10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Adopted

There is a long list of celebrities who make headlines by adopting babies, but did you know that many of your favorite stars were once adopted? Get ready for some shocking revelations, because we are back with our list of 10 celebrities you didn’t know were adopted. Let’s take a look.

10Marilyn Monroe

one of the most iconic and sexyest stars of all time, Norma Jean Mortenson aka Marilyn Monroe, was adopted, when Marilyn’s mother couldn’t afford to take care of her, she moved in with Aunt Grace, but when aunt grace also couldn’t take care of her, she was sent to a foster home, and from there, Marilyn moved from various orphanages and foster homes, until she turned 16, that is when she was released and went on to becoming one of the super stars of her time.

9Ray Liotta

American Actor Producer Ray Liotta, didn’t know who his biological parents were, until he was in his 40s. This Goodfellas Star was adopted by New Jersey Couple Mary and Alfred Liotta when he was 6 months old. As a young child, Liotta knew that he was adopted, and even did a ‘show and tell’ report on it, when he was in kindergarten. In the early 2000s, He hired a private investigator to find his birth parents and successfully tracked them down.

8Nelson Mandela

The father of the nation aka his Excellency, Nelson Mandela, was adopted when he was 9 years old, by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu people. Mandela’s father died of Lung cancer in 1927, causing his life to change dramatically. According to reports, Mandela’s biological father had recommended Jongintaba to be made chief, and as a return favor, He took care of Little Nelson after his father’s demise.

7Truman Capote

Legendary American Author and creator of Breakfast at tiffany’s’ and ‘in cold blood’, Truman Capote was adopted by his mother’s relatives when he was four years old. Capote’s parents didn’t get along after marriage and got divorced when he was four. For his better future, Capote’s mother decided to send him to her relatives. According to his biography, It was his loneliness that inspired him to become a writer, during his move away from his parents.

6Jamie Foxx

American actor, singer and comedian Eric Morlon Bishop, famously known as Jamie Foxx was adopted and raised by his mother’s parents. When Foxx was just 7 months old, his parents got divorced, and he was sent to his maternal grandparents Esther and Mark Talley. According to Jamie, He had no contact with his parents whatsoever, and he firmly believes that his grandparents are the reason for all his success and achievements.

5Sarah McLachlan

“It was probably the hardest thing she ever had to do. I’m glad she did it.” said Grammy Winning Canadian Singer Songwriter Sarah McLachlan, who was born in 1968 and was immediately placed for adoption. She is one of the three children adopted by Jack and Dorice McLachlan. According to Sarah, her biological mother was a struggling 19-year-old
artist. She thinks that her birth mother wouldn’t have been able to pursue any of her dreams if she had kept her, and doesn’t blame her for her decision.

4Melissa Gilbert

American actress and television director Melissa Gilbert, was adopted just one day after her birth in 1964. Her adoptive parents were famous actor comedian Paul Gilbert and Dancer Barbara Crane. It was her adoptive father’s Hollywood connection that got her into acting, which started at the early age of 10. Her adoptive parents divorced when she was 8 years old, and she remained with her adoptive mother ever since.


Born in Santiago, Chile in 1987. The ‘Jersey Shore’ Star Snookie was just 6 months old when she was adopted by a Italian- American Couple From New York. Although she was born in Chile and believed she was “Spanish”, DNA tests revealed later that she is actually from Romani people heritage.

2Faith Hill

“I know she must have had a lot of love for me but what she felt was a better chance.” These are word of Faith Hill, one of the most successful Country Singers of all Time. Faith was adopted by Edna and Ted Perry at birth. When Faith was an adult, she started her journey to search for her biological parents, and successfully traced her mother. They both remained close until her mother’s death.

1Steve Jobs

Yes, you heard it correct. An idol to millions of people in our generation, Apple CEO Steve jobs was given up at birth by his american mother, Joanne Carole Schieble and Syrian Muslim father Abdulfattah Jandali. According to reports, Joanne’s ill father was against their marriage and forced her to give up the child, all this to avoid cross culture marriage. Later by Paul and Clara Jobs adopted little Steve, and the rest is history. Shocked yet?

And there you have it, our list of 10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Adopted. Have we missed any of your fav star? If so, then mention them in the comments section, below. And as always, don’t forget to like, share and subscribe.


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