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List of Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison, ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous people came from less than traditional upbringings because their parents spent time in prison. Some of these famous people's mothers were actually pregnant with their future stars while they were incarcerated. One famous actor's father was convicted of multiple murders.

Who is the most famous person whose parents have been in prison? Lindsay Lohan tops our list. The Mean Girls actress's father Michael Lohan has been in and out of prison. The list of charges against him include insider trading, driving under the influence, and assault. Hunger Games actor Woody Harrelson's father spent most of his life in prison after being convicted of two murder charges. He attempted to escape in 1995, but he was caught and sent to the Supermax prison ADX Florence.

"Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester's mother was serving time in prison on drug charges throughout her pregnancy.Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur was very involved in the Black Panthers party, and she spent almost a year in jail for conspiracy against the U.S. government. She was acquitted of all charges, and Tupac was born one month after her release from jail.

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Lindsay Lohan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 9 Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison
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Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has been in and out of prison for decades. The list of charges against him include insider trading (1990), violating probation (1997), driving under the influence, and assault (2004).

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Age: 30

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Fashion designer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Model, Designer, + more

Credits: Herbie Fully Loaded, Mean Girls, The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday

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Woody Harrelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 9 Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison
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Woody Harrelson's father spent most of his life in prison after being convicted of two murder charges. A hitman, Charles Harrelson was convicted in 1973 for the 1968 murder of Sam Degelia. While out on parole, he shot and killed U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr. in 1979. Harrelson attempted to escape prison in 1995, but he was caught and sent to the Supermax prison ADX Florence. He died of cancer in 2007.

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Actor

Credits: No Country for Old Men, Cheers, Zombieland, Now You See Me

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Drew Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 9 Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison
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Drew Barrymore's childhood was less than traditional. Her father, John Drew Barrymore, went to jail several times in the 1950s and '60s for public drunkenness, drug abuse, and domestic violence against his first wife Cara.

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Age: 42

Birthplace: Culver City, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: Donnie Darko, Charlie's Angels, Scream, My Date with Drew

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Leighton Meester is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 9 Celebrities Whose Parents Have Been in Prison
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While pregnant, "Gossip Girl" actress Leighton Meester's mother, Constance, was serving time in federal prison. She had been convicted as part of a drug ring that smuggled marijuana from Jamaica to the U.S. Meester was born in a hospital, and her mother was able to spend a few months with her newborn in a halfway house. She was then raised by her grandparents until her mother got released from prison.

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Age: 30

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Model, Actor, Singer

Credits: Gossip Girl, That's My Boy, The Roommate, The Judge

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