Grandchildren who look just like their legendary grandparents

Did you inherit your grandmother's tiny ears or swooped nose? Maybe you have the same curly hair or eye color as your grandfather. There's even a chance you look exactly like your aunt, uncle, cousin, or a long, lost relative. Thanks to the magical science of genes, people who are related to each other can share the same characteristics when it comes to their appearance, even if they come from different generations. This, of course, goes for both regular relatives and famous families.

Granted, most of us know that Ava Phillipe could be a clone of her mother, Reese Witherspoon, and, as Time magazine points out, "There's no denying how much [Zoe] Kravitz looks like her mother," Lisa Bonet. Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber, Ice Cube and O'Shea Jackson Jr., Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, John Legend and little Miles, Katie Holmes and Suri Cruise ... we could go on and on! But the similarities aren't just passed down from parents to children. Sometimes grandchildren end up twinning with their grandparents.

From silver screen legends who passed on their distinctive attributes to music industry icons whose appearance you'll recognize in their younger relatives, as well as one actress-turned-princess whose granddaughter inherited her glamour (although not the title), check out these grandchildren who look just like their legendary grandparents.

Lucille Ball's great-granddaughter has Lucy's looks and Desi's coloring

Lucille Ball, who passed away in 1989, was a beloved television star alongside her onscreen and real-life husband, Desi Arnaz. The I Love Lucy duo were parents to Desi Arnaz Jr., who was, in turn, the father of Julia Howe, who is the mother of Desiree Anzalone (did you follow that?). With a first name that we assume is a nod to either her grandfather or famous great-grandfather, Anzalone shares more than just a moniker with her famous relatives. She also happens to look like her great-grandmother.

While you might think that sharing Ball's beauty would have given Anzalone a ticket to an easy ride through life, she's actually endured "abandonment as a child," a "self-destructive youth," and stage 2 breast cancer, per Model Citizen Magazine. Overcoming each obstacle, Anzalone is now a photographer and someone who's willing to acknowledge the positive side of those who came before her. In April 2019, when an Instagram user complimented Ball, Anzalone responded by writing, "She was pretty great wasn't she!"

Anzalone, who inherited Ball's features with the dark Arnaz hair (and would look shockingly like her great-grandmother if she had the same shade of that famous red hair), also addressed the comparisons between her appearance and that of her great-grandmother while taking on trolls who questioned the similarity of their looks. "These comments are so ridiculous, and sad, like calm down people," Anzalone simply wrote. Fair enough.

Elvis Presley's grandson shares an 'uncanny' resemblance with the King

Elvis wasn't only the King of Rock and Roll, he was also the father of Lisa Marie Presley. Although the singer's daughter didn't have children until after he passed away in 1977, she now has four kids, Danielle and Benjamin Keough (whom she had with her first husband, Danny Keough), as well as twins Finley and Harper Lockwood (whom she shares with her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood). While Lisa Marie told CMT that her children have "all got a little bit of [Elvis] in them," it's Benjamin who's the "spitting image of his famous grandfather," according to Newsweek.

Born in 1992, Elvis' grandson may have an unruly mop of curly hair, whereas his grandpa embraced a slicked-back style, but Benjamin has the same enchanting eyes, fine facial features, and sultry expression as his grandfather. This is why Lisa Marie admitted to CMT, "Sometimes I am overwhelmed when I look at him." His mom added that when it comes to the resemblance, "It is just uncanny." 

Lisa Marie isn't the only one who thinks so. When the proud mom posted a photo of herself with her kids to Twitter in 2019, followers were quick to reply with comments like, "That boy looks just like Elvis!" Meanwhile, another tweeted, "Your son is a twin of your Dad!" If fans were thrilled by Benjamin's resemblance with Elvis, then they'd surely be delighted by the next pair of lookalikes.

Elizabeth Taylor's grandson is carrying on her looks and legacy

Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor was an "amazing, rowdy, badass, passionate pioneer, actress, activist, philanthropist, grandma," according to her grandson, Quinn Tivey. The son of Taylor's daughter, Liza Todd, and her husband, artist Hap Tivey, Quinn was obviously fond of his grandmother, describing her as "an amazing matriarch," according to The Morning Show. "I always knew her as grandma, but in her real life, she was still larger than life."

While Quinn is carrying on Taylor's looks, with his dark crown of hair, dramatic brows, fair complexion, and striking eyes (although they're not quite violet in the way that her's famously were), he's also carrying on her legacy in another way. The artist, who is based in New York, took on a new role in 2016 when he became the co-trustee for his grandmother's trust, which is behind the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. While speaking about the star's work with the organization, which she started in 1991, he explained, "She could not stand to see social injustice or unfairness around her ... But she knew she had the capacity to do a lot. She had a platform by virtue of her celebrity, and she knew how to use it." 

Adding that she "always had the courage to speak her mind and stand up for what she believed in," Quinn clearly admired his grandmother, which is a feeling that the next grandchild on this list can relate to.

Kirk Douglas' grandson is a 'ripped and tatted version' of the legend

Michael Douglas' son, Cameron Douglas, may not have looked like his legendary grandpa when he was younger, but after spending seven years in prison for drug-related charges, the younger Douglas came out looking like "a ripped and tatted version of Kirk Douglas," according to the Los Angeles Times. While Cameron obviously mirrors his late grandfather's appearance, which boasts both (an at times) brooding expression and signature smirk, there was much more between these two than just a passing resemblance.

"He believed in me even when maybe I had given up on myself," Cameron told The Hollywood Reporter, while opening up about their relationship following his grandfather's passing in February 2020. "He was always there, always supportive ... He made sure I knew that."

That special bond is something that Cameron wanted to foster between his beloved grandfather and his own child, Lua Izzy Douglas, who was named after Kirk (the star was born Issur and was known as Izzy). "My daughter is a little over 2 years old now, and they spent a lot of time together over the past year and a half," Cameron said at the time. "He would light up every time she was around ... I'll remind her of that when she gets older, showing her that connection through photos. It's pretty special." Sadly, that's the kind of relationship that the next pair never got to experience.

Grace Kelly's granddaughter has her family's glamorous nature

You might not recognize Camille Gottlieb's name, and that's because she holds an interesting place within the royal family of Monaco. The granddaughter of Grace Kelly, an actress who left Hollywood behind to become a princess when she married Prince Rainier III in 1956, Camille (born after her grandmother's death) is the offspring of Kelly's youngest daughter, Princess Stephanie of Monaco. While you might think that would make Camille a princess, her father was a palace guard who wasn't married to her mother, which is why Camille doesn't have a claim to Monaco's throne, according to Harper's Bazaar.

Despite that, Camille is still clearly one member of the family who shares her late grandmother's sophisticated looks. Living a rather fabulous life in Monte Carlo and abroad, she's often lounging around on the beach or spending time in the snowy mountains. When she travels, it's to fabulous events like Paris Fashion Week, where she's sure to stop for the cameras and show off the photogenic features she got from her grandma.

However, as Camille gets older, she may be growing up to look like someone else. "Even though it has been said that Camille Gottlieb inherited Grace Kelly's beauty ... the young Monaco royal looks more and more like her mom, Stephanie of Monaco, each day," Hola! notes. Frankly, this young woman, who clearly knows how to pose, may end up inheriting some attributes from both women while still managing to look completely like herself.

Paul McCartney's grandson has the singer's cool vibe

Former member of The Beatles and music industry mainstay Paul McCartney is the proud grandpa (or, rather, "granddude") of eight grandchildren, including the oldest of the bunch, Arthur Donald. The son of the singer's daughter, Mary McCartney, and television producer Alistair Donald, Arthur may not be following in his grandfather's footsteps career-wise — instead, he's getting an Ivy League education at Yale University — but he is carrying on the star's casually cool vibe. That became obvious in 2018 when the pair were spotted hanging out together in London. As the two strolled side-by-side, both wearing a T-shirt, slacks, and running shoes while each tucking a hand in their pocket, it was easy to see the similarities between them.

Arthur also stirred up headlines that same year when he spent a night on the town with someone very different but just as intriguing: Reese Witherspoon's daughter, Ava Phillipe. "Ava seemed pretty smitten with the dude, and we can't blame her ... Arthur's kind of a stud with Beatles-esque charm flowing through his veins," TMZ noted and, honestly, it's hard to argue with the fact that this kid (who's now a young adult) is just as cool as his grandfather. 

This is something that could also be said about the next celebrity relative and her adorably quirky grandmother.

Goldie Hawn's granddaughter is just as quirky as the star

Hollywood superstar Goldie Hawn seems to love her family even more than she loves to dance — and if you've seen her epic moves on social media, then you know that's saying a lot. The actress is the mother to three children and the grandmother to six grandkids, including her mini-me, little Rio. The daughter of Hawn's son, Splitting Up Together star Oliver Hudson, and his wife, actress Erinn Bartlett, Rio not only shares her grandma's blonde hair, sweet smile, and adorable features, they also apparently have the same free-spirited nature. Just take a peek at her enjoying a snack with her feet flung up in the air (pictured above), something that we could totally see her grandma doing if she was so inclined. Even Hawn called the young one a "chip off the old block."

The fact that they're basically the same person is likely why the pair obviously enjoy each other's company. Hawn was sure to show up to Rio's preschool graduation day in 2017, where the duo was twinning in matching flower crowns. And the actress even brought Rio to an event in November 2019, posting a photo of the two on Instagram along with a caption saying that she "couldn't have picked a better date." We're sure Rio agrees!

Gregory Peck's grandson is doing his 'own thing'

You may have gotten to know Ethan Peck as Patrick Verona from the 10 Things I Hate About You series or you might be used to seeing him as Spock on Star Trek: Discovery, but did you know that his grandfather was one of the most respected actors of all time? That's right, Ethan's father is former industry figure Stephen Peck, the son of the late Gregory Peck. "A popular movie hero who skillfully projected courage, wholesomeness, and vulnerability in a wide range of films," according to The New York Times, he's remembered for his roles in To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday, and many more beloved films.

"We share the name. But it feels like my own," Ethan told the New York Post in 2016. Mentioning that he got to know his grandfather at the end of the screen legend's life, he explained, "He was Grandpa — and also an icon. It's still hard for me to fathom the level at which he was appreciated on an international scale."

Ethan backed up that stance during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, saying that feels like he's doing "own thing" when it comes to his career. However, ET points out that "there's no denying the leading man qualities the two share." And that includes physical qualities. With his tendency to grow a slight, scruffy beard, Ethan seems like an edgier version of Gregory, who was classically handsome in a sophisticated way.

Debbie Reynolds' granddaughter is following in her family's footsteps

The daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, who you'll surely know as Star Wars' Princess Leia, and granddaughter of longtime star Debbie Reynolds, who has also passed away, Billie Lourd is making her own way in Hollywood with roles on shows like Scream Queens and American Horror Story, as well as movies such as Booksmart and (naturally) both Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi and Star Wars: Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker.

While sitting down for an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2017, Lourd, who resembles her grandmother in her younger days thanks to her naturally blonde hair and features that would suit Hollywood's classic era, not only referred to both Fisher and Reynolds as "goddesses," she also opened up about losing her grandmother on December 28, 2016, just one day after her mother's passing. "There's no way to really explain it," Lourd admitted. "It's so hard to talk about ... If I say that I'm doing good, I'm too happy. And if I say that I'm not doing good, then I'm a mess. So it's really hard to know what to say about it, because it is just so surreal and impossible to deal with."

While the pain around losing both women will hopefully fade in time, one thing that will remain is the fact that Lourd will likely always see hints of her grandmother in her own face when she looks in the mirror.

Steve McQueen's grandson shares his name and his looks

Steve McQueen was an antihero star in the '60s and '70s thanks to roles in films like The Cincinnati Kid, Bullitt, and The Magnificent Seven. Steven R. McQueen (note the formal first name and middle initial) is also an actor who you may have seen in shows like Everwood, Chicago Fire, and The Vampire Diaries. The second McQueen also happens to be the grandson of the first (and the son of The Karate Kid actor Chad Steven McQueen), which is pretty obvious when you compare the pair's similar features, such as their jawlines, noses, and light brown hair. As for Steven's name, he told Vanity Fair in 2011, "Luckily, I've got a generation gap between me and him. But more than anything it's a little fuel in the fire."

However, the McQueens' name, appearance, and occupation is where the parallels end. Steven explained that when he was younger, he "watched [his] grandfather's projects with admiration and looked up to him," but added that "at the end of the day you have to be true to what's inside." That's why he's opted to take on dark roles like The Vampire Diaries' Jeremy Gilbert, who Steven says "was as messed up as possible in the head." Hopefully, Steven shares more characteristics with his grandfather than he does with his former character.

Blythe Danner's granddaughter proves the family roots run deep

Apple Martin became famous the moment her parents, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, announced that they had named her after fruit. However, as she's gotten older, she's made headlines because she not only looks like her mom, she also looks like her grandmother, actress Blythe Danner. Just take a look at Apple's eyes, her nose, her cheekbones, the shape of her face, her hair ... every feature confirms her lineage. And considering the fact that she's still just a teen, Apple will likely look even more like the other women in her family as she gets older.

Their resemblance was even pointed out by journalist Derek Blasberg in September 2019, when he shared a picture of the trio on Instagram and wrote, "Today is the [Paltrow]'s birthday, but let's celebrate the entire Danner-Paltrow-Martin bloodline. Here are three kind, talented, sweet, lithe (rhymes with Blythe!), wonderful women. The apple doesn't fall from the tree — and neither does Apple." Too true.

As for any other ways that she follows in her family's footsteps? Well, we'll just have to wait a little longer to see if Apple's interested in pursuing a career in the acting business like her mother and grandmother or the music industry like her father. For now, she works in a retail clothing store like a normal teenager who just happens to look like her iconic grandmother.

Ernest Hemingway's great-granddaughter went to a school named after him

Thanks to her highly-recognizable last name, you probably guessed that Dree Hemingway is the great-granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning writer Ernest Hemingway, who famously penned 1929's A Farewell to Arms and 1940's For Whom the Bell Tolls, among other notable works. Dree, a model and actress who looks so much like the man who came before her that she could have been his twin sister, revealed that it took her some time to embrace the importance of the relative she hasn't always felt connected to.

When asked if she reads Ernest's work, the former student of Ernest Hemingway Elementary School (seriously) told Elle in 2015, "I studied it in school but I was really not into it." Despite that, Dree said that as she's gotten older, she's been willing to acknowledge her "family roots" (deeming herself "less of a child brat!"). Because of that, she explained she's now "honored" to be Ernest's granddaughter.

"He's incredible and I get it," Dree said. And while she admitted that she "can't tell you anything new about Ernest Hemingway" because she "[didn't] know him," she has "read a lot of biographies on him." That's what made her feel like they're "definitely ... from the same family." Dree might have been able to get the same feeling just by looking at a picture of her great-grandfather and comparing his face to her own.

Tippi Hedren's granddaughter 'comes from Hollywood royalty'

Stella Banderas "comes from Hollywood royalty," according to Hola!. That seems like an undeniable fact when you find out that her father is actor Antonio Banderas and her mother is actress Melanie Griffith. However, that's not where her Hollywood lineage ends. Not only is her half-sister 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, but Stella's grandmother (Griffith's mother) is Tippi Hedren, the actress who starred in Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror film, The Birds. Although Stella certainly shows off her Banderas roots when she embraces her dark hair, her resemblance to Hedren shows through when the younger woman dyes her hair the same golden blonde that her grandmother is known for.

Along with her looks, Stella, who's "incredibly down to earth" and "loves her family" (which is clear from the Instagram posts that she sweetly shares of her "fam"), apparently also picked up the acting bug from her famous grandmother. Or perhaps a love of the business was passed down from her mother, who also shares her interest "in fashion as well as outside hobbies," per Hola!. Like mother, like daughter ... like grandmother.

Audrey Hepburn's granddaughter 'used to struggle' with comparisons

Audrey Hepburn is an actress that you surely love to watch in any one of her treasured films like 1961's Breakfast at Tiffany's or 1953's Roman Holiday (in which she starred with Gregory Peck, another Hollywood legend on this list). However, unless you're familiar with her personal life, you might not have known that, in 1954, she married actor Mel Ferrer. The two had a son together, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, who is the father of Audrey's granddaughter, Emma Ferrer.

An "actress, an advocate for children's rights, a visual artist/poet, and an art curator/liaison," according to the biography on her professional website, Emma may be able to mimic her grandmother's elegant appearance (just take a peek at her classically chic photo in Harper's Bazaar), but she also strikes out with her own personal style (yes, that's her with a shaved head at the top of an InStyle piece).

Emma admitted in that same InStyle profile, "I used to struggle a lot with people wondering whether I looked like her or dressed like her." However, the star's granddaughter added, "It's been eye-opening for me to realize I can choose the way that I want to carry on her legacy ... and at the same time follow my own path." Thanks to that effort, Emma feels like her grandmother would "be proud." As rough as it sounds, we might not be able to say the same thing about the next pair.

Marlon Brando's grandson inherited his looks (if nothing else)

Marlon Brando's grandson, Tuki Brando, may not be as famous as the late actor who played none other than Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather, but "there's no concealing the brooding good looks that Tuki inherited from his grandfather," according to The Telegraph. However, that's apparently all he inherited from Marlon.

Not only did Tuki grow up "in more tragic circumstances than most" due to the fact that when his mother, Cheyenne Brando (Marlon's daughter), was pregnant with him, his uncle and Cheyenne's brother, Christian Brando, shot and killed Tuki's father, Dag Drollet. Tuki then lost his mother five years later when she died by suicide at just 25 years old. Tuki was only four at the time and went to live with his maternal grandmother in Tahiti. However, the younger Brando still had more to deal with in the years to come. When Tuki was 13, Marlon passed away "and Tuki was omitted from his will," even though "the actor left something to friends and other actors," Vogue notes, saying that proves "how cold that relationship was."

Fortunately, Tuki's good looks have helped him establish a career of his own as a model who's landed campaigns with brands like TechnoMarine timepieces and even Versace, while also walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana. Let's hope that his success means that he can put his sad past behind him and embrace everything that's ahead.

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Donald Sutherland's granddaughter played Julia Louis-Dreyfus' daughter

The daughter of actor Kiefer Sutherland and granddaughter of star Donald Sutherland, Sarah Sutherland not only shares similarities with her grandpa, but she's also another kid from a Hollywood family that followed her elders into show business. If you were a fan of HBO's Veep, then you'll know that she played Catherine, the daughter of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character, Selina Meyer.

Despite both Sarah's dad and grandpa being in the business, and the fact that she shares the same smile, nose, and face shape with the younger version of her grandpa, she hasn't relied on family connections to help her succeed. In fact, it's the exact opposite. Kiefer admitted during an interview with Live with Kelly and Ryan that he doesn't even know the name of his daughter's agent. Beyond that, when he really needed to find a young actress for one or two of his projects, she "respectfully declined because she didn't want the association."

Sarah backed that up while talking to The Cut. "I was very adamant that I wanted to arrive at navigating the industry in my own right without help from them," she said, apparently referring to both her dad and grandfather. The next actress is also someone you might not have known was the granddaughter of a popular performer until you find out her famous name.

Charlie Chaplin's granddaughter appeared on Game of Thrones

Charlie Chaplin was one of the most famous faces during Hollywood's silent era. He was also the father of 11 children, including eight with his fourth wife, Oona O'Neill. One of those kids was Geraldine Chaplin, the mother of Oona Chaplin, who was obviously named after her grandma. But when it comes to her looks, Oona has the same features as her grandpa. The only thing that could make them appear more alike is if she were to wear Charlie's signature outfit.

Despite their shared appearance, Oona told the Independent, "When people say 'Charlie Chaplin' I still think now of the guy in the mustache and bowler hat and funny walk — I don't think of an old man who was my grandfather." Explaining that she never met him, she admitted, "There are moments, even now, when I sort of go 'Whoa ... my blood has some of that in it?' It's amazing, but it kind of freaks me out sometimes."

What doesn't freak her out is using the talent that likely came from her grandfather. Another actress, Oona's appeared in The Longest Ride, Quantum of Solace, and popped up on Game of Thrones as Talisa Stark. She's also been cast to star in James Cameron's Avatar sequels. While she won't be able to show off the features she got from her grandpa in the animated franchise, it will still be cool to know that a Chaplin is part of the project.

Jane Fonda's granddaughter shares her features and her activism

Beyond being a famous actress, Jane Fonda is also a somewhat controversial figure due to her habit of taking a strong stance on certain issues. That's something that she's passed down to her granddaughter, Viva Vadim. The child of Fonda's daughter, Vanessa Vadim, Viva shares Fonda's slight smile, delicate nose, and even has the darker version of her grandma's bright eyes.

Young Viva also shares Fonda's activist ways and willingness to face legal repercussions when it comes to standing up for what they believe in. "With my granddaughter Viva Vadim who got arrested with 38 others today," the legendary actress captioned an Instagram photo of herself and her granddaughter that was taken during one of the star's Fire Drill Friday climate change protests in November 2019. Fonda obviously understands that passing down your looks is one thing — but passing down a passion for saving the planet is much more meaningful.