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Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.8M views 16 items

List of famous people who gave up kids for adoption, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. An unexpected pregnancy can be tough to deal with, especially if you are young, unwed, and struggling in your career. Several celebrities have decided to give up children for adoption early in their lives. One even adopted a son after she had given up another one.

Who is the most famous person who gave up a child for adoption? Roseanne Barr tops our list. A 17-year-old Roseanne Barr gave up her daughter, Brandi Brown, for adoption in 1970. The two later reunited, and Brown worked as a production assistant on RoseanneThe Fisher King actress Mercedes Ruehl placed her son, Christopher, up for adoption in 1976. The two later reunited, and Christopher became the godfather of Ruehl's son, Jake, who was born in 1995.

Clark Gable had a daughter with Loretta Young, with whom he was having an affair, around 1935. The baby was placed in an orphanage after she was born, and Young ended up going back and adopting her own baby 19 months later. Although the girl looked a lot like Gable, he never acknowledged that he was her father. Other famous people who were known for giving up their babies include Rod Stewart, Linda Lovelace, and Albert Einstein. 

Do you think that these famous folks made the right decision by placing their children up for adoption? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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Many believe that Albert Einstein's daughter Lieserl, whom he conceived with first wife Mileva Marić in 1902, was placed up for adoption. If not, she may have died from scarlet fever.

Einstein and Marić later had two sons, Hans (b. 1904) and Eduard Einstein (b. 1910). 

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Born: 1879-03-14

Age: Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author, + more

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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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A 17-year-old Roseanne Barr gave up her daughter, Brandi Brown, for adoption in 1970. The two later reunited, and Brown worked as a production assistant on "Roseanne."

Barr has four other children: Jessica (1975), Jennifer (1976), and Jake (1978), with first husband Bill Pentland, and Buck (1995) with third husband Ben Thomas.

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Born: 1952-11-03

Age: 66

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Actor, Author, + more

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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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Clark Gable had a daughter with Loretta Young, with whom he was having an affair, around 1935. The baby was placed in an orphanage after she was born, and Young ended up going back and adopting her own baby 19 months later. Although, the girl looked a lot like Gable, he never acknowledged that he was her father.

Gable was married five times. His daughter, Judy Lewis, was born in 1935 of an affair with actress Loretta Young. In 1961, his fifth wife, Kay Williams, gave birth to his only son, John Clark Gable, four months after the actor's death.

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Born: 1901-02-01

Age: Dec. at 59 (1901-1960)

Birthplace: Cadiz, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Actor

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Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Gave Up Kids for Adoption
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In her early twenties, Joni Mitchell gave birth to a daughter, Kelly Dale Anderson, whom she gave up for adoption. The two met for the first time in 2001.

Mitchell was married twice, but never had more children.

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Born: 1943-11-07

Age: 75

Birthplace: Fort Macleod, Canada

Profession: Painter, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter

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