Some date; some legislate. Most babysit, and at least one is raising her grandchildren. In the fields of show business and politics, some of the women who entertain, inform and inspire us are grandmothers. Find out more about celebrity grandmothers, their grandparenting histories and their peculiar challenges.
See Also: Celebrity Grandfathers
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Kris Jenner may win the prize for the grandmother with the most unusually named grandchildren. Kris became a grandmother in 2009 when daughter Kourtney Kardashian had a son, Mason Dash, with boyfriend Scott Disick. A daughter, Penelope Scotland, and another son, Reign Aston, followed. In 2013 Kris became grandma — actually her grandmother name is "Lovey" — to the uniquely named North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. A son, Saint West, was born to the couple in 2015.... Kris' son Robert has a daughter, Dream Renée Kardashian, with his former girlfriend, Blac Chyna. Of course, of late baby arrivals have been overshadowed by the news of Kris Jenner's split from husband Bruce Jenner and his transition into Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn is reportedly enjoying being a grandmother, too.
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Blythe Danner's first grandchild bears her name, although you may not have heard about it. Following the birth of Apple Blythe Alison Martin on May 14, 2004, the press and the public fixated on the baby's unusual first name. Apple is the child of Danner's daughter Gwyneth Paltrow and her ex-husband Chris Martin of Coldplay. The couple toned down their creativity in selecting a name for their second child, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin. The boy's second name honors Gwyneth's... other parent, director Bruce Paltrow, who died in 2002. Danner's son Jake Paltrow, a filmmaker, and his wife, noted artist Taryn Simon, also have two children, Eliel and Whistler, although they make an effort to keep them out of the news. According to a story in the New York Times, Danner wanted her grandmother name to be Woof, but the family objected, and she is called Lalo.
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Hillary and Bill Clinton made no secret of their desire to be grandparents, and they got their wish in 2014 when Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky welcomed a daughter, Charlotte. The couple's second child, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky, was born June 18, 2016, just days before Hillary accepted the Democratic nomination for President. The little ones call Hillary Grandma and call Bill Pop-Pop. The Mezvinskys live in New York City. The Clintons live a bit north in Chappaqua, New York,... but they Facetime the grandchildren in between actual visits.
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Few grandmothers have attained their status in such a high-profile way. Just days after being selected by Senator John McCain as his running mate in 2008's Presidential election, Sarah Palin announced that her daughter Bristol was pregnant. Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston was born late in 2008 to Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, making Palin a grandmother at 44. The couple soon separated. In 2011 Sarah Palin's oldest son Track had a daughter, Kyla Grace. He and his wife split up shortly... after. In 2015 Bristol had another child, Sailor Grace Meyer, with her former fiance, Dakota Meyer, and Track had a child, Charlie Mitchell Palin, with his girlfriend, Jordan Loewe. Track's access to both his children has been curtailed after a domestic violence incident and resulting arrest. Bristol's exes have successfully sued for joint custody.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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We've had First Grannies before, but this one actually lived in the White House from 2009 until 2017. Marian Robinson, mother of Michelle Obama, was the in-house granny to Malia and Sasha. Robinson's son Craig, the father of four, was the first to elevate her to granny status. It was reported that Robinson would return to Chicago after the Obamas exited the White House, but the Obamas' new Washington home does have an in-law suite. By the way, Robinson will not receive a pension for... her White House time, as some websites falsely reported. She was not paid for her grandmotherly duties and did not even want a personal Secret Service detail. Grandmothers have already figured large in the Obama history. President Obama was raised largely by his grandmother.
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Alexis Stewart, daughter of Martha, made her a grandmother on March 8, 2011, with the arrival of granddaughter Jude, born by surrogate. Alexis dished about growing up Stewart in Whateverland: Learning to Live Here, published near the end of 2011, but Martha told People magazine that she wasn't offended: "She's tall, beautiful, gorgeous and mother of Jude, and that's all that counts." Alexis had a second son, Truman, also born by surrogate, in 2012. You can read about... Martha's adventures, including her travels with her grandchildren, on her blog Martha: Up Close and Personal. As much as she enjoys her grandchildren, she never stops taking on new challenges. The latest is a TV series, Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, featuring Snoop Dogg and lots of jokes about weed. Maybe it took grandmotherhood to get Martha to loosen up.
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Whoopi Goldberg has an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony, but she may be prouder of her Amarah, Jerzey and Mason, her three grandchildren through her daughter Alex Martin. Her latest source of pride is her great-granddaughter Charlie Rose, born to Amarah in 2014. Although she once told the Daily Mail that she wasn't "doing" great-grandchildren, the birth of Charlie Rose had her excitedly sharing newborn photos on "The View." Amarah, Whoopi's oldest grandchild, was born... on her 34th birthday. In case you need the numbers, Whoopi was a mother at 18, a grandmother at 34 and a great-grandmother at 58. It's all in the family for everyone's favorite "Sister Act."
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As the matriarch of a musical clan, Katherine Jackson must have been used to being in the public eye. But nothing could have prepared her for the media circus surrounding the 2009 death of her most famous son, Michael Jackson, and her assumption of the custody of his children, Prince Michael I, Paris Michael Katherine and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II. Michael's children are all teenagers now and seem to be doing fairly well, but Katherine continues to experience ups and downs.... Early 2017 saw her sue a nephew for elder abuse and welcome the first child of her daughter Janet, age 50.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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The Sock-It-To-Me girl is a grandmother, not once but five times. Goldie Hawn's daughter Kate Hudson has two sons. Her son Oliver Hudson and his wife, actress Erinn Bartlett, have two sons and a daughter. The Hudson clan doesn't go for traditional monikers. Goldie's grandchildren are named Ryder, Bingham, Rio, Wilder and Bohdi. Goldie's grandmother name is Gogo. How perfect is that? According to daughter Kate, Goldie is a fantastic grandmother, energetic and fun-loving.... That's no surprise. She's always had a tendency to go "Overboard."
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Elvis and Priscilla Presley had just one child, Lisa Marie. Priscilla became a grandmother in 1989 when Lisa Marie and husband Danny Keogh had a daughter, Danielle. A son followed before the two divorced. Lisa had two more high profile marriages, to Michael Jackson and to Nicolas Cage, before she married her producer, Michael Lockwood in 2006. The two have twin daughters, bringing Priscilla Presley's grandchild count to four. Priscilla has remained single, although in 1987 she had a son,... Navarone Garibaldi, with screenwriter and director Marco Garibaldi, who was her partner for 22 years before they split in 2006. In 2017 she was reportedly dating singer Tom Jones.
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Nancy Pelosi doesn't look grandmotherly. She's known for chic power suits, and the power isn't make-believe. The first female Speaker of the House was for over two years just two heartbeats away from the Presidency. Pelosi is proud of being Grandma Mimi and often has some of the grandchildren on hand for her swearing-ins. She even quoted her five-year-old grandson in 2013 when discussing what path the U.S. should take in Syria. The mother of five, Pelosi is the grandmother of nine,... unless we've lost count.