• Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay: Jayne, born in 1933, was one of the earliest Playboy playmates. She was a Hollywood sex symbol and the first American movie star to appear in a nude scene in the 1963 film, Promises, Promises. Although often overshadowed by Marilyn Monroe, she was considered very enjoyable to work with. She showed her comic talents in The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), her dramatic ability in The Wayward Bus (1957), and her sexy presence in Too Hot to Handle (1960). She was married three times; most notably to Mickey Hargitay – 1955’s Mr. Universe from Hungary. In 1967, she died in a car crash at 34, leaving behind five children. Mariska, now 48, is well known for her Emmy and Golden Globe-winning role as Olivia Benson in the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In her early life, she was Miss Beverly Hills of 1982 before studying acting at UCLA. Mariska is married and has three children.
    Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow: Blythe, born in 1943, has appeared in countless movies including MASH, Carousel, and more recently comedy films including the Meet the Parents series. The many plays include her Tony Award as Featured Actress in Butterflies Are Free. She was married to director/producer Bruce Paltrow from 1969 until 2002, when he died from oral cancer. Since then, she has devoted a great deal of her time to health care activism. Blythe is also active in environmental issues and is on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Media Association as well as the Board of Environmental Advocates of New York. She has two children – Jake and Gwyneth.  Gwyneth, born in 1972, has become Hollywood royalty herself, winning the Oscar for Best Actress in the 1998 film, Shakespeare in Love. Other noted films include A Perfect Murder, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. She is married to Chris Martin, the lead singer of the band Coldplay, and they have two children.
    Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson: Goldie (age 66) is an American actress known best for her quirky personality, big smile, and comedic roles. Her film repertoire includes Private Benjamin, Overboard, Death Becomes Her, and The First Wives Club. In 1969 she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie Cactus Flower. She has two children with her second husband, Bill Hudson, and has been with her current partner, actor Kurt Russell, since 1983. Her daughter, Kate Hudson, is also an actress and has starred in films such as Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Raising Helen. Kate currently has two children with ex-husband, Chris Robinson – the lead singer of the band, The Black Crowes.
    Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones: Peggy, born in 1946, had a successful career as a Ford model. She then became well known as Julie Barnes in The Mod Squad, the popular television show from 1968-1973. She was married to Quincy Jones, the music mogul, from 1974 to 1990. They had two daughters, including Rashida Jones – an actress whose television work includes Boston Public and The Office.  Rashida recently appeared in the Facebook-inspired movie, The Social Network.
    Naomi, Wynonna, and Ashley Judd:  The career of country singer/songwriter Naomi, born in 1946, really took off when she paired with her daughter Wynonna to form the country duo, The Judds. After her divorce from the father of her two daughters, she raised them as a single mother. She is also an author and motivational speaker. Wynonna went on to a successful solo career as a country star after The Judds stopped touring in 1991. She has made guest television appearances in a number of shows. Ashley, Naomi’s youngest daughter, is the actress who starred in films including Double Jeopardy and Where the Heart Is. She is married to Dario Franchitti, an Indy racecar driver. They live in Scotland and Tennessee. She recently earned a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard and is involved in humanitarian causes.
    Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli: Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, MN in 1922, Judy Garland became an American icon. She’s universally known for her role in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, a film that included Somewhere Over the Rainbow.  She’s starred in many successful films including Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). The Trolley Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas were introduced in that movie. Judy was known for her tumultuous life. She died in 1969 at 47 from drugs and alcohol. She was married five times and had three children. Her daughters, Lorna Luft and  Liza Minnelli, also become entertainers. Liza (born in 1946) earned a reputation as “The Queen of Broadway”.  She rose to stardom in the 1972 film version of Broadway’s Cabaret and has won four Tony Awards. Married four times, she has no children.
    Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith: Tippi, born in 1932 is an actress and former model who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s films, The Birds and Marnie. Today she is still working as an actress. In 1983 she founded the Shambala Preserve, a wildlife habitat to further her work in animal rescues. Tippi’s daughter, Melanie Griffith, born in1957, won a Golden Globe for the 1988 film, Working Girl. She has three children – one with her current husband, actor Antonio Banderas.
    Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, and Natasha Richardson: Vanessa Redgrave, born 1937, has appeared on screen, television, and theater. She has won an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Cannes, Golden Globe, and SAG award. Some of her most famous film roles where in Camelot (1967), Isadora (1968), and Julia (1977). Her award winning theatrical roles include those in The Long Day’s Journey Into Night and The Year of Magical Thinking.  She had three children – two daughters and a son. Her daughter, Joely, is an actress who starred in the television series The Tudors and also appeared in major films including The Patriot and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Her other daughter, Natasha, won a Tony Award and several other accolades for her 1998
    Broadway performance of Cabaret. Her career was cut short when she died in a skiing accident in 2009 at 45.
    Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher: Debbie, born in 1932, is a singer, dancer, and actress. Her first leading role in the 1952 hit, Singin’ in the Rain made her a star and propelled her into other notable roles including The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 1964. She married three times and has two children, including daughter Carrie Fisher. Carrie, born in 1957,is the actress best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. She was briefly married to singer/songwriter Paul Simon in 1983. Despite alcohol and drug addictions and bipolar disorder, she is still working as a writer and has had considerable success with nonfiction, screenplays, plays and fiction including Postcards from the Edge.
    Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis: Janet Leigh starred in some of Hollywood’s most legendary films including Little Women (1949) and Psycho (1960). Before she died in 2004 at 77, she co-starred with her daughter Jamie Lee in the 1998 film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. Jamie Lee, born in 1958, originally was established in roles in horror films including Halloween, The Fog, and Prom Night. Later films included Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. She is also a children’s book author and blogger for The Huffington Post.  She has been married to Christopher Guest – an actor, screenwriter, and director – since 1984.
    Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini: Ingrid Bergman, born in Sweden in 1915, became a Hollywood icon, winning three Oscars, two Emmys, and a Tony Award. She is known for the films Casablanca (1942), Notorious (1946), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) ,and Joan of Arc (1948). The American Film Institute ranked her as the fourth greatest female star of all time in American cinema. She was banished from American films for seven years when she had an affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini while she was still married. She later continued her career with Anastasia (1956), Autumn Sonata (1978), and others. She was married three times, had four children and died of cancer in 1982 on her 67th birthday. Her daughter, Pia Lindstrom, is an Emmy winning TV journalist. Another daughter, Isabella Rossellini, was born in 1952. At 13, she was diagnosed with scoliosis and endured painful treatments to straighten her spine. She went on to become a successful print model and was the face of Lancome for 14 years. She starred in Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her. Isabella was married to Martin Scorsese for three years.

     

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