Hollywood Stars You Had No Idea Were Adopted
Laura Lee - December 24, 2019

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Famous people are kind of like your family – you think you know everything about them. But apparently, there are some things that remain hidden. Like the fact that some of the most famous people in the world were actually adopted. What would have happened if they lived a totally different life with their biological parents? Would they still have grown up to be the stars they are today? Who knows. Here are some of the most surprising celebrities who didn’t grow up with a conventional family.


Debbie Harry


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The model and lead singer of the rock band “Blondie” was born Angela Trimble on July 1, 1945, in Miami. She was given up as an infant. At the age of 3 months, she was adopted by Catherine and Richard Smith Henry,  a couple from New Jersey, who renamed her Deborah Ann Harry. Harry learned about her adoption at age 4, and in the late 1980s decided to locate her birth mother, a concert pianist, who chose not to establish a relationship with her.



Nicole Richie


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Born Nicole Camille Escovedo, her biological parents worked in the music business but struggled financially. When Nicole was 4, they agreed to let her move in with family friend Lionel Richie, a highly successful musician, and his wife. She was officially adopted by the couple at 9 years old. As Richie herself said, “My parents were friends with Lionel. They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me.”


Marilyn Monroe


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The famous blonde bombshell we all know and love was actually born Norma Jeane Mortenson, on June 1, 1926. Her birth mother, Gladys Baker, was a mentally unstable woman who couldn’t afford to care for her, so Monroe was placed with foster parents. She lived with them until age 7 until sadly she was declared a ward of the state, and had to be taken in by her mother’s friend. However, this only lasted a few years. Monroe was sent to the Hollygrove orphanage in LA, and then a series of foster homes. before she was finally married off to a neighbor’s son at the age of 16 to avoid her being put back in the foster care cycle.



John Lennon


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The legendary Beatles lead singer was born to Julia and Alfred Lennon on October 9, 1940. In 1944, while Lennon’s father was at sea during WWII, his mother became pregnant with another man. At the young age of 5, Lennon was apparently forced to choose between his parents, eventually being taken in and raised by his maternal aunt and uncle who lived in Liverpool.


Faith Hill


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The blonde country crooner was born in Ridgeland, Mississippi. She was adopted as an infant and raised around 20 miles from her place of birth. Hill’s adoptive parents, Edna and Ted Perry, raised her in their devout Christian home with their two biological sons. It was only once Hill embarked on her singing career that she decided to search for her birth family. She has since said, “I have a lot of respect for my birth mother. I know she must have had a lot of love for me to want to give what she felt was a better chance.”



Steve Jobs


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Do you recognize this guy? Yup, it’s the then-young Apple CEO at the very beginnings of his company. Born in 1955, the future billionaire entrepreneur was given up at birth. Fortunately. he was quickly adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a couple from San Francisco who couldn’t have children. His birth parents were Joana Scieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, who was of Syrian descent. Apparently Jobs’s maternal grandparents were not happy that their daughter was dating a Muslim and forbade the marriage, forcing them to put their baby up for adoption.


Priscilla Presley


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The stunning wife of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley only discovered she was adopted when she was much older. Her birth father was US Navy pilot James Wagner, who was killed in a plane crash when she was just 6 months old. She was later adopted by her mother’s second husband. Priscilla was going through an old wooden box of family keepsakes when she came upon this huge secret.  Her mother encouraged her to keep this revelation hidden from her new siblings so that it wouldn’t “endanger our family closeness.”