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Uncle Jacko & Auntie Dolly? Meet 16 Celebrity Godparents

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Dec. 9 2014, Updated 1:53 p.m. ET

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With Michael Jackson as your godfather or Dolly Parton as your godmother, it would certainly make for some interesting birthday parties! Celeb godmothers and godfathers were an everyday reality for these Hollywood tots.

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With Michael Jackson as your godfather or Dolly Parton as your godmother, it would certainly make for some interesting birthday parties! Celeb godmothers and godfathers were an everyday reality for these Hollywood tots.

nicole richie

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It’s safe to say that Nicole Richie was probably spoiled rotten when she was growing up in the 1980s. With godparents like Michael Jackson and “Thriller” producer Quincy Jones it would have been hard not to be!

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Not only was Drew Barrymore born into the talented Barrymore acting dynasty, but also, the former child star was blessed with a couple of high wattage godparents: Her E.T. director Steven Spielberg is her godfather, while her godmother is Hollywood screen legend, Sophia Loren.

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Former boyfriend Luke Wilson isn’t the only thing that Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore have in common. They both share the same godfather – Steven Spielberg.

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The Beckham children are certainly making a name for themselves in the showbiz industry, with Brooklyn, 15, interning with director Guy Ritchie and Romeo, 11, modeling for Burberry. Their godmother, actress Elizabeth Hurley, must be so proud!

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With a father (Kurt Cobain) who killed himself when she was still a tot and a mother (Courtney Love) who she frequently butted heads with, Frances Bean Cobain could easily have turned into a classic Hollywood wild child. The fact that she hasn’t must make her godmother Drew Barrymore – herself a former rebellious teen – very happy.

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It was backstage at an Elton John concert in New York in 1974 that the battling Lennons – John and Yoko Ono – saw each other and decided to reunite after a brief separation. A year later, when their son Sean was born in October 1975, they asked their friend Elton to be his godfather.

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jake gyllenhaal

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The only thing cooler than saying Jamie Lee Curtis is your godmother is saying that your godfather, Paul Newman, gave you your first driving lesson. Jake Gyllenhaal can make both those claims!

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whitney houston

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She wowed the world with her remarkable voice in her hey-day in the 1980s and ‘90s. So it’s only fitting that Whitney Houston’s godmother is the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin.

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Musically, they’re miles apart. But believe it or not, the late Sonny Bono was Anthony Kiedis’ godfather!

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bryce dallas howard

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If Richie Cunningham is your father, it makes sense that Fonzie is going to be your godfather. That explains why Bryce Dallas – the daughter of "Happy Days" actor-turned-director Ron Howard – is Henry Winkler’s godchild. Ayyy!

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She’s forever being snapped in the audience of her mom Victoria Beckham’s fashion shows, so Harper Beckham is sort of a celebrity in her own right. The three-year-old mini-fashionista has an equally fabulous godmother, Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria.

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In a June 2014 interview with the U.K.’s The Sunday Times, Dolly Parton defended her famous goddaughter Miley Cyrus saying, “Back in the day, doing my own things my own way, and dressing sexy and showing my cleavage…I got a lot of criticism.” I’m sure twerking superstar Cyrus finds that very comforting.

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cara delevingne

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One is known for her thick eyebrows and kissing famous women and the other rocked big shoulder pads in the ‘80s and heated up TV screens by smooching with her male co-stars. Maybe Brit model Cara Delevingne is the 21st century version of her godmother Joan Collins.

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vivienne knox pitt

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With one movie – Maleficent – under her belt, six-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt is following in her parents’ well-trodden acting footsteps. But if she and her twin brother Knox want to move into the rock world, they just need to ask their godfather Bono for advice.

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She may have been wheelchair-bound and wracked with ill health, but a few months after her friend Michael Jackson died in 2009, Elizabeth Taylor was seen taking his oldest kids Paris and Prince – her godchildren – to have fun at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights.

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