Without mothers, we literally wouldn’t exist. Mothers give birth to us, change our diapers, make us peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crusts cut off, put Band-Aids on our boo boos, help us with our homework, proofread our college applications, and teach us to be functioning members of society. They constantly put our needs ahead of their own and love us no matter how many stupid mistakes we make or annoying things we do. Without them, we probably wouldn’t have made it to adulthood alive. So make sure to thank your mother today and let her know how much you love and appreciate her, because without her, you wouldn’t be here. In honor of Mother’s Day, here is a list of 25 memorable mothers.
Here’s the story, of a lovely lady… You know the rest. No matter who broke a nose or lost a Kitty Karry-All doll, Mrs. Brady managed her blended family with gentleness and poise.
This mother of five balanced family life, a successful law career, and a rambunctious husband (Bill Cosby) while simultaneously breaking racial stereotypes of the time.
This outspoken matriarch led her Midwestern family while working outside the home, something never before seen on television. She portrayed the life of an American blue-collar mother and tackled provocative subjects through humor.
Who could forget Juno’s heartwarming story? Although she chose adoption for her baby, she survived teenage pregnancy and learned invaluable lessons about love, compassion, and the true meaning of motherhood.
This spunky single mother gave birth to her daughter, Rory, at age 16, much to the chagrin of her wealthy parents. She ran away from home and settled in the quirky, small town of Stars Hollow, where she and Rory experienced no shortage of interesting characters, hilarious situations, or priceless life lessons.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Regina George. Mrs. George taught mothers everywhere how NOT to raise their daughters – unless of course, they want them to be as conniving, insincere, and downright mean as Regina.
Cinderella, make the fire! Cinderella, do the mopping! The nonstop barking of orders from Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Lady Tremaine, made everyone shudder in this classic Disney film. Fortunately, she didn’t succeed in keeping Cinderella from marrying Prince Charming.
Don’t mess with Mama Weasley if you know what’s good for you. This fearless woman acted as a surrogate mother to Harry Potter while keeping her own mischievous brood in line. She knits the coziest sweaters, is always willing to lend a helping hand, and is never afraid to send a howler to let you know how she really feels.
This Infamous mother was tried for murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, and acquitted in 2011. A public outcry erupted after the announcement of the verdict, leading Time magazine to describe the case as “the social media trial of the century. “
Kate Gosselin starred in the reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8, which documented her chaotic life raising twins and sextuplets with her former husband, Jon. Gosselin also authored several non-fiction books, two of which debuted at number five on the New York Time Best-seller list.
Better known as the mother from The Blind Side, Leigh Anne Tuohy is the real life mother of two who took a risk by adopting a troubled adolescent. Michael Oher, her adopted son, went on to play college football for the Ole Miss Rebels before becoming offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.
Marge Simpson has her hands full. Between Homer being a buffoon, Bart causing trouble, and Lisa protesting new causes all the time, it’s a wonder Marge keeps her unusual family at least somewhat organized.
Call her insulting or manipulative, but one thing is certain – Marie Barone loves her children. This helicopter mom lives right across the street from her grown son, Raymond, and his family. Her close proximity and desire to help causes stress for both her son and daughter-in-law, but without her, the show wouldn’t be nearly as hilarious.
Hardworking and brimming with wisdom, Forrest Gump’s mama was his teacher as well as his mother. She taught us all that life is like a box of chocolates because “you never know what you’re gonna get,” that stupid is as stupid does, and that it’s ok to be different.
One of the youngest and most stylish women ever to grace the White House, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was a breath of fresh air as First Lady. Despite her political duties, she saw motherhood as her main priority. She insisted that her children have regular access to their father and made sure their childhoods remained as normal, playful, and private as possible.