Usually in famous Hollywood families, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. All you have to do is look at the Smith family (Will, Jada, Jaden, and Willow) to see that celebs usually breed another generation of celebs. But what about those famous offspring who have decided to go in different directions than mom and dad?
This list of famous children who have made their own names in different industries celebrates those "kids" who have taken different paths than their famous parents. These are the Anderson Coopers, Dylan Laurens, and Stella McCartneys of the world - those famous children in different industries than their parents.
Alison Williams went the acting route, rather than pursue journalism like her father, anchorman Brian Williams. Chet Hanks (Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson's son) eschewed acting for rapping. And Dylan Lauren (Ralph Lauren's daughter) skipped out on fashion and design to become the queen of cool candy.As this list proves, there's no reason you have to follow in your parents' footsteps if you don't want to - you can strike out on your own and be just as (or even more) successful!
Famous Parent: Gloria Vanderbilt
Parent's Industries: Art, fashion, acting
Journalist Anderson Cooper has risen to fame as a result of his war reporting and in-depth interviews. But as People explained, his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, has been famous since she was born. Her great-grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, built the New York Central Railroad. At a very young age, Gloria was at the center of a very publicized child custody case. Later on in her life, she became an actress and artist, and also created a popular line of jeans.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Author, + more
Credits: Anderson Cooper 360°, 60 Minutes, Anderson Live, The Mole
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Famous Parent: Sharman MacDonald
Parent's Industry: Writing
Birthplace: Teddington, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, The Imitation Game, Pride & Prejudice, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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Industry: Acting, Writing
Famous Parent: Quincy Jones
Parent's Industry: Music
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
Credits: Parks and Recreation, I Love You, Man, The Social Network, The Muppets
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Famous Parent: Brian Williams
Parent's Industry: Journalism
As Gawker explained, Allison got her start with the help of a YouTube video, but also maybe a little help from her dad, anchorman Brian Williams. Seems like Williams and Judd Apatow (a producer on Girls) were acquaintances before she landed her role on Girls, probably thanks to some cred from her dad.When it was revealed that Brian Williams had made erroneous claims about his war reporting, Allison defended him. As reported by Us Weekly, she told Seth Meyers during a Q&A, "He's a really good man. He's an honest man. He's a truthful man. He has so much integrity. He cares so much about journalism. And yes, he's a really good dad. I know you can trust him because, as any good daughter does, I've tested him on that."
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Musician, Actor
Credits: Girls, Peter Pan Live!, College Musical, The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards
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