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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 With the average family size shrinking, and only children becoming more common, society is moving beyond outdated stereotypes to recognize that all people can become successful.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
Ada Lovelace Died 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
Al Pacino age 77 Alfredo James "Al" Pacino is an American actor and filmmaker. He is well known for playing mobsters, especially Michael Corleone in The Godfather films and Tony Montana in Scarface, ...more

Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Only Children
Alan Greenspan age 92 Alan Greenspan is an American economist.

Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Only Children
Alicia Keys age 37 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
Ansel Adams Died 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
Anthony Hopkins age 80 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
Betty White age 96 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
Beverley Mitchell age 37 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
Bill Bradley age 74 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
Brooke Shields age 52 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
Burt Bacharach age 89 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
Candice Bergen age 71 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

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Carol Burnett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Only Children
Carol Burnett age 84 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
Cary Grant Died 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
Catherine Hicks age 66 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
Charles Lindbergh Died 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
Charlize Theron age 42 Charlize Theron is a South African and American actress, producer, and fashion model. She starred in early films in the late 1990s, such as The Devil's Advocate, Mighty Joe Young and The Cider ...more

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Chelsea Clinton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Only Children
Chelsea Clinton 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) 19 on the list Famous Only Children
China Kantner age 47 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) 20 on the list Famous Only Children
Christina Applegate age 46 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) 21 on the list Famous Only Children
Cole Porter Died 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) 22 on the list Famous Only Children
Condoleezza Rice age 63 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

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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Only Children
Daniel Radcliffe age 28 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) 24 on the list Famous Only Children
Danielle Steel age 70 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

David Copperfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Only Children
David Copperfield age 61 David Copperfield is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history. Copperfield's television specials have won 21 Emmy Awards ...more

E. M. Forster is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Only Children
E. M. Forster Died at 91 (1879-1970) Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and ...more

Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Only Children
Eleanor Roosevelt Died at 78 (1884-1962) Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her ...more

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Only Children
Elvis Presley Died at 42 (1935-1977) Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as "the King of Rock and ...more

Enoch Powell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Only Children
Enoch Powell Died at 86 (1912-1998) Brigadier John Enoch Powell, MBE was an English politician, classical scholar, linguist, and poet. He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament, Ulster Unionist Party MP, and Minister of ...more

Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Only Children
Ezra Pound Died at 87 (1885-1972) Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an expatriate American poet and critic who was a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a ...more

Frank Borman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Only Children
Frank Borman age 90 Frank Frederick Borman, II, is a retired United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to ...more

Frank Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Only Children
Frank Sinatra Died at 83 (1915-1998) Francis Albert "Frank" Sinatra was an American singer, actor, director, and producer. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, ...more

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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Only Children
Franklin D. Roosevelt Died at 63 (1882-1945) Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, he won a record ...more

Gayle Hunnicutt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Only Children
Gayle Hunnicutt age 75 Gayle, Lady Jenkins, known by her birth name Gayle Hunnicutt, is an American film, television and stage actress who worked in both the United States and the United Kingdom. She made more than 30 ...more

Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Only Children
Gerald Ford Died at 93 (1913-2006) Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving ...more

Gregory Peck is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Only Children
Gregory Peck Died at 87 (1916-2003) Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. One of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1970s. His performance ...more

Hans Christian Andersen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Only Children
Hans Christian Andersen Died at 70 (1805-1875) Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not ...more

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Iris Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Only Children
Iris Murdoch Died at 80 (1919-1999) Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her ...more

Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Only Children
Isaac Newton Died at 84 (1643-1727) Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific ...more

Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Only Children
Jim Lovell age 90 James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr., is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a ...more

James Dean is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Only Children
James Dean Died at 24 (1931-1955) James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in ...more

Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Only Children
Jeff Bagwell age 49 Jeffrey Robert Bagwell is an American former professional baseball player and coach. He played his entire fifteen-year Major League Baseball career as a first baseman for the Houston Astros and ...more

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Jesse Metcalfe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Only Children
Jesse Metcalfe age 39 Jesse Eden Metcalfe is an American actor. Metcalfe is known for his portrayal of John Rowland on Desperate Housewives. Metcalfe has also had notable roles on Passions and in John Tucker Must ...more

Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Only Children
Joe Montana age 59 Joseph Clifford "Joe" Montana, Jr., nicknamed Joe Cool and The Comeback Kid, is a retired professional American football player, a hall of fame quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers ...more

John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Only Children
John Lennon Died at 40 (1940-1980) John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of ...more

Jean-Paul Sartre is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Only Children
Jean-Paul Sartre Died at 75 (1905-1980) Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the key figures in the philosophy of ...more

John the Baptist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Only Children
John the Baptist John the Baptist was an itinerant preacher and a major religious figure in Christianity, Islam, the Bahá'í Faith, and Mandaeism. John is described as having the unique practice of ...more

John Updike is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Only Children
John Updike Died at 77 (1932-2009) John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his "Rabbit" series, which chronicles the life of ...more

Joy Behar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Only Children
Joy Behar age 75 Joy Behar is an American comedian, writer, actress and was a co-host on the ABC talk show The View. She hosted The Joy Behar Show on HLN from 2009 to 2011 and Joy Behar: Say Anything! on Current ...more

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Only Children
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar age 70 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. During his ...more