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Did You Know These Celebrities Were Adopted?

As recently as 50 years ago, adoption was not spoken about much outside of the family circle — but this doesn’t mean it wasn’t commonplace in society. In fact, adoption has been around since the early days of man. Moses, the Hebrew prophet, was rescued from the river and adopted by an Egyptian princess. Augustus Caesar found out he had been adopted by his uncle, Julius Caesar, during the reading of his will. It was then he learned he was Julius Caesar’s heir, and he went on to become the first emperor of Rome. Those two people alone went on to do noteworthy things. Duante Culpepper, former NFL quarterback and adopted child, said “I am a living testament that you can be adopted and successful.” He is one of many famous adoptees. Here are more famous people who were raised by adoptive families: Kristin Chenoweth – actress
“…as an adopted child, I encourage other adoptees to remember what blessed lives we have. We weren’t abandoned; we were chosen.” – Kristin Chenoweth
    Marilyn Monroe – actress Melissa Gilbert – actress Maya Angelou – writer Charles Dickens – writer Truman Capote – writer Louisa May Alcott – writer Nat King Cole – singer Faith Hill – singer
“I have a lot of respect for my birth mother…I know she must have had a lot of love for me to want to give me what she felt was a better chance.” – Faith Hill
Tim McGraw – singer Ella Fitzgerald – singer John Lennon – singer George Washington Carver – inventor Steve Jobs – cofounder of Apple Computer President Herbert Hoover President Gerald Ford Nelson Mandela – former President of South Africa First Lady Nancy Reagan First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt Eric Clapton – singer   President Bill Clinton
“…perhaps there is no greater miracle than finding a loving home for a child who needs one.”- Bill Clinton
    Babe Ruth – professional baseball player Sarah McLachlan – singer Ted Danson – actor (and adoptive father himself) Saint Theresa of Calcutta Simone Biles – Olympic gold medalist Dave Thomas – founder of Wendy’s (and adoptive father himself)
“Everyone’s got to be for a child to have a home and love. I mean, I don’t know anyone who would be against that.”- Dave Thomas

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These are just a few of the many famous and successful people who have been touched by adoption; they are proof that adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents can achieve incredible things.

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