Celebrities and their kids: Family is still important in Hollywood

Published: Sunday, March 9 2014 11:03 p.m. MDT

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Married: 2011

Children: Ava Elizabeth, Deacon Reese, Tennessee James

Reese Witherspoon seen in: "Just Like Heaven," "Legally Blonde," "Walk the Line"

Quotes from Reese Witherspoon on marriage and family:

  • "Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman. I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter."
    Source: Elle, 2013

  • “I was hard on myself when I got divorced. And until I got remarried, I don't think I realized how stressed I was. I feel so much relief. I don't think I recognized how anxious I was about being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It's not easy on anybody. … Now I feel a great sense of relief and an incredible amount of support from my husband.

    "You know, somebody close to me once said, 'Oh, no man will ever accept your children.' And I just thought it was the most horrifying thing someone has ever said to me in my entire life. I was determined to find somebody who would make that not true. And I got lucky. I did. I got very lucky, and he's wonderful. And so wonderful with the children. I'm very blessed."
    Source: Marie Claire, 2011
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    I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
    Provo, UT

    It's easy for the masses to forget that celebrities are still human beings. They are as flawed, good, bad, and subject to weakness as any of us. Do I believe they love their families? Of course.

    Now their actions need to reflect it.

    * Stay married for longer than a few years
    * Stay married... just stay married

    When one actually commits to their family forever in Hollywood, then I'm satisfied. Families need to remain in tact, not dissolve.


    Actors in Hollywood are used to promote violence and immorality.

    Traditional families and their'prudish' values are generally disparaged.

    American Fork, UT

    Why are you worried about what's going on in hollywood all the time?

    I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
    Provo, UT


    Because they influence millions of people and if we can encourage or speculate on how they might for good... that's something of interest to me. Unlike a growing number of people, some of us want to do good in the world. You're welcome to join us if you want.

    The Scientist
    Provo, UT

    I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Wrote:

    "Unlike a growing number of people, some of us want to do good in the world. You're welcome to join us if you want."

    Way ahead of you. Try to keep up.

    Stop The Nonsense
    El Paso, TX

    It's refreshing to see some of the solid marriages/families in Hollywood. Good to know there are still some family values left in that industry. That being said, how many of these actors/actresses have had 'romantic scenes' with other people? I wonder how that affects the family dynamics...

    Rexburg, ID

    Specific to slides #3, 4, 12 and 16 is discussion about communication, love, devotion and acceptance of step-children, which is important for any family and probably harder achieved under the public scrutiny of Hollywood. The acceptance of step-children can be an issue for a single parent. The seasoned movie stars who balanced work and family life don’t compromise their values, and work to put their families first have been in the business for decades. I like the advice Robert Redford gave to Meryl Streep about “kids not being props.”

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