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5 Celebrities You Didn't Know Gave Their Baby Up For Adoption

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Celebrities are normal people just like us. They go to the grocery store, they eat fast food and they have the same urge for privacy that all people do. While they may have huge mansions, luxury cars and make millions of dollar, their lives were always that way.  

Many celebrities have given up a baby for adoption before they had the resources to care for their child. Giving up your baby is not an easy decision, nor one that should be taken lightly. Sometimes the child remains a secret of the past, while other times, the celebrity tries to make contact later in life.

Here's a list of celebrities you didn't know gave up a baby for adoption:

Kate Mulgrew

While you may recognize Kate Mulgrew as Captain Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager or from her recent role as Red on the show, Orange is the New Black, she was not always a household name.

Katherine Kiernan Milgrew grew up in a large Irish Catholic family in Iowa.

When she was just 17, she left home to study acting at Stella Adler's Conservatory in New York City. Her first big role came during her junior year, so she quit school to portray Mary Ryan on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. Shortly after accepting this lead role, she found out she was pregnant.

The producers of the show, didn't want to lose the actress, so they wrote her pregnancy into the story line. With no support from family or the baby's father, Kate decided to give the baby up for adoption.

Shortly after giving her up for adoption with the church, she started looking for her baby.

"I instantly regretted giving her up. It was instant. I went immediately the first week. I begged," Mulgrew said.

The decision was not reversible, however. She moved on with her life. Married and had 2 sons, but she never gave up looking for her first born.

She had no luck until 1998 when Kate and her daughter got in contact. While on the set of Star Trek, she received a call from her daughter, Danielle Gaudette and then immediately flew out to see her. The two have been close ever since.

Joni Mitchell

A powerful and well-known singer, songwriter and record producer, Roberta Joan Anderson would become Joni Mitchell after she married her husband.

At 21, Joan Anderson was dirt poor and pregnant as an unknown folksinger in a Toronto rooming house. The baby girl was born February 19, 1965. The child's father, a Calgary artist named Brad MacMath disappeared to California leaving her alone.

Being pregnant out of wedlock was a huge scandal in the early 60's and she didn't want to ask her parents in Saskatchewan for help. Feeling it was her only choice, she gave up the baby for adoption.

At the age of 6 months, Kelly- renamed Kilauren Gibb was adopted by two teachers David and Ida Gibb in the Toronto suburb of Don Mills. She grew up in a world of private schools, country clubs, and tropical vacations. She later landed a career as a fashion model.

She says that her parents didn't tell her that she was adopted until she was 27 and pregnant with her own child. After that, she embarked on a 5 year quest to track down her birth mother.

The two were reunited in 1997 after Mitchell received a letter. They met a week later.

“(Gibb) had abandonment issues and she was pretty rough on me and conscripted my granddaughter, but we’ve worked through all of that. We reminisced about all the little tricks we pulled and the ways we can hurt each other. That’s over. We’re going to see each other soon,” Mitchell said.

The mother-daughter reunion only lasted until 2001, when they had a fight and separated.

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