The holidays are a time for family reunions but when these celebrity clans get together, you may get hit with a drumstick!
The threat of jail time makes the heart grow fonder. Now that Teresa Giudice, 41, and her beefcake husband, Joe, are facing 39 counts of fraud and tax evasion, she’s patching up a fraught relationship with her sister-in-law Melissa Gorga. And that’s a lot of patching when you have a rift that includes screaming matches, awkward group counseling sessions and a fist fight at a Christening. “She knows I have her back,” says Melissa, 34, of the truce that our crystal ball says will last right up until filming begins on RHONJ season six.
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How does a cute little girl drink by age 9, try cocaine by 12 and enter rehab at 13? Just follow the Jaid Barrymore playbook, which included partying with childstar daughter Drew at Studio 54. Despite reconciling after years of estrangement, the mother and daughter still have a rocky relationship; Drew, 38, recently admitted that her mother, 67, didn’t come to her wedding in June, saying simply, “We both discussed it, and we just thought it would be best.”
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The Frankel/ Birk Clan
They haven’t spoken in years — and that seems to be just fine with both Bethenny Frankel and her mom, Bernadette Parisella Birk. Bethenny, 43, blames her parents for exposing her to alcohol and nightlife at a young age, writing in her memoir, “I never felt very safe. I shouldn’t have been in Vegas nightclubs at 13.” Bernadette, 69 — who publicly predicted her daughter’s divorce in 2011 — blames Bethenny. “I consider her to be demented and beyond help. She would never want to repair anything, because then all her lies would come out.”
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The Winter/Workman Clan
It took emancipation for Drew Barrymore to turn her life around, and 15-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter is going the same route. One year ago, the teen accused her mother, Chrisoula Workman, of physical and emotional abuse, with a court eventually awarding temporary guardianship to Ariel’s 35-year-old sister. Mom denies the allegations, but Ariel is enjoying the new living arrangement this holiday season. Says the youngster: “My life is definitely more normal, and that will help me grow up like I’m supposed to.”
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The Aniston/Dow Family
Jennifer Aniston is one of the most famous women in the world but that’s no thanks to her mom, Nancy Dow. The former model often criticized her daughter, calling her ugly — which Jen says gave her “low self-esteem” and “a sense of shame.” But in 1999, when Nancy wrote the tell-all From Mother and Daughter to Friends: A Memoir, that was the last straw. Jen, 44, vowed never to forgive her mother for blabbing to the public about her life and didn’t even invite Nancy to her wedding in 2000. Jen has since softened: When Nancy had a stroke in 2011, Jen visited her in the hospital.
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When it comes to former Playboy models with daddy issues, Kendra Wilkinson may take the cake. Her scientific genius father walked out on the family when she was a little girl, only to make millions as the founder of multiple biomedical companies. While Eric, 55, has tried to make amends Kendra, 28 refuses to forgive and forget.
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The Minnillo/Bondoc Family
“She hasn’t been in my life since I was 9,” Vanessa Minnillo, 33, says of her mom, Helen Bondoc. The reason? Helen — who was working as a strip club waitress — gave up custody of Vanessa and her brother to their father in 1991 and never attempted to make contact. As Helen told Star, “It would be nice to have a relationship with her now, but I don’t know how she’d feel if I called her. She’s still my little girl.”
The Bold and the Beautiful star Lorenzo Lamas’ real life looks stranger than a soap opera. Lorenzo, 55, claims his fourth wife, Playmate Shauna Sand, 42, slept with his then 18-year-old son, A.J. His ex Shauna denies it, saying the rumor was invented to drum up ratings for the 2009 reality show, Leave It to Lamas. Guess it didn’t work.
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If Bill Hudson, a musician of middling ability who had two kids with Goldie Hawn in the late ’70s, wanted to get into his daughter Kate’s good graces, he had a weird way of showing it. In a tacky tell-all, Two Versions: The Other Side of Fame and Family, Bill, 64, ripped Kate, 34, for not visiting her dying grandmother, called her “a spoiled brat” and gave her grief for saying that she considers Kurt Russell her real father. No wonder Kate hasn’t spoken to the old man in nearly a decade.
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The Voight/Jolie Clan
Don’t dis Angie in an interview. After opining that daughter Angelina Jolie, now 38, had “serious mental problems” (to be fair, she was swapping blood vials with Billy Bob Thornton at the time), Jon Voight got the silent treatment from her for nearly 10 years. Brad Pitt ultimately brokered a peace, but it doesn’t look like this pair will be partaking in a father-daughter dance anytime soon: Jon, 74, first learned of Angelina’s double mastectomy when he read about it online.