Huffpost Parents

10 Celebrity Grandparents We Admire

Posted: Updated:

It's been said that "grandparenthood is one of life's rewards for surviving your own children.”

We can't argue with that. You get to spoil and be spoiled with hugs and kisses, without worrying about sleepless nights or diaper duty. In fact, as of late, some grandmothers have even started having their own "grandma showers" to mark the new chapter in their lives and stock up on caregiving supplies.

While being a grandparent is a joy, it can remind us that we're aging. But that's not all bad. As blogger Elizabeth Lesser put it, "It's not that it makes me feel young. Rather, it makes me know what matters; it wakes me up; it enlivens me."

Here are 10 celebrity grandparents who are still looking great and who are at the top of their game:
  • Prince Charles
    Getty Images
    The arrival of little Prince George could easily be considered the birth of the century with members of the press camping outside of the hospital to bookkeepers taking bets on whether the Duchess of Cambridge would give birth to a little boy or girl. "Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time," the heir to the British throne said in a release after the birth. The proud grandfather was showered with gifts for the baby prince from well-wishers, including a teddy bear and even some baby clothes.
  • Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
    AP
    The actors became grandparents twice over as son Colin's wife Samantha Bryant gave birth to their second child in 2013. "I get to do the thing of come in and have a great time for a few hours or maybe overnight on occasion, but hey, this is like...parenthood fantasy camp. You have all the fun without any of the long nights," Tom told Entertainment Tonight. And what are the proud grandparents called? "Pappou" and "yia yia" according to Greek tradition, per Wilson's heritage.
  • George W. and Laura Bush
    AP
    The former president and his wife became grandparents for the first time in April 2013 when daughter Jenna Bush-Hager gave birth to a baby girl. Bush is clearly smitten with his first granddaughter, making three paintings for the baby's nursery.
  • Goldie Hawn
    Getty Images
    It's hard believing Goldie is mother to lookalike daughter Kate, let alone a grandmother. But the ageless star actually has 5 grandchildren! Goldie has said being a grandmother is “Love with a capital L!” While Hawn loves being a grandparent, she initially had some trouble embracing the term grandma, "a word that had so many connotations of old age and decrepitude." “My son Oliver decided I should be called ‘Glam-Ma,’ which I thought was quite brilliant and made us all laugh so hard," she wrote in her memoir.
  • Sally Field
    Getty Images
    Field, or "grammy" as her grandkids call her, had said seeing her sons raise children is fascinating. She also admits to spoiling the little ones a tad too much. "I'm probably like every other grammy. "I give them too much. I let them run all over me. They love to come over to the house and swim in the pool...When I can be with them I am a great grandmother," Field told Ladies Home Journal.
  • Paul McCartney
    Getty Images
    How many people can say a member of the Beatles sang them a lullaby? The gracefully aging rocker has eight grandchildren from daughters Stella and Mary. But instead of singing for them, the singer was himself given a special recording of his hit song, "When I'm 64" on his 64th birthday.
  • Kris Jenner
    AP
    The reality TV star and talk show host is grandmother to one of the most famous babies on the planet, after daughter Kim Kardashian gave birth to baby North West last year. She also has two other grandchildren, Mason and Penelope, from daughter Kourtney. But the Kardashian clans matriarch refuses to be called the g-word, preferring to be called "Lovey." "At first I was Grandma, and all of a sudden I didn't like the way that sounded," Jenner told People. "My mom had a friend called Lovey and I thought that was the cutest name."
  • Garth Brooks
    AP
    The country music star became a grandfather at 51, when his daughter August gave birth to a baby girl. Brooks jokingly referred to himself as "g-daddy" and "g-man," on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. "I should've had grandkids first," he joked, adding that his first granddaughter has his heart. Aww!
  • Priscilla Presley
    Getty Images
    Presley, who's already grandmother to lookalike granddaughter Riley Keough, welcomed her third and fourth grandchildren in 2008. Daughter Lisa Marie gave birth to fraternal twins and Presley called it "a dream come true." But just like a few other famous grandmothers, Presley isn't interested in being dubbed grandma. "There’s just such a connotation with Grandma, and I just liked it better,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “[Lisa Marie's children] say it so sweet: ‘Nona.’”
  • Martin Sheen
    Getty Images
    Believe it or not, Sheen isn't just a grandfather, he's actually a great-grandfather! Sheen has eight grandchildren and last year, son Charlie announced he was becoming a grandfather at just 47 years old.

Earlier on HuffPost50:

Carole King
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

16 Celebrities You Never Knew Were Grandparents - Babble.com

Bing: Celebrity Grandparents | Gallery | Wonderwall

10 Celebrity Grandparents We Love - Grandparents.com

Youngest Celebrity Grandparents - What to Expect

Hollywood celebrity grandparents