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Famous Only Children 

Andrew
Updated October 7, 2019 432.9k views 92 items

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 With the average family size shrinking, and only children becoming more common, society is moving beyond outdated stereotypes to recognize that all people can become successful.

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

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 78

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 93

Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 38

Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, USA, New York

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

Birthplace: Western Addition, California

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 81

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 97

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

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Beverley Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Only Children
Beverley Mitchell Age: 38

Birthplace: Arcadia, California, USA

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Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 75

Birthplace: Crystal City, Missouri, USA

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

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Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 90

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

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Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 72

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 85

Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States of America

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Only Children
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)

Birthplace: Horfield, United Kingdom

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Catherine Hicks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 67

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

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

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 43

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

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Chaz Bono is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Only Children
Chaz Bono Age: 49

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Chelsea Clinton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 38

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

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China Kantner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 48

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 47

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, Hollywood, California

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Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Only Children
Dec. at 73 (1891-1964)

Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Peru

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Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 64

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 29

Birthplace: Fulham, London, England

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Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Only Children
Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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