Singer Jane Carrey may have helped to prove that talent is a biologically inherited trait. The 24-year-old daughter of Jim Carrey, one of America's most beloved actors of his generation, showed she's got some talent of her own. On Sunday's episode of "American Idol," the "Bruce Almighty" star's progeny proved herself worthy of advancing from her audition in San Diego to the next phase of the singing competition show in Hollywood.
Jennifer Lopez couldn't resist the chance to steal a little bit of focus, asking Jane if she remembered J-Lo as a Fly Girl from "In Living Color," the sketch comedy show on Fox that put Jane's father Jim on the map. When asked if her famous father's last name has helped opened doors for her, the young Carrey said, "The last name definitely helps and hurts. I run the risk of people saying 'you only got there because of your name.'"
If Jane does find success in show business, she certainly would not be the first or last star to trade on her last name to make a name for themselves in their own right. Hollywood has a long standing tradition of creating dynasties of talent. Here now are a few stars with famous parents.
The Arquette Kids - If the concept of "royalty" existed in America, then the Arquette family would most certainly qualify. David, Patricia, Roseanna and Alexis have all made names for themselves in Hollywood, and they come from a long line of show business veterans. Both of their parents were working entertainers, and their paternal grandfather was a popular pianist, composer and actor of his time.
Drew Barrymore - Speaking of Hollywood's royal families, Drew Barrymore's father and grandfather, both named John, were actors themselves. The elder John was in fact one of Hollywood's first super stars. Coming from a long line of well-respected stage actors, John was loved by many for his performance in "Hamlet." However, years of drinking took their toll on him, and he died before his time. Drew of course has worked hard to overcome her own struggles with drugs and alcohol and has gone on to become a producer and actress in her own right.
Mariska Hargitay - If you're one of the many folks who think this star of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is attractive, you won't be surprised to find out who her mother is. Mariska's stunning looks surely come in part to the fact that her mother was one of Tinseltown's first real blonde bombshells, Jayne Mansfield. There was a time when Jayne and Marilyn Monroe were America's one-two punch of sexy blondes. Sadly though, Mariska was just three-years-old when her mother was killed in a tragic car accident in which Mariska and her siblings were sleeping in the back seat.
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