Dark Celebrity Family Secrets
Dark Family Celebrity Secrets
Dark Family Celebrity Secrets
Do you know these family stories of some of your favorite celebrity?


Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
At 37, legendary actor, Jack Nicholson, found out that the woman who he thought was his mother was actually his grandmother, and the person he thought was his sister was really his mother.

It turned out that he was the illegitimate child of his mother who had him when she was only 17 and wasn't sure who the father was. Even on their deathbeds, his mother and grandmother didn't tell him the truth.


Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson
Actor Woody Harrelson's dad, was a hitman for the mob. His father was convicted for assassinating the first federal judge in the 20th century.

There were even allegations that he was involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.


Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
Actress Charlize Theron grew up in an abusive home. Her father was an alcoholic and physically attacked her mother and threatened Charlize.

Her mother shot and killed her father. Her mother was deemed acting in self-defense and was never charged.


Leighton Meester
Leighton Meester
Actress Leighton Meester's mother gave birth to her while serving time in a federal prison for drug smuggling. She was caught smuggling marijuana from Jamaica to the United States.

Leighton says that despite her mom's criminal pass, her childhood was fairly normal.


Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire
Actor Tobey Maguire's aunt had passed away from cancer when he a child and his two orphaned cousins came to live with his family. Desperate for cash, his Tobey's father one day walked across the street from the family home and tried to rob a bank.

Because it was an unarmed first offense, he ended up serving only two years in prison.


Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie
Reality TV star is the adopted daughter to music legend, Lionel Richie. Her biological mother was a backstage assistant and singer to Lionel. Because of financial hardships, Nicole moved in with the Richie's when she was three.

Six years later they adopted her.


Shania Twain
Shania Twain
Country super star Shania Twain grew up poor and had a difficult childhood. Then her parents died when she was 21.

Though she was legally an adult, she was still extremely young and was left the job of taking care of her younger siblings.


Jason Sudeikis
Jason Sudeikis
Funnyman, Jason Sudeikis, wanted to know more about family history, so he begin looking his family tree.

He discovered to his surprise that his great-grandfather was a bigamist and had two families, one in Connecticut and a second one in Illinois.


Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
Actor Joaquin Phoenix's parents, John Lee and Arlyn Bottom, were members of the Children of God Cult. The family traveled all over South America.

In 1978, the family was able to escape and changed their name to Phoenix to symbolize a new beginning.