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23 Fabulous and Famous Grandmas

See which celebrities are redefining the grandmother role

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    Blythe Danner

    “My mom’s hot,” Danner’s daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, told an interviewer, “and she didn’t want to be called Grandma.” So the grandkids, Apple and Moses, call her Lalo.

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    Laura Bush

    The former first lady is a doting grandma to daughter Jenna’s baby, Margaret Laura Hager. The baby’s nickname is Mila; her grandmother’s is Mimi Maxwell. The Bushes get daily pictures and videos of Mila.

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    Catherine Deneuve

    The French actress has five grandchildren, ranging in age from about 4 to 24. She told the Daily Mail, “They certainly do not call me grand-mama. I won’t tell you what they call me. It’s a short, very nice name, but it’s private.”

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    Chaka Khan

    The Grammy-winning funk/R&B songstress famous for ’80s hits including “I Feel For You” was granted permanent custody of her granddaughter Daija Jade Holland in 2011, when the girl was 10 and her parents were unable to care for her.

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    Goldie Hawn

    Daughter Kate Hudson has two sons, Bingham and Ryder, and her son Oliver has two boys and a baby girl. When the new baby arrived, Hawn tweeted, “Welcome Rio! Our first baby girl to join our family!”

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    Sarah Palin

    The former Alaska governor and onetime vice presidential candidate has two grandchildren: Tripp, famously born to Palin’s teenage daughter Bristol soon after the 2008 election; and son Track’s daughter, Kyla.

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    Diane Von Furstenberg

    The designer’s gorgeous teen granddaughter Talita said that when she was a child her style-setting grandmother would give her “custom mini wrap dresses.” Von Furstenberg, who has two grown children, has four grandkids.

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    Rita Wilson

    The actress/singer/producer has two kids with hubby Tom Hanks, and step-grandkids who are products of Hanks’ first marriage to Samantha Lewes. Here Wilson’s pictured with her stepson, Colin Hanks, who has two little ones.

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    Ivana Trump

    You won’t see Donald Trump’s glamorous ex in granny shoes. A London paper grumbled in 2011 that Trump, wearing a “flirty frock” at 62, “refuses to dress her age after birth of third grandchild.” Daughter Ivanka (pictured) had another baby last year.

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    Emmylou Harris

    How cool would it be to have a grandma who’s a 12-time Grammy winner and legendary country-rock singer/songwriter? Harris’s song “Goodnight Old World” from her 2011 album Hard Bargain was written as a lullaby to her baby granddaughter, Prudence.

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    Kris Jenner

    She’s the doting grandma to the famous Kardashian siblings’ young children: Penelope, Mason and North (Kourtney has another on the way). Jenner reportedly refuses the “Grandma” moniker; she wants the kids to call her Lovey.

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    Tina Knowles

    Beyonce’s stylish mother, who just celebrated her 60th birthday, is grandma to the pop star’s toddler daughter, Blue Ivy. Soon after the baby’s 2012 birth, Knowles called being a grandmother “the second best job I’ve ever had.”

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    Nancy Pelosi

    The powerful speaker of the House has five children and nine grandkids, who call her Grandma Mimi. She has said of her grandparenting style, “I’m a spoiler.”  

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    Gladys Knight

    The Grammy-winning soul singer, whose concerts often include the tribute tune “Grandma’s Hands,” has an expansive family. At last count, she had 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

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    Reba McEntire

    Brandon Blackstock, McEntire’s husband’s son from a previous marriage, and singer Kelly Clarkson have a baby named River Rose. We’d call McEntire a step-grandma but she told AARP The Magazine, “We don’t use the word step.”

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    Kate Capshaw

    The actress who met hubby Steven Spielberg on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) has three grandkids. Their mom is Capshaw’s daughter from her first marriage, Grey’s Anatomy star Jessica Capshaw.

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    Jessica Lange

    The Oscar-winning star wrote a 2013 children’s book, It’s About a Little Bird, that began as a hand-bound gift for her granddaughters (whose mom is Aleksandra, Lange’s daughter with Mikhail Baryshnikov). The story centers around two sisters visiting their grandmother’s farm.

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    Diahann Carroll

    The glamorous vixen on Dynasty — she played Dominique Devereaux — has two beloved grandkids. She once joked during a performance, “For those of you who don’t have grandchildren, get some. Get them on eBay if you have to.”

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    Jane Fonda

    The actress’s grandchildren are daughter Vanessa Vadim’s kids, Malcolm, 15, and Viva, 12. Friends were surprised Fonda wanted to be called Grandma, she’s said, rather than a more modern name. “But I like Grandma. I like being a grandparent.”

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    Sophia Loren

    The Italian film icon, who’s 80 this year, has four grandchildren, two from each of her two sons. She told ET News last year she’s not interested in a new romance, but, "Now I'm falling in love with my grandchildren and I'm very happy about it."

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    Priscilla Presley

    Daughter Lisa Marie Presley has two kids in their 20s (including actress Riley Keough) and young twin girls — and Elvis, of course, is their granddaddy. “We love doing things together,” Priscilla said in a recent interview.

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    Martha Stewart

    The domestic diva has a 3-year-old granddaughter, Jude, (pictured), and toddler grandson, Truman. Grandmas can be excused for bragging, right? Stewart told People, "The little girl is a genius, speaking Spanish and English, [and] she's going into Mandarin now."

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    Susan Sarandon

    Daughter Eva Amurri Martino delivered Sarandon’s first grandbaby, a girl named Marlowe Mae, on Aug. 9. Sarandon has said she’d like the child to call her Honey: “It seems different and sounds warm and sweet.”

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