Celebs Who Are Only Children: Here's The List

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I always assumed I was the only Italian-American only child in creation -- those people tend to procreate a lot -- but it turns out Al Pacino is one, too!

I'm not alone!

And I did a little research (and glanced at Us magazine) and found some other famous folk who have gone through life without siblings:

Selena Gomez

Daniel Radcliffe

Chelsea Clinton

Brooke Shields

Natalie Portman

Lea Michele

Barry Manilow

Bethenny Frankel

Charlize Theron

Adrien Brody

Carol Burnett

Samuel L. Jackson

Charlton Heston

Russell Brand

Frank Sinatra

Jack Nicholson

James Earl Jones

Robert Englund

Robin Williams

Tiger Woods

That's a weird mix of child stars, closet cases, Oscar winners, manic comedians, gun enthusiasts, people who play serial killers, and real-life serial adulterers.

Can anyone make sense out of the list other than to say that, like me, these people clearly felt they were the center of the world and as a result became striving workaholics hell-bent on success?


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Lillawasmyteacher
Lillawasmyteacher

Charlton Heston was by no means an only child.  In fact, he had a sister and a half-brother.  His sister, Lilla Heston, was my teacher and advisor at Northwestern University, a well-regarded scholar of Henry James, and a much better actor than her brother ever was.  She was an extremely charismatic teacher and we all looked forward to her solo performances every fall in the Faculty Recital--she did a reading of the wooing scene from "Richard III" (including giving us Anne's spit and R's reaction with such clarity that it remains a visual memory for me thirty or more years later) that made the audience gasp. While she did not have a large career as a performer outside of academia, she played Bernarda Alba in Frank Galati's Court Theatre (Chicago) production of that play and was extraordinary.  She also played Mrs. Alving opposite Galati's Pastor Manders in a production of Ibsen's "Ghosts" at Northwestern (with the younger characters played by off-Broadway goddess Jodie Markell and novelist/screenwriter Allison Burnett).  I can still remember Heston's anguish at the curtain of that play, as she has to decide whether to give Oswald the overdose of pills or not, just as her thundering demand for silence at the end of Lorca's play when her dead daughter, cut down from hanging herself, is brought on stage. 

Whatever Chuck's many issues, they had little to do with not having siblings.  If anything, I suspect he had a bad case of sibling rivalry.

And it makes me wonder how accurate the rest of your list is.

Jjoneluv
Jjoneluv

Some of these people have half-siblings, so they can't count.  I have NO siblings, so I'm any only child. 

Rabbit
Rabbit

I'm pretty sure Carol Burnett has a younger half-sister.

SibVicious
SibVicious

My best friend is the only child of an only child, which came in handy when his grandmother kicked the bucket and it turned out she had millions stashed away in a bank account that nobody knew about...

Robert Carr
Robert Carr

Only "only children" understand "only children"

Samsonite
Samsonite

It's obviously a bunch of insecure narcissists with a lot of uncontrollable manic energy that they turn into Oscar gold (Pacino, Williams, Sinatra, Heston, Brody, Portman, Theron) or just act annoying (everyone else on the list).

Musto
Musto

Thanks to Christian Freedom for tipping me off to this list.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

I know where you're going with that...but she's still the only child of her mother and father.

Lillawasmyteacher
Lillawasmyteacher

His mother's name was Lilla Charlton Heston (the Charlton was her maiden name).  She married a man who was the father of Charlton and Lilla Ann (she never used the Ann--just the initial A. in writing scholarly articles); they divorced, she married a man named Heston who adopted the two children and with whom Mother Heston had another child, Allen (may have misspelled the name).  Trust me--I studied with the sister for seven years and she was a national figure academically and there are various scholarships and awards named after her.  So, yes, Lilla was his mother, but the younger Lilla was his sister.  She died in 1984 at 56; I believe the half-brother also died, and the mother also died within the last ten years or so.

mary
mary

@Lillawasmyteacher  I'm pretty sure his half brother Allen worked at CNA insurance in Chicago


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