Celebrity Pregnancies Worth Mentioning
Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy, 1952
Just about every household in America was glued to the television set in 1952 when the I Love Lucy show’s star, Lucille Ball, included her real-life pregnancy in the storyline. The script couldn’t use the word “pregnancy” and substituted it for “expecting”. The last episode, which was the birth, hit the highest ratings ever.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1957
Elizabeth Taylor had many husbands, but only one relatively famous pregnancy. Her third husband, Mike Todd, prove false any rumors of marital difficulties by declaring with bluster to the news hounds that his wife was blissfully pregnant.
Gwyneth Paltrow, June 2004
Paltrow posed for this cover when pregnant with her first child, Apple, in 2004. She later explained her unusual baby name choice on Oprah: "It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, 'Perfect!'”
The motion picture Evita release dates happen together with Madonna’s first pregnancy. Here she is jogging and pregnant, unsuccessfully in incognito. Eva Peron was the character Madonna played in the musical, which she won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for best original song. The baby’s father, Carlos Leon, was a fitness trainer. They named the baby Lourdes and we’ve seen her grow up to be a beautiful young woman.
Angelina Jolie, 2006
Angelina and Brad Pitt’s relationship wasn’t quite clear in minds of their adoring fans. When Angelina announced she was pregnant with Brad’s baby, we all knew they were indeed a couple. Going out of the country to have the baby in hopes of avoiding media backlash, Angelina and Brad went to Namibia to give birth to a beautiful baby girl, Shiloh. Hoping to avoid the media frenzy surrounding the birth, Jolie gave birth to daughter Shiloh in Namibia, and then sold the first baby pictures for a reported $7.6 million total, to People and Hello! magazines. The couple donated all the profits to charity.
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Marie Antoinette, 1781
Marie Antoinette was a celebrity during her time (1781) in her own right. Whether as a popular Queen or insufferable royalty, she influenced fashion and style. Her first child was a girl and the second was a boy. During these two pregnancies she wore and made fashionable the muslin dress. Such a dress hung loser and more comfortable for women expecting a baby. Antoinette made history by continuing to be the questionable dress after the first child was born. Scandalous! Nevertheless, the style soon became popular and quite the rage for those times.
Grace Kelly, 1956
Grace Kelly wasted no time getting pregnant once she was married to Prince Ranier III of Monaco. Their cute baby girl, Princess Caroline, arrived nine months and four days from their marriage vows. Media hounds went after Grace’s pregnancy over the top with gossip. She was often photographed with a large Hermes purse covering her growing midsection. The purse was coined the Kelly bag.
Princess Diana, 1982
The public loved Princess Diana, and when she became pregnant for the first time, scrutiny from the media hounds was inevitable. Later in life, Diana was known for popularizing dresses, hats and such. Through both pregnancies, she kept to simple outfits, not drawing attention hopefully.
Jackie Kennedy, 1960
The first lady Kennedy gave birth to her youngest, John-John, 21 days after John F. Kennedy won the presidency in 1960. Because she had difficult pregnancies, losing three babies, Jackie stayed home during her husband’s campaign. She still campaigned for Kennedy by participating in printed and television interviews, a syndicated column and writing letters.
Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge, 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy got off to a dramatic start: In December 2012, the palace announced her pregnancy when she was hospitalized for a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum – best described as severe morning sickness. A few weeks later, one of her nurses committed suicide after falling victim to a prank call. But as Kate’s health improved, the world giddily watched. Her child, George, is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William.
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