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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. You might also be interested in celebrities from huge families and celebs from families of actors. 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 With the average family size shrinking, and only children becoming more common, society is moving beyond outdated stereotypes to recognize that all people can become successful.

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Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Only Children
Ada Lovelace Died at 37 (1815-1852)

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Only Children
Al Pacino age 75

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Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Only Children

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Only Children
Alicia Keys age 36

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Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Only Children
Ansel Adams Died at 82 (1902-1984)

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Only Children

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Only Children
Betty White age 95

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Beverley Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Only Children

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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Only Children
Bill Bradley age 73

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Only Children

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

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

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Only Children
Carol Burnett age 83

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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

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Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Only Children
Charles Lindbergh Died at 72 (1902-1974)

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

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Chelsea Clinton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Only Children

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China Kantner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Only Children
China Kantner age 46

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

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Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Only Children
Cole Porter Died at 73 (1891-1964)

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Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Only Children

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

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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Only Children

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David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Only Children

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E. M. Forster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Only Children
E. M. Forster Died at 91 (1879-1970)

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Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Only Children
Eleanor Roosevelt 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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Enoch Powell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Only Children
Enoch Powell 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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Frank Borman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Only Children
Frank Borman age 89

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Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Only Children
Frank Sinatra 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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Gayle Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Only Children

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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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Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Only Children
Hans Christian Andersen 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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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Only Children
Isaac Newton Died at 84 (1643-1727)

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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Only Children
Jim Lovell age 89

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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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Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Only Children
Jeff Bagwell age 48

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Jesse Metcalfe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Only Children

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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Only Children
Joe Montana age 60

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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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John the Baptist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Only Children

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John Updike is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Only Children
John Updike Died at 77 (1932-2009)

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Joy Behar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Only Children
Joy Behar age 74

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