The mother-daughter dynamic (a.k.a. the beauty of ridiculously good genes)

So I was cruising the photos of the beautiful and bizarre at Cannes again (FYI, Sharon Stone: immortal glamour goddess from the front, still above average yet mortal 49-year-old from the back), when I stumbled across this vision of perfection: Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni.

Yowza. With a little research (thank you, Google), I learned that Chiara is the daughter of Deneuve and Marcello Mastroianni and an actress in her own right. OK, fine, her credits include roles in movies like Hillbilly Chainsaw Massacre and characters described as “S&M Girl #1,” but we can’t all be Catherine Deneuve. Still, she was at Cannes with her mother promoting their parts in the animated feature Persepolis, so good for her.

As my thoughts tend to wander (look, something shiny, wait … ), I started to think about other beautiful mother-daughter acts. Particularly those pairs where the daughter followed mama’s footsteps into acting. And, wouldn’t you know, genes matter. A look at five of the most beautiful examples of Take Your Daughter To Work Day:


Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis


Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson


Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow



Ingrid Bergman and Isabella Rossellini



Jayne Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay



* Bonus: Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz

(The 19-year-old aspiring actress and daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz has two films coming out this year, No Reservations and The Brave One, and will forever battle Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt for Most Attractive Parents Ever honors.)

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