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Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers 

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Updated April 2, 2020 224.3k views 38 items

 

This list of famous people raised by single mothers looks into the surprising childhoods of some of your favorite celebrities. Several famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes were raised by single mothers. Some of these celebs' fathers passed away, while others simply left their families. Some of the most influential people in the world were even raised by a strong single mother.

Who is the most famous person who was raised by a single mother? Angelina Jolie is certainly near the top of the list. Angelina Jolie's parents, Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, separated when the Mr. and Mrs. Smith actress was an infant. Jolie was raised by her mother and she was estranged from her father for many years.

President Barack Obama was raised by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, from the time that he was born until he was 4 years old, when she married Lolo Soetoro. Pierce Brosnan's father abandoned his family when the Matador actor was a baby. He was raised by his mother May Smith until he was 4 years old, at which point his grandparents took over the primary parenting responsibilities.

Other celebs on this list include Christina Aguilera, Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, and Alicia Keys. If you're looking for a particular successful celebrity who grew up with no dad, this list is for you. 

 

Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers
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Angelina Jolie's parents, Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, separated when the Mr. and Mrs. Smith actress was an infant.

Jolie was raised by her mother and she was estranged from her father for many years.

Born: 1975-06-04

Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers
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Kanye West's parents divorced when he was 3 years old, at which point he was raised solely by his mother in Chicago, Illinois.

Born: 1977-06-08

Age: 42

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers
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When Kate Beckinsale was 5 years old, her father, Richard Beckinsale, perished of a heart attack.

She was raised solely by her mother Judy Loe for the next four years until Loe remarried.

Born: 1973-07-26

Age: 46

Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers
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President Barack Obama was raised by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, from the time that he was born until he was 4 years old, when she married Lolo Soetoro.

Born: 1961-08-04

Age: 58

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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