by Taylor Mead: From Reese Witherspoon’s partner in crime Ava Phillippe to Cindy Crawford’s mini-me Kaia Gerber…
it’s easy to see the resemblance between these celebrity mother-daughter pairs now—but it’s even more striking if you examine pictures of the two at the same age. From their identical looks to what point in their careers they were, we’re giving you the full rundown of just how similar these famous ladies are.
At 20 years old, Heather Locklear had just landed her breakout role as Sammy Jo Dean Carrington on Dynasty. Her daughter with Richie Sambora, Ava, is following in her mom’s footsteps. She made her acting debut in 2012 in Judd Apatow’s This Is 40.
When Robin Wright was 27 years old, she was a household name in Hollywood; one of her most iconic roles (as Jenny Curran in Forrest Gump) was just about to premiere. Robin’s daughter with Sean Penn, Dylan, is a model and actress. You might recognize her as the mystery woman from Nick Jonas’ “Chains” music video.
At 40 years old, Diana Ross was well into her singing career. Similarly, Tracee has established herself as a household name as an actress and a comedian, most recently as a lead on Black-ish.
At 22 years old, Madonna about to make it big as a singer. The Queen of Pop’s daughter with Carlos Leon, has rubbed shoulders with Hollywood’s biggest A-listers her whole life, went to the University of Michigan for four years, and is now emerging as a fashion “it girl,” recently scoring her first major campaign for Miu Miu.
Kyra Sedgwick had already been married to Kevin Bacon for several years and established herself as an actress in Hollywood by the time she was 26. As for her daughter, her recent role in 13 Reasons Why put her on the map to follow in her mother (and father’s) footsteps.
When Courtney Love was 17 years old, she was just getting her start in music and chasing fame. As for Frances Bean Cobain, Courtney’s daughter with the late Kurt Cobain, she’s been in the spotlight since birth.
At 19, Vanessa Paradis was well known as a French musician, actress, and fashion model—in fact, she got her big break at 14 with the song “Joe le taxi.” Lily-Rose, Vanessa’s daughter with Johnny Depp, also got a young start: at 15 in the movie Tusk. Now, the 20-year-old is a well-known model.
Candace Cameron Bure had been working in television for 11 years by the time she was 18. The child star’s oldest daughter, Natasha, got her first acting credit at 13 years old, but music is her main passion. She appeared on The Voice when she was 18, the same age she is in this photo.
After finding success as a model, a 23-year-old Kim Basinger started pursuing a career in acting (she eventually starred in L.A. Confidential and Batman). Her daughter, Ireland, with ex-husband Alec Baldwin is a highly sought-after model.
When Blythe Danner was 46 years old (the age Gwyneth Paltrow is now!), she had been a working actress for 21 years. By the same age, Gwyneth has been working for 30 years. But it’s fair to say Gwyneth had a leg up on her mom, given the careers of her parents (her father is the late producer and director Bruce Paltrow).
At 22 years old, Kennya Baldwin was still two years away from marrying her husband, Stephen Baldwin. Today, 22-year-old Hailey Bieber is one of the most famous faces in the world due to her modeling career and marriage to Justin Bieber last year.
At 35 years old, Kris already had four kids at home. At the same age, Kim had two—but has since had two more.
Kim Kardashian was part of a family that rubbed elbows with the rich and famous when she was 5 years old (her late father’s best friend was O.J. Simpson), but her childhood was still likely more normal than her daughter’s. By 5, North West has already graced the pages of Vogue—twice.
Debbie Reynolds had been an actress for 24 years by the time she turned 40, with leading roles in classic movies like Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Carrie had reached a star status in her own right by 40, having already starred in When Harry Met Sally, Hannah and Her Sisters, and, of course, in the Star Wars franchise as Princess Leia.
At 26, Carrie Fisher had already starred in two Star Wars movies as Princess Leia. As for Billie Lourd, Carrie’s daughter with Bryan Lourd, she’s starred in the TV series Scream Queens and appeared in multiple Star Wars installments as Lieutenant Connix.
Lisa Bonet’s role as Denise Huxtable in The Cosby Show skyrocketed her to fame, and her relationship with Lenny Kravitz got her loads of attention too. Her daughter with Lenny, Zoë, worked hard to be viewed as a serious actress in her own right, most recently starring in the hit HBO series Big Little Lies.
Melanie Griffith started modeling at just nine months old and debuted on screen as Delly Grastner in Night Moves at 19. Her daughter with Don Johnson is also an actress. Dakota became a household name for her role as Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise.
At 17 and 14 years old, Malia and Sasha Obama were living in the White House and already experiencing a very different upbringing from their mother. The one thing that was similar? Their intellect. Malia is currently a student at Harvard University, while Sasha just started school at University of Michigan.
At 27 years old, Demi Moore had already had a few notable roles in cinema, including as Debbie in About Last Night… and as Jules in St. Elmo’s Fire. Rumer, her oldest daughter with Bruce Willis, has followed in both of her parents footsteps and by age 27 had 31 acting credits to her name.
In her mid-30s, Phylicia landed the role of Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show and her life was forever changed. Her daughter with Ahmad Rashād is also an actress, but she’s better known for her theater work, primarily her portrayal of Lynn Nottage in the 0ff-Broadway play Ruined, which won a Pulitzer Prize.
Jerry Hall was already a world-renowned model by 24 and had made her transition into acting with the ’80s film Urban Cowboy. As for Georgia, Jerry’s daughter with Mick Jagger, her modeling career began at 16 and she’s recently moved on to fashion design.
By 26, Kathy was married and the mother of two girls, Paris and Nicky. Here’s a look at what Paris looked like at the same age, when she was still very much a regular fixture in the tabloids.
Yolanda Foster was an in-demand model during the ’80s and, surprise, surprise, now her daughters Gigi (left at 20) and Bella (right at 19) are some of the biggest names in the modeling game.
By the time Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson were both 37 years old, they’d led similar careers. Both were known for their charming lead roles in romantic comedies.
At 28 years old, singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton was in the prime of her career thanks to her 1975 single “Lovin’ You.” The age of 28 was similarly significant for Maya, who was cast in Saturday Night Live that year.
By 40, actress and model Peggy Lipton was already a big name thanks to her role as Julie Barnes on Mod Squad and her marriage to Quincy Jones. As for Rashida, she had already been part of several successful shows, including The Office and Parks and Rec.
Susan Sarandon had already starred in cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show by 31 and had been steadily working as an actress for years. The same goes for Eva, who had 33 acting credits to her name by the time she was 31.
Reese Witherspoon was already a working actor at 18, but had yet to star in most of the movies she’s known for today. As for Ava, turning 18 meant graduating from high school and pursuing modeling. One of her biggest breaks to date has been starring in Rodarte’s Fall 2018 collection look book.
Janet had already signed with MGM studios and was starring in pictures like Little Women and The Romance of Rosie Bridge by 23. After marrying fellow actor, Tony Curtis, Jamie Lee Curtis was born. She also pursued acting and become a household name after starring in Halloween at 20.
Cindy Crawford got her first taste of modeling during her junior year of high school in a local publication called DeKalb Nite Weekly and by the time she was 17, Elite Model Management was representing her. Kaia is also a model and by the age of 18 she’d already walked in fashion shows for Chanel, Versace, and Marc Jacobs.
At 27, ’50s bombshell Jayne Mansfield was under contract with 20th Century Fox and had appeared in films like The Wayward Bus and Too Hot to Handle. Her daughter, Mariska, was only 3 years old when her mother passed away in a car accident, but followed in her Hollywood footsteps. At 27, Mariska began starring in the hit TV show Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which is going into its record-breaking 21st season this year.
At 18 years old, Lori Loughlin had already gotten her start as an actress in Hollywood. Similarly, Olivia Jade Giannulli had established herself as a beauty influencer by 18, but the recent college admissions scandal has halted both of their careers.
Christie Brinkley was on the precipice of conquering the modeling world at 23, as she landed her first Sport’s Illustrated cover a few years later. Now it’s her daughter Sailor’s turn. In 2017, the mother-daughter duo appeared in Sport Illustrated together, along with Christie’s eldest daughter from her marriage to Billy Joel.
At 29, Andie MacDowell had just received her breakout role–playing Dale Biberman, Emilio Estevez’s girlfriend in St. Elmo’s Fire—and was on the brink of some of her biggest roles. Similarly, her two daughters, Rainey (left at 29) and Margaret (right at 24) are both pursuing acting careers. Most recently, Rainey was in Ocean’s Eight and Margaret was in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.
Linda Eastman was only 26 years old when she was introduced to Beatles Mania and married singer, Paul McCartney. Their daughter, Stella McCartney, launched a fashion collection in 1995 and at 26 earned an Elle Style Award for Best New Designer.
Priscilla Presley was only 22 years old when she married the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie also married young, saying “I do” to Danny Keough when she was just 20 (though the marriage didn’t last).
At age 19, Jada Pinkett Smith was an up-and-coming actress, paying her dues with television movies and eventually landing a role on the television show A Different World. As for Willow Smith (Jada’s daughter with Will Smith), she’s already had a successful music career, is an undeniable figure in fashion, and cohosts Red Table Talk with her mom and grandmother—and she’s only 19 years old.
Lisa Rinna rose to stardom in her 20s for her roles on soap operas, like Days of Our Lives. Instead of pursuing acting like their mother, Lisa’s daughters with Harry Hamlin, Amelia Gray (left at 18) and Delilah Belle (right at 21) are focusing on modeling and are already household names.
Diane Ladd had been an established actress since the ’50s, but at 40 she landed one of her most acclaimed parts in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. You could say the same happened to her daughter, Laura Dern, who rose to fame with roles in films like Jurassic Park and Blue Velvet in the ’80s, but won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 45.
Drew Barrymore was born into a famous family and landed her first acting job at the age of 7 on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Recently the mom of two shared a sweet throwback picture of one of her first head shots (left) and we couldn’t help but compare it to her youngest daughter, Frankie, around the same age.
At 30 years old, Meryl Streep wasn’t the Meryl Street we know today. She had just made her big screen debut two years prior. Her daughters Mamie (left at 32) and Grace (center at 29) are also actors, while Louisa (right at 24) is pursuing a modeling career.