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Famous Only Children  

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 With the average family size shrinking, and only children becoming more common, society is moving beyond outdated stereotypes to recognize that all people can become successful.

Ada Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Only Children
Dec. at 37 (1815-1852)
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's ...more
Al Pacino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Only Children
age 78
Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, and often appeared on ...more
Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Only Children
age 93
Alan Greenspan is an American economist.
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Only Children
age 38
Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more
Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Only Children
Dec. at 82 (1902-1984)
Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely ...more
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Only Children
age 81
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he ...more
Betty White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Only Children
age 97
Betty White Ludden, known professionally as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, author, producer, radio host, singer, and television personality. In 2013, the Guinness World Records ...more
Beverley Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Only Children
age 38
Beverley Ann Mitchell is an American actress and country music singer. She is best known for her role as Lucy Camden-Kinkirk on the television series 7th Heaven.
Bill Bradley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Only Children
age 75
William Warren "Bill" Bradley is an American Hall of Fame basketball player, Rhodes scholar, and former three-term Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran unsuccessfully for ...more
Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Only Children
age 53
Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress, model and former child star. Shields, initially a child model, gained critical acclaim for her leading role in Louis Malle's controversial film ...more
Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Only Children
age 90
Burt Freeman Bacharach is an American singer, songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for his popular ...more
Candice Bergen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Only Children
age 72
Candice Patricia Bergen is an American actress and former fashion model. For her role as the title character on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown, she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards ...more
Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Only Children
age 85
Carol Creighton Burnett is an American actress, comedian, singer, and writer. She is best known for her long-running TV variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for CBS. She has achieved success on ...more
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Only Children
Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)
Cary Grant was an English stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and "dashing good looks", Grant ...more
Catherine Hicks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Only Children
age 67
Catherine Mary Hicks is an American television, film, and stage actress. She is best known for her role as Annie Camden on the long-running television series 7th Heaven. Other notable roles have ...more
Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Only Children
Dec. at 72 (1902-1974)
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air ...more
Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Only Children
age 43
Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African-American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the ...more
Chaz Bono is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Only Children
age 49
Chaz Salvatore Bono is an American advocate, writer and musician. He is the only child of American entertainers Sonny and Cher. Bono is a transgender man. In 1995, several years after being ...more
Chelsea Clinton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Only Children
age 38
Chelsea Victoria Clinton is the only child of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She was a special correspondent for NBC News and now ...more
China Kantner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Only Children
age 48
China Wing Kantner, is an American actress of television, theatre and the cinema. She is also a former MTV VJ.
Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Only Children
age 47
Christina Applegate is an American actress and dancer who gained fame as a child actress, playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children. In her adult years, ...more
Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Only Children
Dec. at 73 (1891-1964)
Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. ...more
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Only Children
age 64
Condoleezza "Condi" Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the ...more
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Only Children
age 29
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor who rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. Radcliffe made his acting debut at age ten in ...more
Danielle Steel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Only Children
age 71
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel, better known by the name Danielle Steel, is an American novelist, currently the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling author of all ...more