20 Celebrities Who Were Adopted (And Made It Big!)

Adoption is a beautiful thing. It allows many couples and single mothers and dads to give a child in need a loving home. Not all the celebrities listed here were adopted We bet you didn't know that some of these celebrities themselves were adopted.


Sarah McLachlan

Sarah Mclachlan

Sarah McLachlan was adopted by a couple in Nova Scotia, Canada. She learned she was adopted when she was 9.

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth

After his parents put him in a reform and orphanage for being unruly, Babe Ruth had many father figures through his life, including a Catholic monk. He was then adopted by the Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx, born Eric Marlon Bishop, was adopted by his grandparents when he was 7 months after his parents divorced.

Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley was adopted by her stepfather after her biological father died in a plane crash and her mother remarried.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton was adopted as a child by his stepfather when his father died in a car accident just before he was born. He is one of two presidents who have been adopted.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe's mother was unstable and was institutionalized when she was quite young. Marilyn was in at least nine different foster homes until she was adopted by a family friend.

John Lennon

John Lennon

John Lennon was adopted and raised by his aunt and uncle after his dad disappeared and his mom was seen as unfit by the rest of the family.

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa GIlbert

Melissa Gilbert was adopted as a newborn by a prestigious Hollywood family.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' parents put him up for adoption as a newborn as they were unmarried and unprepared at the time but he learned he had a biological sister once his parents got married and was said to be very close to her before his death.

Faith Hill

Faith Hill

Country singer Faith Hill was adopted when she was just one week old but eventually met her biological mom in 1993.

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman was adopted as an infant in Chicago.

Ice-T

Ice-T

Ice-T, who was born as Tracy Marrow, was adopted by his aunt when both of his parents died during his childhood.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was raised by his parents in his early years until his father died at the age of 9. He was informally adopted by the Thembu chief, Jongintaba.

Snooki

Snooki

From Venezuela, Snooki was adopted when she was just six months old by a New York family.

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie was adopted by Lionel Richie at the age of 9.

DMC

DMC

DMC of Run DMC,  born Darryl McDaniels, was adopted as a child and only found out he was adopted when he was 35.

Deborah Harry (Blondie)

Deborah Harry

Better known as the lead singer of Blondie, Deborah Harry was adopted when she was just three months old.

Allan Pineda Lindo (apl.de.ap)

Allan Pineda Lindo

Allan Pineda Lindo of the Black Eyed Peas was adopted at the age of 14.

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

Famous guitarist Eric Clapton was raised and informally adopted by his grandparents as they were his parental figures.

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  • KIm

    She was actually born in Chile.

  • cip

    Sheila E is Nicole Richies biological aunt.