For children, parents, and families, adoption paves the way for new and beautiful beginnings. In honor of National Adoption Month (November), we’ve created a gallery of celebrities who many people didn’t know were adopted!
Check out our gallery below:
1954: American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962). (Photo by Baron/Getty Images)
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Snooki came back to Jersey for the VMAs.
27th November 1966: British rock musician and member of The Beatles John Lennon (1940 - 1980), dressed as a Public Lavatory Commissionaire during the filming of the 'Not Only...But Also' Christmas Special, starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. He is outside a public convenience near Berwick Street, in London's Soho. (Photo by Ron Case/Keystone/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JANUARY 6: Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds a new mini iPod at Macworld January 6, 2004 in San Francisco. Jobs announced several new products including the new iLife 4 software and the Mini iPod. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Nicole’s birth parents were friends of Lionel Richie and agreed to let Nicole stay with Lionel and his then wife Brenda for a little while. After realizing Lionel and Brenda would be able to give Nicole a better life they agreed to give them full custody over her. Lionel and Brenda eventually adopted her when she was 9.
NEW YORK - MARCH 5: In this handout photo provided by LG Mobile Phones, actor Ice-T of "Law and Order: SVU" speaks at the announcement of LG Mobile Phones' renewed partnership with VH1 Save The Music Foundation for a one-year partnership to promote the importance of music education March 5, 2009 at PS 293 in New York City. PS 293 received $150,000 in support of music education. (Photo by LG Mobile Phones via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Singer Keyshia Cole attends the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for VH1)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Musician Eric Clapton performs at The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2010 supported by Novae at the Royal Albert Hall on November 17, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ONTARIO - MARCH 17: Sarah McLachlan attends the 2019 Juno Awards - Arrivals at Budweiser Gardens on March 17, 2019 in London, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 03: Nelson Mandela smiles during a lunch to Benefit the Mandela Children's Foundation as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 3, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. The One&Only is Sol Kerzner's first hotel in his home country since 1992. The 130 room property is One&Only's first Urban resort and sits in the fashionable Waterfront district. Celebrities from all over the world including Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Thandie Newton and Marisa Tomei will attend the event. Gordon Ramsay will be launching his first restaurant in Africa at the resort, Maze and Robert De Niro will be opening Nobu. Nelson Mandela will be attending an intimate luncheon at Maze on Friday to celebrate his long-standing relationship with Mr. Kerzner. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 07: Actor Jack Nicholson attends the 40th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Shirley MacLaine held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 7, 2012 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Shirley MacLaine will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 24 at 9PM ET/PST. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 30: Singer JC Chasez speaks onstage during the ceremony honoring NSYNC with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Keegan-Michael Key speaks during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at Rancho High School on February 16, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Buttigieg is campaigning ahead of the February 22 Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Faith Hill at the 2017 InStyle Awards presented in partnership with FIJI WaterAssignment at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for FIJI Water)