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Like Mother, Like Daughter: Vintage Hollywood Actresses and Their Children At the Same Age

Photo Credit: 1. Unknown Author / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain 2. jeffw616 / MovieStillsDB
Photo Credit: 1. Unknown Author / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain 2. jeffw616 / MovieStillsDB

We’ve all heard the saying, “Like mother, like daughter,” and there’s no one who exemplifies it more than Hollywood mother-daughter duos. We’ve compiled a list of just some of our favorite vintage Hollywood women and their offspring, to show that not only are their genes strong, but their talent was definitely passed on to the younger generation.

Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds + Carrie Fisher
(L) Debbie Reynolds, 44, circa June 1976. (R) Carrie Fisher, 44, circa 2000. (Photo Credit: 1. Jack Mitchell / Getty Images 2. Nancy R. Schiff / Getty Images)

We’re starting off our list with arguably the most popular mother-daughter duo to ever grace Hollywood: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Reynolds shot to fame in 1952 with Singin’ in the Rain, and up until her death was a film and television staple. Fisher is best known for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise.

Sadly, Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016. Debbie Reynolds died just a day later.

Jayne Mansfield and her daughter, Mariska Hargitay

Jayne Mansfield + Mariska Hargitay
(L) Jayne Mansfield, 30, circa September 1963. (R) Mariska Hargitay, 30, circa October 1994. (Photo Credit: 1. Hulton Archive / Getty Images 2. Frank Trapper / CORBIS / Getty Images)

Jayne Mansfield was without a doubt one of Hollywood’s most popular sex symbols of the 1950s-60s. She sadly passed away in 1967 after the vehicle she was riding in crashed. Her daughter, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay, was in the car, but survived the accident.

Here we have the pair of them at 30 years old. Is it just us, or does Hargitay have her mother’s striking gaze?

Heather Locklear and her daughter, Ava Elizabeth Sambora

Heather Locklear + Ava Elizabeth Sambora
(L) Heather Locklear, 20, circa April 1982. (R) Ava Elizabeth Sambora, 20, circa April 2018. (Photo Credit: 1. Barry King / WireImage / Getty Images 2. Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic / Getty Images)

Melrose Place and Dynasty star Heather Locklear has had a rocky life over the past two decades, but in 1982 she was just a few years into her television career. In October 1997, she gave birth to her daughter, Ava Elizabeth, with ex-husband Richie Sambora. Ava has appeared on TV on and off over the years, but is more known for her modeling career.

Grace Kelly and her daughter, Princess Stéphanie

Grace Kelly + Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
(L) Grace Kelly, 21, circa 1950. (R) Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, 21, circa 1986. (Photo Credit: 1. Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images 2. Jean-Jacques BERNIER / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images)

Long before she was married to the Prince of Monaco, Grace Kelly was one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses. After stepping away from acting after her marriage to Rainer III, Kelly focused on her royal duties and starting a family.

Sadly, she passed away after driving her vehicle over a mountainside after suffering a stroke. Her daughter, Stéphanie, was in the Rover P6 3500, but survived and recovered from her injuries.

Ingrid Bergman and her daughter, Isabella Rossellini

Ingrid Bergman + Isabella Rossellini
(L) Ingrid Bergman, 29, circa 1944. (R) Isabella Rossellini, 29, circa August 1981. (Photo Credit: 1. MGM Photographer / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain 2. Ron Galella Collection / Getty Images)

Isabella Rossellini is her mother’s twin! Here we have a young Ingrid Bergman at the age of 29, with her daughter at the same age – just 37 years apart! While Millennial audiences will best know Rossellini for her Friends cameo, by 1981 she had already appeared in a handful of films. Her mother, who sadly passed away in 1982, is widely considered to be one of the top actresses in cinematic history!

Diana Ross and her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross

Diana Ross + Tracee Ellis Ross
(L) Diana Ross, 43, circa 1987. (R) Tracee Ellis Ross, 42, circa February 2015. (Photo Credit: 1. Harry Langdon / Getty Images 2. Jesse Grant / Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

Two famous women, two amazing careers!

Diana Ross is known as one of Motown’s most famous voices, having been the lead vocalist of The Supremes, while Tracee Ellis Ross rose to fame in the Girlfriends television series, before starring in the Black-ish TV franchise. This side-by-side of both of them has us thinking they could be doppelgängers!

Janet Leigh and her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis

Janet Leigh + Jamie Lee Curtis
(L) Janet Leigh, 33, circa 1960. (R) Jamie Lee Curtis, 32, circa September 1991. (Photo Credit: 1. Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images 2. Jim Smeal / Ron Galella Collection / Getty Images)

Like mother, like daughter! Janet Leigh was the scream queen of the 1960s, thanks to her appearance in Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho (1960), while her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis, took over the throne in the 1970s-80s, thanks to her appearance in the Halloween franchise.

Goldie Hawn and her daughter, Kate Hudson

Goldie Hawn + Kate Hudson
(L) Goldie Hawn, 29, circa February 1975. (R) Kate Hudson, 30, circa December 2009. (Photo Credit: 1. Ron Galella Collection / Getty Images 2. Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Goldie Hawn was Hollywood comedy royalty during the 1970s-80s, starring in such films as Foul Play (1978) and Wildcats (1986). As such, it’s no surprise her daughter, Kate Hudson, would also become an actress. Here we have both women – Hawn a few months shy of her 30th birthday and Hudson at 30 years old. It’s like we’re looking in a mirror!

Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes

Madonna + Lourdes
(L) Madonna, 25, circa 1983. (R) Lourdes, 24, circa September 2021. (Photo Credit: 1. Dave Hogan / Getty Images 2. MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP / Getty Images)

For the majority of her life, Lourdes kept a low profile, but she’s recently decided to pursue a career as a runway model. While Madonna‘s daughter, she definitely takes after her father, Cuban fitness trainer Carlos Leon. He and Madonna dated for just shy of two years, separating when Lourdes was seven months old.

Elizabeth Taylor and her daughter, Elizabeth Todd

Elizabeth Taylor + Elizabeth Todd
(L) Elizabeth Taylor, 7, circa 1939. (R) Elizabeth Todd, 8, circa 1965. (Photo Credit: 1. Archive Photos / Getty Images 2. REPORTERS ASSOCIES / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images)

If we didn’t know these were photos of two different people, we’d have sworn we were seeing double of a young Elizabeth Taylor. That’s not the case! While the image on the right is of Taylor, the one on the left features her daughter, Elizabeth Todd, whom she had with husband Mike Todd.

She definitely shares her mother’s genes!

Natalie Wood and her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner

Natalie Wood + Natasha Gregson Wagner
(L) Natalie Wood, 29, circa April 1968. (R) Natasha Gregson Wagner, 29, circa March 2000. (Photo Credit: 1. Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images 2. Ron Galella Collection / Getty Images)

If we didn’t know Natasha Gregson Wagner was Natalie Wood‘s daughter, we would after seeing this side-by-side of them. On the left, we have a 29-year-old Wood at the 40th Academy Awards, where she presented the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Beside her is a photo of Wagner at the same age, at the Hollywood premiere of High Fidelity in 2000.

Linda McCartney and her daughter, Stella

Stella McCartney + Stella McCartney
(L) Linda McCartney, 44, circa August 1986. (R) Stella McCartney, 44, circa August 2016. (Photo Credit: 1. Ron Galella Collection / Getty Images 2. David M. Benett / Getty Images)

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We’re closing off our list with women many (including us) would consider music and fashion royalty. While we personally think Stella McCartney looks more like her father than her mother, there’s definitely a resemblance to Linda! Here’s what each looked like approximately one month before their 45th birthdays!

Clare Fitzgerald

Clare Fitzgerald is a Writer and Editor with eight years of experience in the online content sphere. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from King’s University College at Western University, her portfolio includes coverage of digital media, current affairs, history and true crime.

Among her accomplishments are being the Founder of the true crime blog, Stories of the Unsolved, which garners between 400,000 and 500,000 views annually, and a contributor for John Lordan’s Seriously Mysterious podcast. Prior to its hiatus, she also served as the Head of Content for UK YouTube publication, TenEighty Magazine.

In her spare time, Clare likes to play Pokemon GO and re-watch Heartland over and over (and over) again. She’ll also rave about her three Maltese dogs whenever she gets the chance.

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