Weird History Here's What The Living Descendants Of Classic Hollywood's Most Famous Stars Look Like Today  

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When you think "Hollywood," whose immortal faces spring to mind? Clark Gable? Tony Curtis? Elizabeth Taylor? These stars were some of the leading actors in what's known as the Golden Age of Hollywood – the time in cinematic history that took place between the 1920s and the early 1960s. It's an era marked by glittering excess and eyebrow raising scandal, and some of the most memorable films of all time.

There are many descendants of Golden Age stars, some of whom also pursued entertainment careers and have recognizable names. Old Hollywood stars' kids include Mariska Hargitay (the daughter of blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield), Michael Douglas (the son of leading man Kirk Douglas), and Melanie Griffith (the daughter of Alfred Hitchcock's muse Tippi Hedren). These celebrities with famous parents were able to carve out their own careers independent of their families' success.

The Golden Age of Hollywood is remembered through rose-colored glasses, despite the often grim realities of studio system abuses and rampant racism and sexism. Nevertheless, countless stars carved out places for themselves, and seemingly passed on their talent and good fortune to their children and grandchildren.


Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Here's What The Living Descendants Of Classic Hollywood's Most Famous Stars Look Like Today
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Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He has won four Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, two Academy Awards—as producer of 1975's Best Picture, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and as Best Actor in 1987 for his role as Gordon ...more

Age: 71

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Jamie Lee Curtis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Here's What The Living Descendants Of Classic Hollywood's Most Famous Stars Look Like Today
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Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest is an American actress and author. She made her film debut in 1978 by starring as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween. A big hit, the film established her as a notable actress in horror, and she subsequently starred in Halloween II, The Fog, Prom Night, ...more

Age: 58

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Mariska Hargitay is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Here's What The Living Descendants Of Classic Hollywood's Most Famous Stars Look Like Today
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Mariska Magdolna Hargitay is an American actress, best known for her role as New York City sex crimes Sergeant Olivia Benson on the NBC television drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, a role that has earned her multiple awards and nominations, including an Emmy and Golden Globe. The daughter of ...more

Age: 53

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Peter Fonda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Here's What The Living Descendants Of Classic Hollywood's Most Famous Stars Look Like Today
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Peter Henry Fonda is an American actor. He is the son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda. Fonda is an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s. ...more

Age: 77

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