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6 Famous People With Famous Godparents

December 25, 2015

Celebrities: They’re all such good friends with each other! Some are so close that they name them their children’s godparents.

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Jake Gyllenhaal. The actor’s parents are director Stephen Gyllenhall, close friends with Jamie Lee Curtis, Jake’s godmother. Jake Gyllenhall himself is godfather to Michelle Williams’ daughter Matilda. (Matilda’s father is Heath Ledger, Gyllenhaal’s Brokeback Mountain costar.)

Gwyneth Paltrow. Her parents are actors Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner, and are good friends with Steven Spielberg. The director is Paltrow’s godfather (and also gave her her first film role, in 1991’s Hook.)

Drew Barrymore. Spielberg is her godfather, too, and he cast her in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. When Barrymore posed nude for Playboy in 1995, Spielberg went full-godfather and sent her a quilt with a note that said “cover yourself.”

Frances Bean Cobain. The only child of late Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain and Hole singer Courtney Love has Drew Barrymore as her godmother—she and Love were good friends in the early ‘90s (but reportedly haven’t spoken in years).

Nicole Richie. Lionel Richie adopted her shortly after writing “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson, and named the King of Pop one of her godfather. Her other one is “We Are the World” producer Quincy Jones.

Bryce Dallas Howard. The star of Jurassic World is the daughter of director and child star Ron Howard. His Happy Days costar Henry Winkler is Bryce’s godfather. And the godfather of Bryce’s son Theo is Frozen and The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad, who is childhood friends with Howard’s husband, Seth Gabel.

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Kermit the Prog
Kermit the Prog
December 28, 2015 4:55 pm

Winona Ryder’s godfather is (was) Timothy Leary.

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