Famous Families Famous People Who Are More Successful Than Their Parents  

Evan Lambert
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List Rules Upvote the celebs who you think have most surpassed their parents in fame, success, and notoriety

We've all been taught to "honor thy father and mother," but there's no rule telling us we can't become more famous than them. That's why stars like Miley Cyrus and Angelina Jolie have gone on to completely surpass their parents in terms of fame, fortune, sex appeal, and general relevance. Sometimes all it takes is one lucky break or a high-profile marriage for a Hollywood actor to outshine his mom or dad, but it's always fun to see famous sons and daughters steal the spotlight from their parental units. Especially when the daughter in question is only eight years old. (Hi Suri!)

This list of celebrities who are more famous than their parents has everyone from actors to musicians to reality stars, and it includes no less than four Hollywood dynasties. But in some cases, the famous stars who outshine their parents aren't exactly more talented than them (see Tori Spelling, who never seemed to inherit her dad Aaron's phenomenal talent for screenwriting). On a related note, it's ironic that some celebrities who are trying their best to make their children more famous than them (e.g. Will Smith) are not really succeeding in that arena. Maybe someday!

Which of these successful celebrity children are bigger stars and more famous than their parents? Vote up the famous people who are more well-known and more successful than their parents below!
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Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Are More Successful Than Their Parents
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Not many people know that Whitney's mom Cissy (left) was a successful gospel singer in her own right, with several solo albums and a storied career as a backup singer under her belt. But then her daughter's debut album, Whitney Houston, dropped, and the rest is herstory.
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Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Are More Successful Than Their Parents
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John Aniston has been on Days of Our Lives since before anyone can remember, but Jennifer Aniston was on a little show called Friends. Maybe you've heard of it?
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Ben Stiller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Are More Successful Than Their Parents
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Against all odds, Ben Stiller has managed to forge a better Hollywood career than his father, the very talented Jerry Stiller. Jerry is mostly known for his role as George Costanza's father on Seinfeld, but Ben is a real live movie star with comedy hits like Zoolander and the wildly popular Night at the Museum franchise.
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Lenny Kravitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Are More Successful Than Their Parents
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Lenny Kravitz's mom, Roxie Roker, was Helen Willis on The Jeffersons, but Lenny has found more career longevity as a Grammy-winning rocker and as Cinna in the Hunger Games franchise.
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