Willow Smith -- following other celeb kids -- goes into family business
Posted by Sarah Anne Hughes
The musical debut of Willow Smith, the 9-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has leaked. "Whip My Hair," a bouncy, Rihannaesque tune, has been well received by musicians including Solange Knowles and Brandy. Of course, Willow is not new to showbiz. She starred alongside her dad in 2007's "I Am Legend." Willow's brother, Jaden, is also an actor, starring in the hit remake of "The Karate Kid" this year. Oh, and her father is an Oscar nominee and the former "Fresh Prince," plus her mother kicked butt in the "Matrix" sequels.
While these Smith kids are talented, they will have to deal with haters who claim their mom and dad are the reason for their success. Of course, children of celebrities receive a huge boost from their famous folks, but only the truly talented make it in the end (at least, ideally). Which other children of celebrities have gone on to successful -- or not-so-successful -- careers in the family business?
The daughter of actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, Rumer Willis has stepped up her acting career in the past few years. The 22-year-old had small roles as a child, including "Girl Running Between Jimmy and Oz" in her dad's film "The Whole Nine Yards," but she started acting regularly on television and in films the past two years. Her most notable roles include Gia Mannetti in the new "90210" and Ellie Morris in the horror flick "Sorority Row." Translation: She really hasn't done anything that great yet. I must confess, I haven't seen a single film or TV show Willis has been in. But judging from her film and television credits, she's no Bruce Willis.
Did you know that piano-playing crooner Norah Jones's father is sitar player and Beatles friend Ravi Shankar? Well, you do now. Her parents were separated in 1986, and Shankar was banned from seeing Jones in 1989. It seems that separation could not squash genetics. Jones's 2002 debut album, "Come Away With Me," and the smash single "Don't Know Why" won several Grammy awards. Although her career isn't exactly what it was after "Come Away With Me," the singer is still putting out records and starred in "My Blueberry Nights" in 2007.
You may be wondering what famous person is genetically responsible for Eva Amurri. The 25-year-old actress is the daughter of Italian director Franco Amurri and Susan Sarandon. Keeping her father's last name instead of using her mother's indicates that Amurri is dedicated to becoming an actress on her own. So how's that going? Decently. The actress has a recurring role on Showtime's "Californication" -- a student moonlighting as a stripper -- and has done a number of films including "Saved!" and "New York, I Love You." Okay, she did do one movie with her mom, "The Banger Sisters," but that film was pretty bad thus canceling the benefit.
There are a lot of other actors and musicians whom I could list here -- including Drew Barrymore and Angelina Jolie. Who are some of your favorite children of celebrities? Tell us in the comments section.
Sarah Anne Hughes
| September 8, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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