What would you do if your mother were a major Hollywood star? For these ladies, the answer would be to follow in mom’s famous footsteps—or, in one case, hire her to appear in your indie comedy. Whether they got their start playing younger versions of their moms or reunited onscreen after years of acting, here are six of our favorite Hollywood mother-daughter duos:
The Film: Sylvia (2003)
Art imitated life when Danner played mom to real-life daughter Paltrow in this film about the author of The Bell Jar. Though Sylvia Plath and her own mother suffered a notoriously rocky relationship, quite the opposite is true for Paltrow and Danner, who remain as close—and as cute—as can be.
The Film: Dead Man Walking (1995) and The Banger Sisters (2002)
Amurri first worked with Sarandon at age 9, playing her as a child in the Oscar-winning flick and later as her daughter in the grown-up-groupie comedy. Since then she’s proven that she needs no help from mom in the acting department, stealing the spotlight in Saved and The Mindy Project.
The Show: HBO’s Enlightened (2011-2013)
If ever there were an accurate portrayal of the ups and downs of the mother-daughter relationship, it’d be Dern and her mother in HBO’s dramedy about new-age spirituality. Full of love, resentment, laughter, and a tad of bitterness, the show captures the friction between these two archetypal roles.
The Film: Evening (2007)
If you’ve spotted a face that looks like a carbon copy of a young Streep, chances are it belongs to Mamie Gummer, the oldest of her three daughters. In fact, Gummer’s resemblance to her mom is so striking that she portrayed a younger version of her in the film, which delves into 50 years of one woman’s romantic past.
The Film: Tiny Furniture (2010)
Dunham flipped the script on Hollywood’s mother-daughter pairs when she recruited her artist (and non-actor) mom to co-star in her breakthrough hit, which wades through the confusing months following college graduation. The pair had so much fun working together, Simmons jumped back in front of the camera for a cameo spot Dunham’s HBO series, Girls, playing a snooty art dealer.
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