10 Celebrities who Make Being a Grandparent Look GoodJen Genova
Forget the stigma of “grandparent,” these A-listers make the titles “Grams” and “Gramps”, look, well, grand. – Jen Genova
Ace Ventura a grandpa? Yep, Jim Carrey’s look-alike daughter, Jane, welcomed a son, Jackson Riley, in late February, and the funny pop couldn’t be more proud – even tweeting his grandson’s picture shortly after his arrival.
Double oh-seven is now on double-oh diaper duty (Sorry, we had to). The sexy spy was forty-four when adopted daughter, Charlotte, started having kids. But in 2001, Pierce become a father again, making his son, Paris, three years younger than his niece. Sounds a leetle confusing but, hey, when you’ve been James Bond, the rules don’t apply to you.
Funny lady Whoopi Goldberg chit-chats on The View, but quietly, she’s the matriarch of a fam that includes three grandchildren. Goldberg, who was a teen mom herself, became a grams for the first time at thirty-four, when her sixteen-year-old daughter gave birth. And though she enjoys the title, Whoopi insisted to London’s Daily Mail, “Great-grandchildren I’m not doing!” We’ll see.
The one-time Dancing With The Stars champ and dad of five sons welcomed grandson, Dylan, in 2005. But unlike other performers who’ve shied away from the grandparent stigma, the 70s dreamboat embraced it, even appearing on the cover of Grand, a magazine for grandparents. Loveable guy, that Donny.
Playing a young grandma on her sitcom Reba wasn’t too much of a stretch for country queen Reba McEntire, who has two step-grandchildren as well as a nineteen-year-old son. And while her home may lack the continual dram-edy of her long-running TV show, Reba says she keeps it “filled up – toys everywhere, kids running around.” Sounds cozy.
She plays one of our favorite movie grandmas in Meet The Fockers alongside the hee-larious Robert DeNiro, but in real life she’s Grandma to the creatively-named Apple and Moses. (Maybe you’ve heard of them?) She calls grandparenting “bigger than I ever imagined,” and though she’s doing it solo (Gwyneth’s dad, Bruce, passed away in 2002), she seems absolutely made for the role.
Perhaps the most stylish grandparent on the list, Goldie Hawn received the title in 2004 when actress daughter Kate Hudson gave birth to Ryder Robinson and again when son Oliver Hudson’s baby, Wilder, was born in 2007. She’s living proof that grandmas don’t have to sacrifice glamour – this past September, she was voted one of Hollywood’s Hottest Grandparents.
Who’s the grandpa? Tony Danza, that’s who! He officially added “Gramps” to his act in August of 2005, when son, Marc, welcomed baby, Nicholas, to the world. And he’s loving every minute of it, so it seems, claiming grandfather-hood has him “bouncing around” – whatever that means:
The singer became a grandfather in 2008 when adopted daughter, Nicole gave birth to Harlow, her first child with Good Charlotte front-man, Joel Madden. (The pair have since added a son, Sparrow, to the bunch.) Although Lionel claims he’s “more nervous” than his daughter, we have a feeling Richie’s actually pretty hands-on – maybe he’ll teach the kids to dance on the ceiling?
Along with Goldie, Harrison was also voted one of Hollywood’s sexiest grandparents. And like Pierce Brosnan, Ford has children of multiple generations. In his case, his grandson is actually older than his adopted son, Liam, with Calista Flockhart. We kind of wish he’d lose that odd earring thing he’s got going on, but beside that, we’d totally let Indiana Jones babysit our kids.
About the Author
Jennifer Genova is an editorial assistant who uses working at Babble as a cover for her obsession with celebrity gossip. Proudly spray-tanned and acrylic-nail adorned, with the Joisey accent to boot, she believes in love, good pizza, and the use of designer handbags as mood enhancers.