Famous Hollywood Actors Whose Parents Were Big Stars of Old Hollywood

Jane Fonda – Henry Fonda

Jane Fonda will celebrate her 86th birthday on December 21. The actress is known not only for her contemporary films but also for her roles in movies from the 60s to the 80s. However, it’s worth noting that her greatest fame came from films of the new century, such as “Book Club,” “Our Souls at Night,” “Monster-in-Law,” and, of course, the series “Grace and Frankie.” On the other hand, Jane’s father, Henry Fonda, was a true icon of old Hollywood and is still recognized by many as one of the greatest actors in world cinema. Henry Fonda is known for his roles in films like “On Golden Pond,” “12 Angry Men,” “Once Upon a Time in the West,” and more.

Michael Douglas – Kirk Douglas

Despite Michael Douglas starring in films like “Fatal Attraction,” “Falling Down,” “Wall Street,” and “The Game,” most film lovers primarily remember him for “Basic Instinct,” where he co-starred with the then-rising star Sharon Stone. Interestingly, Sharon was relatively unknown at the time, but she managed to overshadow Michael, for whom this film became a breakthrough. Michael, despite his age, continues to actively act in movies, and in 2023, he even appeared in the third installment of “Ant-Man.”

Michael’s father, Kirk Douglas, lived to be 103 years old and had a 62-year career in the film industry, leaving his mark not only with “Spartacus,” “Paths of Glory,” and “Spartacus” but also with the film he did with Michael, “It Runs in the Family.”

Carrie Fisher – Debbie Reynolds

Carrie Fisher appeared in films like “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Blues Brothers,” and more. However, all of these pale in comparison to the original “Star Wars” trilogy, in which Carrie played Princess Leia and after which she couldn’t surpass her success with anything greater. Later, Carrie appeared in the new “Star Wars” trilogy alongside her daughter, Billie Lourd, who also had roles in series like “Scream Queens,” “American Horror Story,” and the ninth season of “American Horror Story.”

But the most outstanding in this family was Debbie Reynolds, Carrie’s mother and Billie’s grandmother. Her career spanned from 1948 until her last day. Debbie outlived her daughter by just one day.

Jamie Lee Curtis – Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis is closely associated with the “Halloween” franchise for most of her life. It all began with the original 1978 film, followed by several sequels and a reboot in “Halloween Kills,” which negated the events of all films after the first. She concluded her character’s story in 2022 in “Halloween Ends” and, a year later, starred in “The Mansion with Ghosts.” In addition to her iconic role, Jamie appeared in films like “True Lies,” “Trading Places,” “Freaky Friday,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” and “Knives Out.”

Mia Farrow – Maureen O’Sullivan

Mia Farrow, like her mother, had the privilege of experiencing old Hollywood and even reaching the highest peaks of fame. Mia is still known and continues to act in films. In 2022, she even had a role in a series called “The Observer.” However, she is unlikely to surpass her own achievements from the 60s and 70s when she played the leading roles in “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Great Gatsby.”

Maureen O’Sullivan, Mia Farrow’s mother, gained immense fame during the Golden Age of Hollywood when she appeared in several Tarzan movies and films like “The Big Clock,” “The Thin Man,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Big Timer,” and “A Day at the Races.”

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