here’s an article with photos of some of them, all nice looking but no dropdead stunners.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||05/02/2021|
Jodie Foster's oldest son is at Yale. I think the youngest son is also in college. I think she and her partner were really good parents.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||05/02/2021|
Chiara, daughter of La Deneuve and Marcello, is lovely, successful, discreet and she pings to the moon and back.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||05/02/2021|
R56 - wow! I did a Google search and found some of "Joan's Grandkid"'s old posts (way back in the 2000's). He seemed to have loved her very much. I'm surprised he stuck around here, though, with all the mean posts about her (like that she died of gonorrhea or that Mickey Rooney "rogered" her, etc.).
|by Anonymous||reply 60||05/02/2021|
Thanks R57, that was very interesting. None of her grandchildren really got her looks, although I see that some of them were adopted.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||05/02/2021|
r57, thanks for posting the article on Elizabeth Taylor's grandchildren. Quinn Tivey, son of daughter Liza Todd, is quite handsome and looks like he might get better looking with age. And it sounds like Taylor was (no surprise!) a fabulous granny!
|by Anonymous||reply 62||05/02/2021|
Taryn Power married a native american guy and around 20 years ago and was living on a reservation in Wisconsin. She was visiting her mother, Linda Christian in Palm Springs, and staying with a neighbor. Linda came over to ask if they could borrow my futon for the kids. Tyrone's grandson came over to get the futon and christ on a cracker, he was the spitting image of his grandfather. Romina was some kind of star in Italy. Linda told my mother that her husband looked like a monkey, but she loved all animals.
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Wasn’t Romina half of a singing duo with her husband? I went down a rabbit hole one time and it seemed like they were hugely popular in Italy and maybe all of Europe?
Ok here they are:
|by Anonymous||reply 64||05/02/2021|
R14 /R15/ R36 Barbara Stanwyck was separated from her brother at a very early age. She remembered him calling her name while he was taken to live with other relatives and how heartbroken she was. This makes me wonder if the story is true of her 'abandoning' her adopted son. Perhaps he abandoned her.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||05/03/2021|
Barbara Stanwyck had the most miserable childhood you can imagine. Her mother died when she was very young and soon after her father abandoned the family so she lived in horrible foster homes, dropped out of school around 6th grade and worked in menial jobs as a young teenager, until she became a chorus girl. It's no surprise that she had no idea how to be a mother.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||05/03/2021|
R65 R66 Yeah, I personally just think that Barbara Stanwyck was probably not going to be a great mother, regardless. As much as Jennifer Aniston gets shit for not having children (at least from the tabloids), I think a lot of actresses from the previous eras would have been much better off if it was easier to "embrace" not having children. Of course tons of people who have kids probably shouldn't have them, but a lot of people still do because of social and societal pressures. It's too bad that in the case of Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, etc. it just didn't work out. Adopting children is difficult, in some ways it might be more difficult than having biological children. If you're not well equipped to be a mother in the first place, of course adoption and THAT bonding process would be doubly hard.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||05/03/2021|
True r67. Back in those days a woman HAD to be a wife and mother. It was a societal expectation. So you had actresses like Stanwyck, Crawford and Bette Davis who really should've never had children try and do the motherhood thing. Of course, the results were terrible.
Katharine Hepburn didn't give into the pressure, she knew she would've been a terrible mother and never regretted not having children.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||05/03/2021|
Maria Cooper objects to those who criticize Christina. Clearly she knows what she went through with Joan. Maria feels that she was one of the lucky few. She had a fabulous childhood due to the love and support of her parents and their wealth and connections.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||05/03/2021|
John Wayne had seven kids and I know a couple of them made movies. I wonder how many of his many grandkids followed in his footsteps? I saw one named Brendan Wayne who has done acting - he doesn't look much like his grandfather. Another, Matthew Munoz is a Catholic priest. I have a feeling Wayne left his kids a ton of money.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||05/03/2021|
John Wayne was a fucking bigoted racist white supremacist asshole.
And wouldn't leaving your children amount to "handouts"? You know with him being a conservative republican and all, wouldn't that be a bad thing?
|by Anonymous||reply 71||05/03/2021|
^^^^Leaving your children money.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||05/03/2021|
I've always found it amazing about the wealthy Republicans( a lot of it made through connections, lobbying and cheating) who give their children tons of money then complain about the poor receiving handouts.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||05/03/2021|
[quote] Stanwyck, Crawford and Bette Davis who really should've never had children try and do the motherhood thing. Of course, the results were terrible.
With straight people before the pill, sometimes it wasn't societal expectations--but simple reproductive biology.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||05/03/2021|
R74 Stanwyck and Crawford were both infertile and adopted. Davis didn't have her (cunt) daughter until she was nearly 40.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||05/03/2021|
R71 - tell us how you really feel!
|by Anonymous||reply 76||05/03/2021|
I never would have guessed that Edward G. Robinson would have such a handsome son. EGR Jr. died at only age 40 from a heart attack caused by his alcoholism. He had a wild life. So many actors' children had dysfunctional lives!
|by Anonymous||reply 77||05/03/2021|
Bette Davis had had at least one abortion. (It was in one of her books.)
|by Anonymous||reply 78||05/03/2021|
R73 What's the other option? Giving their money to charity would be unthinkable!
|by Anonymous||reply 79||05/03/2021|
As you might expect from any progeny of Louis Jourdan - his son Louis was quite beautiful. Yet another sad case, though, died from an overdose at age 29, possibly a suicide.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||05/04/2021|
Gregory Peck's very hot grandson Ethan Peck.
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R81 - wow, very hot, indeed!!
|by Anonymous||reply 82||05/04/2021|
Ethan Peck is gorgeous!
|by Anonymous||reply 83||05/04/2021|
Didn't Charles Boyer have a son who committed suicide?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||05/04/2021|
Is Luke Flynn Sean’s son? Or did Sean die childless?
|by Anonymous||reply 85||05/04/2021|
No, I think Sean Flynn died too early to be Luke’s father.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||05/04/2021|
Luke Flynn's mother was Errol Flynn's daughter. She died early from drug and alcohol abuse.
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|by Anonymous||reply 88||05/04/2021|
Any information or news on the children and descendants of Van Heflin?
|by Anonymous||reply 89||05/04/2021|
What about Van Johnson's daughter? Didn't she admit that her dad was a 'mo?
|by Anonymous||reply 90||05/04/2021|
r90 I just looked up one of his children and it says on IMDB that they are the son of Van and called Tracey but the photo is of a woman??
|by Anonymous||reply 91||05/04/2021|
One of his stepsons (Keenan Wynn's son) was named Tracy
|by Anonymous||reply 92||05/04/2021|
r92 But why is the photo of a woman?
|by Anonymous||reply 93||05/04/2021|
[quote]One of his stepsons (Keenan Wynn's son) was named Tracy.
He wrote a film I worked on in Tampa in the 1980s.
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TV star descendants: Rue Mcclanahan's son, Mark Bish, has lived a quiet life as a guitarist, teaching and performing in Austin for decades. Mark Harmon's two boys with Pam Dawber, Sean and Ty are handsome, although maybe not as handsome as their father was when young. Jane Seymour has 4 children, none as good looking as her. Her daughter Katherine is about 7 feet tall., at least in photos:
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Did Helen Lawson have any children?
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And where are Susan Hayward's sons these days?
|by Anonymous||reply 97||05/05/2021|
r94 But the photo is of a woman? Transitioned maybe?
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Or, geez, maybe the photo was mislabeled
|by Anonymous||reply 99||05/05/2021|
r99 Well that's a pretty big error
|by Anonymous||reply 100||05/05/2021|
I haven't seen pictures but Tracy / Tracey is one of those "Pat" names...
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