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50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions

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List Criteria: Famous people who have spoken openly about having an abortion - or are rumored to have had one

List of Celebrities Who Had Abortions, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. An abortion is the termination of pregnancy by the removal of a fetus. The practice is controversial and has been the subject of much debate in politics. Many people believe that abortions should be illegal no matter what the circumstance and many others believe that a woman should have the right to choose.

Who is the most famous person who had an abortion? Marilyn Monroe tops our list. The “Some Like it Hot” star supposedly had 12 abortions by the time she was 29. Also, there are allegedly FBI files that claim that Monroe had an abortion less than 15 days before her death. It is thought that one of the Kennedy brothers were the father. Other actresses from Hollywood's golden era that have had abortions include Judy Garland, Ava Gardner and Fay Wray.

Many modern celebrities have been outspoken about their choice to have an abortion. Whoopi Goldberg performed an abortion on herself using a coat hanger at age 14. Chelsea Handler has given interviews discussing how she became pregnant and age 16 and she got an abortion after encouragement from her parents.

What do you think about these celebrities being outspoken about their experiences? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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    In April 2015, Jemima Kirke released a PSA video about her decision to get an abortion when she was a college student in 2007. “I still see shame and embarrassment around terminating pregnancies, getting pregnant—I still see it,” she says in the video. “So I have always been open about my stories, especially with other women.”


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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Painter, Actor
    • Credits: Girls, Tiny Furniture
  2. Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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    Chelsea Handler has spoken openly about having an abortion at age 16.

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Contiguous United States, Livingston, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Model, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: This Means War, Hop, Chelsea Lately, Are You There, Chelsea?, + more
  3. Suzanne Somers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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    Suzanne Somers almost bled to death after giving herself an illegal abortion. She later married her partner at the time, her current husband, Alan Hamel.

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: USA, San Bruno, California
    • Profession: Businessperson, Author, Actor, Singer, Writer
    • Credits: American Graffiti, Bullitt, Three's Company, Step by Step, Serial Mom, + more
  4. Sharon Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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    Sharon Osbourne has said that the biggest mistake of her life was having an abortion at age 17. She later had three miscarriages and believes that they were caused by damaged to her cervix during the procedure. Osbourne also gave birth her three children, Aimee, Jack, and Kelly Osbourne.

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Promoter, Film Producer, Talent manager, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: Goldmember, America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The Osbournes, + more
  5. Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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    Whoopi Goldberg supposedly used a coat hanger on herself to perform an abortion at age 14. She gave birth to her daughter, Alexandrea Martin, when she was 17. Goldberg became a grandmother at age 34 when Alexandrea gave birth at age 16.

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King, Toy Story 3, Ghost, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Color Purple, + more
  6. Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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    In his book Marilyn, Norman Mailer wrote that Monroe's photographer, Milton Greene, says that Monroe had at least 12 abortions by the time she was 29.

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer, Showgirl
    • Credits: Some Like It Hot, All About Eve, The Misfits, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, + more
  7. Vanessa L. Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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    Vanessa Williams spoke about having an abortion when she was a teen in an interview with "Nightline." She later gave birth to her four children between the ages of 24 and 27.

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Millwood, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, Shaft, 666 Park Avenue, Hannah Montana: The Movie, + more
  8. Lucille Ball is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Had Abortions
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    Close friends of Lucille Ball say that the "I Love Lucy" star told them that she had an abortion. She gave birth to two children, Lucie and Desi Arnaz, Jr.

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1911-1989)
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Jamestown
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Model, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: I Love Lucy, All the Right Moves, Top Hat, Stage Door, The Lucy Show, + more
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