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10 Celebrities Who Are Trying To Make It In Hollywood Without Their Famous Parents

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In a town rife with nepotism, celebrity kids who are trying to make it based on their merit and not on their genes are a breath of fresh air. For the most part, if you're the kid of a star, your career is guaranteed from the moment that you're born. Just ask North West, who had better Fashion Week seats than anyone before she could even walk real good.

However, there are a bunch of celebrikids who, while not necessarily distancing themselves from the ‘rents, have made strides all on their own. Because, while they do sort of already have a leg up on the competition since they're armed with a recognizable name, it's pretty fair to say that that's not what they're depending on to bring them success. And that's weirdly cool and commendable.

1. Zoe Kravitz

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Famous Parent(s): Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet

Both of Zoe's parents were HUGE stars in their day and still are, to some degree. But Zoe's been carrying her own career torch for some time now, with roles in every teen movie you can think of.

2. Lily Collins

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Famous Parent(s): Phil Collins

I wouldn't guess that Phil's got a very tight grip on the teen TV audiences, but that doesn't mean that Lily doesn't!

3. Zosia Mamet

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Famous Parent(s): David Mamet

Zosia best-kept secret is that she's the daughter of the screenwriter of the iconic Glengarry Glen Ross.

4. Rashida Jones

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Famous Parent(s): Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton

On any given day, I forget and remember that Rashida's parents are even anyone important at all. And I'd say that's partly due to my terrible memory and partly due to Rashida's very separate success.

5. Mamie Gummer

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Famous Parent(s): Meryl Streep

She may have the same face as her mom, but she doesn't even share her name!

6. Bryce Dallas Howard

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Famous Parent(s): Ron Howard

Ron is definitely influential in the film world, so that may have helped her break into Hollywood. But Bryce has enough talent on her own not to need it anymore.

7. Patrick Schwarzenegger

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Famous Parent(s): Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

If anything, the one he's counting on to bring him fame is Miley Cyrus, these days.

8. Lily Allen

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Famous Parent(s): Keith Allen

It could be because I'm not British, but I didn't even know that Lily had a famous dad!

9. Colin Hanks

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Famous Parent(s): Tom Hanks

It probably helps both that Colin is incredibly talented and Tom doesn't seem like he's into the whole “Hire my son, please!!!” bit.

10. Kelly Osbourne 

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Famous Parent(s): Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

Kelly's recent star level has sky-rocketed, with her work on Fashion Police. And unless those wacky Osbournes have a secret sartorial life that no one told me about, I'd say that the credit is all hers.

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