Over the years, more and more celebrities have been adopting children. While some adoptive parents, like Angelina Jolie, are more well known – others may be a bit more surprising.
Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
Hollywood couple Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise may have each moved on since their turbulent marriage which ended back in 2001, but they still share two adopted kids together, a son named Connor and a daughter named Isabella.
Cruise went on to have a second daughter named Suri with his third now ex-wife Katie Holmes, and Nicole Kidman has two more daughters, Sunday and Faith, with her husband of 14 years, country star Keith Urban.
Katherine Heigl has had many well-known roles throughout her career, although she will probably always be best recognized as Izzie Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy.
Her favorite role, however, is ‘mommy’ to her three adorable kids. Heigl and her husband singer Josh Kelly adopted a daughter named Naleigh from South Korea and in 2012, they adopted a second daughter from the U.S. named Adalaide. In 2016, Heigl gave birth to their third child, a son named Joshua.
Connie Britton may still use her investment banker ex husband John Britton’s last name, but she has actually been divorced since 1995 after four years of marriage.
The Nashville and Friday Night Lights star has since gone on to have quite the impressive career, and has decided to start a family for herself. In 2011, she adopted her son Eyob from Ethiopia and the two have been living a happy and beautiful life together ever since.
The Aussie heartthrob Hugh Jackman may be recognized best for his longtime role of Wolverine in the X-Men series, but to his two kids, he is just known as Dad.
The actor and his wife actress and producer Deborra-Lee Furness made the decision to enter the adoption process after facing a difficult road to parenthood. The couple are now the proud parents of their two adopted kids, a son named Oscar and a daughter named Ava.
After her divorce to fellow actor Peter Horton, Michelle Pfeiffer fell for the acclaimed producer and writer David E. Kelley after they were set up on a blind date and got married in November 1993.
Before meeting Kelley, Pfeiffer had already begun the process for adoption, and a few months after they were married they adopted a little girl named Claudia in March 1993. The following year, the couple welcomed a biological son named John.
Madonna may be known as the Queen of Pop, but she is also known for having multiple adopted children. In 2006, after producing a documentary in the East African country of Malawi, she met a little boy named David and decided to adopt him.
Her visit had inspired her so much that she decided to adopt three more children from Malawi, a daughter named Mercy in 2009 and twin girls Esther and Stella in 2017. She also has two biological kids, a daughter Lourdes who she had with then-boyfriend Carlos Leon in 1996, and a son named Rocco who she had with then-husband Guy Ritchie.
Julie Andrews is well known for having a big heart, so it is no wonder that she chose to adopt her children.
The iconic actress adopted her daughter Amy and Joanna in 1974 and 1975 from an orphanage in the war-stricken Vietnam with her husband Blake Edwards – who she was married to in 1969 until his death in 2010. She also has a biological daughter, Emma Walton, from her marriage to her first husband, set designer Tony Walter.
When Meg Ryan was famously married to fellow movie star Dennis Quaid, the couple welcomed their first kid together, a son named Jack.
Following their divorce in 2001, Ryan decided to enter the adoption process in order to add to her family. In 2006, the actress adopted a daughter named Daisy from China. Although Ryan says that Daisy was given to her at random through an adoption lottery, she feels as if the two were meant to be together.
Diane Keaton is certainly well-known for her numerous iconic Hollywood roles in films like The Godfather and Annie Hall. She is also, of course, known for her famous whirlwind romances with people like Woody Allen, Jack Nicholson, and Al Pacino.
Although she chose to never marry, she did decide to become a mother at the age of 50. In 1996, she adopted her daughter Dexter, and in 2001 adopted her second child, a son named Duke.
Sheryl Crow has certainly had an impressive music career with nine Grammys and three AMAs under her belt. The iconic singer also is a proud single mom to her two sons Wyatt and Levi, who she adopted in 2007 and 2010 respectively.
Crow said that after first becoming a mom in 2007, she knew that she wanted to bring another kid into her life, which is why she decided to adopt Levi just three years later.
Ty Burrell has become a TV icon thanks to his role as the lovable and hilarious dad Phil Dunphy on the hugely successful series Modern Family.
In real life, Burrell is just as much a family guy who absolutely adores his two adopted children with his wife Holly – who he has been married to since 2000. The couple adopted their first child, a baby girl in 2010, and two years later adopted their second daughter.
In 1983, Lionel Richie and his then-wife Brenda Harvey brought a three-year-old named Nicole Escovedo, now known as Nicole Richie, into their home informally adopting her. The couple raised her as their own, and officially adopted her when she was nine years old.
Richie’s biological parents were friends with Lionel and her dad is the brother of Sheila E., the drummer from his band. Lionel later went on to have two more kids, Miles and Sofia, with his second wife Diane Alexander, prior to their divorce in 2004.
Mariska Hargitay is known for her role as the fierce NYPD detective Olive Benson on the long-running crime drama Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, and similar to her character, she also has a soft spot for her family.
Hargitay has three kids with her husband Peter Hermann. They adopted their daughter Amaya in April 2011 and just a few months later adopted a baby boy named Andrew. The two also share a biological son together named August, who was born in 2006.
Mary Louise Parker
Following her separation from longtime boyfriend Billy Crudup – who infamously left her for Clare Danes in 2003, Mary-Louise Parker decided to look into adoption as a single parent. In 2007, the Weeds star adopted a daughter named Caroline from Ethiopia. Parker also shares a biological son with Crudup named William.
Parker is certainly proud of her two kids, and they are often seen accompanying her to all sorts of red carpet events and award ceremonies.
Kristin Davis may forever be known to most of us as the hopeless romantic and sometimes naive Charlotte from SATC, but today she is focused on her favorite role – as mom to her two kids.
Despite her character’s obsession with the idea of marriage, Davis has decided to start a family on her own and is quite happy that way. In 2011, she adopted a daughter named Gemma and in 2018, adopted a son named Wilson.
Sharon Stone may have brought us iconic roles in movies like Basic Instinct and Casino, but she also has brought three adopted sons into her home. After suffering two heartbreaking miscarriages, Stone decided to look into the adoption process with her then-husband journalist Phil Bronstein.
The couple adopted a baby boy, Roan, in 2000. In 2005, a year following her and Bronstein’s divorce, Stone adopted her second son Laird and her third son Quinn in 2006.
Viola Davis is a household name thanks to her memorable performances on The Help and hit thriller series How to Get Away with Murder. The award-winning actress became a stepmother to two children a boy and a girl in 2003 after marrying fellow actor Julius Tennon.
In 2011, the couple decided it was time to add to their family by adopting a baby girl, who they named Genesis and became their third child in their beautiful family.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis has been in tons of memorable roles over the years, but not many are aware of the fact that she is also an adoptive parent! She adopted her two children, Annie and Thomas with her husband and fellow actor Christopher Guest.
The couple has been married since 1984, after Curtis saw a picture of him in Rolling Stone Magazine from his movie This Is Spinal Tap and told her friend that she was going to marry ‘that guy’ one day.
In February 2017, the famous Today show host announced that she had adopted a baby girl named Haley. On April 16, 2019, Kotb came on Today via phone in order to announce that she had adopted a second child, a baby daughter named Hope.
Just a few months later, Kotb made yet another exciting announcement for her fans saying that she had got engaged to New York financier Joel Schiffman – who she has been dating since 2013.
Country singer Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins announced they were expecting their first child together in 2017, while they had already been in the process of adopting a baby!
They adopted their baby girl Willa from Uganda in May 2017 and just three months later they welcomed their second daughter Ada into the world. Rhett’s daughters and his wife have appeared in a couple of the star’s music videos for the songs Life Changes and Look What God Gave Her.
Acclaimed director Steven Spielberg and his wife actress Kate Capshaw have seven children together in total, two of which are adopted. Their son Theo was adopted by Capshaw before they were married and was later adopted by Spielberg as well. Then in 1996, they decided to adopt a daughter named Mikaela together.
Capshaw also has a biological daughter, Jessica, with her first husband Robert Capshaw and Spielberg has a biological son, Max, with his first wife Amy Irving. Together, they also had three more biological kids together, Sawyer, Destry, and Sasha.
Ewan McGregor is known as being a versatile actor thanks to his memorable roles in films like Trainspotting, Christopher Robin, Star Wars, and Moulin Rouge.
He and production designer Eve Mavrakis were married from 1995 until their divorce was finalized in 2018. During their marriage, they welcomed four kids together. They have three biological children, Clara, Esther, and Anouk – as well as one adopted child, a daughter named Jamyan who they adopted from Mongolia in 2006.
Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford
The iconic Hollywood pair Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford officially tied the in 2010, after an eight year-long relationship. At the time, the Ally McBeal actress was already a mom to her son Liam, who she adopted in 2001.
Since 2002, he has been raised by both his mom and Ford – who also has four biological children of his own from two previous marriages – sons Ben, Malcolm, and and Willard and a daughter named Georgia.
Cate Blanchett and husband screenwriter Andrew Upton have four children together. They have three biological sons, Dashiell, Roman, and Ignatius, as well as one adopted daughter named Edith – who they welcomed into the family in 2015.
According to the award-winning actress, she and her husband had been talking about adoption since the birth of their first son in 2001. The couple finally got to have their dream come true with the arrival of their adopted daughter Edith.
Kirk Cameron may forever be known as the goofy and lovable Mike Seaver on the longtime sitcom Growing Pains, but now he is actually a father himself. He and his wife Chelsea Noble actually have six kids together!
They adopted their first four children all very close together, Jack in 1996, Isabella in 1997, Anna in 1998, and Luke in 2000. Then, they welcomed two biological children, Olivia and James, in 2001 and 2003, respectively.
Marie Osmond is another star who has a big family filled with both adopted and biological kids. She first welcomed a biological son named Stephen in 1983 with her first husband Stephen Craig (who she remarried in 2011.) Then, she adopted five more kids with her second husband Brian Blosil, a daughter named Jessica in 1987, son Michael in 1991, Brandon in 1996, and daughters Brianna and Abigail in 1997 and 2002, respectively.
In the midst of all the adoptions, she also welcomed two biological kids, a daughter named Rachael in 1989 and a son named Matthew in 1999. Tragically, her son Michael took his own life in 2010 at the age of 18.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are probably some of the most well-known celebrity adoptive parents out there. While Jolie does have three biological children with her equally famous ex-husband Brad Pitt – Vivienne, Knox, and John – they have also adopted three kids together as well.
Jolie first adopted a son named Maddox from Cambodia in 2002, then the couple adopted a daughter named Zahara from Ethiopia in 2005, and a son named Pax from Vietnam in 2007.
Sandra Bullock had planned to adopt her son, Louis from New Orleans, when her then-husband Jesse James of Monster Garage. However, after their messy divorce in 2010, the Academy Award-winning actress decided to continue the adoption as a single parent.
In 2015, Bullock added to her family by adopting a second child, a daughter named Laila. Although it is pretty well-known that the actress adopted, she tries to keep their lives as private as possible and doesn’t want them growing up in the spotlight.
According to Charlize Theron, adoption was always her first choice in how she wanted to become a mother. She credits growing up in South Africa and witnessing the many overly-full orphanages and children in need as her inspiration. So when she felt ready to be a mother, she knew that she would do so through adoption.
The Oscar winner is now the proud mom of two adopted children. She adopted Jackson in March 2012 and August in July 2015.
While Denise Richards was married to fellow actor Charlie Sheen, the pair welcomed two daughters together, Sam and Lola – who she famously won custody over following their messy divorce.
In 2011, Richards decided to extend her family on her own by adopting a baby girl named Eloise Joni – named after her mother who had passed away in 2007. As of 2012, Richards and Sheen have been on much better terms and are often seen spending time with their kids together.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne
Whether you’re a fan of Black Sabbath or just enjoy the media empire built around the Osbourne family, chances are you’ve at least heard of Ozzy and Sharon. Ozzy’s fame has extended far beyond whatever the Prince of Darkness likely originally imagined, and that has its ups and downs. But one thing he and Sharon will always appreciate is family, and the two extended their family by adopting Robert Marcato after his mother died.
No matter what you hear about Ozzy, remember that he has a good heart!
Rosario Dawson has done it all. She’s acted in controversial indie films like Kids, musicals like Rent, and even done voice work for various comic book adaptations. She also briefly dated Eric Andre, which is a pretty interesting tidbit if you ask us. Another interesting tidbit: she is an adoptive mother!
She has apparently had dreams of adopting a child for much of her life, and these dreams came true when she welcomed Lola into her life. She was 11 when she was first adopted, and she is 17 now.
Not familiar with Nia Vardalos? Well, how about My Big Fat Greek Wedding? The classic comedy movie starred Nia, but she also wrote the film. A truly multi-talented woman, Nia has continued having acting, screenwriting, directing, and producing credits across a number of Hollywood productions.
With her ex-husband Ian Gomez, Nia adopted a daughter in 2009. She has since been an outspoken advocate for adoption, even writing a book on the subject called INSTANT MOM. She also wrote about adopting her child in the Huffington Post. The world is lucky to have advocates like Nia!
Sara Rue is an actress best known for a variety of TV comedies, including Shedding for the Wedding, Malibu Country, and Impastor. Since 2011, she has been married to a man named Kevin Price. The two seem very happy together and had their first child in 2013. When they wanted a second child, the couple opted to adopt a second daughter, Adelaide, in 2016, making Sara Rue a proud adoptive parent.
She has spoken about how much joy the adoption process has brought into her life, and it’s very touching to hear.
Oscar de la Renta
No, no, not Oscar De La Hoya, Oscar de la Renta! Oscar de la Renta isn’t just a fashion brand. It’s a fashion brand eponymously named after a fashion designer who died in 2014. De la Renta was known to really focus on his work, but he still had a personal life. He was married two different times, and adopted a child after the death of his first wife.
His child was named Moises, and not much is known about him. There have been rumors about him not being included in his father’s will, however.
There are few celebrities that love children quite as much as Jim Caviezel. The actor, who is known mainly for his role in The Passion of the Christ, has an interesting personal life that includes him adopting three different children from China. Each child that he adopted had cancer, so it’s pretty nice to know that they will have loving parents looking after them (Caviezel has been married to Kerri Browitt since 1996).
While Caviezel is a bit of a controversial figure in the world of Hollywood, we’re sure his children love him.
It might be odd to read about Babe Ruth as a person rather than a legendary figure. The baseball superstar has a larger-than-life status that precedes him, but he was in fact a normal man just like any other when he stepped off of the diamond. Babe adopted his first child, Dorothy, with his first wife. After she died, he remarried and adopted the child of his new wife.
It might seem odd that he put so much emphasis on adoption, but it makes sense when you remember that Ruth himself was adopted as a boy.
There are few comedians that have been killing the game as long as Paula Poundstone. Her career began in the 1980s when she was in her 20s, and she has done stand-up comedy ever since. In addition to that, she has also served as a guest on a number of TV and radio shows in addition to doing some acting on the side.
Paula started out as a foster parent, helping foster a total number of eight different children. Since then, she has adopted three children of her own.
Gracie Allen is a name that is likely not going to ring any bells these days. Regardless, she was one of the biggest celebrities of her time. She performed vaudevillian comedy alongside her husband George Burns, and the two were renowned as one of the funniest duos in the years they were active (the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s).
She and George ended up adopting two children due to the fact that they could not have kids of their own. One of their kids, Ronnie Burns, ended up being a star as well!
Frances McDormand and Joel Coen
There are few actresses that can claim to be quite as talented as Frances McDormand. Even if you contest her talent, you can’t argue with her accolades and awards, of which she has received some in the highest degree. Her husband, Joel Coen, is one of the famous Coen Brothers, and they have been married since 1984.
Together, the couple adopted a child named Pedro in 1995. We wonder if he will ever follow in his parents’ footsteps by entering into the entertainment industry?
One of the most popular actors in the 1970s (and indeed one of the most famous of all time), Charles Bronson was the prototypical tough guy. The actor passed in 2003, but not without leaving behind a legacy of film work, as well as a family. Because of his multiple marriages, the Bronson family was a bit complicated. He had two children with his first wife, and his second wife (Jill Ireland) brought in three children of her own.
They later adopted two more…and that’s not to mention the fact that one of Jill’s kids was adopted too!
It’s tough for us to think of Edie Falco as anything other than Carmela Soprano. The role is so iconic to us that it’s almost as if Edie and Carmela are one, even though we know that that isn’t true.
Maybe we just need to remind ourselves that Edie is a human being that has had an entire career outside of the Sopranos…oh, and an entire family, too! Her first child was a son that she adopted in 2005. He was followed by a daughter who was adopted by Edie in 2008.
Emma Thompson is an actress that comes from a line of actors. Both of her parents were actors: her father Eric Thompson worked on a few films from the 50s to the 70s, and her mother Phyllida Law has TV and movie credits spanning from 1964 to 2014. With this in mind, you might expect her to want to pass on her acting talents via her genes; instead, she will pass her knowledge onto her adopted children.
She has a daughter, Gaia, and a son, Tindyebwa. Interestingly, Tindyebwa was a child soldier before Thomspon adopted him.
Joan Crawford is, for people who are truly into the cinema, one of the most influential actresses of all time. Starring in a large number of movies spanning multiple genres during the golden age of movies, Crawford’s stamp upon the medium is instantly recognizable. Her personal life was just as interesting as well: she was married four separate times in her life, and adopted a total of four children.
One of her children, Christina Crawford, later wrote a book that exposed all the wrongdoings Joan did as an adoptive mother. Some people just aren’t fit for the role.
While Kirstie Alley’s time in the spotlight may be waning, that doesn’t mean that we can’t look back at the many classics that she has given us throughout her career. Her work on Cheers and Veronica’s Closet is timeless, and she even still makes a few television appearances here and there (like on season 22 of Celebrity Big Brother!).
Kirstie has two children from her marriage with Parker Stevenson, William and Lillie, both of whom were adopted. The couple sought out adoption after failing to have a child on their own.
Ted Danson is a man with an incredibly impressive Hollywood resume. Most people will immediately think of him as Sam Malone from Cheers, but he has continued working on projects to this day, including some that have received much acclaim (what has he done that HASN’T received critical acclaim?). He had a child with his second wife, Cassandra Coates, in 1979, though the birth went poorly and had severe negative health effects for Cassandra.
They opted to adopt their second child, a girl named Alexis. Not too much is known about Alexis Danson nowadays.
While Rosie O’Donnell is widely known for her work as an actress and a comedian, there is far more to her than just that. In fact, a lot of her personal life is dedicated towards children and advocating for adoption for LGBT couples. She first adopted a child of her own in 1995, and had a few more children later.
Rosie has also acted as a foster parent for several children, including one complicated scenario where she attempted to adopt a foster child. This ended with the state of Florida not allowing her to.
If you’ve ever watched the TV show The Biggest Loser before, you know just how intimidating Jillian Michaels can be. The woman can yell at people until they do things they can never do…which is the best kind of personal trainer out there, we guess.
It’s a bit hard for us to imagine her as a loving mom, but she probably gets all of her anger out on her clients! She adopted a child from Haiti back in 2012 with her ex-fiance Heide Rhoades. Their adopted daughter was two years old at the time.
Harry Belafonte doesn’t get the respect that he deserves. The man is an absolute legend, having performed influential music in a massive number of disparate genres. In addition to that, he has won several Grammys, one Emmy, and one Tony. What other celebrities can you name that have accomplished that?!
The man has had a number of children with his different wives over the years, and even adopted a child as well. Harry is still active to this day, even though he is 92 years old!
There is no musician on earth like Brian Wilson. Pop innovator and pioneer of the auteur style of music production, most music around these days would basically not exist if it were not for Brian Wilson. Despite this, the man has had an incredibly hard life, with his tragic troubles being told in the touching movie Love and Mercy. Those who have seen the movie will recall Melinda Ledbetter, the woman he ends up marrying.
The couple ended up adopting two children, one named Daria and one named Delanie.