Watching your favorite celebrities grow up and have children is one thing but comparing them at the same age is another! Mothers have influenced daughters since the dawn of time and following in a mother’s footsteps is almost always a good decision especially when your mother is a world-famous actress or supermodel.
From similar looks to parallel careers, here is the breakdown of 40 famous mother-daughter pairs and where they were in life at the same age. There are some duos where you think you’re looking at twin sisters!
Heather Locklear and Ava Elizabeth Sambora at Age 20
Heather Locklear landed her first big role when she was 20 years old. She was cast as Jo Dean Carrington in the hit series Dynasty. She married former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora in 1994. And, in October 1997, she gave birth to her beautiful daughter Ava Elizabeth Sambora.
She is following right in her mother’s footsteps. At 20, she too, landed a big acting role in This is 40, a romantic comedy film directed by Judd Apatow. This mother-daughter acting duo seem to be on the same career path.
Robin Wright and Dylan Frances Penn at Age 27
Robin Wright had become a Hollywood superstar by 27. She had starred in classic household films like The Princess Bride, The Crossing Guard, and Denial. At age 27, one of her most well-known roles was as the iconic Jenny Curran, in Forest Gump, which was about to hit the big screen.
Dylan Frances Penn, the stunning daughter of Robin and actor Sean Penn, is a spitting image of her mother. She is a model and actress who has starred in modeling campaigns for the Gap. If you’re a fan of Nick Jonas, you might recognize her as the mysterious love interest in the music video for his hit song “Chains.”
Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross at Age 40
Diana Ross is an American singer and entertainer. Her road to stardom began as the lead singer of the Supremes. They became Motown’s most successful performance in the 1960s and then went on the be one of the bestselling girl groups of all time.
Similarly, by age 40 Tracee has managed to establish a prolific acting career for herself. She is an actress, comedian, and producer. She is most recently known for her role in Black-ish where she plays a lead. Both mother and daughter are highly regarded performers.
Madonna and Lourdes Leon at Age 22
At the young age of 22, Madonna was on the precipice of her massive singing career. She would later become one of the most iconic artists in history, but at this early age, she had yet to know what would hit her.
Lourdes Leon has not sought after the spotlight as much as her mother, but naturally, she is a beauty. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she is an emerging model in the fashion industry. Recently, she landed her first big modeling campaign with Miu Miu.
Kyra Sedgwick and Sosie Bacon at Age 26
At 26, Kyra Sedgwick had an acting career and was married to American actor Kevin Bacon. She has won an Emmy and Golden Globe for her role as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in the hit crime drama The Closer, which plays on TNT.
Her daughter, Sosie Bacon, appears to be perusing an acting career like both her parents. She recently starred in the teen drama 13 Reasons Why. Her role as Skye Miller on the Netflix drama has shined a spotlight on her talent and her road to stardom.
Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain at Age 17
Courtney Love began her rise to fame at the young age of 17. She was just dipping her toes into her music career. She wouldn’t form her alternative rock band Hole or meet Kurt Cobain until years later, in her mid-twenties, but 17 was just the beginning of her ride.
Frances Bean Cobain, however, has been in the spotlight since she was born. Having such iconic parents has made her nothing short of an icon herself. She is a visual artist, model, and absolute stunner just like her parents.
Vanessa Paradis and Lily-Rose Depp at Age 19
Vanessa Paradis was already an established French musician, actress, and model at the age of 19. Her time in the spotlight began long before with a hit song “Joe El Taxi,” which was released when she was only 14.
Like her mother, Lily-Rose Depp is a well-known model and actor. She began her acting career at around the same time her mother did with the movie Tusk at age 15. She is now a world-renowned model and has been the face of Chanel for years.
Candace Cameron Bure and Natasha Bure at Age 18
Candace Cameron Bure was acting since she was 7 years old. By the age of 18, she had been on television for 11 years starring in the legendary family sitcom Full House as D.J. Tanner. Her acting career began with Full House, and it only skyrocketed from there.
Her eldest daughter, Natasha, began acting at 13. Not as early as her mother, but still a young age to be on television. She was featured in a few movies, but her real passion and talent lies in music. When she was 18 years old, she competed in The Voice.
Kim Basinger and Ireland Baldwin at Age 23
Kim Basinger was a successful model by the age of 23, featuring in campaigns with top fashion brands like Miu Miu and Guess. At this age, she began her acting career, eventually starring in Batman and L.A. Confidential.
She had a daughter with ex-husband Alec Baldwin named Ireland Baldwin. At age 23, she is a highly sought-after model. She has been in campaigns and walked runways with some of the biggest fashion houses. Today, both Ireland and Kim are signed to the same modeling agency!
Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow at Age 46
At 46 years old, Blythe Danner had been an actress for 21 years. She has won two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress for her role on Huff as Izzy Huffstodt and a Tony for her performance on Butterflies are Free on Broadway.
Gwyneth Paltrow is now 46 and has been working for 30 years as an actress and entrepreneur. She has received an Academy Award, an Emmy, and a Golden Globe. She is also the CEO and founder of Goop, a successful wellness and lifestyle brand.
Kennya Baldwin and Hailey Bieber at Age 22
Kennya Baldwin was a Brazilian graphic designer and at age 22, she was two years away from marrying American actor, producer, and director Stephen Baldwin. At 22, Hailey Bieber is one of the most sought-after models in the world.
Her extensive modeling career features photoshoots and campaigns with the biggest fashion houses and magazines in the world. She is one of the most well-known models and has appeared in fashion spreads across the globe. She married Justin Bieber in 2018 and the two are a modern power couple.
Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian at Age 35
When Kris Jenner was 35 years old, she was the mother of four children: Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, and Rob. She was happily married to lawyer Robert Kardashian who would later pass away from cancer in 2003.
At 35, Kim was a mogul. She not only was a mother of two, but she was a model, fashion icon, and businesswoman. The Kardashians are an American empire, and this mother and daughter were the two that started it all. Although Kim was far more successful than her mother at 35, she owes much of her success to her mother and her vision.
Kim Kardashian and North West at Age 5
Kim Kardashian was always a Beverly Hills princess. Even at the young age of 5, her family was constantly associated with the Hollywood high society. Her father, Robert Kardashian, was best friends with O.J. Simpson and would later become his lawyer.
Similar to her mother, North West is constantly in the spotlight. Having Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as parents have made her an icon since birth. She has appeared on the pages of Vogue not once, but twice.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at Age 40
By the time Debbie Reynolds hit 40, she had been an actress for 24 years. She starred as the lead in timeless films like Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She was part of the unforgettable The Golden Girls cast and continued her acting career well into her old age.
Carrie Fisher has earned her right as a star by 40 with her role as Princess Leia in the acclaimed sci-fi franchise Star Wars. Like her mother, she has acted in countless films and had been nominated for many awards.
Carrie Fischer and Billie Lourd at Age 26
Carrie Fisher had starred in two Star Wars movies as Princess Leia by the age of 26. Before Star Wars, she appeared on Broadway in the revival of the musical Irene. She got married to Bryan Lourd in 1991 and a year later she gave birth to her daughter Billie Lourd.
Billie Lourd is pursuing an acting career just like her mother. At the age of 26, she has acted in the dark comedy series Scream Queens, created by Ryan Murphy. She has also appeared in some Star Wars installments as Lieutenant Connix. I am sure her late mother would be very proud.
Lisa Bonet and Zoë Kravitz at Age 27
Lisa Bonet began her career as Denise Huxtable in The Crosby Show. This role was her ultimate claim to fame and was the catalyst for the rest of her acting career. She started dating Lenny Kravitz and they become a Hollywood ‘it’ couple. The two got married in 1987 and had their daughter Zoe Kravitz.
Zoe Kravitz is not only as stunning as her mother, but she is equally as hard-working; dedicated and focused on building her acting career. She has starred in Big Little Lies and was cast as the lead role in Hulu’s High Fidelity. She recently starred alongside Rob Pattinson in Batman where she played Cat Woman.
Melanie Griffith and Dakota Johnson at Age 26
Starting her modeling career at just nine months old, Melanie Griffith is an American actress and producer. Her big-screen debut was in the horror film Night Moves as Delly Grastner when she was 19 years old. She later married Don Johnson and the two had a daughter, Dakota Johnson.
She has reached her acting acclaim through her role as Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise. She starred in her first film when she was only 10 years old. It was a dark comedy called Crazy in Alabama and she played alongside her mother.
Demi Moore and Rumer Willis at Age 27
Demi Moore was a well-known actress by the age of 27. She had appeared in several box office hits such as About Last Night… where she played Debbie, St. Elmo’s Fire where she played Jules, and Blame it on Rio where she played Nicole ‘Nikki’ Hollis.
She married Bruce Willis and they had their eldest daughter Rumer Willis in 1988. Rumer has been heavily influenced by both her parents’ successful acting careers. At the age of 27, she already had 31 acting credits.
Phylicia Rashad and Condola Rashad at Age 36
Phylicia Rashad was cast as Clair Huxtable in The Cosby Show when she was 36 years old. This was the role of a lifetime, and it skyrocketed her career. She was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her performance in the sitcom.
She was the first black woman to win a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun. Her daughter, Condola, is an actress who prefers the stage over the television. She is known for her role as Lynn Nottage in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Off-Broadway play Ruined.
Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger at Age 24
Jerry Hall was a world-renowned model at the age of 24. She was one of the most coveted models of the 70s. She transitioned into acting with her role in the film Urban Cowboy and more notably in Batman in 1989.
Her daughter, Georgia May Jagger, is the daughter of rock legend and Rolling Stones lead vocalists Mick Jagger. She began her modeling career at 16 and has appeared on Vogue covers across the globe and has shot campaigns with brands like Missoni and Wrangler.
Reese Witherspoon and Ava Phillippe at Age 18
Reese Witherspoon was an actress by the age of 18 but she had not yet reached the level of stardom she possesses today. She made her big-screen debut in 1991 with the film The Man in the Moon. Today, she is a highly successful actor and producer.
Her daughter, Ava Phillippe, has tried to stay out of the spotlight for most of her childhood. At 18, she has graduated high school and begun her modeling career. Her breakout campaign was the Rodarte Fall 2018 lookbook.
Kathy Hilton and Paris Hilton at Age 26
Kathy Hilton was married and had two daughters by the age of 26. Their names were Paris and Nicky. She is an American socialite, fashion designer, philanthropist, and television personality. She got married to businessman, Richard Hilton, in 1979.
Like her mother, Paris Hilton is a socialite, media personality, businesswoman, model, singer, DJ, and actress. She was born in New York but was raised in Beverly Hills, California. Paris is an icon. Her fashion sense has continued to keep her in the headlines for decades. She got married to Carter Reum in 2021.
Yolanda Foster and Gigi and Bella Hadid at Age 20
In the 80s, Yolanda Foster was a highly sought-after model. She walked numerous runways and appeared on many Vogue covers all over the world. She later featured in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills where the world was introduced to her now supermodel daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid.
Like mother like daughter. Gigi and Bella’s faces have been plastered on billboards and storefronts all over the world. They have made international acclaim walking in fashion shows across the globe. The girls sure learned to strut from their momma!
Minnie Riperton and Maya Rudolph at Age 28
Minnie Riperton was in the prime of her career at the age of 28. She was a singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. In 1975, she released her greatest single “Lovin’ You.” She was known for her use of the whistle register which dubbed her “Queen of the Whistle Register” and led her to fame.
At 28, her daughter, Maya Rudolph, reached her stardom through a different route although they both had their big break at this age. Maya was cast in Saturday Night Live and it formed her career as a comedian and actress.
Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson at Age 37
Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson had very similar careers and when they both reached the age of 37 their acting careers were pretty parallel, both starring in many romantic comedies. Goldie Hawn acted in films like The First Wives Club, The Banger Sisters, and Housesitter. She won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for the film Cactus Flower.
Kate Hudson has starred in iconic romcoms such as How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, Almost Famous, and Something Borrowed. She is the recipient of many awards such as a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Movie Award, a BAFTA, and many more.
Meryl Streep and Mamie, Grace, and Louisa Gummer in Their 30s
When Meryl Streep hit 30 years old, she was not yet the Meryl who has graced countless movie screens. She had only just started her acting career with a debut in the film Julia in 1977. The following year, in 1978, she starred in the film The Deer Hunter and her performance really kickstarted her career.
Meryl has three daughters: Mamie who is 38, Grace who is 35, and Louisa who is 29. In their 30s, Mamie and Grace are pursuing acting careers like their mother while Luisa is focusing on modeling.
Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri at Age 31
Susan Sarandon starred in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as Janet Weiss. This cult classic film took her acting career to the next level. She has starred in other hits like James and the Giant Peach, Thelma and Louise, and The Lovely Bones.
Her daughter, Eva Amurri, has been following in her mother’s footsteps. At 31, she was also a well-known actress with many films under her belt. Today, she is a lifestyle blogger with over 198,000 followers. She posts content about being a mother, raising children, and wellness.
Peggy Lipton and Rashida Jones at Age 40
By the age of 40, Peggy Lipton had made a name for herself. She was a successful actress due to her role as Julie Barnes on The Mod Squad and a model. Her marriage to Quincy Jones was quite a public affair and only helped boost her career and status.
Rashida Jones, her daughter, is a very successful actress at 40 as well. She has played on The Office and Parks and Rec, two immensely popular and timeless sitcoms. Today, she is not only an actress but a writer and producer.
Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis at Age 23
At the young age of 23, Janet Leigh was signed to MGM studios. She had been discovered at 18 years old by another actress, Norma Shearer. At the time, she was starring in Little Women and The Romance of Rosie Bridge, two very popular films.
She got married to Tony Curtis and their daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, was born. Jamie’s acting career hit the ground running after she starred in the film Halloween. Today, Jamie has won two Golden Globes and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber as Teenagers
In her junior year of high school, Cindy Crawford got her first modeling job. It was for a local publication called ‘DeKalb Nite Weekly.’ Shortly after, at the age of 17, she was signed to Elite Model Management and became a world-class supermodel
Her daughter Kaia did not follow far behind. Besides being a spitting image of her mother, Kaia also began modeling in her teens. By the age of 18, she appeared in campaigns with Chanel, Versace, and Marc Jacobs. She is a supermodel just like her mother.
Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay at Age 27
When Jayne Mansfield turned 27, she was signed to 20th Century Fox. She had an up-and-coming acting career with roles in films like The Wayward Bus and Too Hot to Handle. She was a Playboy playmate and a sex symbol of the 50s and 60s.
Mariska Hargitay was only three years old when she lost her mother in a car accident. Despite the tragedy, she has remained close to her mother by following in her footsteps. Mariska began her long career with hit TV show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit when she was 27. The show hit a record-breaking 23 seasons and a 24th is on the way.
Lori Loughlin and Olivia Jade Giannulli at Age 18
Lori Loughlin had established herself in Hollywood as an actress by the young age of 18. She played Rebecca Katsopolis in the famed sitcom Full House and Debbie Wilson in the teen drama 90210.
At 18, her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli became a beauty influencer with 1.3 million followers. She talks about fashion and makeup on her platform, and she even has a podcast. Despite the college admissions scandal and Lori’s two months in jail, the mother and daughter have seemed to bounce back both determined to continue pursuing their respective careers.
Christie Brinkley and Sailor Brinkley Cook in Their Early 20s
Christie Brinkley was at the start of her modeling career at 23. A few years later, she got her first Sports Illustrated cover. She continued to appear in the magazine’s swimsuit issues and appeared on three covers in a row beginning in 1979 which had been unheard of up until her.
Sailor Brinkley Cook is now gracing the covers of Sports Illustrated a generation later. In 2017, the two even appeared on the cover together! Must be a family tradition. She is also a social media personality with over 190,000 followers on Instagram.
Andie MacDowell and Rainey and Margaret Qualley in Their Mid-20s
Andie MacDowell was cast in her breakout role in St. Elmo’s Fire playing Dale Biberman when she was 29 years old. This began an incredible acting career filled with critical acclaim. She now has two daughters, Rainey who is 32 and Margaret who is 27.
Both daughters are taking after their mother and pursuing an acting career, but Rainey is also a singer and Margret is a dancer. Rainey appeared in the film Ocean’s Eight and Margret in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, both huge box office films. Recently, Andie and Margaret played mother and daughter in a Netflix original series called Maid.
Linda McCartney and Stella McCartney at Age 26
When she was 26, Linda Eastman married Beatles bassist, singer, and songwriter Paul McCartney. She was a photographer and musician by this age, but marrying Paul McCartney was one of the more notable things.
Their Daughter, Stella McCartney began her illustrious fashion career in 1995. At 26, she received the Elle Style Award for Best New Designer. Her fashion house is a staple in the industry and has been around for decades.
Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley at Age 22
When Priscilla Presley was 22 years old, she married Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. They got married in 1967 and lasted six years together. In that time, she gave birth to her daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
She also got married young. At 20, she tied the knot with husband Danny Keough, although the marriage didn’t last long. She is Elvis Presley’s only child and she has taken after him too. Lisa Marie is a singer-songwriter and has released three albums. She has made a name for herself beyond her father’s reputation
Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith at Age 19
Jada Pinkett Smith was an up-and-coming actress at the young age of 19. She was in a few television movies and then she got a role in a television series called A Different World. Since, she has starred in countless films.
The daughter of Will and Jada Smith, Willow Smith, has a successful music career. At 19, she is a highly regarded musician and prominent fashion figure. She also cohosts Red Table Talk, a talk show, with her mother and grandmother. Together, they unpack heavy topics and current events often bringing on guests.
Lisa Rinna and Amelia and Delilah Hamlin in Their Early 20s
In her 20s, Lisa Rinna began her journey to fame with her role in the soap opera Days of Our Lives. Together with her husband Harry Hamlin, Lisa has two daughters: Amelia Grey who is 18 and Delilah Belle who is 21.
Instead of pursuing an acting career like their mother, the girls have decided to focus on modeling. They have both quickly become desirable models walking runways and shooting campaigns. Delilah Belle has over 2.1 million followers on Instagram and her sister has 1.2 million followers.
Diane Ladd and Laura Dern in Their Early 40s
Diane Ladd has been a famous actress since the 50s. At 40, she was cast in one of her most critically acclaimed roles in the film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Since then, she has appeared in over 120 film and television roles.
Similarly, her daughter Laura Dern began her career in the 80s. She was cast in films like Jurassic Park and Blue Velvet which jumpstarted her acting career. At 45, she won a Golden Globe for Best Support Actress for the film Marriage Story. Both mother and daughter reached a monumental career moment in their early 40s.
Drew Barrymore and Frankie Barrymore Kopelman at the Age of 7
Born into a famous family, Drew Barrymore was always in the spotlight. Despite this, she received her first acting role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial when she was 7 years old. Since then, she has received much critical acclaim and has been awarded many accolades.
She is also the CEO of her own makeup company called Flower Beauty. Her youngest daughter, Frankie, is around the same age that Drew was in her first acting debut, and she couldn’t look more like her mother. It will be interesting to see if she follows in her mother’s footsteps.