With Jennifer Aniston's new single-mom-by-choice comedy, The Switch, getting Bill O'Reilly all het up about how single mothers are destroying America, we decided to take a look at some famous single mothers who decided to embark on the tough and rewarding job that is parenthood by themselves.
With Jennifer Aniston's new single-mom-by-choice comedy, The Switch, getting Bill O'Reilly all het up about how single mothers are destroying America, we decided to take a look at some famous single mothers who decided to embark on the tough and rewarding job that is parenthood by themselves. If we could be assured our kids would be as cute as these celeb tots, we might just be convinced to assent to losing epic amounts of sleep and getting barfed on all the time too. Maybe.
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Mary Louise Parker
Weeds star Mary Louise was seven months pregnant with son William when her boyfriend of eight years, Billy Crudup, famously and rather callously dumped her for Claire Danes. But MLP had her revenge; when she won the Golden Globe for Supporting Actress for her role in Angels in America in January 2004, Mary Louise thanked her weeks-old son for her impressive rack. Three years later Mary Louise adopted a sister for William, Caroline, who was born in Ethiopia. And she's just about the hottest 46-year-old single mother we've ever seen. Pay attention, Jennifer Aniston: This is how it's done. 5 Unforgettable Hollywood Love Triangles
Trailblazer Diane made a movie about a single mom way back in the dark ages of 1987 (that would be Baby Boom, which is basically Kate Hudson's Raising Helen but with shoulder pads) and became one in 1996 at age 50 when she adopted daughter Dexter. She brought son Duke into the family five years later, and at 64 says she's still figuring out parenting. "Some women do it well and are totally happy to say they are a mom," she told the Asbury Park Press in May. "There are times when I don't understand how I got to be in charge and why I'm the person setting the example."
Although she played a mob matriarch for six seasons on The Sopranos, in real life Edie Falco didn't feel the need for little Tony Jr. and Meadow clones. Edie adopted son Anderson in 2004 and daughter Macy in 2008, and last year told Parade, "I'm just not one of those people who thought having biological children was that important. To me it was more about wanting to raise a child." About single parenting, she's a big advocate of it taking a village: "I have lots of friends and, like me, they're not married. So my kids have lots of godparents—men and women, gay and straight," she said. "My loft is always filled with people helping me out with them and loving them. I never could have planned it as beautifully as it has turned out—this strange, unconventional family I have going on. I don't feel like a single mother at all." 4 Ways Family And Friends Help Our Relationships
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