Celebrity Later in Life Moms

There are many celebrity moms who have had children later in life, whether for the first time or again, when they were age 35 or older.  Among them are:

Brooke Shields, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Celine Dion,Madonna, Uma Thurman, Kelly Preston, Tina Fey, Jane Seymour, Iman, Salma Hayek, Garcelle Beauvais, Brooke Shields, Nicole Kidman, Marcia Cross,Jennifer Connelly, Marcia Gay Harden, Annette Benning, Jane Krakowski, Lisa Loeb, Julianne Moore, Mariah Carey, Maya Rudolph, Mira Sorvino, Rosie O’Donnell, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez, Edie Falco, Diane Keaton, Connie Britton, Madeleine Stowe, Naomi Watts, Debra Messing, Helene Bonham Carter, Angela Bassett, Meg Ryan, Helen Hunt, Sheryl Crow, Rachel Dratch, Beverly D’Angelo, Cheryl Tiegs, Sara Jessica Parker, Kim Fields, Mary-Louise Parker, Mimi Rogers, Kristin Davis, Viola Davis, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Beals, Cynthia Nixon, Jewel, Kate Jackson, Susan Ruttan, Judy Gold, Nancy Grace, Lisa Hartman-Black, Mariska Hargitay, Carla Bruni, Michele Pfeiffer, Jerry Hall, Alyssa Milano, Nia Long, Susan Sarandon, Holly Hunter, Geena Davis, Jane Kaczmarek, Penelope Cruz, Christina Applegate, Fergie Duhamel, Michelle Monahan, Elizabeth Berkley, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, Poppy Montgomery, Alanis Morissette and Molly Ringwald.

We salute all celebrity moms who had children later in life, as we do any woman who has made the choice to parent later in life, and the following are those celebrities we have profiled who were kind enough to share their road to later motherhood with us. Whether through natural childbirth, surrogacy, adoption, or assisted fertility efforts, each had their own unique path to parenting, and our hope is that through their experiences, later moms or aspiring later moms will feel empowered.  We invite you to share via social media. so others may gain from their stories.

Shawn Colvin

AGE: 56


RESIDENCE: Austin, Texas

CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Callie, 13

PROFESSION: Award-winning singer (Multiple Grammy Awards for Sunny Came Home), songwriter, musician, recording artist, performer, and author. Latest projects: ALL FALL DOWN (CD) and DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH (Memoir published by William Morrow). Visit http://www.ShawnColvin.com.

Q. Was it planned to publish the book and new CD at the same time? How does that feel?

A. Yes. It’s like I had twins!

Q. That’s a good lead in to my next question…..What does Callie think of your work? How do you balance spending time with her and your active career?

A. She thinks my work is cool if it gets her something. I think she’s proud of me. Although it’s a double-edged sword if her casual friends find out who I am and recognize me because of Sunny Came Home or something.… Continue reading..

Julia Sweeney


AGE: 53

RESIDENCE: Outside Chicago


CHILD’S NAME/AGE: Mulan, Age 13

I am an actress, writer and stage performer and sometimes director. I am planning to write another book and direct a movie in the future. Here are two urls I’d like to share: Momsrising: Momsrising. This is a great activist website for moms who want children and child care to be a bigger part of the national conversation. The other url is because of my interest in film. It’s a wonderful website with a lot of smart film writing: parallax-view

Julia Sweeney began her career with The Groundlings in LA, and was a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1990-1994, where she created the infamous androgynous character “Pat.” She has also written and performed in several successful, critically acclaimed one-woman shows: God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God. She has written for, acted in and done voiceover work for countless television shows and films, including the forthcoming Monsters Inc. prequel for Pixar. Her latest book is If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother.

What does your child think of your work?She hasn’t read my whole book, Continue reading..

Susie Essman

Susie Essman

Profession: I’m an actress and stand up comedian. I currently have a new book out: ”What Would Susie Say. Bullshit Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy” published by Simon & Schuster and can be seen on HBO on “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Web Site(s): SusieEssman.com

Age: 54
Marital Status: Married
Residence: New York City and Upstate New York
Children: 4 children, ages 16, 18, 20, and 21

Q: Did you envision you would likely, or hopefully, become a mom one day? What led to your becoming a step mom later in life? How does the experience compare to what you might have anticipated?

A: I never wanted kids. I didn’t not want them, but I didn’t actively want them. Certainly not enough to become a single mother as a few friends had done. I hadn’t met anyone who I wanted to marry and begin a family with and wasn’t willing to pick some guy to marry just so he could be a donor. At the age of 48 I met my now husband and thought we’d have a fling. I guess I was wrong about that. What started as lust turned into love and I found myself a step mother of … Continue reading..

Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur

Age: 36
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Judah Miller
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Children’s Names/Ages:
Zev Isaac Miller, 15 months

Marissa Jaret Winokur is best known for creating the role of “Tracy Turnblad” in the hit Broadway musical Hairspray, a performance for which she won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress. She also danced her way into the hearts of America on the hit ABC series, “Dancing With the Stars,” her stellar performance placed her 4th in the competition. Winokur was recently host of Oxygen Network’s dance and weight loss competition entitled “Dance Your Ass Off.” The show, which premiered in June, has brought record-breaking viewership numbers to the cable network. Marissa is currently spearheading the Take A Stand campaign for Luvs diapers, urging moms across the country to stop paying high prices for everyday items such as diapers.

Q: Why did you decide to become a mom later in life? What factors precipitated this decision (or dictated it)?

A: I was diagnosed with cancer at age 27 and got married at age 33 so with these circumstances in place, it just ended up being the right time for me! … Continue reading..

Ruta Rudner

Rita RudnerAge 54, world renown comic and author
Husband: Martin Bergman
Daughter: 5 year old Molly
URL: www.ritafunny.com

Author of “I Still Have It…I Just Can’t Remember Where I Put It” published by Harmony Books

Q: As you note, the fiftysomething years are fraught with speed bumps—annoying multi-function electronics, suffocating Lycra undergarments, the extensive time it now takes to prepare to leave one’s home… What was the biggest challenge you faced turning fifty?

Rita: The biggest challenge I faced turning fifty was saying it out loud. In fact, I couldn’t actually say it out loud until I was fifty-two. Being in your fifties increases your challenge of staying relevant in today’s society. I decided I could make my book relevant by pointing out my irrelevance.

 Q: In your mind, what’s one great “advantage of vintage”?

Rita: I don’t get upset about things that are unimportant to the degree I did when I was younger. I think priorities become much more apparent in your fifties. I used to get bothered about a scratch on a new pair of shoes. My point of view has shifted. The last time I became really troubled was when I lost my daughter for two minutes in … Continue reading..

Carol Leifer

Carol Leifer

Profession: Carol Leifer is the author of “When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win,” a collection of humorous essays.
Age: 52
Marital Status: Committed Relationship for 12 Years
Partner’s Name: Lori Wolfe
Residence: Santa Monica, CA
Children’s Names/Ages:
Bruno, age 3

Q: Why did you decide to become a mom later in life? What factors precipitated this decision (or dictated it)?

A: I thought that I would never have children but motherhood really became a calling to my partner, Lori, after being together for ten years. I saw how very important it was to her, so we became parents at ages much older than women normally do. Lori was 43 and I was 50! And it’s pretty strange getting Parents Magazine in the mail along with AARP magazine! But I wouldn’t trade it for the world and love having a child. I’m glad Lori was the driving force for us to become Moms. I feel as active and engaged as mothers young enough to be my daughter. Age is a state of mind, in parenting as well.

Q: What do you love about your career? What is most challenging about your work? How long are you doing it? Continue reading..

Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne BarbeauPROFESSION: Actor, singer, performer, best selling author
AGE: 63
SPOUSE’S NAME: Billy van Zandt
RESIDENCE(S): California and New Jersey
Cody Carpenter, 24
William and Walker van Zandt, 11
Cody born: 1984 when I was 38 years old
William and Walker (identical twins) born in 1997 when I was 51 years old.

Q: Why did you decide to become a mom later in life?
A: I was 46 when I married my husband.  It was a second marriage for me but his first.  He is 12 years younger than I am and had never had children.  I had my first son, Cody, when I was 38.  I loved being pregnant, I loved giving birth, and I loved having a son.  We both wanted children so we started trying as soon as we were married.

Q: What motivated you to become a mom again at age 51? And, how did it feel to you vs. being 39 when you first became a mom?  Did you have different concerns or challenges?
A: I think the challenges stemmed from having twins much more so than being older.  Both my pregnancies were great; I felt great; I … Continue reading..

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