“I can kick, stretch, and kick — I’m 50!” Molly Shannon’s popular SNL character Sally O’Malley proudly proclaimed. Fifty, it has been observed, is the new 30. While once it was uncommon, today there are more and more women getting pregnant and delivering healthy babies at 50 years old. And for celebrities, who have the money for the best health care possible, it’s become something of a trend (for more trendiness, take a look at how many sets of twins are involved in this list). Here’s a list of ten celebrities who gave birth in or near their 50th year.
Acclaimed singer Janet Jackson married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2012; it was her third marriage. Jackson stunned the world when in 2016 she announced, at the age of 50, she was expecting her first child. The couple’s son Eissa was born in January of 2017, when Jackson was almost 51 years old. Sadly, by April the couple separated and are currently pursuing a divorce.
The actress, whose first role was in “Annie Hall” but is more famous for being in all of the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” films — and also starred as Patsy Cline in the Sissy Spacek vehicle “Coal Miner’s Daughter”— gave birth to her first children, twins Anton and Olivia, just shy of her 50th birthday in 2001. Unfortunately, she separated from her longtime partner Al Pacino the following year. See “Celebs Over 60 Who Became Dads” for more on that one.
Academy Award-winning star of hits like “Thelma and Louise” and “Beetlejuice,” Geena Davis gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Alizeh, at the age of 46 with her then-partner Reza Jarrahy in 2002, following it up with twin boys Kian and Kaiis, in 2004 when she was 48. That same year, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, inspired by the lack of female representation in the children’s entertainment watched by her young daughter.
Famous for having become a lawyer after the murder of her fiancé in 1979, and then becoming a crime analyst for cable television, she had a whirlwind romance with banker David Linch, marrying him in April of 2007. In June that year, she announced to her audience that she was pregnant. By November, she gave birth to twins Lucy Elizabeth and John David, at the age of 48.
Best known for her role in “Jerry McGuire,” Kelly Preston has been married to John Travolta since 1991. She gave birth to their first son, Jett, in 1992, followed by a daughter, Ella, in 2000. However, after the tragedy of losing their eldest child to a seizure in 2009, they decided to have another child and Preston became pregnant at 47. She gave birth to a son, Benjamin, in 2010.
This award-winning actress who won an Oscar for “The Piano” and acclaim in “Broadcast News” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?” is probably best known currently as the voice of Elastigirl in Pixar’s “Incredibles” franchise. But in 2006, she became a first time mother at the age of 47 when she gave birth to twin boys, Claude and Press, fathered by her longtime partner, Scottish actor Gordon McDonald.
International model and philanthropist Iman was also the wife of the late, great David Bowie. In 2000 she stunned the world when, after decades of failed attempts to have children either naturally or through IVF (and after having all but given up in favor of adoption) Iman found herself pregnant at age 45. She gave birth to the pair’s only child, daughter Alexandria Zahra.
Best known as the mother on hit television show “Malcolm in the Middle,” and for guest-starring roles in just about every other show during the ’90s, Jane Kaczmarek was married to fellow actor Bradley Whitford (“The West Wing”), with whom she had three children, all born while she was in her forties. Their third child, daughter Mary Louisa, was born when Kaczmarek was almost 48.
While not an actress, she’s certainly a major international celebrity: Helen Fielding is the acclaimed author of the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” novels and was considered one of the biggest voices of the late 20th century. She had her first child, son Dashiell, at age 43, and a daughter, Romy, at age 48 in 2006 with her partner, “The Simpsons” writer Kevin Curran.
One of the main stars of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” from 2012 to 2018, Kenya Moore is also known for her turn on “Celebrity Apprentice” and one of the “Sharknado” films. Before that, though, she was a Miss USA contestant; in 1993 she became only the second African-American woman to win the crown (after Vanessa Williams). In 2017, she surprised her fans by marrying businessman Marc Daly; they welcomed their first child in 2018, daughter Brooklyn Doris, when Moore was 46.