These 14 Celebrities Have Incredibly Inspirational Moms

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Jared Leto's Mom
Jared Leto's Mom
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Jared Leto captured America when he won his Oscar, but the eye-catching beauty on his arm stole the show. You'll probably recall Constance Leto's memorable shout-out in Jared's acceptance speech. She struggled to raise two children as a high school dropout and a single mother. And yet, she was able to bring up a pair of very successful and artistic sons. She always pushed art and creativity and had her children play with musical instruments despite their financial struggles. And today we have 30 Seconds to Mars. How long before mom joins the band?
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Halle Berry's Mom
Halle Berry's Mom
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Give it up for the single mothers! Judith Ann Hawkins is responsible for raising one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. Hawkins separated from her abusive alcoholic husband Jerome J. Berry in order to raise Berry in a safe environment. Hawkins pushed her daughter not to rely on her looks alone, telling her, "Beauty is what you do."
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Jennifer Lopez's Mom
Jennifer Lopez's Mom
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There’s something to be said for just being a good mom. Some moms have faced adversity or have extraordinary reputations in Hollywood, but Jennifer Lopez’s mother Guadalupe Lopez has a simpler story: she was a homemaker who went on to become a kindergarten teacher, and raised her daughters to become actors, television anchors, and opera singers. Well, she did end up hitting it big in her own right when she won $2.4 million playing a slot machine...
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Justin Bieber's Mom
Justin Bieber's Mom
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Say what you will about Justin Bieber, but his mother Pattie Mallette is someone to admire. She suffered through a relationship with her alcoholic abusive father, multiple cases of sexual abuse, and had her own struggles with depression and addiction. She had Bieber at a young age and raised him as a single mother. She made sure to return to high school to get her diploma, followed by a college education. She also found religion. Bieber may be struggling through growing pains from his meteoric rise but his mother did take huge steps toward providing him with the best childhood possible.
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Beyonce's Mom
Beyonce's Mom
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Tina Knowles, born Celestine Ann Beyincé, is so inspiring she gave her pop star daughter the unique name that made her famous. Tina is also responsible for the memorable fashions that highlighted her daughter during the Destiny’s Child era. Sorry, Michelle! She also founded the House of Deréon, which is feeding the Beyoncé money machine. Beyoncé may be filthy rich, talented, and a "Grown Woman," but her mother is the magic behind her name, style, and her great attitude.
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Selena Gomez's Mom
Selena Gomez's Mom
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Amanda Dawn "Mandy" Cornett is a survivor. She was adopted and had Gomez when she was 16. She was a stage actress and inspired her daughter to become a child actor. Despite living paycheck to paycheck, she supported her daughter in pursuing roles on Barney & Friends. Despite getting thrown headfirst into stardom, Selena does have to thank her mom for supporting her.
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Tom Cruise's Mom
Tom Cruise's Mom
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Tom Cruise is so famous it's hard to believe he came from such poor roots. His mother Mary Lee South managed to escape her abusive husband and raise her four children, proving to be an inspiration to her son and his greatest hero.
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Tupac Shakur's Mom
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Afeni Shakur is not just the basis for one of Tupac’s most successful songs, "Dear Mama," she was also a major influence on his life. She was as a former Black Panther and represented herself when she was accused of taking part in various bombings during her time with the activist group. After Tupac’s death, Afeni sued for the rights to his unreleased music and continues to use the proceeds to fund various foundations, charities, and businesses.
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Anderson Cooper's Mom
Anderson Cooper's Mom
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It’s pretty hard not to be a dynamic personality when you share genetic material with Gloria Vanderbilt. Cooper often keeps quiet about his super famous mother. Not only is she one of the original heiresses, she is a pop culture icon. She’s a successful writer, fashion figure, and artist. She is widely believed to be the basis for Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
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Justin Timberlake's Mom
Justin Timberlake's Mom
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Lynn Harless is such an important part of her son's life. She is his best friend and she has been an integral part of his career, acting as his finance and career manager. She is a power player in his multiple businesses and was even instrumental in his famous Punk’d episode. Timberlake has shown his devotion for his mom by buying her a golf course, tricking out his childhood home, and getting her initials tattooed on his back.
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Rashida Jones' Mom
Rashida Jones' Mom
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Everyone knows Rashida's famous father, Quincy Jones. However, her mother Peggy Lipton is a Hollywood icon, too. She was the ingenue ex-con in The Mod Squad, as well as everyone’s favorite sexy waitress in the cult-hit Twin Peaks. And let’s face it, Rashida gets her beauty from her mom's side (sorry Quincy!). Jones has become one of Hollywood’s most successful and accomplished biracial actresses; Lipton's successful career in modeling and acting has to have inspired her daughter.
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Lily Rabe's Mom
Lily Rabe's Mom
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Jill Clayburgh was one of Hollywood's most amazing actresses, so it's not wonder that her daughter has taken up the family business. Clayburgh had countless television, film, and theater credits under her belt; her final role was as Kristen Wiig's mom in Bridesmaids. Sadly, she died before her daughter found major success in American Horror Story, but we look forward to Clayburgh's talent living on through Rabe.
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Javier Bardem's Mom
Javier Bardem's Mom
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Oscar winner Javier Bardem's mother is a wildly successful actress in Spain. She’s been a series regular on multiple television series. She’s also an outspoken activist for labor rights, civil rights, and a more liberal Catholic church.
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Jeremy Piven's Mom
Jeremy Piven's Mom
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Imagine getting free acting classes from your mom. Joyce Piven is a major acting teacher. Her school, the Piven Theatre Workshop, helped mold the talents of John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Aidan Quinn, and Lili Taylor. Not to mention Mr. Ari Gold himself, Jeremy. Joyce was not just a major acting teacher, she also is a well-established actor. She was a founding member of the improv troupe Compass Players, which was a forerunner to The Second City. That's enough to keep you on track with acting.

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