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Be it their rare pictures or most embarrassing moments of their lives, stories of celebrities have always surprised us and made us curious to know more about them. Many celebs have shared their childhood stories with the world and spoken out about being adopted. Stars like Jamie Foxx, Faith Hill, and Nicole Richie have talked about their experience of being adopted at many media platforms.
We bring to you stories of ten famous adopted celebrities and hope this will surprise you!
The late peace activist and Nobel laureate was adopted at the age of nine shortly after the death of his biological father. He was raised by a tribe chief and his wife.
Marilyn Monroe was born to Gladys Baker on June 1, 1926. Baker was financially unable and mentally unstable to care of her daughter, so Marilyn was placed with foster parents with whom she lived till the age of seven. A few years later, her mother Gladys Baker attempted to get her back, but she suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalized. With this, Marilyn's mother's close friend Grace McKee, became her legal guardian and she declared a ward of state. Later, she was sent to the Hollygrove orphanage in Los Angeles, and then to several foster homes. She then returned to Grace McKee's home. But Grace and her husband had plans to move to the East Coast and they couldn't take Marilyn with them. So they asked their neighbor James Dougherty if he would marry Marilyn. They got hitched soon after she turned sixteen to avoid her return to an orphanage or a foster care.
Nicole was born Nicole Camille Escovedo to Peter Michael Escovedo and Karen Moss, who were friends with singer Lionel Richie. Lionel and his then-wife Brenda agreed to take care of Nicole when she was three as her biological parents were unable to care of her financially. Regarding the adoption, Nicole says, "My parents were friends with Lionel. They trusted that they would be better able to provide for me."
His parents gave him up at his birth in 1955. The late Apple CEO was soon adopted by a San Francisco couple, Paul and Clara Jobs who didn't have any children then.
Hill was adopted as an infant and spent her early childhood days in rural Mississippi. The thought to search for her biological family crossed her mind when she moved to Nashville in her early days of singing career. She says about her birth mother, "I have a lot of respect for my birth mother. I know she must have had a lot of love for me to want to give what she felt was a better chance."
Born in Connecticut in 1967, the American singer-songwriter and guitarist was raised by her adoptive parents, John, an AIDS researcher at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Nancy, a historian at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Born William Jefferson Blythe III, the former US president was raised by his grandparents, Eldridge and Edith Cassidy after his father died in an accident three months before his birth. His mother left her baby boy and moved to New Orleans to study nursing. She returned after four years and later married Roger Clinton, Sr. who adopted Bill as his own son.
Jamie Foxx, the Grammy winner was adopted when he was just 7 months old by his maternal grandmother.
The actress and singer was adopted by an Oklahoma couple Junie and Jerry Chenoweth when she was just 5 days old.
Ice T was born Tracy Lauren Marrow in 1958. The Law & Order: SVU star was raised and adopted by his aunts after his parents died of heart attack in a span of four years.
The 'Little House on the Prairie' star was adopted a day later her birth in 1964 in LA. She was adopted by actor and comedian Paul Gilbert and his wife, actress Barbara Crane, who later divorced when Melissa was eight-year-old.