Last week I saw Rachel Getting Married, which is a lovely movie full of terrific, naturalistic performances. The script is quite strong, and is written by Jenny Lumet (she needs a Wikipedia article), the daughter of the great director Sidney Lumet.
I was reminded of what I think is an under-recognized phenomenon in Hollywood: many of the most popular actors, directors and other creatives are the offspring of Hollywood personalities. Here are a few examples:
- Angelina Jolie is the daughter of Jon Voight.
- George Clooney is the nephew of Rosemary Clooney.
- Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of Ron Howard.
It turns out that Anne Hathaway, the star of Rachel Getting Married, is the daughter of an actress.
I don’t raise this topic because I think it’s unfair. It happens in every industry–a little nepotism is unavoidable. I do think that it makes the American dream of “farm girl just in off the turnip truck becomes a star” all the more unlikely. As it is everywhere, in Hollywood, it’s who you know.