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10 Famous Families More Important Than the Kardashians

The Jacksons

You remember the Jackson 5, right? Made up of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael, this group of youngsters brought musical fame to the Jackson name. Michael went on to become the King of Pop before his passing in 2009, and he left behind three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket Jackson. Michael’s sister, Janet Jackson, was also a highly successful performer and brought a lot of attention to herself when she had a wardrobe malfunction during her halftime performance at the 2004 Super Bowl. 

The Mannings

The Manning family is practically the first family of the football world. Archie Manning created the reputation for this family and played quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, and Minnesota Vikings before retirement. His two sons, Peyton and Eli, were both first round picks in the NFL. Peyton played with the Indianapolis Colts for years before going to the Denver Broncos and taking them to the Super Bowl in 2014. Eli has had his fair share of success as well, particularly when he upset the undefeated New England Patriots at the 2008 Super Bowl. 

The Vanderbilts

The Vanderbilts are made of old money, and their namesake was made incredibly famous by Cornelius Vanderbilt’s founding of the prestigious Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Another well-known Vanderbilt is Gloria Vanderbilt, who is one of the earliest makers of designer blue jeans, and an artist, author, and actress. And we’re sure you know her celebrity news anchor son and silver fox, Anderson Cooper!

The Skarsgards

You may not know them by name, but you’ve certainly seen members of this Swedish family on the big screen. John Skarsgard portrayed Bootstrap Bill in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Bill in Mamma Mia. John’s son, Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgard, plays the character of Eric in the popular television show, True Blood. One Skarsgard, Bill Istvan Gunter, is a model for H&M and an actor who appeared as Makhotin in Anna Karenina

The Shelleys

Percy and Mary Shelley, a husband and wife pair, are both known for their writing. Percy was a romantic poet and is considered to be one of the best poets and lyricists in the English language. Mary was a novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer. Her two most famous works are Frankenstein and The Modern Prometheus. Mary’s parents, William Godwin, a political philosopher, and Mary Wollstonecraft, a feminist and philosopher, were quite famous in their time as well. 

The Camerons

Kirk Cameron and Chelsea Noble starred together on the hit show, Growing Pains, fell in love, and got married in 1991. They have six children, four of whom are adopted: Jack, Isabella, Anna, Luke, Olivia Rose, and James Thomas. Several of their children are actors themselves, and Kirk’s sister, Candace Cameron Bure, is also a successful actress, who’s been on Full House, Boy Meets World, That’s So Raven, and many more television shows and movies, including the Full House sequel, Fuller House

The Boleyns

The Boleyn family was very prominent in England during the 16th century. The most well-known member of this family was Anne Boleyn, who became Henry VIII’s second wife, and they had a daughter together, Elizabeth, who would later become Queen Elizabeth I. Henry VIII kept up his violent reputation and infamously had Anne executed after she failed to produce a male heir. Other members of this family include: Geoffrey Boleyn, Lord Mayor of London, Thomas Boleyn, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, and Mary Boleyn, who was a mistress of Henry VIII.

The Osmonds

Six brothers, Alan, Wayne, Merril, Jay, Donny, and Jimmy Osmond, formed a music group called The Osmonds in the late 1950s and gained worldwide fame and success from their music. Their sister, Marie, occasionally sang with the boys, but she actually launched a successful solo music career herself in 1973. Some of their biggest hits include, “One Bad Apple” and “Down By the Lazy River.” In 2003, The Osmonds were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their contributions to the music industry.

The Osbournes

Sharon, Jack, Ozzy, and Kelly Osbourne basically started the idea of a reality show family. Their show, named The Osbournes, won them an Emmy for “Outstanding Reality Program” in 2002 and consistently received high ratings. What’s unique about them is that three out of the four cast members are still active on television shows today, including The Talk (Sharon), Fashion Police (Kelly), and Haunted Highway (Jack). 

The Romanovs

The Romanov family ruled Russia from 1613 until 1917, and their dynasty consisted of 65 members. In 1918, the Imperial family of Russia, inlcuding the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his wife and five children, were executed by the Bolshevik party in order to prevent any political opposition from other European countries and solidify their hold on Russia. This execution led to the almost 90-year-old mystery of whether or not Anastasia had survived. Unfortunately, she did not, and the Romanov family ended in 1918, but it has become one of the greatest mysteries and stories of the 20th century.