Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.
1. Lucille Ball, "I Love Lucy" — 1952
Just about every household in America turned on the television in 1952 when the I Love Lucy show’s star, Lucille Ball, included her real-life pregnancy in the storyline. The script couldn’t use the word “pregnancy” and substituted it for “expecting.” The last episode of the season, which was the birth, hit the highest ratings ever.
2. Elizabeth Taylor—1957
Elizabeth Taylor married many times but one mega pregnancy. Her third husband, Mike Todd, proves false rumors of marital difficulties by declaring with bluster to the newshounds that his wife was blissfully pregnant.
3. Gwyneth Paltrow—June 2004
Paltrow posed for a magazine cover when pregnant with her first child, Apple, in 2004. She explained her baby's name on Oprah. "It sounded so sweet, and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet, and they're wholesome, and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, Perfect!"
The motion picture Evita's release dates happened simultaneously with Madonna’s first pregnancy. Eva Peron was the character Madonna played in the musical, and she won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for best original song. The baby’s father, Carlos Leon, is a fitness trainer. They named the baby Lourdes, and we’ve seen her grow up to become a beautiful young woman.
In this picture, she is unsuccessful in incognito.
5. Angelina Jolie—2006
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s relationship seemed unclear in the minds of their adoring fans. When Angelina announced she was pregnant with Brad’s baby, we all knew they were a couple. Hoping to avoid the media frenzy surrounding the birth, Angelina gave birth to daughter Shiloh in Namibia with her husband present.
The couple reportedly borrowed a private jet from Tom Cruise to comfortably travel before and after the birth. They sold their first baby pictures for $7.6 million to People and Hello! Magazines. The couple donated all the profits to charity. Now the couple is divorced, and the media catches snapshots of the kids with each parent separately.
Celebrity Pregnancies Catch Your Interest
6. Marie Antoinette — 1781
Marie Antoinette was a celebrity during her time (1781) in her own right. Whether as a famous Queen or insufferable royalty, she influenced fashion and style.
Her first child was a girl, and the second was a boy. During these two pregnancies, she wore and made fashionable the muslin dress. Such a dress hung looser and was more comfortable for women expecting a baby.
Antoinette made history by continuing to wear the controversial dress after the first child was born. Scandalous! Nevertheless, the style soon became fashionable and quite the rage for those times.
7. Grace Kelly—1956
Grace Kelly wasted no time getting pregnant once she married Prince Ranier III of Monaco. Their cute baby girl, Princess Caroline, arrived nine months and four days from their marriage vows.
Media hounds went after Grace's pregnancy over the top with gossip. The press photographed her often with a large Hermes purse covering her growing midsection. The large purse became known as the "Kelly bag."
8. Princess Diana—1982
The public loved Princess Diana, and when she became pregnant for the first time, scrutiny from the media hounds was inevitable. Later in life, Diana was known for popularizing dresses, hats, and such. She kept to simple outfits through both pregnancies, not drawing attention, hopefully.
9. Jackie Kennedy—1960
The first lady Kennedy gave birth to her youngest, John-John, 21 days after John F. Kennedy won the presidency in 1960.
Jackie stayed home during her husband's campaign because her pregnancy had complications, and losing three babies. She still campaigned for Kennedy by participating in printed and television interviews, a syndicated column, and writing letters.
10. Kate Middleton, Duchess Of Cambridge—2012
The Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy got off to a dramatic start. In December 2012, the palace announced her pregnancy when she became hospitalized for a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum – best described as severe morning sickness.
Kate’s health improved, and the world giddily watched. Her child, George, is third in line to the throne after Prince Charles and Prince William. Now, they have two more adorable kids. Charlotte, Elizabeth Diana, and Louis Arthur Charles are the other two.
11. Beyoncé and Jay-Z's Twins
Beyoncé and Jay-Z's twins are worth mentioning because their births hit the headlines with fake news and real news. According to the United States, Patent and Trademark Office, the couple and their new babies are so famous that reportedly (E! News) celebrities' company filed trademark documents in late June.
Why trademark your kids' names? The trademark request relates to various merchandise that includes baby items. To liven up the excitement, Jay-Z released his album, 4:44. He brings to light infidelity rumors, his twins, and his wild and crazy friendship with Kanye West.
12. Loretta Young and Clark Gable's Secret Daughter—1935
Decades after Loretta Young's pregnancy, Judy Lewis revealed she was the daughter of Young and Clark Gable. The pregnancy is worth mentioning because it seems unique. Twenty-two years old and unmarried Young and Gable, 34 and wedded to Maira Langham, had a short-lived romance while filming The Call of the Wild in Washington State.
While pregnant, she stayed in Europe to ward off rumors and a scandal. Their baby arrived on November 6, 1935. A little over a year and a half, Young brought her home and told the media she had adopted the child. Lewis passed away in 2011 at the age of 76.
Celebrity Babies Grow Up
The news coverage of celebrity pregnancy has died down of late. The excitement is not the hot news it used to be. Though seeing the first pictures of the babies is exciting, when they grow up and start looking like their parents, it is even more impressive.
© 2015 Kenna McHugh