August 13, 2012

Famous Adoptees

If you ever have felt that you are the only person in the world that has ever been adopted, take a look at this list. It's truly incredible how many famous, brilliant, talented, and successful people happen to also be adoptees.
Maybe one day YOU will make it on this list! 

Famous Adoptees:

Alexander the Great - King of Macedonia, 356-323 B.C.

Andy Berlin - entrepreneur: chairman of Belin Cameron & Partners

Dave Thomas
Anthony Williams - politician
Aristotle - philosopher
Art Linkletter - comedian
Bo Diddley - musician, performer
Brent Jasmer - actor
Buffy Sainte-Marie - musician, actress
Carl Theodor Dreyer - Danish film director
Charles Dickens - writer
Charlotte Anne Lopez - Miss Teen USA
Christina Crawford - author
Clarissa Pinkola Estes - author
Crazy Horse - Lakota war chief
Dan O'Brien - decathlete
Daunte Culpepper - football player
Dave Thomas - entrepreneur: founder of Wendy's
Debbi Harry - singer
Edgar Allen Poe - poet, writer
Edward Albee - playwrigh
Eric Dickerson - athlete
Faith Daniels - news anchor
Faith Hill - country singer
Freddie Bartholomew - actor
Gary Coleman - actor
George Washington Carver - inventor
Greg Louganis - diver
Halle Berry - actress
Ingrid Bergman - actress
James McArthur - actor
James Michener - author
Jean Jacques Rousseau - philosopher
Jenna Ushkowitz
Jesse Jackson - minister
Jesus - adopted by Joseph the carpenter (Bible)
Jett Williams - country singer and author
John Lennon
Jim Palmer - athlete
John J. Audubon - naturalist
John Lennon - musician
Kristin Chenoweth-Actress  
Langston Hughes - poet and writer
Larry Ellison - entrepreneur: chief executive of Oracle
Leo Tolstoy - writer
Les Brown - motivational speaker
Lynnette Cole - Miss USA 2000
Malcolm X - civil rights leader
Marilyn Monroe - actress
Mark Acre - athlete
Mark Twain - writer
Matthew Laborteaux - actor
Melissa Gilbert - actress
Michael Reagan - dancer
Moses - adopted by the princess of Egypt (Bible)
Moses - Biblical leader
Nancy Reagan - First Lady
Nat King Cole - singer
Nelson Mandela - politician
Patrick Laborteaux - actor
Peter and Kitty Carruthers - figure skaters
President Gerald Ford - politician
President Gerald R. Ford - adopted by step-father
President William Clinton - politician
Priscilla Presley - actress
Ray Liotta - actor
Reno - performance artist, comedian
Rep. Jim Lightfoot - politician
Richard Burton - actor
Sarah McLachlan - singer
Scott Hamilton - figure skater
Steve Jobs

Sen. Paull H. Shin - politician
Sen. Robert Byrd - politician
Shari Belafonte-Harper - actress
Steve Jobs - entrepreneur: co-founder of Apple computer
Surya Bonaly - figure skater
Tim Green - football player/commentator
Tom Monaghan - entrepreneur
Tommy Davidson - comedian
Victoria Rowell - actress
Wilson Riles - educator



  1. You missed Kristin Chenoweth, who proudly & openly talks about her adoption. Eleanor Roosevelt? I believe that's incorrect - both her parents died by the time she was 10, but she was raised after that by her grandmother.

  2. Louisa May Alcott was NOT adopted herself, but adopted two of her sister's children after the sister died.

    Sara Gilbert - not adopted, although her big sister Melissa was.

    I believe a list like this is a great thing for kids who are looking for just this type of info - but a little fact checking here might be in order.

  3. I am incredibly sorry for putting incorrect information up. This is not my list, I got it from from a website and I had provided the link to that page at the bottom of the post. I edited the list and I took out the names that were incorrect and added Kristin Chenoweth. Again, I am terribly sorry about posting wrong information.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this,


  4. Jessie,

    Fantastic list-thanks for posting it! Great for people to offer suggestions/revisions but PLEASE don't be sorry for sharing this, it is terrific.

    Many thanks.

  5. I love the list, Jessie! Great idea and thanks so much for sharing it with us!