Famous grandparents are fun to watch, because unlike most celebs, their role as grandma or grandpa eclipses anything Hollywood might want from them. The prototypical grandma is frumpy, conservative and makes a mean chicken soup when she’s not offering candy. But these 15 incredible celebrity grandmothers break that stereotype and represent the glamorous and youthful side to being a grandmother in the 21st century and in the spotlight. There are plenty of hot grannies out there comfortable with being called grandma in public and other Hollywood divas, well, who aren’t.
In her memoir A Lotus Grows in the Mud, Goldie Hawn said: “My son Oliver decided I should be called ‘Glam-Ma,’ which I thought was quite brilliant and made us all laugh so hard.” The term stuck like glue in pop culture and UrbanDictionary.com, defines the term as: “If 60 is the new 40 then GlamMa is the new Grandma, a woman with a sense of self and style.” Here are 15 celebrities you probably didn’t know were also sweet grannies.
1. Raquel Welch
Not everyone knows that this gorgeous grandma’s real name was Jo Raquel Tejada. As Latina tells it, she’s joining the likes of Kristen Bell and Rob Lowe on the upcoming Lionsgate show, How to Be a Latin Lover.
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2. Gloria Estefan
When she’s not shaking-her-body-baby-do-that-conga, Gloria loves spending her time being grandma to baby Sasha, her son Nayib’s little boy.
3. Neneh Cherry
The singer song writer from Sweden became a young grandmother around the same age her late mother did. “It’s kind of funny actually because my mother was 40 when she became a grandmother and I was, I think, just turning 40…I just felt incredibly proud.”
4. Rita Moreno
This Puerto-Rican dame wowed us in West Side Story and The Electric Company. She recently wrote a memoir, and as Hollywood Reporter reports, she received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees from the American Film Institute for her contributions to the art of the moving image. How’s that for an accomplished grandma?
5. Marie Osmond
The singer welcomed her first grandchild when she was 34 and is now a grandmother of two. She told People: “I’m a Glam-ma again — two times grandma, two times as glamorous!”
6. Kris Jenner
Though the 60-year-old Keeping Up with The Kardashians star may not like to be called “grandma” by her granddaughters North and Penelope, according to Metro having them call her “lovey” instead is wonderful.
7. Tina Knowles
Beyoncé’s striking mother Tina Knowles may be a fulltime loving grandma to her granddaughter Blue Ivy Carter (from Beyoncé) and grandson Daniel Julez J. Smith, Jr (from Solange), but she is also a talented fashion designer.
8. Whoopi Goldberg
The eternally youthful Goldberg had her first grandchild when she was 34. Now a grandmother of three, we have no doubt that Goldberg is probably one of the funniest grannies in Hollywood. She’s one of the coolest famous grandparents out there, no doubt.
9. Tina Turner
The queen of rock and roll was raised by her grandparents and is the proud grandma to her grandson and a granddaughter. No grandma ever looked as good in skin-tight spandex.
10. Chaka Khan
There’s no doubt the acclaimed 63-year R&B singer and legal guardian of her granddaughter can sing one hell of a lullaby. I mean, Tell me Something Good or I Feel for You, would make any kid happy, no?
11. NeNe Leakes
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star became a grandmother at just 44-years-old. And we have no doubt that she’s not only the coolest of grandmothers, but the most energetic of ones.
12. Priscilla Presley
The ageless beauty and former wife to the late Elvis became a grandmother at 44-years-old when their Lisa Marie had a daughter. Although she’s now 70, she can still stop traffic.
13. Emmylou Harris
The sleek and silver-haired Grammy award winning country star with the ethereal voice became a grandmother when her daughter gave birth to a daughter named Prudence in 2009.
14. Jessing Lange
It’s hard to imagine this blonde bombshell that reclined in the hands of King Kong and wreaked havoc on American Horror Story endlessly cooing and coddling her gorgeous granddaughters. But she does, and first became a grandma at age 53.
15. Naomi Judd
The stunning Grammy award winning singer of the The Judds is a proud grandma of two. “Being a grandmother is completely different…now that I have time, I can experience curiosity, playfulness and all the things that were in short supply when I was a mother.”