5 Celebrities Who Made Their Parents Famous

Sometimes being famous works out for mom and dad, too.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Fame is a funny thing. You've heard of celebrities who have been able to use their social status to make their kids famous (I'm looking at you, Will Smith), but what happens when the children bring fame to their parents? Being thrust into stardom places a spotlight on your entire family, and can even turn into a new career for the people who raised you - just look at these 5 celebrities whose parents refused to stay in the background.

1. . Drake

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Drake may have started from the bottom, but thanks to him, his dad didn't have to. Dennis Graham has been making headlines for his decision to follow in his son's footsteps and make a name for himself in the music industry. He's currently working on his own debut R&B album with the help of producer Jamie Iovine - the same man who released Drake's Views on Apple Music, TMZ reports. You can check out a sneak peek at "Kinda Crazy," a track from Dennis Graham's unreleased album, here.

2. . Lindsay Lohan

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You've probably heard of Lindsay Lohan's parents, but for all of the wrong reasons. Michael and Dina Lohan were a mainstay in tabloid headlines during the mid-2000s, due in large part to their very public hatred of each other; both of them constantly pointed to the other as the source of their daughter's substance abuse problems, all the while engaging in their own messy behavior (they both have DUI charges under their belt, and have been known to party just as hard as Lindsay). The former child star's parents went through a cycle of separation and reconciliation before finalizing their divorce in 2007.

3. . Beyonce

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If you're responsible for giving birth to the icon that is Beyonce, that's an accomplishment in and of itself, but Bey's parents, Mathew and Tina Knowles, made a name for themselves in their own right. Throughout her career, Beyonce always credited her parents with her success; the two sacrificed jobs, houses, and most of all time to manage their daughter's career full-time. It paid off, obviously, but being an entertainment industry power couple didn't last - the two split up after over 30 years of marriage amid rumors of infidelity on Mathew's part (he even fathered another child). Their divorce was finalized in 2011, and Bey even wrote a song ("Ring Off") to help her mother get through it all.

4. . Kim Kardashian

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They don't call her the ultimate momager for nothing - Kris Jenner was able to take something like a (supposedly) leaked sex tape and leverage it into an entire career for not only Kim and herself, but for the entire Kardashian/Jenner family. Kris and her brood are reality TV mega stars and staples of American pop culture, and it's all thanks to Kim. That being said, without Kris Jenner, the world wouldn't know Kim Kardashian as we do today either, so this may be one of the healthiest, mutually-beneficial parent-child relationships in Hollywood.

5. . Tupac Shakur

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Tupac may be known as one of the greatest MCs of all time, but he owes much of his success to his mother, Afeni Shakur, whom he often credited for keeping him grounded and inspiring his political beliefs and desire for social change. Tupac's death shook the world, but his ideals lived on in his mother; Afeni was a longtime activist, and following her son's death, founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation in his honor to help provide art programs for kids and young adults. Before passing away in May of this year, Afeni was continuing to make a difference as an activist and advocate for change, delivering lectures and speeches all across the country.

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