5. Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth was adopted in 1968 at only five days old.
7. Nelson Mandela
After his father’s death, Nelson Mandela was adopted at the age of nine by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu people.
8. Babe Ruth
Born George Herman Ruth, Jr. in 1895, Babe Ruth was sent to an orphanage at the age of seven: “Babe’s tavern-owning parents placed him and his sister in orphanages, sending Babe to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. It was there that Babe met Brother Matthias, who taught him how to play baseball.”
9. Michael Bay
This Transformers director was adopted as a child and spent his earlier years searching for his biological mother. Though Bay is unsure who his real father is, he jokingly claims that Steven Spielberg and Jerry Bruckheimer share his “creative DNA.”
11. Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert was adopted after one day of birth by actor and comedian Paul Gilbert, ultimately helping her land the role of Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie.
16. Richard Burton
A 17-year-old Richard Jenkins was almost adopted by Philip Burton, his schoolmaster, but the law prevented this as Philip was too young. However, Richard legally changed his last name, living as if Philip Burton was his true father.
19. Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs’s biological father was Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian Muslim. Jandali’s girlfriend at the time was Joanne Schieble, but her parents objected to their mixed relationship, resulting in Steve Jobs’ adoption at birth by Paul and Clara Jobs.