"It's not what you know, but who you know," according to the age old adage.

It may be a cliche, but it's true. It's difficult to navigate life without someone on the inside or a connection to propel you forward. There's a sure-fire technique to dig your way out of every resume buried deep in the enormous slush pile... if you just happen to know the proper person. Or, even better, you have a connection to the appropriate person. Not wallowing in anonymity and hoping for the best is the way to go.

However, it can also work in the opposite direction. This happens from time to time when well-known persons have well-known relatives. They may not want to be identified with their renowned fathers or anyone else to be able to stand on their own or avoid embarrassment. The causes for this differ. Here are some notable celebrities whose parents you may not realize you already know.

Jamie Lee Curtis is Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis' daughter

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Jamie Lee Curtis The Work: Halloween, Freaky Friday The Parents: Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis The Parents' Work: Psycho, Spartacus, Some Like it Hot

Source: Screen Rant

Joss Whedon is a third-generation TV writer

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Al AW Joss Whedon The Work: Buffy, Firefly, Avengers, Dollhouse, feminist backlash, the bad Justice League Dad Tom Whedon's Work: Alice, The Golden Girls Granddad John Whedon's Work: The Donna Reed Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show

Source: Us Weekly

Carrie Fisher is Debbie Reynold's daughter

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Carrie Fisher The Work: Star Wars, re-writing Star Wars, being Carrie Fisher The Mom: Debbie Reynolds The Mom's Work: Singing in the Rain, Charlotte's Web

Source: People

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Billie Lourd's is Carrie Fisher's daughter

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Billie Lourd The Work: Scream Queens, Star Wars, being Princess Leia's stand-in The Mom: Carrie Fisher The Mom's Work: Star Wars, re-writing Star Wars, being Carrie Fisher

Source: People

Daisy Ridley's Great uncle is Arnold Ridley, known in the UK for Dad's Army

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Daisy Ridley The Work: Star Wars, Chaos Walking The Great Uncle: Arnold Ridley The Great Uncle's Work: Dad's Army Don't worry, unless you eat tea and crumpets, it's not weird you've never heard of Dad's Army, but if you order lemonade when you mean Sprite, you're probably chuffed to bits about this.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

Stranger Things' Maya Hawke is Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman's daughter

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Maya Hawke The Work: The cool N lesbian in Stranger Things The Parent: Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman The Parent's Work: Kill Bill, Before Sunset

Source: People

Maude Apatow's parents are Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Maude Apatow The Work: Euphoria, Our Life The Parents: Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann The Parents' Work: Forty Year Old Virgin, Jurassic World, Knocked Up

Source: Slate

Lily Collins is Phil Collins' daughter

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Lily Collins The Work: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Les Mis, Emily in Paris The Parent: Phil Collins The Parent's Work: He's goddamn Phil Collins

Source: Today

Emma Roberts' aunt is Julia Roberts

CRACKED.COM NEPOTISM BABIES Emma Roberts The Work: American Horror Story, Scream Queens The Aunt: Julia Roberts The Aunt's Work: Every good chick flick to ever exist, plus Ocean's Eleven

Source: The List

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