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Celebrity babies are instantly famous. But then they grow up. Here's a list of babies who've withstood the test of time.
10 of the Most Famous Babies. Ever.
The Dancing Baby
In 1996, what was known as the “World Wide Web” was still in itsinfancy. So how fitting that the first Internet phenomenon was that of an animated baby dancing! That’s it: It was a baby, and it danced. The file was relentlessly sent around via e-mail, creating a viral sensation — and with that, the baby shimmied its pixilated booty all the way into Internet history. In 1997, a version of the baby even made a TV appearance on FOX’s “Ally McBeal.”
The Gerber Baby
The term “Gerber Baby” has become synonymous with baby perfection. The original infant to adorn Gerber Strained Foods products in 1928 was a charcoal drawing of 4-month-old Ann Cook. Cook — now in her 80’s — is a retired mystery writer. Here’s a mystery she’d probably have no trouble unraveling: Humphrey Bogart was NOT the first Gerber Baby (as once speculated).
The First Test-Tube Baby
Born on July 25, 1978, Louise Brown was the world’s first “test-tube baby” (or, as it’s more commonly known today, the firstIn Vitro Fertilization). Surely Lesley and John Brown — Louise’s parents — could never have fathomed that more than 30 years later, the Nadya “Octomom” Suleman would bear octuplets after the same procedure. Louise married in 2004 and later gave birth to a son. (He was conceived the natural way.)
By the way, the term “test tube baby” isn’t really accurate. IVF is usually performed in much shallower Petri dishes. Sorry, but “Petri Dish Babies” just doesn’t have the same ring.
Babies are laughing all over the world, but only one baby has had an audience of more than 109 million people view his giggle-fest. In 2006, a two-minute video was uploaded to YouTube, featuring baby William Nilsson of Sweden (sitting in what looks to be an Ikea highchair) delighting in his dad’s silly noises. So infectious is this video, it was even shown to the Queen of England in 2008. Her regal response? “…Lovely little thing, isn’t it? Amazing [that] a child would laugh like that.”
Roman Polanski’s 1968 movie “Rosemary’s Baby” (starring Mia Farrow) explored what happens when your Satanic neighbors keep dropping over uninvited and manage to assist you in giving birth to the son of Satan.
Here’s a little tip: If you’re planning to name your kid Lucifer, you should at least make sure you and your partner are on the same page.
When you think about it, it’s just a bit disturbing: a giant, dimwitted duck wearing a diaper, an ill-fitting shirt and a fussy bonnet. Baby Huey’s first onscreen appearance was in a 1950 animated short called “Quack-a-Doodle-Doo.” His career took off from there.
Spoiler alert: The infantilized duck spent most of his screen time blissfully unaware of a hungry fox. In the end, however, Baby Huey would suddenly become lucid — just long enough to announce to his archenemy, “I think you’re trying to kill me!”
Jessica McClure became famous at the tender age of 18 months — not for appearing in a Downy Soft commercial, but for falling down a well. The terrifying story began on October 14, 1987, when baby Jessica fell into an eight-inch pipe in her aunt’s backyard. Rescue workers toiled for 58 hours straight to free the infant, and the story garnered worldwide attention. It was kind of similar to the Balloon Boy Saga (in which Falcon Heene supposedly took off in his dad’s flying machine), the only difference being that Baby Jessica was actually in a well.
What do you do if you want to be a real mommy but you’re only 5 years old? That’s the niche that Keener, the first manufacturer of the Baby Alive doll, had no doubt wanted to fill in 1973. The doll was so lifelike it even “soiled” its diapers — a dream come true for tiny would-be moms.
For those of us who are old enough to remember it, the original commercial jingle will be forever burned in our brains: “Baby Alive, soft and sweet … she can drink, she can eat….”
The Lindbergh Baby
In 1932, Charles Lindbergh was already a national hero — so when the strapping aviator’s 20-month-old son was kidnapped on March 1, the child’s disappearance naturally gripped the nation. The story didn’t end well. The body of baby Charles Lindbergh, Jr. was discovered two months later near Lindbergh’s home in New Jersey.
You can’t get any more famous than being the Son of God. That’s why Baby Jesus ranks as the world’s most popular baby, holding the title for more than 2,000 years. Mary conceived the child via immaculate conception and he was subsequently born in Bethlehem; Christians celebrate his birthday on December 25.