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List of famous people who gave up kids for adoption, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. An unexpected pregnancy can be tough to deal with, especially if you are young, unwed, and struggling in your career. Several celebrities have decided to give up children for adoption early in their lives. One even adopted a son after she had given up another one.

Who is the most famous person who gave up a child for adoption? Roseanne Barr tops our list. A 17-year-old Roseanne Barr gave up her daughter, Brandi Brown, for adoption in 1970. The two later reunited, and Brown worked as a production assistant on RoseanneThe Fisher King actress Mercedes Ruehl placed her son, Christopher, up for adoption in 1976. The two later reunited, and Christopher became the godfather of Ruehl's son, Jake, who was born in 1995.

Clark Gable had a daughter with Loretta Young, with whom he was having an affair, around 1935. The baby was placed in an orphanage after she was born, and Young ended up going back and adopting her own baby 19 months later. Although the girl looked a lot like Gable, he never acknowledged that he was her father. Other famous people who were known for giving up their babies include Rod Stewart, Linda Lovelace, and Albert Einstein. 

Do you think that these famous folks made the right decision by placing their children up for adoption? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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Many believe that Albert Einstein's daughter Lieserl, whom he conceived with first wife Mileva Marić in 1902, was placed up for adoption. If not, she may have died from scarlet fever.

Einstein and Marić later had two sons, Hans (b. 1904) and Eduard Einstein (b. 1910). 

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Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist Author, + more

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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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A 17-year-old Roseanne Barr gave up her daughter, Brandi Brown, for adoption in 1970. The two later reunited, and Brown worked as a production assistant on "Roseanne."

Barr has four other children: Jessica (1975), Jennifer (1976), and Jake (1978), with first husband Bill Pentland, and Buck (1995) with third husband Ben Thomas.

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Actor Author, + more

Credits: Roseanne, The Roseanne Show, General Hospital, The Tipping Point

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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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Clark Gable had a daughter with Loretta Young, with whom he was having an affair, around 1935. The baby was placed in an orphanage after she was born, and Young ended up going back and adopting her own baby 19 months later. Although, the girl looked a lot like Gable, he never acknowledged that he was her father.

Gable was married five times. His daughter, Judy Lewis, was born in 1935 of an affair with actress Loretta Young. In 1961, his fifth wife, Kay Williams, gave birth to his only son, John Clark Gable, four months after the actor's death.

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Age: Died at 59 (1901-1960)

Birthplace: Cadiz, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: It Happened One Night, Gone with the Wind, The Misfits, Mutiny on the Bounty

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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In her early twenties, Joni Mitchell gave birth to a daughter, Kelly Dale Anderson, whom she gave up for adoption. The two met for the first time in 2001.

Mitchell was married twice, but never had more children.

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Age: 73

Birthplace: Fort Macleod, Canada

Profession: Painter, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Credits: Love Actually, Almost Famous, Practical Magic, Life as a House

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David Crosby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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David Crosby had a son, James Raymond, with a woman in 1962, whom they put up for adoption. Raymond and Crosby later reunited and even performed together on stage and in the studio.

Crosby has three other children: Erika (with Jackie Guthrie), Donvan (with ex-girlfriend Debbie Donovan), and Django (with wife Jan Dance). He is also the biological of Melissa Etheridge's two children with Julie Cypher

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Age: 75

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Actor Singer

Credits: Up in the Air, 28 Days, CSNY/Déjà Vu, Aloha

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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Singer Patti Smith put her newborn daughter up for adoption in 1967, when she was 21 years old.

She later had two children with husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, son Jackson (b. 1982) and daughter Jesse (b. 1987). 

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Natural Born Killers, Noah, The Rum Diary, Patti Smith: Dream of Life

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Rod Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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In 1963, Rod Stewart had a daughter, Sarah Streeter, with his girlfriend Suzannah Boffey. They were young and decided to give the baby up for adoption. Stewart later reconnected with Streeter.

Stewart has been married three times and has six other children: Kimberley (1979), Sean (1980), Ruby (1987), Renee (1992), Liam (1994), Alastair (2005), and Aiden (2011). 

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Highgate, England, London

Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter

Credits: Almost Famous, Due Date, About Schmidt, Wedding Crashers

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Kate Mulgrew is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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"Orange Is the New Black" actress Kate Mulgrew gave up her daughter for adoption when she was just starting out in her career. The two reunited in 2001. She is quoted as saying, "Abortion does not compute with my philosophy."

Mulgrew also has two sons, Ian and Alexander, with ex-husband Robert Egan. She is married to Tim Hagan. 

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Orange Is the New Black, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek Nemesis, Throw Momma from the Train Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, + more

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