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Famous Only Children

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Who are the most famous only children of all time? This is a comprehensive list of notable people with no siblings, including actors, athletes, singers, and world leaders. Are you an only child? If so, you're in good company. Some of history's most admirable and powerful people have also had single child stature.  United States Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Gerald Ford were both only children. Creative geniuses Leonardo da Vinci, John Lennon, and Robin Williams all grew up without siblings. Oscar-winners Charlize Theron and Natalie Portman are only children, too. 

Only children are a group surrounded by myth and stigma, most of which are entirely false. The stereotype of a socially stunted, spoiled brat stems from a 19th century psychologist named G. Stanley Hall who - among other absurd declarations about children - said, "Being an only child is a disease in itself." Like most psychologists of the time, his research practices were anything but credible and tended to reflect his own prejudices more than anything else.

Who are the best celebrity only children in history? Modern studies show that once past their initial introduction to kindergarten, only children are just as social those with siblings, with personalities that vary just as much. Scholastically, the number of siblings within a family has also proven to be largely irrelevant. With the average family size shrinking, and only children becoming more common, society is moving beyond outdated stereotypes to recognize that all people can become successful.

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    Died at 37 (1815-1852)

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    Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Only Children

    Alicia Keys 34

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    Died at 82 (1902-1984)

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    Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Only Children

    Bill Bradley age 72

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    Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Only Children

    Burt Bacharach 87

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    Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Only Children

    Candice Bergen age 69

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    Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Only Children

    Carol Burnett 82

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    Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Only Children

    Cary Grant Died at 82 (1904-1986)

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    Catherine Hicks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Only Children

    Catherine Hicks 64

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    Died at 72 (1902-1974)

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    Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Only Children

    Charlize Theron age 40

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    Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Only Children

    Christina Applegate age 44

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    Died at 73 (1891-1964)

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    Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Only Children

    Daniel Radcliffe age 26

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    Died at 91 (1879-1970)

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    Died at 78 (1884-1962)

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    Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Only Children

    Elvis Presley Died at 42 (1935-1977)

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    Died at 86 (1912-1998)

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    Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Only Children

    Ezra Pound Died at 87 (1885-1972)

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    Died at 83 (1915-1998)

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Only Children

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Died at 63 (1882-1945)

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    Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Only Children

    Gerald Ford Died at 93 (1913-2006)

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    Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Only Children

    Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003)

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    Died at 70 (1805-1875)

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    Iris Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Only Children

    Iris Murdoch Died at 80 (1919-1999)

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    Died at 84 (1643-1727)

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    Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Only Children

    Jim Lovell 87

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    James Dean is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Only Children

    James Dean Died at 24 (1931-1955)

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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Only Children

    John Lennon Died at 40 (1940-1980)

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    Jean-Paul Sartre is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Only Children

    Jean-Paul Sartre Died at 75 (1905-1980)

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    Died at 77 (1932-2009)

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    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Only Children

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar age 68

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