Hollywoods most shameless parents
Just hours after Lindsay Lohans most recent arrest debacle, her father was putting the word out that he wanted to help. He said all the right things: Im partly responsible for this and Our daughter clearly needs us right now. Unfortunately, he said them in all the wrong places.
Does a responsible dad call up TMZ and take calls from E! Online right after his daughter is arrested for driving drunk? No. On the other hand, Michael has been ordered by the courts to keep away from his daughter, so communicating via the gossip blogs may be his best shot at getting a message to her. Here, he talks on “Larry King Live” on the night of the arrest. (Associated Press)
Childhood friends Beyoncé Knowles, left, and LaTavia Roberson were the original core of what would eventually become Destinys Child, the top-selling R&B group that matured under the tutelage of Beyoncés dad, Mathew. Yet when Roberson and LeToya Luckett — another DC original — complained of favoritism and attempted to find some management other than their friends dad, they were simply replaced.
And their parting papers? Roberson and Lucketts pink slip arrived in the form of the music video for Say My Name, which introduced the world to new Destiny’s Child members Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Oh, and Franklin? She was fired five months after joining the group.
Perhaps theres a reason the group was never called Destinys Children. (Gary Friedman / LAT)
Jennifer Aniston, pictured, stopped speaking to her mother when Nancy granted an interview about her daughter to a tabloid television show. Nancy wasnt even invited to Jens wedding to Brad Pitt. But the estrangement didnt stop Nancy from capitalizing on her daughters fame. In 1999, she published From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir that was about how to cope with estrangement from an adult child. (Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT)
When Anna Nicole Smiths behavior reached a fever pitch last year, her mother went on CNN to denounce Smith for living a drug-fueled life. When Smith died a few months later, Arthur popped up in the media again to request that her daughter be buried in Texas. Then, when, there were questions about what to do with Smiths baby daughter, Arthur decided she would be the best person to take care of the kid and pursued custody. (Getty Images)
Its expected that a father be proud of his daughters marriage. But not so proud that he puts the newlyweds in front of MTV cameramen, even if she’s pop star Jessica Simpson and shes wedded to wannabe pop star Nick Lachey. And while its certainly fair for him to be pleased with the way his daughter looks, it seemed a bit off when he talked about her double-D breast size to a magazine reporter.
Here, Joe is seen with his wife, Tina. (Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images)
Courtney Love became one of the most polarizing and controversial rock icons of the 90s. Apparently she was a little monster growing up, too.
We know that because we learned it from, guess who? You can read the full story in her moms book, Her Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir of the Mother I Never Knew and of My Daughter, Courtney Love, which was released to positive reviews last year. Carroll presented the book for pre-approval to everyone who was mentioned, except for Love; Carroll told The Times last year that her daughter had “not been accessible to have that kind of conversation for a long time.” (Gary Friedman / LAT)
A former boxer and briefly a musician, Joseph Jackson struck gold when he discovered his children could sing, and the Jackson 5 were born.
What a nice marketing gimmick — and Saturday morning cartoon — a family band makes, as unrelated backing musicians were often identified as members of the extended Jackson family, and Michaels age in the beginning seemed to vary depending on who was asked. But as the years went by, Joe saw each one of his sons and daughters going elsewhere for management, and faced continued accusations from his children of overbearing parenting that bordered on abusiveness. (Getty Images)
Back in the early ‘90s Macaulay Culkin, pictured, was Hollywoods biggest child star, but it was his dad, Kit Culkin, who was known as the towns biggest diva. A former stage actor who never hit the big time, Kit guided Macaulays career with an iron hand.
His power trip included director approval, getting his other children cast in Macaulays films, having scenes re-edited and, in one case, demanding that a voice-over be removed from a film. Then in the mid-'90s, he lost a custody battle with Macaulays mom, and the former stage dad from hell lost his infallible bargaining chip. Hollywood applauded. (United Artists)
Michael Lohan’s efforts to “help” his troubled daughter by talking to every media outlet that will have him smacks just a tiny bit of exploitation, but Lindsay’s dad (just a few months out of jail) is not the only parent riding a celebrity child’s coattails.
Dig around and it almost seems that a prerequisite to landing on the A-list is to no longer be on speaking terms with one or both of your showparents. Dig around a little more and you’ll find that’s for good reason.
Here’s a list of some of the parental offenders.
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