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10 famous people who were adopted

Did you know Nelson Mandela was adopted by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo?

1. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’s biological father was Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian Muslim. Jandali’s girlfriend at the time was Joanne Schieble, but her parents objected to their mixed relationship, resulting in Steve Jobs’ adoption at birth by Paul and Clara Jobs.


2. Faith Hill 

This five-time Grammy Award-winner was adopted as an infant in Mississippi.


3. Michael Bay

This Transformers director was adopted as a child and spent his earlier years searching for his biological mother. Though Bay is unsure who his real father is, he jokingly claims that Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer share his “creative DNA.”

4. Nelson Mandela

After his father’s death, Nelson Mandela was adopted at the age of nine by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu people.


5. Kristin Chenoweth

The actress was adopted in 1968 at only five days old.

6. John Lennon

His father went AWOL while on a naval ship, and his mother was unable to care for him, so he was adopted by his aunt.


7. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was abandoned by her widowed mother, and she spent much of her childhood in foster homes.

8. Malcolm X
His father was killed in 1931 when Malcolm was a small boy. Following his father’s death, his mother had a nervous breakdown and was committed to a mental hospital. Malcolm and his siblings were put into an orphanage and later fostered by various families.


9. Frances McDormand

This Fargo star was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was later raised in Pittsburgh after being adopted by a Canadian minister and nurse.

10. Ray Liotta

This Goodfellas star was adopted at the age of six months. Over 40 years later, Ray hired a private investigator to find his birth mother.

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