In mommy's shoes

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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Like mother, like daughter; the apple doesn't fall far from the tree — truisms which signal that a mother's influence on her children is undeniable. Wittingly or unwittingly, many little girls grow up exhibiting their mothers' traits and adopting their habits. They emulate their sense of fashion, parenting style, tastes in spouses, even their career choices.

As Career & Education celebrates Mother's Day, we highlight some women, both at home and abroad, who have followed in their mothers' career footsteps in various fields.


Dr Kiri-An Bridgewater is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and her mother, Dr Ann Bridgewater, is a consultant radiologist who practises with Apex Radiology.


Jada Allen-Williams, a trained psychologist, took over management of the family business — Consolidated Health Services — from her mother, Georgia Allen, who herself stepped in when her husband, former custos of Mandeville, Dr Gilbert Allen fell ill.

Donna Duncan-Scott took the reins from her mother, the late Joan Duncan, who started what has become the JMMB financical group.


Naomi Cowan is following fast in the foorsteps of her mother, Carlene Davis, a gospel recording artiste and musician. Davis, who initially found fame as a reggae singer, owns a recording studio, Judah Recording, and the Glory Music productions record label which she runs with her husband Tommy Cowan, also a musician. Naomi is currently creative director of her parents' company, but musically, she has been performing at live stage events and has so far released a single.

Cellist Emily Dixon, who co-operates music school and studio The Music House, is daughter to pianist and co-operator of the business Angela Elliott. This is a third-generation enterprise, as Elliot's own mother, the late Iris Whittaker, was also a pianist and music teacher.


Anya Gloudon Nelson designs character costumes for the National Pantomime, an annual Little Theatre Movement production. Her mother, Barbara Gloudon is a journalist and playwright who has produced several editions of the pantomime.


Hilma Wolitzer started writing fiction at the kitchen table with her kids and dogs by her side. One of those kids, her daughter Meg, published her first novel, Friends for Life, in 1994, at the same time her mother published Tunnel of Love.


Lucy Stone , one of the leaders of the nineteenth century women's suffrage movement had a daughter, Alice Stone Blackwell (Blackwell was her father's name). Alice was also a feminist and very active in the women's rights movement. Nowadays, the nickname “Lucy Stoner” is given to women who keep their own last names after marrying.


Both Irene Joliot-Curie and her mother Marie Curie were Nobel Prize-winning physicists.


Leola Hopkins was the first woman to enlist in the US Navy after the start of World War II. Her mother was a corporal in the female Marine reserve unit during World War I.


Liza Minnelli sings and dances. Her mother, Judy Garland, was also a singer, dancer, and actor.

Maybelle Carter was an original member of the Carter Family, an American country and folk singing group. After the group broke up, Maybelle and her daughters, June, Anita, and Helen, became regulars at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Later, “Mother” Maybelle and her daughters founded a country music dynasty.

Michelle Phillips was a member of the '70s singing group The Mamas and the Papas. Her daughter Chynna Phillips was recently a singer in the popular trio Wilson Phillips.

Keisha Jackson started singing backup for her mother, soul singer Millie Jackson at the age of 15. She then struck out on her own, recording two successful albums by 1994.

Wynonna Judd started her Country singing career with her mother, Naomi. The duo called themselves The Judds and sold more than 20 million records worldwide, won five Grammy's, nine CMA Awards, and eight Billboard Music Awards. Wyonna went on to become a world-renown Country solo artist with 20 #1 hits. Wynonna's sister, Ashley, is a leading Hollywood actress.


Kate Hudson followed in the footsteps of her Academy Award-winning mother, Goldie Hawn, becoming a leading Hollywood actress. Hudson received an Oscar nomination in 2000 for her role in, Almost Famous.

The German-born American actress, Jaid Barrymore, started her daughter, Drew Barrymore, acting as a child. Drew was a hit in Steven Spielberg's E.T., but it wasn't until her late 20s that she became a Hollywood star.

Carol Burnett, the Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, singer, and dancer was the star of The Carol Burnett Show, which ran on television for 11 years, is mother of actress, singer, and playright Carrie Hamilton.

Hollywood actress Mia Farrow, winner of a Golden Globe Award for her role in Rosemary's Baby, and recipient of three BAFTA Film nominations, began her acting career with her mother, actress Maureen O'Sullivan, who is best-known for her role as Jane Parker in six Tarzan movies.

Actress Diane Ladd co-starred in the films Wild at Heart and Rambling Rose with her daughter, Laura Dern. They also starred in another David Lynch film together called Inland Empire. In 1991, both Ladd and Dern received Academy Award nominations for their roles in Rambling Rose, which marked the first time in Academy Award history that both mother and daughter were nominated. In the same year, they were nominated for dual Golden Globe Awards as well.

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