List of Famous Teenage Mothers ranked by fame and popularity. Long before MTV had its hit show “Teen Mom” famous women were becoming young mothers. Some women got married at a young age, so naturally pregnancies followed, while others were a bit more surprised by their pregnancies. Being a teen mom, doesn’t mean that you can’t have a successful career.
Who is the most famous teenage mother? Sofia Vergara tops our list. The “Modern Family” actress gave birth to her son Manolo when she was only 19. Vergara, now 40, froze her eggs so that she can have a child with her boyfriend Nick Loeb. She will be using a surrogate mother because Vergara underwent radiation treatment for thyroid cancer. Other actresses who were teen moms include Roseanne Barr, Shirley Temple and Keisha Castle-Hughes.
Many famous musicians were also teen moms. Country singer Loretta Lynn was married when she was just 15 and she quickly became pregnant. By the time Lynn was 19, she already had three children. Aretha Franklin, Naomi Judd and Fantasia were also teen moms.
Sofia Vergara gave birth to her son, Manolo, in 1992, when she was just 19. She was married at the time, but split with her husband a year later.
Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole married Billy Wayne Smith in 1985, when she was 17. She gave birth to her son Daniel 9 months later, and separated from Billy in 1987. Her daughter, Dannielynn, was born in 2006
In 1970, when she was 17 years old, Roseanne Barr gave birth to a baby girl that she gave up for adoption. They were later reunited. She has three children with ex-husband, Bill Pentland, and another son with later ex- Ben Thomas.
Poet Maya Angelou gave birth at age 17 to her only child, Clyde, who later changed his named to Guy Johnson.
Jamie Lynn Spears
Teen Nickelodeon star Jamie Lynn Spears made headlines when she announced her pregnancy in 2007, when she was just 16. Though she became engaged to Casey Aldridge, the father of their daughter Maddie Briann, the couple called it quits in 2010.
Aretha Franklin‘s oldest son, Clarence, was born in 1955, when she was just 13, and her second son, Edward, came two years later. Though Franklin never named the father of either son, both are rumored to be the product of rape by her own father, Rev. Clarence LaVaughn Franklin. She later had two other sons, Ted White, Jr. – now known as Teddy Richards – in 1964, and Kecalf Cunningham in 1970.
“Coal miner’s daughter” Loretta Lynn and husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, married in 1948, when they were 15 and 21, respectively. By the time the singer was 19, she had three children – Betty Sue, Jack Benny, and Ernest Ray. A fourth, Clara Marie (“Cissie”), came a week before she turned 20 in 1952. The Lynns became grandparents for the first time in 1966 at age 34. To date, Loretta has 27 grandchildren born between 1961 and 2017.
Suzanne Somers had her son when she was a teenager. She’s been frank about the struggle of being a young parent:
As a teenage mother with no way to make a real living and no child support from my son’s father, I was always struggling to pay the rent, buy food, buy clothing, just to live a normal life. It was a major struggle but it taught me some great life lessons.”
American Idol alum Fantasia dropped out of high school after she was raped by a classmate. She gave birth to Zion Quari Barrino, her daughter with an ex-boyfriend, at age 17.
Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes gave birth to daughter Felicity-Amore in 2007, a month before her 17th birthday. She and the baby’s father split in 2010 after 7 years together.
Bristol Palin gave birth to her son, Tripp, in 2008, just after she turned 18. A few months later, she told Fox News that abstinence is “not realistic at all.”
Asia Nitollano, winner of the reality competition Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll, had a daughter at age 18.