When Amy Adams’s parents divorced when she was 11 years old, her mother, Kathryn Adams, became a bodybuilder and moved in with another woman, who was reportedly her lover. Adams and her siblings lived with her father after the divorce.
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro’s father, the artist Robert De Niro, Sr., separated from the Raging Bull actor’s mother in 1946. He reportedly battled depression as he struggled with being gay in a time when gay men and women were encouraged to stay in the closet.
Jodie Foster’s mother, Evelyn Foster, was a lesbian. She reportedly raised Foster with the help of her girlfriend, who Foster referred to as her “aunt.” Foster herself officially came out as gay during her acceptance speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards.
Liza Minnelli’s father, Vincente Minnelli, was rumored to be gay. Some say that he was openly gay in New York, but in the closet in Hollywood.
50 Cent was raised by his mother who, according to the rapper, was a lesbian and a cocaine addict. She died when he was just eight years old at which point, 50 Cent went to live with his grandparents.
Judy Garland’s father, Frank Gumm, was known to seduce young men. Garland later married Vincente Minnelli, who was also rumored to be gay.
O.J. Simpson’s father, Jimmy Lee Simpson, was a drag queen in San Francisco. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1986.
Natasha Richardson’s father, Tony Richardson, was bisexual. He died of AIDS-related complications in 1991.
“Dirty Dancing” star Jennifer Grey is the daughter of Joel Grey, star of Cabaret (1972). He announced that he is a “gay man” in a January 2015 interview for People.
Anne Heche’s father, Donald Joseph Heche, was gay, but he never discussed his sexuality. He sexually abused Heche when she was a young girl and died of AIDS related complications when Heche was 13 years old.
Rene Russo’s father, Nino Russo, left the family when she was two years old. From that point on, she was raised by her mother, Shirley, and her lesbian friends.
Jena Malone was raised by her mother, Deborah Malone, and her mother’s girlfriend, whom Malone referred to as her God mom.
The “Breakfast Club” star was raised by her mother Charlotte who is a lesbian. Sheedy’s daughter Rebecca is also a lesbian.
Dorothy Dandridge was raised by her mother Ruby and her partner Geneva Williams. Both women pushed Dorothy and her sister onto the stage at a very young age.
As a kid, the future Motown legend was often teased about his father, Marvin Gay Sr., who was rumored to be homosexual. When Marvin Gaye (who added an “e” to his name) performed on “Midnight Special” in 1974, his father showed up in drag. 10 years later, he shot and killed his famous son during an argument.
After Steve Forbes’ father died in 1990, OutWeek magazine ran a cover story titled “The Secret Gay Life of Malcolm Forbes”—and Donald Trump outed him again in “Trump: Surviving at the Top.” While running for president in 1996, Steve Forbes (full name: Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Jr.) subtly alluded to his dad’s sexuality. “My father had his life.” the conservative candidate said, adding, “You don’t have to approve of something that someone does to have compassion and love.”
“If there was ever a bigger pansy than my father, it was Marcel Proust,” writes Alison Bechdel in her acclaimed graphic memoir “Fun Home”—the inspiration for a long-running Broadway musical—which combines memories of her closeted gay dad with her own lesbian coming-of-age story.