Angelina Jolie has plenty of hired help to mind her six-kid brood, but you'll never guess who watched her when she was a tot.
At the Motion Picture Academy's Governors Awards over the weekend, where the 38-year-old was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Bruce Dern told Yahoo Movies a story about his daughter, actress Laura, babysitting Jolie when she just a wee one.
"Jon Voight's a friend of mine, so I remember Laura babysat one night for Angelina when Angelina was 2 and Laura about 8 ... because Jon and I were doing 'Coming Home,'" Bruce said referring to the 1978 movie. "They were staying over at [director] Hal Ashby's house, so they asked [Laura] to come over [to watch Angie]."
But don't think that bond kept the ladies tight forever. An addendum to the story is that in 2000, a 24-year-old Jolie fell for — and (briefly) married — Laura's long-term, live-in boyfriend, Billy Bob Thornton. Laura later famously summed up the real-life drama by telling Talk magazine, "I left home to work on a movie, and while I was away, my boyfriend got married, and I've never heard from him again." (These days, Laura is part of Jennifer Aniston's inner circle. Wonder what those two have in common…)
Well, not all celebs who watched other celebs had such an unfortunate parting of ways. For instance, Zac Posen kept an eye on Lena Dunham when they were New York City school kids, taking her on the subway each day to school. Today, he helps her shine on the red carpet.
"Was I good babysitter? I hope so," the designer and "Project Runway" judge, who dressed the "Girls" star for the Golden Globes earlier this year, told omg!. "I was definitely a fun babysitter. It's funny, [Lena has] talked about sort of the nurturing role [I had in her life], but she was a very inspiring young girl."
Robin Thicke now needs someone to mind his son for date nights with wife Paula Patton, but back in 1988 his babysitter was a young boy's dream come true. While his "Growing Pains" star dad, Alan, was traveling in Europe that year, he asked his pal Wayne Gretzky and wife Janet to kept an eye on the future "Blurred Lines" crooner, who was 11. However, The Great One's babysitting gig ended abruptly when he was traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles.
"I called [home] from Norway because I picked up the Oslo morning paper and saw pictures of Gretzky — but I couldn't understand the text, of course," Alan recently recounted to Sportsnet. "I thought maybe there had been a fire, a mudslide, a drive-by shooting, who knows? So I called home and learned Wayne left early in the morning. He got the call at about 9 p.m. and was gone by 6 the next morning. So we had to find a substitute nanny instantly, which is not as bad as what Edmonton had to find to replace him."
Another unusual caretaker/charge pairing is Michael Bolton, 60, and Paula Abdul, 51. When she was growing up in Los Angeles, Bolton became pals with Abdul's older sister and was tapped for childcare detail. The former "American Idol" judge told Jimmy Kimmel that the "When a Man Loves a Woman" singer wasn't very attentive — he was busy making music with some of the other musicians in Abdul's apartment building. And while he didn't help her with her homework ("He only wanted to jam," she griped), he did sing her to sleep. Years later, Bolton asked Abdul to do the choreography for one of his tours.
William H. Macy, 63, and Joan Cusack, 51, also had a similar relationship. While they are now co-stars on "Shameless" — their characters had a kinky romance — but when Macy was a recent college grad living in Chicago hoping to make it big, he earned extra cash watching the Cusack kids, also including John. That came about when Macy appeared in a play with their father, Dick, who threw some extra cash Macy's way for assistance with childcare.
Also in the Windy City, Macy struck up a similar relationship with Byrne Piven — the actor father of Jeremy, 48. Macy also did odd jobs for the family, including — you guessed it — watching the future "Entourage" star. "Jeremy was just a little kid," Macy told the Associate Press. And "I needed the work."
It was twins times two on the set of "Full House" when Tia and Tamera Mowry, 35, found themselves looking after Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, 27, in the early 1990s.
"A lot of people don't know this, but [Tamera] and I babysat for them," Tia said on "Watch What Happens Live." Tamera chimed in, "Our brother played Teddy, who was Michelle's best friend, on 'Full House.' So we babysat them on the set."
But while they love their former little charges, the Mowry sisters don't wear clothes from their couture clothing lines, adding that they, um, couldn't afford to.
Many kids develop crushes on their babysitters — and Topher Grace, 35, was no different. Only his babysitter in Darien, Connecticut, was Chloë Sevigny, 39.
"I had such a crush on her when I was a kid," the "That '70s Show" alum told Australia's Who. "She was the cool babysitter. We were in plays together too — she was the Scarecrow and I was the Tin Man."
And perhaps the most unlikely pair of all is Kiefer Sutherland, 46, and … Gwyneth Paltrow, 41. Well, at least the "24" star thinks he watched the Goop guru back in the day.
"I was working in a theater with her mother [Blythe Danner] in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and I believe on a couple of occasions I was asked to look after [Gwyneth] for an hour or two," Sutherland said on the red carpet at the "Monsters vs. Aliens" premiere in 2009. "I think it was very funny because it's unbelievable how fast someone goes from 13 to 18, and obviously they look so different that when Gwyneth started to work, I thought, 'Well, that must be another girl' because I always remember her as being 11 or 12 years old."
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