lost their children

by enmasse | created - 05 May 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

those who suffered the painful loss of a child.

His two year old daughter, Amora, died from a severe infection in late 2019.

2. Tsarina Alexandra

Actress | Nicholas & Alexandra: The Letters

Alix of Hess-Darmstadt was born on June 8, 1872 in Darmstadt, Germany. Her parents were the Grand Duke and Duchess of Darmstadt; her mother was also the daughter of Queen Victoria. When Alix was still very young, her sister Mary and then her mother died of diphtheria. Also, her brother Frederick (...

All five of her young children were killed by a failed firing squad who had to finish killing most of the family - as well as their dogs - with bayonets, when her husband, Tsar Nicholas II, was overthrown by Vladimir Lenin. She was also killed. Their remains were mutilated, then burned, then buried.

3. Lily Allen

Actress | Elizabeth

Lily Allen was born on May 2, 1985 in Hammersmith, London, England as Lily Rose Beatrice Allen. She was previously married to Sam Cooper.

Suffered a miscarriage in 2008.

In 2016, during a difficult pregnancy, contracted a viral infection which caused her to suffer premature labor, resulting in a stillbirth. She was diagnosed wuth PTSD in the aftermath.

4. Dana Andrews

Actor | Laura

American leading man of the 1940s and 1950s, Dana Andrews was born Carver Dana Andrews on New Years Day 1909 on a farmstead outside Collins, Covington County, Mississippi. One of thirteen children, including fellow actor Steve Forrest, he was a son of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a ...

His son, David, died of cerebral hemorrhage in 1964.

5. Johann Sebastian Bach

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685, in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany, into a large and distinguished family of professional musicians. His father, named Johann Ambrosius Bach, was a violinist and trumpeter, employed by the city of Eisenach. His uncles were church organists, court ...

Three of his children, including a pair of twins died in infancy.

6. Hilaria Baldwin

Actress | Blind

Hilaria Baldwin was born on January 6, 1984 in Mallorca, Spain as Hilaria Lynn Thomas. She is an actress, known for Blind (2017), Nightcap (2016) and Extra with Billy Bush (1994). She has been married to Alec Baldwin since June 30, 2012. They have four children.

Miscarried her fifth pregnancy.

She stated, on Instagram: "We are very sad to share that today we learned that our baby passed away at 4 months. We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be"

7. Chuck Barris

Soundtrack | X: First Class

Chuck Barris was born on June 3, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Hirsch Barris. He was a producer, known for X-Men: First Class (2011), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and The Gong Show (1976). He was married to Mary Clagett Kane, Robin Altman and Lynne ...

His only child Della Barris was an alcoholic and addicted to drugs. Although he tried to save her, she died of a suspected overdose in 1998, at age 35.

8. Anne Baxter

Actress | All About Eve

Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was ...

Suffered a miscarriage at 3 months pregnant.

9. Bill Bixby

Actor | The Incredible Hulk

The son of a sales clerk and a department store owner, Bill Bixby was the sixth-generation Californian born as Wilfred Bailey Bixby, on January 22, 1934, in San Francisco, California. An only child growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, he attended schools in the same area, took ballroom dance lessons,...

His seven year old son, Christopher, died in a skiing accident.

10. William Boyd

Actor | Call of the Prairie

The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven. His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in 1919, already gray-haired. ...

His only child, a son by second wife Ruth Miller, died in infancy.

11. Marlon Brando

Actor | Apocalypse Now

Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...

His daughter, Cheyenne, committed suicide in 1995. She was 25.

12. Bobby Brown

Soundtrack | Ghostbusters II

Bobby Brown was born on February 5, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Barisford Brown. He has been married to Alicia Etheredge-Brown since June 18, 2012. They have three children. He was previously married to Whitney Houston.

His daughter, Bobbi (with Whitney Houston), died six months after she was found unconsciousness, while on drugs, in her bathtub.

13. Pat Buttram

Actor | Robin Hood

The son of a circuit-riding Methodist preacher in rural Alabama, Pat Buttram became one of America's best-known comic entertainers. He left Alabama a month before his 18th birthday to attend the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. An announcer from radio station WLS was on hand to interview members of the ...

After their divorce, his first wife kept him from seeing their daughter.

14. James Cagney

Actor | Angels with Dirty Faces

One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time, James Cagney was also an accomplished dancer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, to Carolyn (Nelson) and James Francis Cagney, Sr., who was a bartender and amateur ...

His adopted son, James Cagney, Jr. died of a heart attack at age 44, just four years before he died of a heart attack and died as well.

15. Johnny Carson

Soundtrack | The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night TV" who dominated the medium's nether hours for three decades, was born in Corning, Iowa, but moved with his family to nearby Norfolk, Nebraska when he was eight years old. It was in Norfolk, where he lived until he was inducted into the US Navy in ...

Lost his son, Richard, in a car accident.

16. Rose Caylor

Writer | Fingers at the Window

Rose Caylor was newspaper reporter, author, screenwriter and playwright. She was born in Vilna, Russia (now Vilnius, Lithuania) in 1898, the daughter of Morris and Elizabeth Libman. Her father came to America in 1906 where he found work in Chicago as a department store salesman. Rose, her mother ...

Lost her 27 year old daughter, Jenny, to a drug overdose.

17. Christopher Cazenove

Actor | A Knight's Tale

Christopher Cazenove was born on December 17, 1943 in Winchester, Hampshire, England as Christopher de Lerisson Cazenove. He was an actor, known for A Knight's Tale (2001), Dynasty (1981) and Three Men and a Little Lady (1990). He was married to Angharad Rees. He died on April 7, 2010 in Lambeth, ...

His eldest son, Linford, preceded him in death by a decade due to a road accident. After the loss, Cazenove turned to alcohol and never fully recovered for the loss.

18. Miguel Cervantes

Actor | Person of Interest

Miguel Cervantes is best-known for his role as Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton at the Chicago PrivateBank Theater. He has acted on Broadway in If/Then, American Idiot, and 25th Annual...Spelling Bee. Additional theater credits include Giant, Tails, Henry and Mudge, and more. On the big screen, his ...

Lost his daughter, Adelaide, age 3, who was suffering from West Syndrome (severe form of epilepsy) and died peacefully in hospice, in her mother's arms.

19. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

He and Lita Grey lost their adult son, Charlie Chaplin, Jr. to alcoholism.

20. Maria Cole

American Experience

Maria Cole was born on August 1, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Marie Frances Hawkins. She was married to Gary DeVore, Nat 'King' Cole and Spurgeon Neal Ellington. She died on July 10, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida, USA.

Carol, her daughter with Nat King Cole, died of lung cancer. Their son, Nat, died from AIDS.

21. Betty Comden

Soundtrack | On the Town

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "The Party's Over", "Just in Time"), author and actress. educated at New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree. While a student, she acted with the Washington Square Players. She was a member of the Revuers, a night club act which also ...

Lost her son, Alan.

22. Sam Cooke

Soundtrack | Innerspace

Sam Cooke was born January 22, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He was one of eight children of Charles Cook Sr., a Baptist minister. When Sam sang as a little boy in church, everyone made note that his voice had "something special". He sang in church and in local gospel choirs until a group called...

Vincent, his 18 month old son, drowned in his family's swimming pool.

23. Camille O. Cosby

Producer | Obkb

Camille O. Cosby is the eldest offspring of Guy and Catherine Hanks's four children. Embued with an immense intellect and sense of social responsibility, she has long been an advocate for education and for the continued financial support of the United States' historically African-American colleges ...

Her son Ennis, with Bill Cosby, was murdered. The case is still unsolved.

24. Joan Crawford

Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1906, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; ...

Suffered multiple miscarriages. Her doctor told her she could never have a baby.

25. Daisy D'Ora

Actress | Die Büchse der Pandora

Daisy D'Ora was born on February 2, 1913 in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany as Daisy Freiin von Freyberg zu Eisenberg. She was an actress, known for Pandora's Box (1929), Nur am Rhein ... (1930) and Hungarian Nights (1929). She was married to Otto Schlitter. She died on June 19, 2010 in Munich, ...

Both of her children died before her.

26. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

Her son, Benjamin, died of Hodgkin's disease in 1991.

27. Yvonne De Carlo

Actress | The Ten Commandments

Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of ...

Miscarried while pregnant with Jock Mahoney's baby. As a result, they ended their engagement.

In 1997, her son, Michael, died from suspected foul play.

28. Albert Dekker

Actor | The Wild Bunch

A stage actor from 1927, Albert Dekker was an established Broadway star when he made his film debut ten years later. Tall and with rugged good looks, he often played aggressive character roles, a prime example being his double-crossing gang leader in the classic The Killers (1946). From 1944-46 he ...

His teenage son was found dead from a gunshot wound in 1957.

29. Rob Delaney

Actor | Catastrophe

Rob Delaney was born on January 19, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Archer Delaney. He is an actor and writer, known for Catastrophe (2015), Deadpool 2 (2018) and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).

His toddler son, Henry, died from a brain tumor in January 2018.

"I’m a mess. My child died 14 months ago and I’m basically a bag of wet rubbish. I need a lot of help. It has been very hard. It comes in waves. I’ve learned to not control how the waves come. Right now I’m sad a lot.

If a bereaved parent or bereaved sibling reads this, I want them to know that it’s okay that they feel terrible, sad, confused and so brutally humbled. I’ve been sad and angry and I am telling you that just in case somebody else who has suffered a terrible loss reads this — so they don’t feel like some asshole from TV has it all together."

30. Sandy Dennis

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came ...

Suffered a miscarriage.

31. Angie Dickinson

Actress | Rio Bravo

Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, in 1931, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Brown. Mr. Brown was the publisher of The Kulm Messenger. The family left North Dakota in 1942 when Angie was 11 years old, moving to Burbank, California. In December of 1946, when she was a senior at ...

Her daughter, Nikki, committed suicide in 2007, at age 40.

32. Maurice Dorléac

Actor | La présidente

Maurice Dorléac was born on March 26, 1901 in Paris, France as Georges Maurice Edmond Dorléac. He is known for his work on La présidente (1938), La Grande Bouffe (1973) and The Lovers of Toledo (1953). He was married to Renée Simonot. He died on December 4, 1979 in Paris.

His eldest daughter, Françoise Dorléac, died in a road accident when she was 25.

33. Billie Dove

Actress | The Black Pirate

In her silent heyday, this ravishing and highly photogenic star, known for her voluptuous femininity on the silent screen, rivaled that of Mary Pickford, Marion Davies and Clara Bow in popularity. She retired after only a few years into the talking picture era, however, and is not as ...

Her son, Robert, died two years before her.

34. Dr. Dre

Soundtrack | Training Day

Considered by many to be hip-hop's greatest producer, Dr. Dre (b. André Young, February 18, 1965) pioneered gangsta hip-hop and his own variation of the sound, dubbed G-Funk. His very early albums were violent but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre's records with NWA celebrated the ...

His 20 year old son died of a heroin and morphine overdose.

35. Marie Dressler

Actress | Min and Bill

Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on...

Her daughter (and only child) died in infancy.

36. Denise Fergus

Self | Granada Reports

Denise Fergus has been married to Stuart Fergus since September 12, 1998. They have two children. She was previously married to Ralph Bulger.

Had a stillborn daughter.

Her son, James Bulger, was kidnapped as a toddler and tortured to death by two boys. The family never received justice, as the boys were given less than 10 years each and were released only to commit more crimes, and are currently being protected from the public.

37. Luisa Ferida

Actress | Amore imperiale

Luisa Ferida started as a stage actress and first appeared in films with La Freccia d'oro (1935) in a supporting role but because of her photogenic looks and talent as an actress, she soon graduated to leading parts at the end of the thirties. In 1939, whilst working on An Adventure of Salvator Rosa...

Her only child, Kim, died four days after he was born.

38. Joan Fontaine

Actress | Rebecca

Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to ...

Suffered two miscarriages in 1964, at the age of 46.

Her teenage adopted daughter ran away and was not given back to her when she was found since the adoption was found not to be legal.

39. Elspet Gray

Actress | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Elspet Gray was born on April 12, 1929 in Inverness, Inverness Shire, Scotland as Elspeth Jean MacGregor-Gray. She was an actress, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Six with Rix (1972) and Doctor Who (1963). She was married to Brian Rix. She died on February 18, 2013 in London, England.

Lost her daughter, Shelley Elspet Rix, who had Down's Syndrome, (b. 1951, died July 2005)

40. Virgie Hart

Actress | To the Limit

Virgie Hart was born on July 12, 1951 in Ellis County, Texas, USA as Virgie Mae Tabers. She was an actress, known for To the Limit (1995), Five News (1998) and Final 24 (2006). She was married to James H. Arthur, James T. Sanders, Joe D. Thompson, Donald Ray Hart, Donald Eugene Hogan and David ...

She is Anna Nicole Smith's mother. She lost her grandson, daughter, and guardianship of her granddaughter in months.

41. Yvonne Gilan

Actress | Chariots of Fire

Yvonne Gilan was born on October 12, 1931 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Yvonne Janette Gilan. She was an actress and writer, known for Chariots of Fire (1981), Empire of the Sun (1987) and Fawlty Towers (1975). She was married to Michael Gill. She died on June 14, 2018 in London, UK.

Her son, noted critic A.A. Gill died of cancer at age 62.

42. Walt Harris

Self | UFC on Fox

Harris was a basketball player at Jacksonville State University, but he put his basketball career on hold and started training mixed martial arts. Before turning pro, he worked as a furniture mover and also worked for UPS.

His 19 year old stepdaughter (with wife Angela Harris), Aniah Haley Blanchard, was abducted and murdered on October 23, 2019. After searching for her for a month, her remains were found and identified. Three men are currently being charged in connection with her death.

Her bereaved mother, Angela, has said "She made life better for all of us."

Her father, Elijah Blanchard, said "I have never felt pain such as this." and that her killer "has damaged the way I look at people."

On a November 28 Instagram post, Walt remembered his late stepdaughter: "My sweet baby girl... I just wanna thank you for helping me change my life for the better... For teaching me how to be a man and a better father! For being my biggest fan win, lose , or draw! For always knowing what to say to put a smile on my face and lift me up when I was down and wanted to give up. You light up my world I’m so many ways. This pain is unbearable... I know you want me to be strong but it so hard baby it so hard. I’m gonna find away I promise you I will. Right now nothing makes sense and I’m so lost. I just want you back. I hope I made you proud... I’m gonna keep going daddy just needs time. I love you so much. Look after us like you always did. We need you now more than ever. My lil mighty mighty tiger is a angel now. I love you baby girl forever and ever!"

The UFC and many fighters posted condolences for her loved ones.

43. Helen Hayes

Actress | Airport

Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown,...

Her only biological child, Mary, died at age 19 of Polio.

44. Jack Hemingway

Self | The American Sportsman

Jack Hemingway was born on October 10, 1923 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as John Hadley Nicanor Hemingway. He was married to Angela Hovey and Byra Whittlesey. He died on December 1, 2000 in New York City, New York, USA.

His daughter Margaux commited suicide. Her family was in denial and it took years to accept that she'd taken her own life.

45. Lena Horne

Soundtrack | Cabin in the Sky

Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that, on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler. Her mother left later in order ...

Lost her son, Edwin, to kidney disease.

46. Katherine Jackson

Self | Life with La Toya

Katherine Jackson was born on May 4, 1930 in Barbour County, Alabama, USA as Katherine Esther Scruse. She was previously married to Joe Jackson.

Michael Jackson's mother. Previous to his death, she lost a baby boy a few hours after his birth.

47. Russell Johnson

Actor | Gilligan's Island

Long before he was known as "The Professor" in the cult comedy classic Gilligan's Island (1964), Russell Johnson was a well-known character actor, starring in several Westerns and Sci-Fi classics as This Island Earth (1955) and It Came from Outer Space (1953). Johnson grew up in Pennsylvania and ...

His son David died of AIDS in 1994, at age 39. Johnson later devoted his time to fund-raising for AIDS research.

48. Jennifer Jones

Actress | The Towering Inferno

One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young, handsome, aspiring ...

Her daughter, Mary, committed suicide. Previously, she suffered a stillbirth.

49. James Robertson Justice

Actor | The Guns of Navarone

James Robertson Justice was always a noticeable presence in a film with his large stature, bushy beard and booming voice. A Ph.D., a journalist, a naturalist, an expert falconer, a racing car driver, JRJ was certainly a man of many talents.

He entered the film industry quite late in life (37) after ...

His four year old son and only child drowned.

50. Brian Keith

Actor | The Parent Trap

Son of character actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents while they toured in plays. First appeared at age 3 in film Pied Piper Malone (1924) with his father. Began acting in radio programs and on stage before World War II. Joined the Marines and ...

He lost two children: A son, who died in childhood and, much later, his daughter committed suicide. Two and a half months after his daughter's death, he took his own life as well.

51. Ethel Kennedy

Actress | Cheers

Ethel Kennedy was born on April 11, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Ethel Skakel. She was previously married to Robert F. Kennedy.

Lost her son, David, from an accidental overdose at age of 28. Another son, Michael, died while skiing.

52. Rose Kennedy

Self | JACK: The Last Kennedy Film

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy was born Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald on July 22, 1890 to Josie Hannon and the future mayor of Boston, John Francis Fitzgerald. She grew up with several brothers and sisters and thanks to her father, the family was very well off. Rose went to a series of Catholic Schools in ...

Outlived four of her nine children:

Joseph - plane crash at 29 Kathleen - plane crash at 28 John - assassinated at 46 Robert - assassinated at 42.

Her daughter, Rosemary, was given a lobotomy to remedy her low IQ and "mental issues", which failed and left her mentally and physically incapacitated.

53. Deborah Kerr

Actress | The King and I

Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory ...

Suffered a miscarriage at two months.

54. Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Actor | Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler

During the heyday of German silent cinema, Rudolf Klein-Rogge was the prototype for the master criminal, the irredeemable arch villain or mad scientist. Born in Cologne, he served as a cadet in a Prussian military academy before finishing his matriculation. He then began to attend acting classes ...

His only child died in 1943. His wife, Mary Johnson, slowly went mad with grief.

55. Walter Koenig

Actor | Star Trek

Walter Koenig began his acting career in 1962 as an uncredited, non-speaking Sentry in the TV series Combat! (1962), and in the following few years had bit roles in several television shows, until he landed the role that would catapult his career in ways he could never have imagined, as Ensign ...

His son, Andrew, hanged himself at age 41.

56. Greta Kukkonen

Self | Gregory Peck kävi Suomessa

Greta Kukkonen was born on January 25, 1911 in Helsinki, Finland as Eine Matilda Kukkonen. She was married to Gregory Peck. She died on January 19, 2008 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Her son Jonathan (with Gregory Peck) shot himself.

57. Sophia Loren

Actress | Una giornata particolare

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and ...

Suffered two miscarriages.

58. Mia May

Actress | Hilde Warren und der Tod

Mia May was a minor film actress in Germany who was born in 1884 with the birth name of Maria Pfleger. Her film career didn't start until she was 34 years old when she appeared in the production of HILDE WARREN UND DER TOD in 1917.

Her daughter (and only child), Eva May, shot herself at age 22.

59. Ann Miller

Actress | Mulholland Dr.

Ann Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier on April 12, 1923 in Chireno, Texas. She lived there until she was nine, when her mother left her philandering father and moved with Ann to Los Angeles, California. Even at that young age, she had to support her mother, who was hearing-impaired and ...

Miscarried after a fall. She was buried next to her miscarried daughter, whose headstone reads "Beloved Baby Daughter Mary Milner, November 12, 1946".

60. Joni Mitchell

Soundtrack | Two Weeks Notice

Joni Mitchell is one of the most highly regarded and influential songwriters of the 20th century. Her melodious tunes support her poetic and often very personal lyrics to make her one of the most authentic artists of her time. As a performer she is widely hailed for her unique style of playing ...

Due to being quite young and in serious financial straits, she was forced to give her daughter up for adoption.

61. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

Suffered multiple miscarriages.

62. Demi Moore

Actress | G.I. Jane

Demi Moore was born 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father Charles Harmon left her mother Virginia King before Demi was born. Her stepfather Danny Guynes didn't add much stability to her life either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on ...

Miscarried then-husband Ashton Kutcher's baby at 6 months.

63. Mary Tyler Moore

Actress | Ordinary People

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...

Her son Richie died after accidentally shooting himself. Previously, she suffered a miscarriage at the age of 33, while married to Grant Tinker.

64. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Soundtrack | Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart grew up in Salzburg under the regulation of his strict father Leopold who also was a famous composer of his time. His abilities in music were obvious even when Mozart was still young so that in 1762 at the age of six, his father took him with his elder sister on a concert ...

Four of his six children died as infants:

Raimund Leopold - their firstborn; died at two months Johann Thomas Leopold - died at nearly one month Theresia Constanzia Adelheid Friedericke Maria Anna - died at six months Anna Maria - died moments after birth

65. Paul Newman

Actor | The Hustler

Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman (died 1950) and Theresa Fetsko (died 1982). His elder brother was , Arthur S. Newman Jr., named for ...

His 28 year old son died from an overdose of painkillers.

66. Carroll O'Connor

Actor | All in the Family

Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a heavily Jewish community in New York City's borough of Queens. After graduating from high school in 1942, O'Connor joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study ...

His son and only child, Hugh, killed himself at age 32 over the hopelessness he felt for his drug addiction.

67. Jennifer O'Neill

Actress | Scanners

Jennifer O'Neill was born in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on February 20, 1948. Her father Oscar (who died 2009 at age 91) was of Irish-Spanish descent and her mother Irene ("Rene") was English. Whereas Elvis Presley was riding high on the fame of his hit record, "Blue Suede Shoes", in 1956, in 1957--...

Suffered nine miscarriages.

68. Bulle Ogier

Actress | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

Her father was a lawyer. Her mother was an artist, a painter. She had a brother and a sister. At age 18, she married the father of her only child, actress Pascale Ogier. She divorced him two years later. To support herself, she started to work for high fashion designer Coco Chanel.

Her only child, Pascale Ogier, died of a heart attack one day before her 26th birthday.

69. Anny Ondra

Actress | Blackmail

Anny Ondra was a Polish-Czech-Austrian-German-French singer and a film and stage actress. As a child she lived in Prague, where her father was a colonel in the Austro-Hungarian army. After graduating from convent school in Prague, she studied to be an actress with Professor Bor. She was already a ...

Suffered a miscarriage after a car accident in 1936 and could no longer have children.

70. Roy Orbison

Soundtrack | Star Trek: First Contact

Roy Orbison was born on April 23, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, USA as Roy Kelton Orbison. He was married to Barbara Orbison and Claudette Frady. He died on December 6, 1988 in Madison, Tennessee, USA.

His sons died in a house fire.

71. Marie Osmond

Soundtrack | Donny and Marie

Marie Osmond has spent 5 iconic decades in the entertainment business performing as a successful singer, television performer and talk show host, dancer, actor, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. She has continued to maintain relevance, remaining an instantly recognizable figure across the ...

Her teenage son, Michael, killed himself after years of addiction and depression.

72. Johann Pachelbel

Soundtrack | 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Direct influence on composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Lost his first son (and his first wife) in 1683, to a plague. His first published works, "Musicalische Sterbens-Gedancken" ("Musical Thoughts on Death") were influenced by his loss.

73. Joan Perry

Actress | The Lone Wolf Strikes

Born in Florida, Joan went to New York where she worked as a model. In 1935 she went to Hollywood where she was signed at Columbia Pictures. While at Columbia, Joan appeared in a number of films and worked with leading men such as Ralph Bellamy, Melvyn Douglas and Lew Ayres. She also caught the eye...

Her daughter, Jobella, with Harry Cohn, died within an hour of her birth.

74. Édith Piaf

Soundtrack | A Star Is Born

When one thinks of Edith Piaf, one thinks of love, sorrow and music. One did not breathe without the other two. Born in Paris practically on the streets on December 19, 1915, she struggled from day one, the daughter of street performers. The mother, a singer, eventually abandoned both Edith and her...

Her son, Marcelle, died from Meningitis at age two.

75. Bobby Pickett

Soundtrack | Love, Simon

Bobby Pickett was born on February 11, 1938 in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA as Robert George Pickett. He died on April 25, 2007 in West Los Angeles, California, USA.

Lost his three year old son.

76. Silvia Pinal

Actress | Viridiana

Now a living legend and still very active, Silvia Pinal began her career in theater and became a leading lady in her first movie roles, in the late 1940s. Always a smart urban girl, she belongs to the second and most versatile generation of Mexican movie stars of the Golden Era, together with Pedro...

Her teenage daughter, Viridiana, died in a road accident.

77. Joan Plowright

Actress | Dennis the Menace

Dame Joan Ann Plowright, the Baroness Olivier, is one of the most distinguished actors of her generation. She may be best remembered as the third wife and widow of Laurence Olivier, generally considered the greatest anglophone actor of the 20th Century, but she had a distinguished career of her own...

Suffered a miscarriage in 1964. Laurence Olivier was the father.

78. Prince

Soundtrack | Under the Cherry Moon

Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth, ...

Lost his week-old son to Pfeiffer Syndrome, a genetic, rare, and complex disorder which causes parts of the skull to grow prematurely

79. Prinsesse Thyra

Self | Kong Frederik VIII gæster Jylland

Prinsesse Thyra was born on September 29, 1853 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Thyra Amalie Caroline Charlotte Anna von Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksborg. She was married to Ernst August Duke of Cumberland. She died on February 26, 1933 in Gmunden, Germany.

Became pregnant out of wedlock and was forced to give her baby daughter away.

80. Mae Questel

Actress | National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Her Orthodox Jewish family were totally averse to her having an entertainment career. Her parents and grandparents forced her to leave the Theatre Guild school (New York) while still a teenager and had their wills drawn up accordingly so as to discourage this career choice.

Studied drama at Columbia...

Lost her 36 year old son, Robert.

81. Sally Jessy Raphael

Self | The Addams Family

Sally Jessy Raphael was born on February 25, 1935 in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA as Sally Lowenthal. She is an actress and producer, known for The Addams Family (1991), The Guru (2002) and The Equalizer (1985). She has been married to Karl Soderland since 1962. They have one child. She was previously...

Her daughter, Allison, died from the combined effects of multiple prescription drugs at age 33.

82. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Atonement

On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...

Lost her daughter, Natasha Richardson, who suffered a stroke after a fall and head injury while taking ski instruction.

83. Della Reese

Actress | Touched by an Angel

Della began singing in her hometown of Detroit when she was 6 years old. As a teenager, she toured with gospel great Mahalia Jackson and, at the age of 18, she formed the Meditation Singers and became the first performer to take gospel music to the casinos of Las Vegas. She was a vocalist with the ...

Her daughter, Delloreese, died in 2002.

84. Keanu Reeves

Actor | The Matrix

Keanu Charles Reeves, whose first name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, was born September 2, 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the son of Patricia Taylor, a showgirl and costume designer, and Samuel Nowlin Reeves, a geologist. Keanu's father was born in Hawaii, of British, ...

His daughter was stillborn.

85. Liz Renay

Actress | Desperate Living

Liz Renay's extraordinary life could almost be a movie script. Raised by fanatically religious parents, she ran away from home to win a Marilyn Monroe lookalike contest, and become a showgirl during World War II. She eventually became a "moll" to Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen, and when he was ...

Her daughter, Brenda, killed herself on her 39th birthday.

86. Pernell Roberts

Actor | Bonanza

Best recalled as the eldest son and first member of the "Bonanza" Cartwright clan to permanently leave the Ponderosa in the hopes of greener acting pastures, dark, deep-voiced and durably handsome Pernell Roberts' native roots lay in Georgia. Born Pernell Elvin Roberts, Jr. on May 18, 1928, in ...

His only child Jonathan died at age 38.

87. Crissy Rock

Actress | Ladybird Ladybird

Crissy Rock was born on September 23, 1958 in Liverpool, England as Christine Murray. She is an actress and writer, known for Ladybird Ladybird (1994), Cotton Wool (2017) and Benidorm (2007).

Suffered four miscarriages in the span of five years.

88. Katey Sagal

Actress | Futurama

An extremely gifted, versatile performer adept at both comedy and drama, actress/singer Katey Sagal became a household name in the late 1980s as the fabulously brazen, undomesticated Peg Bundy on the enduring Fox series Married... with Children (1987). During its lengthy run she received three ...

Her first child, a daughter, was stillborn.

89. Romy Schneider

Actress | L'important c'est d'aimer

Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation ...

Her fourteen year old son was impaled on a fence he was trying to climb at her husband's parents' home. She turned to alcohol and died less than a year later.

90. Simone Signoret

Actress | Les diaboliques

The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord (1982), would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship ...

Her fiest child died when he was just 9 days old.

91. Sylvester Stallone

Actor | Rocky

This athletically built, dark-haired American actor/screenwriter/director may never be mentioned by old-school film critics in the same breath as, say, Richard Burton or Alec Guinness; however, movie fans worldwide have been flocking to see Stallone's films for over 30 years, making "Sly" one of ...

His 36 year old son, Sage, died of a heart attack in 2012.

92. Jan Sterling

Actress | Ace in the Hole

One of Hollywood's more talented and watchable stars on screen was sullen, strikingly stick-thin 50s actress Jan Sterling who didn't quite reach the top echelon of stardom but certainly ensured audiences of a real good time with her sexy pout and flashy style in soaps, film noir and saucy comedy.


Her adult son and only child, Adams, predeceased her by three months.

93. Lurene Tuttle

Actress | Psycho

Quite a familiar lady and notorious busybody on 1950s and '60s TV and film, petite, red-headed character actress Lurene Tuttle was born in Pleasant Lake, Indiana and raised on a ranch close to the Arizona border. Her father, O.V. Tuttle, started out as a performer in minstrels but found a job as a ...

Her daughter, Barbara Ruick, died from cerebral hemorrhage.

94. John Travolta

Actor | Pulp Fiction

John Joseph Travolta was born in Englewood, New Jersey, one of six children of Helen Travolta (née Helen Cecilia Burke) and Salvatore/Samuel J. Travolta. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His father owned a tire repair shop called Travolta Tires in Hillsdale, ...

He and Kelly Preston's son Jett died from a seizure.

95. Lana Turner

Actress | Imitation of Life

Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the "Sweater Girl" image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional ...

Suffered three stillbirths, apparently as a result of being Rh positive.

96. Mike Tyson

Actor | The Hangover

Mike Tyson is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2005. He reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title, at 20 years, four months, and 22 days old. Tyson won his first 19 professional fights by...

Lost his four year old daughter, Exodus, after she was accidentally strangled while playing on an exercise machine.

97. Anna Nicole Smith

Actress | Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

Anna Nicole Smith was born on November 28, 1967 in Houston, Texas, USA as Vickie Lynn Hogan. She is known for her work on Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Be Cool (2005) and Illegal Aliens (2007). She was married to J. Howard Marshall II and Billy Smith. She died on February 8, 2007 in ...

Her son, Daniel died three days after her second child was born.

98. Granger Smith

Self | The Bachelorette

Granger Smith has been married to Amber Emily Bartlett since February 11, 2010. They have three children.

His son, River, drowned at age 3 in June 2019

99. James Van Der Beek

Actor | Dawson's Creek

James David Van Der Beek was born on March 8, 1977 in Cheshire, Connecticut, as the oldest of three children of Melinda (Weber), a gymnastics studio owner and Broadway dancer, and Jim Van Der Beek, a cell phone company executive. He has a brother named Jared who was born in 1979, and a sister named...

His wife miscarried three times, most recently in late 2019.

"My wife Kimberly and I went through every expectant parent's worst nightmare. We lost the baby. The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond. You never know why these things happen. It's what I've been telling my kids. All you know is that it brings you closer together. It breaks you open. It opens up your heart. Deepens your appreciation. Makes you more human.”

100. Patricia Walthall

Actress | Empty Holsters

Patricia Walthall was born on March 16, 1918 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mary Patricia Wallace Walthall. She is an actress, known for Empty Holsters (1937).

Lost her 4 month old grandson.

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