Are There Any Famous People Who Were Foster Children?


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There are quite a few famous people who were foster children. George "Babe" Ruth, the Hall of Fame baseball player, was placed in care when he was 7. The model, actress and singer Marilyn Monroe spent much of her childhood in foster homes.

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While his single mother was ill, the actor and comedian Eddie Murphy spent a year in foster care when he was 8. He cites his time in foster care as being influential to the development of his sense of humor. Professional basketball player Alonzo Mourning, who won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat and was a seven-time All-Star, was placed in foster care when he was 12.

The actor and producer Eriq La Salle, who played Dr. Peter Benton on the NBC drama ER, entered the foster care system shortly after he was born. He was raised by Ada Haynes, a foster mother who raised five children. The Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcom X, who was born as Malcom Little, spent much of his time in foster homes starting at age 13. His father was deceased, and his mother was placed in a mental hospital.

The singer and actress Cher was temporarily in foster care when her mother was too ill to care for her. She later returned to her mother's care, and her grandparents provided help in raising her.

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