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17 nepo babies who are parents to their own nepo babies

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Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley, and Riley Keough.Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images
  • "Nepo babies," or nepotism babies, are a hot topic in pop culture.

  • But you might not know that your favorite celebrity comes from a long line of nepo babies.

  • Lisa Marie Presley, who died in 2023, was the daughter of Elvis and the mother of Riley Keough.

Nepo babies remain one of the internet's favorite topics, even after Vulture declared that 2022 was the "year of the nepo baby."

But some of your favorite celebrities might not just come from famous parents — they could have famous grandparents, or even great-grandparents.

These 17 celebrities have the unique distinction of having famous parents and famous children.

Dakota Johnson's mother is Melanie Griffith, who in turn is the daughter of Tippi Hedren.

Actors Dakota Johnson, Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith pose with the Calvin Klein Emerging Star Award.
Dakota Johnson, Tippi Hedren, and Melanie Griffith.Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images

Kids today might know that Johnson, the daughter of Griffith and "Miami Vice" star Don Johnson (and former stepdaughter of Antonio Banderas) is a nepo baby.

But Johnson's grandmother is an icon in her own right. She starred in two Alfred Hitchcock films, most famously "The Birds." She also co-starred with Sean Connery in "Marnie."

Additionally, Hedren and Griffith appeared in a film together, "Roar," which showcased Hedren's love for big cats. She and her husband and daughter lived with their pet lion Neil, which was famously documented in a photo shoot for Life Magazine in 1971.

"My life is incredibly lucky and privileged, and the life I led growing up was remarkable — the places I went and how we lived and what we were able to experience," Johnson told Vanity Fair in 2022.

You probably know that Zoë Kravitz's parents are Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz. But you might not have known that Lenny's mother was Roxie Roker, star of "The Jeffersons."

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Roxie Roker and her son Lenny Kravitz; Zoë Kravitz and her father, Lenny.Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Zoë Kravitz, known for appearances in "Big Little Lies," "The Batman," "High Fidelity," "Kimi," and more, has defended her nepo-baby status in the past.

"It's completely normal for people to be in the family business," Kravitz told GQ in 2022. "It's literally where last names came from. You were a blacksmith if your family was, like, the Black family."

Her father, Lenny, is most famous for his music career. But his mother, Roxie, was a television pioneer. As part of her role on "The Jeffersons," she was one-half of television's first interracial couple, according to The New York Times.

Riley Keough is the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley, and the granddaughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, and Riley Keough attend the Handprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 21, 2022
Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, and Riley Keough attend the Handprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre.Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Keough followed in her mother's (and grandfather's) musical footsteps this year when she played the front-woman of fictional band Daisy Jones & the Six in the Prime Video series of the name, showcasing her own musical talents and earning an Emmy nomination.

The music from the show also earned a Grammy nomination.

Lisa Marie, who died in January 2023, had a musical career, as well.

Keough is close friends with two fellow "double" nepo babies, Dakota Johnson and Zoë Kravitz.

"Zoë and I's parents were friends when we were really little, so we would hang out as nepo babies, literally," Keough said in August 2023.

Johnson told Vanity Fair that same month that meeting Keough when they were teenagers was like "finding a soulmate."

Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, was the mother of actress Billie Lourd.

Actress Debbie Reynolds, actress Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd pose in the press room at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California
Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and Billie Lourd.Jason LaVeris/Getty Images

Reynolds, who died in 2016, is best known for two roles — one at the beginning of her career, and one towards the end: as Kathy in "Singin' in the Rain" in 1952, and as Angie in the "Halloweentown" films across the '90s and 2000s.

With her then-husband entertainer Eddie Fisher, she welcomed Carrie Fisher, one of the most beloved stars of her time. Fisher also died in 2016.

Fisher's daughter, Lourd, is an actress in her own right, appearing in films like "Booksmart" and shows such as "Scream Queens" and "American Horror Story."

She also joined the "Star Wars" family in 2015, appearing in "The Force Awakens" and its two sequels.

In 2020, Lourd posted about the birth of her son, Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell (named for her mother), on Instagram.

Tony Goldwyn comes from showbiz royalty — his last name is the "G" in MGM Studios.

Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and Director Tony Goldwyn during Los Angeles Premiere of DreamWorks "The Last Kiss" at Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles, CA, United States.
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. and Tony Goldwyn.E. Charbonneau/Getty Images

Tony Goldwyn, best known for playing President Fitzgerald Grant III on "Scandal," comes from the Goldwyn family, a true Hollywood dynasty.

His grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn, was one of the most influential producers in Hollywood history, producing films such as "The Best Years of Our Lives," "Guys and Dolls," "Porgy and Bess," "Wuthering Heights," and more.

Tony Goldwyn's father, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., also had a producing career of his own, credited on films like "Master and Commander," "The Preacher's Wife," and "Mystic Pizza."

"He was a tough guy. I knew him well," Tony Goldwyn told Page Six in 2021, speaking about his grandfather.

"I was very close to him. He wasn't tough with me — he was sweet and a grandpa to me — but he was a character."

Vintage scream queen Anne Gywnne's daughter Gwynne Gilford — an actress in her own right — married actor Robert Pine in 1969. Their son is Chris Pine.

Gwynne Gilford, Chris Pine and Robert Pine attend the after party for the premiere of TNT's "I Am The Night" on January 24, 2019
Gwynne Gilford, Chris Pine, and Robert Pine.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Both of Chris' parents are actors — his father, Robert, "got his SAG card in '64'" and has had "a hell of a career," as he told IndieWire in 2022, most famously in the sitcom "CHiPs."

His mother, Gilford, was an actress as well, before retiring in the '80s.

But her mother, Gwynne Gilford, was considered a scream queen. She appeared in horror classics like "Black Friday," "The Black Cat," and "House of Frankenstein."

The Barrymore family is an acting dynasty that goes back to the 19th century, including Drew Barrymore, her father John Drew Barrymore, and her grandfather John Barrymore.

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In profile, John Barrymore, his son, John Drew Barrymore, and the latter's daughter, Drew Barrymore.Bettmann/Getty Images

In 2023, Drew is the most well-known member of the Barrymore family, but her family has been acting for over 100 years.

During a June 2023 profile in Vulture, Drew Barrymore told the publication she calls Turner Classic Movies the "family portal," and documented a time when a movie starring her grandparents Dolores Costello and John Barrymore played.

Geraldine Chaplin is one of Charlie Chaplin's children — and the mother of actress Oona Chaplin.

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Geraldine Chaplin and her daughter Oona Chaplin.Eric Vandeville/Getty Images

Geraldine Chaplin is one of the silent film star's 11 children, and a successful actress in her own right. She's been nominated for three Golden Globes across her career, most notably for "Doctor Zhivago."

She also played her own grandmother, Hannah, in the 1992 biopic "Chaplin."

Her grandfather on her mother's side was playwright Eugene O'Neill.

Oona Chaplin came to prominence playing Talisa in "Game of Thrones." Next, she'll be in the upcoming "Avatar" sequels.

"I don't know how much of ['Chaplin'] was truth or lies exactly, but they captured the essence of my grandfather,"she told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015.

"Robert Downey, Jr. was incredible in the part, and my mother was brilliant. When she starts crumbling the cookies over her face — that moment is forever engrained on my life."

Cameron Douglas starred in a movie with his father, Michael Douglas, and his grandfather, Kirk Douglas.

Cameron Douglas, Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas attend the ceremony honoring Michael Douglas with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 06, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Cameron Douglas, Kirk Douglas, and Michael Douglas.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images

All three generations of Douglas men co-starred in the 2003 film "It Runs in the Family," along with Kirk's ex-wife (and Michael's mother) Diana, playing one big family.

While Cameron Douglas hasn't had as illustrious a career as his father or late grandfather, he's still working, and also published his memoir, "Long Way Home," in 2019.

"Every son admires his own father, but everyone in the world admired mine," he wrote, according to The New York Times.

Abby Elliott is part of a comedy dynasty. Her father is "Schitt's Creek" star Chris Elliott. Chris' father was comedy legend Bob Elliott.

Abby Elliott and Chris Elliott attend the after party for Bravo's screening of "Odd Mom Out" at Casa Lever on June 3, 2015
Abby Elliott and Chris Elliott.Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Abby and Chris Elliott made TV history when Abby was cast on "Saturday Night Live" in 2008, becoming the first father and daughter to be on the show. Chris Elliott was on "SNL" from 1994 to 1995.

But even without "SNL," Abby Elliott was part of a comedy lineage. Her grandfather Bob Elliott was a beloved comedian too.

The elder Elliotts co-starred in a sitcom together, "Get a Life," from 1990 to 1992.

"Karate Kid" star Chad McQueen, the only son of actor Steve McQueen, is the father of "Vampire Diaries" star Steven R. McQueen.

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Steve McQueen relaxes with his son Chad; Steven R. McQueen.Anwar Hussein/Getty Images; Rich Fury/Getty Images

Chad McQueen is one of Steve's two children, and the only son of the iconic actor known as the King of Cool. When Chad was a kid, he was often spotted on the sets of his father's films.

He went on to have his own respectable film career, appearing in the first two "Karate Kid" films and "Red Line."

In 2014, Steven R. McQueen was at the premiere of "I Am Steve McQueen," a documentary about his grandfather, who died in 1980.

"I never got to meet my grandfather and I'm sure the younger audiences don't know much about him," he told The Wrap. He added that his grandfather's films are what inspired him to start acting.

Bridget Fonda is the daughter of Peter Fonda and granddaughter of Henry Fonda — and the niece of Jane Fonda.

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Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda, and Henry Fonda; Bridget Fonda and Peter Fonda.Bettman/Getty Images; Gregg DeGuire/WireImage/Getty Images

Bridget Fonda stepped away from acting in the early 2000s, but at one point, she was part of the family business like her father Peter (who died in 2019), aunt Jane and grandfather Henry, who died in 1982.

Between all the Fondas mentioned, there are dozens of award wins and nominations, including four Oscar wins and nine more nominations.

Kiefer Sutherland is the son of Donald Sutherland and the father of Sarah Sutherland.

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Donald and Kiefer Sutherland; Sarah and Kiefer Sutherland.Vince Bucci/Getty Images; Amanda Edwards/Getty Images

Donald and Kiefer Sutherland might be more well-known than the youngest actor in their family, but any fan of "Veep" will know Sarah Sutherland as Cathrine Meyer, the daughter of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Selina.

"I'm very close with my father and grandfather, and I'm so proud to come from the family that I do," she told ABC in 2021. "Because independent of them as men, I admire them so much as actors."

Actress and screenwriter Zoe Kazan is following in the footsteps of her father Nicholas Kazan and her grandfather Elia Kazan.

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Elia Kazan; Nicholas Kazan and Zoe Kazan.Louis MONIER/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images; Jonathan Leibson/WireImage/Getty Images

Elia Kazan was called "one of the most honored and influential directors" in Hollywood history by The New York Times upon his death in 2003.

He directed iconic plays such as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Death of a Salesman," and directed films like "On the Waterfront," "East of Eden," and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."

His son Nicholas Kazan and daughter-in-law Robin Swicord have worked together on screenplays throughout the years, including "Matilda," "Bicentennial Man," and more.

Elia's granddaughter Zoe Kazan, who has worked as an actress and screenwriter as well, is following in his footsteps.

In 2022, Deadline reported that she will be writing a limited series adaptation of "East of Eden" starring Florence Pugh, almost 70 years after her grandfather's film.

Cuba Gooding Jr. is the son of Cuba Gooding Sr., and the father of "Scream" star Mason Gooding.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Cuba Gooding Sr.; Mason Gooding and Cuba Gooding Jr.Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Getty Images; TM/NHL/GC Images

Mason told ComicBook.com that his favorite movie of his father's is "Jerry Maguire," which earned Gooding Jr. his first Oscar in 1997.

"He always said that before he got 'Jerry Maguire' [that he] related to the character so much because and had a baby on the way, which was me, and it led up to the perfect time and atmosphere to get the role. All the stars lined up, making it what it was," Mason told BET in 2019.

Gooding Sr., who died in 2017, was the lead singer of the soul group The Main Ingredient in the '70s.

Jake Cannavale is the son of Bobby Cannavale and Jenny Lumet, the grandson of Sidney Lumet, and great-grandson of Lena Horne.

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Sidney Lumet and Jenny Lumet; Jenny Lumet and Jake Cannavale.BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images; Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

"Star Wars" fans might recognize Cannavale from "The Mandalorian" — but he comes from a long line of Hollywood royalty on his mother's side.

His mother, Jenny Lumet, wrote the screenplay for "Rachel Getting Married," which earned her many critics awards. She's since gotten involved in the "Star Trek" world, co-creating "Strange New Worlds" and writing on "Picard" and "Discovery."

Jenny's father, Sidney Lumet, was a five-time Oscar nominee for directing "12 Angry Men," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Network," and "The Verdict."

On her mother's side, Jenny is the granddaughter of Horne, a civil rights icon and Hollywood legend.

You probably know that Ronan Farrow is Mia Farrow's son — but did you know Mia's parents were Irish acting icon Maureen O'Sullivan and Oscar winner John Farrow?

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Mia Farrow shares a moment backstage with her mother Maureen O'Sullivan; Ronan Farrow and Mia Farrow.Bettman/Getty Images; Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Mia Farrow's parents both had long and successful careers in show business, with her father, John Farrow, being an Oscar-winning screenwriter and her mother, Maureen O'Sullivan, being named one of the best Irish actors of all time by The Irish Times.

Mia Farrow herself has been nominated for Golden Globes for her performances in "Rosemary's Baby," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," and more.

Her son, Ronan Farrow, isn't an actor, but he is still a public figure. He's known for his reporting in The New Yorker and his book "Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predator."

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