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12 Celebs Reveal: “The Best Advice I Got from Mom”


  • Gayle King: Wear good underwear 1 of 12
    Gayle King: Wear good underwear
    Syndicated radio host, mother of two, Oprah’s best friend and owner of primo panties. She learned that last one from Mom. King admitted to iVillage: “[Mom always said], 'Always have on great underwear. You just never know!'"
  • Toni Braxton: Familys all you have 2 of 12
    Toni Braxton: Familys all you have
    In the May 9, 1994 issue of Jet magazine, the then-newbie songstress said: "My mom always taught us that family's all you have when everything's said and done. You have to love them and support them no matter who they are, no matter how they look, no matter how they may behave."
  • Diana Krall: Talk out your emotions 3 of 12
    Diana Krall: Talk out your emotions
    Thanks to Mom, the Grammy award-winning singer knows a thing or two about getting her anger out. "The best advice my mom ever gave me was that you have to talk about your emotions,” Krall told Good Housekeeping. “If something upset me, she'd say, 'Get mad about it; it's healthy for you,' and I could feel like, 'Good, now it's over ... next!'"
  • Jada Pinkett Smith: Let your kids be who they are 4 of 12
    Jada Pinkett Smith: Let your kids be who they are
    When it comes to raising kids, Mrs. Will Smith knows it’s hands off. "[My mother] let me be me,” Smith told InStyle. “When I had pink hair and wore tons of earrings, my mother never said I couldn't go out looking like that."
  • Andy Garcia: Move into the unknown without fear 5 of 12
    Andy Garcia: Move into the unknown without fear
    "She’s always been very encouraging,” the Academy Award nominee told Parade. “And always saying, ‘Move into the unknown without fear. Your ancestors are there protecting you.'"
  • Patti Stanger: Never judge a book by its cover 6 of 12
    Patti Stanger: Never judge a book by its cover
    Patti Stanger holds her title as the Millionaire Matchmaker precisely because she can look past money, social caste and high-powered position to see who the client is underneath. Stanger credited dear old Mom. "My mom, the second-generation matchmaker of my family, taught me to never judge a book by its cover. Most people have a great, yet hidden, surprise in all of them just waiting to be revealed."
  • Jasmine Guinness: Always be independent 7 of 12
    Jasmine Guinness: Always be independent
    The actress, model, mother of two and heir to the Guinness fortune chalks her perfectionism up to Mom. In an interview with the UK newspaper The Independent, Guinness told reporters: “One piece of advice [my mother] gave me was, 'If a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well.' She also told me you must always be independent. As a modern woman, you've got to rely on yourself.”
  • Melissa Rivers: Never give up 8 of 12
    Melissa Rivers: Never give up
    Melissa Rivers has a lot to thank Mom for (ahem: her break into Hollywood). It seems that she’s taken Joan’s secret to longevity to heart. "The best advice my mom has ever given me is to never give up,” Rivers told Good Housekeeping. “She believes when one door shuts, another door opens. Always, always move forward. I admire her tenacity and her generosity and her ability to do 17 things at once."
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones: Dress well 9 of 12
    Catherine Zeta-Jones: Dress well
    She’s fit, she’s fabulous and she inherited her sense of style from her family tree. Jones told InStyle, "Mother said, 'Dress well — you never know if you are going to meet the President.'"
  • Diane von Furstenberg: Fear is not an option 10 of 12
    Diane von Furstenberg: Fear is not an option
    She’s one of the world’s leading fashion designers. Her mother is a concentration camp survivor. In a tribute to her mom, von Furstenberg says, “My mother always taught me that 'fear is not an option' … to this day I still think of those words when I am confronted by challenges.”
  • Chris Rock: Watch who you hang out with 11 of 12
    Chris Rock: Watch who you hang out with
    Viewers need only watch a few minutes of Everyone Hates Chris to realize that Chris Rock’s mother isn’t to be messed with. In the May 9, 1994 issue of Jet magazine, the budding comedian recalled, "My mother would always say to watch who you hang out with, because association
    brings about assimilation."
  • Brooke Burke: Let your kids take their own path 12 of 12
    Brooke Burke: Let your kids take their own path
    If you want strong kids, let them discover their own paths. That’s what the Dancing With the Stars host incorporates into her parenting. “My mom … taught me about unconditional love,” Burke told People. “She's always been there for me, is so supportive, never judgmental. She let me find my own way and supported me through the highs and lows of that path. I was so lucky to experience and try to share it with my children."

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