Who are the oldest celebrity moms? At 47, Halle Berry will definitely be on the list!

Halle Berry pregnant with her second child at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Call' held at ArcLight Hollywood Theatre.

We weren’t the only ones shocked to learn 46-year-old Halle Berry is expecting her second child.

“This has been the biggest surprise of my life, to tell you the truth,” Berry, who will be 47 when she delivers, told CNN reporter Alina Cho last weekend. “Thought I was kind of past the point where this could be a reality for me. So it’s been a big surprise and the most wonderful.”

Although Berry is up there by most pregnancy age standards, she certainly isn’t the only celebrity to sport a baby bump in her 40s. Here’s a list — from youngest to oldest — of 41+ celebrity moms.

Nicole Kidman: 41 years, 0 months

After struggling with infertility for years, Nicole Kidman welcomed her first daughter with Keith Urban in 2008. The couple used a gestational surrogate for their second daughter.

Salma Hayek: 41 years, 0 months

Hayek gave birth to a healthy baby girl in 2007, but a doctor reportedly told her during her pregnancy that the baby had Down Syndrome. For mothers aged 40, the chance of having a baby with Down Syndrome is 1-in-100. That’s a dramatic increase over the 1-in-1000 odds of 30-year-old moms. (For mothers aged 45, 1-in-30 babies are born with Down Syndrome.)

Mariah Carey: 41 years, 3 months

Carey gave birth to twins in 2011. After suffering a miscarriage, Carey said acupuncture and fertility treatments helped her get pregnant and delivery healthy babies.

Julianne Moore: 41 years, 3 months

Julianne Moore and Daughter Liv

Moore gave birth to her lookalike daughter in 2002 when she was 41.

Tina Fey: 41 years, 4 months

Of her decision to have a second child, Fey wrote in her memoir, Bossypants: “Do I look like someone who should be pregnant? I look good for 40, but I have the quaggy jawline and hollow cheeks of a mom, not a pregnant lady. It’s now or never. This decision can’t be delayed.”

Apparently she decided “now.” The 30 Rock funny lady gave birth to her second daughter in 2011.

Meryl Streep: 41 years, 11 months

With two Academy Awards under her belt, Streep was already an accomplished actress when she gave birth to her fourth child in 1991.

Madonna: 41 years, 11 months

The Material Girl gave birth to her second child in August 2000. Madonna turned 42 just one week later. She has since adopted two more children from Africa.

Uma Thurman: 42 years, 5 months

Thurman gave birth to her third child last October. The baby girl (with an extra long name!) is her first with her partner Arpad Busson.

Celine Dion: 42 years, 6 months

Celine Dion Twins at 42

The music legend gave birth to twins in 2010 with her 68-year-old husband, Rene Angelil. Dion publicly credited in-vitro fertilization, although she underwent four failed attempts before successfully getting pregnant.

Jane Seymour: 44 years, 9 months

The Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman star gave birth to twin boys in late 1995 with the help of in-vitro fertilization.

Marcia Cross: 44 years, 10 months

After beginning fertility treatment at 44, the Desparate Housewives star gave birth to twin girls. However, she’s not one to promote becoming a mother at an older age.

“Your forties is not the time to be thinking about getting pregnant,” she said last year.

Iman: 45 years, 0 months

Iman and David Bowie Baby

Iman had a child from a previous marriage, but gave birth to her first child with David Bowie in 2000.

Susan Sarandon: 45 years, 7 months

Sarandon gave birth to her second child when she was 42 years, 7 months. Then she did it again three years later!

Jane Kaczmarek: 46 years, 11 months

Jane Kaczmarek Older Mother

Perhaps the most prolific older mother on the list, the Malcom in the Middle actress gave birth to children at 41, 44 and 46.

Holly Hunter: 47 years, 9 months

Hunter became a first-time mother in 2006 when she gave birth to twins.

Kelly Preston: 48 years, 1 month

After their teenage son tragically died in 2009, John Travolta and Kelly Preston successfully tried for another baby.

Geena Davis: 48 years, 3 months

Geena Davis Pregnant

Davis gave birth to twins in 2004, just two years after having a daughter at age 46. She reportedly didn’t undergo any fertility treatments.

Maria del Carmen Bousada: 66 years

Although she’s not a celebrity, this 66-year-old mother deserves mention for being the oldest on record. She delivered twins in 2006 after lying to a fertility clinic about her age. Tragically, the babies were orphaned two years later when she died at age 69.


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  • Ally

    Honestly I think this is extremely sad, most of these babies they have at such an old age will lose their parents really young. What are the odds their parents will be around when the finish high school, graduate college, get married, have their own kids?

    I know even at say 25, things happen, BUT not near as much at those ages.

    • anjealka

      I feel the same way. My husband and I both were born to parents in their 40’s. My husband father passed away as a teen(mine at 20) and by the time we had kids (in our late 20’s) our kids have no grandparents. I’m not saying they can’t be good parents. I loved my dad so much, he was wonderful but I still get sad that he did see me go to grad school, get married, have kids. My parents were financially responsible so I was okay. My husband’s family after losing both parents (his mom had kids till 48 and also adopted into her 50’s) did not fair as well. The older kids were fine but some of the under 18’s have had a to learn many life lessons fast.

    • Cassandra

      There’s nothing wrong or extremely sad about people in their 40s having children. What’s important about parenting is being a good parent in the time you have with your children. Not to mention, average American lives into their 70s/80s. If you have a child in your 40s and you’re the average American, you should be in your last years when your child hits age 40. That’s plenty of time to see your children do wonderful things, get married, have kids of their own, etc. Not to mention, these are celebrities who have the best resources available to them, and there’s a good chance they’ll live longer than the average American if they don’t get into deadly habits or get a disease, which could happen to anyone of any age. Anjealka, if both your parents and your husband’s were in their 40s when they had you, but died by the time you were 20 (and I’m sorry to hear that), they didn’t live an average life span for an American (if you’re not American, I apologize, but I believe this article is talking about American celebrities), so your story isn’t one to use in argument against this. Both of you are just looking for something to bash about this phenomenon. It’s not that I don’t get it, because I do. My father was in his 50s when he had me, and I live with the reality every day that he’ll probably die within the next few years and I haven’t gotten far into my first career yet. But that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have had me, and it doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with older people having children.

    • Lacey Sheridan

      My mother was 44 when I was born; she died when I was 18. Granted, 63 is on the young side to die, but as you say, it’s much more likely at that age.

  • LexiconD1

    What your article fails to mention is that most of these pregnancy came about through artificial means. The women who carried the pregnancy are not, for the most part, biologically related to the child as they used another women’s eggs to conceive. The had to, theirs were much too old.

    • starcasmnet

      From our research, these women all carried their biological babies. In-vitro fertilization involves fertilizing the egg outside of the body and then transfering it to the woman. As said in this article, some of the women used this process. Others naturally conceived. The average age of menopause is 51, so it’s completely possible the eggs were their own.

      • LexiconD1

        I didn’t say it was impossible, but I’ve read on different sites that Kelly Preston, Marcia Cross, and a few others did not use their own eggs in this process (for fear of birth defects). It’s not natural for most, or it would be common to children in your later 40’s.

        I’m 45, I’d love to have another baby, since I only have one, but no way am I going to chance having a child be born special needs (my first child was, I know what that takes out of you, emotionally, physically, and financially), and the odds go dramatically way up the older you are. I’d be interested in how many of them had eggs fertilized from previous procedures, like Celine Dion…

        • Lacey Sheridan

          I can certainly understand Kelly Preston using another egg. Her son Jet was autistic, and she was only 30 when he was born. Why risk it?

          • mary b

            From what I have read, Geena Davis did not use her own eggs for her twins (not sure about her first child though). I guess that’s fine, but I never understand using someone else’s egg – why not just adopt?? I get that the child is half-biological from the father, but as a mom, I don’t see why that’s any better. Why not adopt? plenty of beautiful kids who already aren’t biologically yours need homes. Anyway, it’s crazy to think Geena Davis is 61 with children in middle school. She looks so old now, it’s crazy.

    • anjealka

      Yes they could have used there own eggs but they can genetically select which embryos get implanted. You can choose not only the gender(love all these boy/girl twins we have seen from celebrities) but to only use the embryos without certain defects. One of the reasons these celebrities have healthy kids is they have the money to harvest many eggs and only choose the best ones to implant. It is amazing what can be found out from just an embryo these days, but it is very costly and the average person does not have several hundred thousand dollars and the time and travel to go to these centers to get the “perfect baby”(a good example is on little couple’s Jen & Bill Arnold’s process, multiple trips to California, multiple eggs harvests and they only implanted the certain eggs to avoid a fatal genetic double dwarfism gene, & I believe the said each try was nearing 60-65k plus the surrogate fees and travel/time off work).

      • LexiconD1

        I have a special needs child, autistic and dyslexic, I looked into those procedures when I thought I might want another, they are far from perfected. I think a lot of famous people use them anyway. What else could explain so many of them having twins….

        • anjealka

          They conditions they can screen for they have to know the gene that causes the condition. I also have a child with autism & hold a graduate degree related to autism and as far as I know they have not found any specific gene for autism or many other learning disabilities so selecting embryos would not help.. For families that have conditions like fragile X, EDS 4, ALS or any other conditions that a genetic blood test can detect(like Jen & bill’s dwarfism) the procedure works. It also can detect Downs, which is mostly likely why women over 45 are at very high risk for a downs baby but none of these celebrities are having any.

    • my2boysjulia

      So what if they did.I can say from personal experience,that they will feel 100% that this is their own child.I had one biological child at age 23, and another adopted embryo baby at 41.Their is NO DIFFERENCE.They are both my boys.It is a little known fact that there are over half a million frozen embryos waiting to be adopted.To me this is an outrage,why not give them a chance at life?For under $5,000 our dream of another child came true.I honestly wouldnt trade my little boy for my own egg baby,my husband feels the same way.We honestly feel through some divine intervention he was always meant to be with us,and how he came about being is no ones business but our families.
      As for the age thing,you only get so many days on Earth,why not spend them doing something wonderful.

  • carie

    So, is Halle 46 or 47? The headline says 47 but the article says 46.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003617197098 Jordan Bell

      She is 46 now and will be 47 when she has the baby.

  • Anonymous

    I’m 44 and my girlfriend is 42. She wants a baby really bad and so do I! She got pregnant before with her first husband but sadly it was a still born birth. We were trying to conceive for the last 4 months but she is under a lot of stress with things and although she always showed me the 3 ovulation apps she has on her I-phone and we would make love on those days she just didn’t believe it would happen. Needless to say after she came clean with her douche bag second husband of 2 years who is 52. He kicked her out but 4 days later begged her to come back again and she went back to him cutting me off in the process… If only I could have achieved conception with her. So sad :( Sigh……>

  • Alison N

    The sad part is that there are women who actually think you can naturally have babies in their late 40’s and early 50s. Most women have lost the majority of their eggs by 35, and by 40 they’re nearly all gone. These celebs obviously used donor eggs or surrogates. Too many women are going to see these stories and think they have until 40 to start trying for a baby and find out sadly that that’s not the case for most women.