Perhaps one of the most melancholic mothers of all time, Morticia Addams governed her morbid family before the term “Goth” even existed. From spiders, to guillotines, to short, furry cousins, she dealt with more than her fair share of strange happenings.
Angelina Jolie adopted her first son from Cambodia in 2002. Since then, she has adopted a daughter from Ethiopia and a son from Vietnam in addition to giving birth to three children of her own. Her motley brood has gained media attention and caused more people to consider international adoption.
Nicknamed “Octomom” by the media, this infamous mother of 14 made headlines when she gave birth to octuplets in January 2009. The fact that she already had six young children to care for, was unemployed, and relied on public assistance generated a negative reaction from the public.
Josh, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa… I would name them all for you, but their names would just become jumbled in your mind. Their mother deserves a medal, not just for giving birth to 19 children, but also for remembering all those names that begin with the letter J.
Ever the dutiful housewife, Mrs. Cleaver could often be found preparing wholesome meals in the kitchen, hosting parties for the ladies in her social club, or bailing her youngest son, Beaver, out of trouble. Real housewives of the time aspired to be like her – faultless to the point of being robotic.
This fashionable female powerhouse redefined the role of First Lady. She makes supporting her husband, caring for her two daughters, and advocating the prevention of childhood obesity in the United States look easy.
The spirited and brave matriarch of the Kennedy clan survived heartbreak after heartbreak. She buried her husband and four of her nine children, yet she emerged more resilient than ever, living to the ripe old age of 104.
It doesn’t matter if she’s running for city council or catapulting a pumpkin across a football field – Claire will stop at nothing to be the best. Through her hilarious misadventures, this neurotic but loveable mother of three reminds us that we can’t let our desire to be perfect keep us from enjoying life.
Graceful, beautiful, and kind-hearted, Princess Diana ruled with compassion. Despite the strict guidelines imposed upon her as a royal, Diana always strove to expose her sons to everything the world had to offer. Her charity work and caring disposition earned her the admiration and love of people all over the world.
How do you solve a problem like Maria? Whether she’s making play clothes out of curtains, singing about her favorite things, or frolicking through Austrian meadows with her seven boisterous stepchildren, Maria makes every day an adventure and inspires us all to live in the moment.