By Miranda Thompson
They’re the women who made some of Hollywood’s biggest stars who they are today. We look at the mothers of some of the world’s most famous men
The mum Jane Etta
The event Brad treated Jane (and father Bill) to a night out at the Oscars in 2012, where he was nominated for Best Actor for Moneyball.
He says ‘Mum’s very loving, very open, genuine and hilarious because [in the press] she always gets painted as a she-devil.’
Did you know? In 2012 Brad’s wife Angelina Jolie was said to be ‘mortified’ after Jane penned an open letter in her local newspaper urging readers to vote against Barack Obama because of his support for gay marriage. Angelina was also said to be ‘furious’ that Jane had bought ‘girly’ clothes for their tomboy daughter Shiloh.
Mummy’s boy? 2/10
The mum Anne Cox
The events Harry and his mum holidayed together in Miami last December. In March 2015 they had dinner together at Knutsford Wine Bar in Cheshire.
He says ‘I grew up with just my mum and sister, so I respect women a lot.’
Did you know? When his mum married Robin Twist in June 2013, Harry was best man at the ceremony in Congleton, Cheshire (Harry’s biological father Des Styles and Anne divorced when Harry was seven).
Mummy’s boy? 2/10
The mum Diana Hiddleston
The event Diana accompanied Tom to the press night of Othello in London in December 2007.
He says ‘I believe in the strength, intelligence and sensitivity of women. My mother, my sisters are strong. My mum is a strong woman and I love her for it.’
Did you know? Diana brought up Tom alone after getting divorced when he was 12. Since then The Night Manager sex god Tom has earned a reputation as a commitment-phobe – perhaps no one can rival Diana in his affections?
Mummy’s boy? 3/10
The mum Donna Gosling
The event Ryan took Donna to the premiere of his movie Gangster Squad at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, in January 2013.
He says ‘I think like a woman because I grew up with my mother and my sister so I’ve just been programmed like a girl. I’m attracted to films that have strong female characters because there are strong female characters in my life.’
Did you know? In 2012 Ryan and now wife Eva Mendes beamed with pride as his mother collected a degree from a university in Canada. She graduated with a bachelor of education after attending classes in Hamilton, Ontario.
Mummy’s boy? 4/10
The mum Pilar Bardem
The event When Pilar accompanied Javier to the 2008 Oscars, where he won Best Supporting Actor for No Country For Old Men, he dedicated his acceptance speech to her in Spanish.
He says ‘I watched my mother act all my life, and yet I wasn’t attracted to acting as such. What attracted me was my mother’s effort, her dedication, the seriousness of the work, the desire to do something.’
Did you know? Pilar is well known in Spain as a film and TV actress – she’s earned the moniker ‘La Bardem’ – and particularly for her left-wing political views. As a boy, Javier would help Pilar learn her lines. Coincidentally, Pilar once played the mother of Javier’s wife Penélope Cruz in a film called Live Flesh.
Mummy’s boy? 5/10
The mum Rita Farrell
The event Colin took his mother as his date to the Irish premiere of Total Recall in Dublin in 2012.
He says ‘My father works a lot, so I’ve spent more time around my mother. She’s got a heart the size of Texas, man. I know if I didn’t have a penny in my pocket I’d be a good son. She needs to be pampered now. She’s worked hard.’
Did you know? In 2013, Rita married her boyfriend, producer Joel B Michaels, in her son’s Los Angeles mansion. Colin said, ‘I met [Joel] and vetted him and asked what his intentions were, what his future was looking like… We’ve all got a future! He’s a wonderful, wonderful man.’
Mummy’s boy? 6/10
The mum Mary Lee Pfeiffer
The event Tom was accompanied by his mother to the 2009 Golden Globe awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles where he was nominated for his performance in Tropic Thunder.
He says ‘People can create their own lives; I saw how my mother created hers and made it possible for us to survive. My mother was the one who rose to the occasion.’
Did you know? Before Mary moved into assisted living last year she lived with Tom at his mansion in Beverly Hills.
Mummy’s boy? 7/10
The mum Betty Sue Palmer
The event In 2004, when Johnny was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, he took Betty Sue to the ceremony as his date.
He says ‘For years and years I watched her wait tables. I’d count her change at the end of the night. She cursed like a sailor, played cards and smoked cigarettes.’
Did you know? Johnny is so close to his mum that in 1988 he had ‘Betty Sue’ tattooed inside a heart on his left biceps. It has also been alleged that Johnny split from long-term partner Vanessa Paradis because she didn’t get along with his mother.
Mummy’s boy? 8/10
The mum Irmelin Indenbirken
The event Among other dates with her son, Irmelin recently accompanied Leo to the 2016 Oscars where he scooped the Best Actor award for The Revenant.
He says ‘She supported this little kid who said, “I want to be an actor,” at 12 years old, which is ridiculous, and she drove me to all those auditions. She’s the reason I’m able to do what I do.’
Did you know? Leo’s parents divorced when he was one and, as he grew up, he lived with his mother while she juggled jobs to support them. Leo thanked Irmelin profusely in his Oscars speech, saying, ‘I would not be standing here if it wasn’t for this person.’
Mummy’s boy? 9/10
The mum Gloria Campano
The event Gloria accompanied Bradley to a secret reunion gig of Guns N’ Roses in California earlier this month.
He says Regarding their living situation, he commented: ‘I love having her. I wouldn’t have it any other way.’
Did you know? Gloria lived with Bradley at his place in LA for two years following the death of his father in 2011. Reports claimed that Bradley’s brief split with model girlfriend Irina Shayk was due to the poor relationship between Gloria and Irina.
Mummy’s boy? 10/10