15 Celebs We Didn’t Know Were Nepotism Babies

“It’s not what you know, but who you know,” according to the age-old adage.

It may be a cliche, but it’s correct. It’s hard to navigate life without someone on the inside or a connection to drive you forward. There’s a sure-fire technique to dig your way out of every resume buried deep in the enormous slush pile… if you just happen to know the proper person. Or, even better, you have a connection to the appropriate person. Not wallowing in anonymity and hoping for the best is the way to go.

However, it can also work in the opposite direction. This happens from time to time when famous persons have famous relatives. They may not want to be recognized by their renowned fathers or anyone else to be able to stand on their own or avoid embarrassment. The causes for this differ. Here are some famous celebrities whose parents you may not realize you already know.

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Jamie Lee Curtis The Work: Halloween, Freaky Friday The Parents: Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis The Parents' Work: Psycho, Spartacus, Some Like it HotCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Liza Minelli The Work: Cabaret, Arthur, Arrested Development, My Chemical Romance's Mama The Mom: Judy Garland The Mom's Work: The Wizard of Oz, A Star is BornCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Al AW Joss Whedon The Work: Buffy, Firefly, Avengers, Dollhouse, feminist backlash, the bad Justice League Dad Tom Whedon's Work: Alice, The Golden Girls Granddad John Whedon's Work: The Donna Reed Show, The Dick Van Dyke ShowCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Carrie Fisher The Work: Star Wars, re-writing Star Wars, being Carrie Fisher The Mom: Debbie Reynolds The Mom's Work: Singing in the Rain, Charlotte's WebCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Billie Lourd The Work: Scream Queens, Star Wars, being Princess Leia's stand-in The Mom: Carrie Fisher The Mom's Work: Star Wars, re-writing Star Wars, being Carrie FisherCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Daisy Ridley The Work: Star Wars, Chaos Walking The Great Uncle: Arnold Ridley The Great Uncle's Work: Dad's Army Don't worry, unless you eat tea and crumpets, it's not weird you've never heard of Dad's Army, but if you order lemonade when you mean Sprite, you're probably chuffed to bits about this.CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Maya Hawke The Work: The cool N lesbian in Stranger Things The Parent: Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman The Parent's Work: Kill Bill, Before SunsetCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Maude Apatow The Work: Euphoria, Our Life The Parents: Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann The Parents' Work: Forty Year Old Virgin, Jurassic World, Knocked UpCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Sam Levinson Euphoria creator Sam Levinson's dad is Barry Levinson, award- winning director of Good Morning Vietnam, Wag the Dog, Rain Man, and other things that aren't about Zendaya doing ecstasy or hooking up with a hot trans woman, and therefore not as important.CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Lily Collins The Work: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Les Mis, Emily in Paris The Parent: Phil Collins The Parent's Work: He's goddamn Phil CollinsCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Joe Hill The Work: NOS4A2, Horns, Locke & Key The Parent: Stephen King The Parent's Work: He's Stephen King, damn it Stephen King's son hid his parental link as long as he could, but eventually it came out.CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Brennan Lee Mulligan The Work: Dimension 20, Messages from the CEO, Strong Female Protagonist The Parent: Elaine Lee The Parent's Work: Starstruck, a decades-long play turned comic that has been published by almost every major comic publicationCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES The McElroys Griffin, Justin, Travis McElroy (and Fam) The Work: My Brother, My Brother and Me, The Adventure Zone, Monster Factory, Polygon.com, Trolls World Tour The Dad's Work: Multiple comic projects including Freejack, Green Hornet, Universal Soldier, Blood is the HarvestCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Tracee Ellis Ross The Work: Daddy's Little Girls, Black-Ish The Parent: Diana Ross The Parent's Work: The Supremes, Ain't No Mountain High EnoughCRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Emma Roberts The Work: American Horror Story, Scream Queens The Aunt: Julia Roberts The Aunt's Work: Every good chick flick to ever exist, plus Ocean's Eleven


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