We all know children of stars who have become stars in their own right. Think Jane Fonda. Think Liza Minnelli.
We all know children of stars who tried to make it in show business but quickly faded from view. Think Robert Walker Jr. Think Deanna Martin.
Hello Everybody. Mr. Joe Morella and Mr. Frank Segers back again. MRS. Norman Maine, who never had any offspring, is out we-don’t-know-where.
It’s only natural that a child follow in his father’s (or mother’s) footsteps. What percentage of doctors have children who also become doctors? Lawyers, too, seem to breed more lawyers. And if your Dad was in any one of the trade unions, chances are you are too.
So why shouldn’t children of actors try their hand at the trade? Many achieve success. Some, such as Beau Bridges, Jeff Bridges, Charlie Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, etc., achieve great success. Others like Frank Sinatra Jr., Jack Jones, Lorna Luft, and dozens of others attain, let’s say, moderate success.
Some stars like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz actively brought their kids into the profession. John Wayne encouraged those of his children who wanted to make films to join him in his.
What fascinates us are the thousands of offspring of successful stars who DON’T want to be in the business.
Granted, in may cases their parents dissuaded them from the profession. Some even raised their families far from Hollywood. Don Ameche was one, leaving his wife and children in the Midwest, and commuting during his many years in tinsetown.
And thousands of others had no interest in the business.
Still some — though they definitely prefer anonymity — still fascinate the public. Usually these are individuals who had parents who were BOTH stars.
The first who comes to mind is Rebecca Welles, daughter of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. Rebecca, with her half sister Yasmine (the daughter of Rita and Aly Khan), spent her childhood in the limelight with her mother, but as soon as she could she disappeared from public view, and led a quiet life, until her untimely death in 2004.
(That’s Rebecca and Yasmin pictured above with with Mom Rita.)
Rebecca also had two half sisters and a half brother on the Welles side of her family. Welles’ had daughters Christopher (with Virginia Nicholson) and Beatrice (with Italian actress and last wife, Paola Mori) and a son with actress Geraldine Fitzgerald who was married at the time (1940), so their son bears the name (and title) Sir Micheal Lindsay Hogg. He’s a British film director.
Although very little is known about Rebecca Welles Manning, she did leave an heir, Mark McKerrow, who is the grandson of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. Thus far it appears Mr. Mckerrow also prefers to stay far out of the limelight.