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15 Celebrities Who Are Only Famous Because of Their Parents ...

By Alison

These days, there are so many celebrities with famous parents. It's so obvious that most of them are only famous because they are the son/daughter of X or Y, and that they would never have established a career without their family connections. Most celebrities with famous parents don't have any talent of their own. Here are just some of the models, actors, singers and presenters who are only famous because of their parents …

1 Kelly Osbourne

Kelly OsbourneOne of the most annoying celebrities with famous parents is Kelly Osbourne. Ms O is forever in the papers despite having failed to actually build a career of substance. Somehow, she's managed to get presenting jobs. Could it be because of her surname …?

2 Rumer, Scout & Tallulah Willis

Rumer, Scout & Tallulah WillisWhen you have two acting parents, it's probably not that surprising that you attempt to go into acting yourself (or whatever these three sisters do). They're forever in the papers and appearing at events. But what have they actually done to deserve being famous in their own right?


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3 Jaden & Willow Smith

Jaden & Willow SmithYou can't help thinking that Mr and Mrs Smith (both actors) intended their offspring to follow them into showbiz. Why else would they give them names almost identical to their own? So one junior Smith has gone into acting, and the other into singing. They may yet prove themselves genuinely talented, but clearly their parents have given them a helping hand …

4 Georgia & Lizzy Jagger

Georgia & Lizzy JaggerThe Jagger sisters are pretty enough, to be sure, but are they model material? Or has having a rock star father and a model mother been more influential in their career choice and success?

5 Pixie & Peaches Geldof

Pixie & Peaches GeldofNow this is a real puzzle. Why on earth have either of these two been given so much work? Pixie has somehow managed to bag several advertising campaigns, and Peaches has tried her hand at modelling, presenting and journalism. No doubt the Geldof name helped here …

6 Kim Kardashian

Kim KardashianWhy oh why are any of the Kardashians even given a moment of airtime or column space (and yes, I am aware of the irony of discussing her!). Kim became famous simply because her father was OJ Simpson's lawyer - how is that the basis for a "career" on TV?

7 Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea ClintonAdmittedly not all offspring of famous parents seek to be famous themselves. Chelsea Clinton has been analysed and followed in the media since she was a young girl. Even now her life is still featured in the press, although she appears to have done nothing to encourage it.

8 Bristol Palin

Bristol PalinUnlike Chelsea Clinton, Bristol Palin has milked her mother's name. In spite of having no discernible talent, Ms Palin has appeared on many reality shows and has even released her memoirs. She was only 20 at the time …

9 Miley Cyrus

Miley CyrusOh Miley, she is absolutely one of the top celebs that got the job because of exactly who her dad is. While Miley is talented, I have to admit that, her dad starred in the show and the movie with her! Tell me again how she isn’t famous for who her parents are?

10 Kendall & Kylie Jenner

Kendall & Kylie JennerWhile Kendall and Kylie both are breaking out on their own, they are only famous because of who their dad is, who their mom is and who their entire family is. Would they have a million followers and fans if they didn’t have their family? I think not!

11 Tori Spelling

Tori SpellingWho could forget the best celeb that is oh-so-famous because of exactly who her dad was? Tori Spelling is one of those actresses that absolutely lives up to her name, but that doesn’t mean that she didn’t get the job because of her last name. Let’s all admit that now!

12 Paris Hilton

Paris HiltonWho could ever forget about Paris Hilton? This little chicky is absolutely one of the top celebrities that are only famous because of exactly who her dad is. If you are a Paris-fan, that’s totally fine, but remember, she has a Hilton in her last name and that’s the only reason why you have ever heard of her!

13 Melissa Rivers

Melissa RiversMelissa Rivers is another celebrity that is absolutely only famous because of darling Joan Rivers. Heck, they even star in everything together! While you’ve got to admit, the duo is pretty funny, if Melissa didn’t have a famous mom, would you really know who she is?

14 Colin Hanks

Colin HanksOh Colin Hanks, he is not only an amazing actor, but this man tags right after his dad, Tom Hanks. He is branching out a lot though, he is doing not only his own parts, but his acting skills are developing more and more! What do you think of Colin Hanks? Over the top celeb or does he take after his dad?

15 Nicole Richie

Nicole RichieFinally, the last celeb that we’re going to talk about when it comes to who is famous just because of their parents (or adoptive parents in this case!), Nicole makes the list! She only got into hanging out with Paris because of exactly who her dad is -- and you only know about her because of Paris!

Sometimes it's the press that is to blame for making the offspring of famous parents into celebrities. In other cases, the so-called celebrities themselves have gone all-out to pursue a career in show business despite lacking any abilities in their chosen field. Good PR can go a long way! Perhaps they feel a pressure to follow in the footsteps of their famous parents, rather than do a "normal" job, but it's so annoying to see people who succeed without merit. How do you feel about celebrity offspring - can you think of anyone who truly deserves to be famous in their own right?

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