Celebrities draw a ton of attention, essentially by definition. The relentless and overwhelming focus on them often means other interesting details can get lost, such as things they do that aren't related to their careers or odd bits of their back story.

One of the first things that tends to get obscured or forgotten in the life of celebrities are their parents. The fact is, no celebrity simple appears out of thin air--they were all raised by someone. Often times, these people are just as amazing as their famous offspring.

Fore example, Sally Field's mom was actually an incredibly prolific movie and TV actress in her hey day. Margaret O'Mahoney (Sally's mom) was in around 90 movies and shows in her career, including some lead roles in big movies!

Tupac’s mom, a Black Panther, went on trial for conspiring to bomb NYC landmarks – and she got acquitted one month before she gave birth to him. 

Here’s the full story, plus 14 others:

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