The Greatest Moms in Pop Culture History

As May 11, 2014 comes to a close, Mother’s Day leaves one reflective of some of the mothers who have managed to usurp their own in terms of greatness/amount of psychological damage rendered. What follows is a list of the most powerful and notorious mother/child relationships in the annals of pop culture.

Lola and Madonna
Lola and Madonna

Madonna Ciccone and Lourdes Leon: Madonna reinvented herself yet again in 1996 by having her trainer’s, Carlos Leon, baby. Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon would quickly rise to stardom in her own rite by attending La Guardia High School (the Fame school, if you will) and starting a clothing line called Material Girl with Madonna.

Apple and Gwyneth take in a Coldplay show
Apple and Gwyneth take in a Coldplay show

Gwyneth Paltrow and Apple Martin: Before Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous “conscious uncoupling,” Apple Martin, their firstborn, was being groomed for groupie greatness. Penny Lane from Almost Famous has nothing on her.

Gwen had Kingston looking chic in a beret at an early age
Gwen had Kingston looking chic in a beret at an early age

Gwen Stefani and Kingston Rossdale: Regardless of Gavin Rossdale’s Nannygate issue, Gwen and Kingston have always been in the heart of the spotlight. Together, their fashion sensibilities can cure even the drabbest of occasions.

Judy in a rare moment of semi-sobriety
Judy in a rare moment of semi-sobriety

Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli: Even though Judy was often too busy with her ultimate lover, barbiturates, she still found the occasional moment to nurture daughter Liza. And apparently passed on her penchant for attracting gay men as well.

Model genes
Model genes

Jerry Hall and Georgia May Jagger: As the daughter of famed model Jerry Hall, Bianca May Jagger has had a lot to live up to by following in her mother’s footsteps. She must have the emboldened confidence of her father.

The glow of a Hawn
The glow of a Hawn

Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson: Another daughter that chose to emulate her mother’s profession, Kate Hudson has taken quite a bit of acting inspiration from Goldie’s signature brand of effervescence.

Mother-son bonding
Mother-son bonding

Victoria Beckham and Brooklyn Beckham: What other mother would be so good as to let her teenage son pose for the cover of a magazine (Man About Town) to further fuel his already inflated ego?

Fellow vampires
Fellow vampires

Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley: Both victims of too much time spent with Elvis, no mother-child sibling pairing is as closely bonded by traumatic circumstance as these two.