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60+ Adopted Celebrities

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List RulesThese famous people who were brought up by parents other than their own biological parents are listed in no particular order

List of adopted celebrities, famous adoption people, celebrity adoptions, celebrity adoptees, famous adoptees, and famous people who were adopted.

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  • Born to Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble. Given up at birth. Adopted by Paul Jobs and Clara Hagopian.

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      Born to Julia and Alfred Lennon, who went AWOL from the military in 1944, when John was five years old. By the time he returned, Julia was pregnant with another man's child. After an ugly custody dispute with Alfred, Julia gave her sister, Mimi Smith, custody of John.

      He lived with his aunt and uncle George throughout his childhood and adolescence.

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        Grew up with foster parents Albert and Ida Bolender until age 7, with some contact with her mother, Gladys Pearl Baker. In 1934, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, Gladys was committed to a mental hospital, whereupon Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson) became a ward of the state.

        Family friend Grace McKee Goddard took responsibility for family affairs, and Monroe lived with various foster families over the next several years, many of which were abusive. 

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          Born Eric Marlon Bishop to Darrell Bishop and Louise Annette Talley Dixon to young parents, who split up shortly after his birth. Adopted at 7 months by his mother's adoptive parents, Esther and Mark Talley.

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