Top 5 Hollywood Mother-Daughter Duos
by SHEILA MARIKAR (@SheilaYM) abc News
Like mother, like daughter (well, with a little help from the mother).
1. Heather Locklear and Ava Sambora
Newly engaged Heather Locklear is the latest actress to usher her offspring into show business. Ava Sambora, the “Melrose Place” star’s 13-year-old daughter with ex-husband Richie Sambora, has scored a small role in Judd Apatow’s upcoming take-off on “Knocked Up,” according to Variety. It’s a movie full of second generation stars: Sambora will play the best friend of Apatow’s real-life daughter Maude, who plays one of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s two daughters.
Of course, Sambora is far from the first Hollywood daughter to follow in her mom’s footsteps (she got a head start by kicking off a modeling career last year). Below, check out four memorable mother/daughter acting duos:
2. Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri
By the time she had Eva Amurri, Susan Sarandon had more than a dozen films under her belt and an Oscar nomination. So when Amurri decided to pursue an acting career, she had a more-than-qualified mom-mentor. The daughter of Sarandon and Italian director Franco Amurri landed her first role alongside her mother in the 2002 film “The Banger Sisters.” She acted with her mom in an episode of “Friends” before breaking off on her own. These days, Amurri is best known for playing a college student/stripper in the third season of Showtime’s “Californication.”
3. Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson
Often arm-in-arm on the red carpet, Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson seem more like girlfriends than mother and daughter. But for Hawn, who’s celebrating the recent birth of her second child, having a famous mom wasn’t always so fabulous.
“For me, I’d go crazy if I couldn’t go out and walk in the streets,” she told the U.K.’s Telegraph in 2010 about growing up with paparazzi hounding her family. “I learned some of that from my mom. She is so recognizable. She’s just so Goldie! When I was a girl I would get embarrassed and say: ‘Mom, put a hat on or something.'”
4. Demi Moore and Rumer Willis
Rumer Willis came into the world on camera — literally. Mom “Demi Moore” hired a cameraman to film the birth of her eldest daughter. Like Amurri, she made her big-screen debut alongside her A-list mom in the 1995 movie “Now and Then.” She’s appeared in a handful of films and TV shows since then, including two with her father, Moore’s ex-husband, Bruce Willis — “The Whole Nine Yards” and “Hostage.”
Given her parents’ profession, acting was a natural pursuit for Willis.
“I grew up around it, and I just always knew it was something that I wanted to do,” she said at the premiere of her 2009 movie, “Sorority Row.” “I always knew that I wanted to be a part of it too, it looked like a fun group to get to hang out with.”
5. Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
No Hollywood mother-daughter duo offers as much drama as Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Reynolds and Eddie Fisher divorced when Carrie was two years old; he went on to marry Reynolds’ good friend, Elizabeth Taylor. Like Hudson, Carrie Fisher has often talked about the difficulties of growing up with an iconic mom.
“My self-image is just whacked from having the movie star mom,” she said on “Oprah” in February. “My mother would get up in the morning as my mother and then she would go into this big closet she had. She’d go in on this end as my mom and she’d come out the other end as Debbie Reynolds. It was like a car wash for celebrities.”
Later in life, Fisher struggled with bipolar disorder, which put a strain on the mother-daughter relationship.
“My lowest point in Carrie’s and my relationship was really when we discovered that she was ill, or that she had this mental health problem, and that it was going to be with her forever,” Reynolds said during the same “Oprah” appearance. “That was very hard.”
Fisher poured her problems into a successful memoir, “Wishful Drinking,” and a one-woman play.