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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.