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Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers  

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This list of famous people raised by single mothers is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes were raised by single mothers. Some of these celebs's fathers passed away, while others simply left their families. One of the most influential people in the world was even raised by a strong single mother.

Who is the most famous person who was raised by a single mother? Angelina Jolie tops our 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 four 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 four 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. 

Do you think that it is tough to be a single mother? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers
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Halle Berry's parents, Judith Ann Hawkins and Jerome Jesse Berry, divorced when she was four years old. The Catwoman star was then raised by her mother and had little contact with her father.

Age: 52

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers
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Jon Stewart's parents, Marian and Donald Leibowitz, divorced when the "Daily Show" host was 11 years old, at which point he was raised by his mother.

Age: 56

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

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Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers
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Christina Aguilera's parents, Fausto Xavier Aguilera and Shelly Loraine, divorced when the "Genie in a Bottle" singer was a little girl. Aguilera has claimed that her father was abusive.

Age: 38

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

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Were Raised By Single Mothers
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Jay-Z was raised by his mother in New York after his father abandoned his family.

Age: 49

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

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