Estrangers & Estrangees

Famous, Infamous and Ordinary People who have experienced Estrangement.

Names are arranged alphabetically by last name. This collection of names of people who have experienced family estrangement include both famous people and some who have had just a brush with fame or infamy due to something that they did or something that someone in their family did.

Jennifer Aniston, actress on Friends, TV program. Was estranged from her mother, Nancy Aniston, after Nancy gave an interview to Hard Copy.

On Nancy Aniston's book:

” 2016 US Magazine article.

2016 Daily Mail article.

May 2017 article on Radar Online. Radar gives the instructions in the will a negative spin. A more charitable conclusion could be that was likely that Jennifer's mother didn't expect that Jennifer would be needing the money and that the granddaughter would be more likely to benefit from it.

Ruthann Aron

Successful wealthy politically ambitious woman who was charged with plotting to have her husband and an attorney who had testified against her in a court case killed. She was estranged from her father, a younger brother, and a once close college roommate.

By Karl Vick, Washington Post Staff Writer, Sunday, February 15, 1998.

Roseanne Barr

Comedienne, actress, writer, was estranged from her parents whom she accused of abusing her as a child. She has been mentioned in several articles about repressed memories and the controversy surrounding memories of abuse that come up during therapy. In the biography on it is reported that she ended the estrangement from her parents and siblings in 2004 and returned to using the name of Roseanne Barr.

(Or the Power of Suggestion"?)

by Elizabeth F. Loftus in American Psychologist 1993, 48, 518-537, Copyright 1993, American Psychological Association


God and Man in Beverly Hills
(Unfortunately the online article is now gone.) by Evgenia Peretz on Interesting article on the Kabbalah movement and its possible influence on the lives and decisions of several celebrities including Roseanne.

Drew Barrymore,

Actress, was estranged from her mother, Jaid Barrymore, for 10 years, an estrangement that ended around the time that Drew was in the movie Riding in Cars with Boys.

She had also been estranged at times from her father, John Drew Barrymore, son of acting legend John Barrymore. Drew's father died on Nov. 29, 2004.
(which includes some interesting statements by Drew about her father) in the Washington Post.

Dec. 11, 2001 Article in Salon |

Kim Basinger.

Her feelings about her mother are mentioned in an online article that was very hard on mothers. The link to that article has died and been removed.

Halle Berry: Estranged from her father.

Harvey Brown.

His brother, Steven Brown, filed a civil suit in 1999 for the wrongful death of his parents against Harvey Brown. Their parents were murdered in 1997. Harvey Brown had been estranged from his father and was suspected of being involved in their deaths. The police had not had sufficient evidence to bring charges. The brothers are estranged from each other.

about the Brown murder case

By Michael Cooper

Juanita Castro, estranged from her brother, Fidel Castro, since 1963.

On CNN: August 3, 2006.

By Ian Margol, Nov. 29, 2016

Pat Conroy, author,who was estranged from his daughter Susannah Ansley Conroy and from a sister. He died in 2016.

From a Nov. 6, 2010 NPR

"As a child, Conroy read literature to escape his family; today, he writes literature to understand and reconnect with them. His memoir My Reading Life is dedicated to his "lost" daughter, Susannah Ansley Conroy.  It reads:

'Know this: I love you with my heart and always will. Your return to my life would be one of the happiest moments I could imagine.'

Conroy divorced Susannah's mother in 1995, when Susannah was barely a teenager. He has hardly seen her since.

'She has a perfect right not to see me," Conroy says. "She's 28 now. But I thought this [dedication] was going to be a last cry of the heart. I would at least try to get her attention and see if I could get her to come back. It has been one of the most soul-killing things to ever happen to me.' "

by Michael Carlson, March 7, 2016 in The Guardian

Tom Cruise: "Dad Abused Me" Yahoo News, April 5, 2006 (Link removed as it is no longer active.)

Christopher "Kit" Culkin: Bio on imdb

Father of Macauley Culkin. Estranged from his children.

Mike Danton, hockey player, estranged from his family & charged with plotting to hire a hit man. An article by Kevin Allen of USA Today tells Danton's tale of woe.

by Kevin Allen, USA Today, April 22, 2004

Hockey player Mike Danton charged with plotting to hire a hit man to kill an acquaintance who is alleged to be Danton's agent.

Rudolf and Adi Dassler, estranged brothers who founded separate sportsware companies: Puma and Adidas.

May 20, 2006 article from Mirror.Co.UK:
By Nick Webster

Bette Davis: Estranged from her daughter, B.D. Hyman. Responded to B.D.'s writings in "This 'N That" in 1987.

On Wikipedia:

B.D. Hyman,
daughter of
Bette Davis
, estranged from her mother after B.D. wrote her first book, My Mother's Keeper. The link is about
B.D. Hyman's
2nd Book,

B.D. Hyman
for her ministry.

a 2006 TV documentary. Available on Amazon on DVD.

Miles Davis: Estranged from two sons, Gregory Davis and Miles Davis, Jr.

by Gregory Davis.

Patti Davis estranged from her parents after publication of her novel: A House of Secrets. Reconciled in 1993.

Bill de Blasio, 109th Mayor of New York City. He was estranged from his father who was an alcoholic. His name at birth was Warren Wilhelm, Jr. In 1983 he changed his name to Warren de Blasio-Wilhelm. In 2002 he changed his name to Bill de Blasio.

On Wikipedia:

Tom DeLay. House Majority Leader.

Estranged from his mother, two brothers, and sister. The link is to a copy of an article titled "Absolute Truth" by Peter Perl that appeared in the Washington Post on May 13, 2001.

"Absolute Truth" by Peter Perl, May 13, 2001 (Link removed as it no longer goes to article.)

Gerard Depardieu estranged from his son, Guillaume.

"At the moment, we have no ties. I cut things off because I no longer want to be the wall, or the trash bin where one dumps anything one wants," the 54-year-old Depardieu said, calling his son "very difficult, incorrigible."

Gerard and his son reconciled but in 2008 his son died of pneumonia. The following link is to an article in The Independent.

Oct. 14, 2008

Joe Dimaggio

Joe Dimaggio and his son, Joe Dimaggio, Jr. were said to be estranged for many years as the time of Joe Sr.'s death.

Richard Ben Cramer chats about his book,
October 25, 2000 on

From the Cramer interview: Richard Ben Cramer: "Joe was estranged from almost all his family. He didin't speak for years with his older brother Vince (also an outfielder, in the National League), and he similarly froze out Dominic, his youngest brother, who played center field for the Red Sox. Joe was also estranged from his only child, Joe DiMaggio, Jr., who in fact drifted, homeless and addicted, into a wanderer's life. While the old man was making a quarter-million dollars per weekend, signing baseballs, Junior was living in a dumpster in California."

Both articles are on a Yale Class of 1964 In Memorium page. Joe Jr. had been a freshman in that class but dropped out after his freshman year. The first article is about Joe Jr.'s death in 1999. The second is a PBS article about the relationship between him and his father.

Eminem: estranged from his mother and other relatives.

On, July 25, 2000:

June 11, 2014
'Life is short ... Mama wants to give you a hug'

Sydney Ethridge, a man who was known in the San Diego area for his activism against the use of lethal force by police during arrests.

Ethridge was estranged from his father for years, an estrangement that was resolved with the assistance of a TV talk show host, Larry Elder, who brought them together again. After appearing on The Larry Elder show, Ethridge and his two sisters went to their father's home. After speaking with his father for hours Ethridge died that same night in his sleep at his father's home. The story is told by San Diego Union-Tribune Staff Reporter David E. Graham:

. Oct. 6, 2004

"This show really struck a chord with me because I had a similar experience with my own father," Elder said. "He and I literally did not speak for almost 10 years. We reconciled years ago, and now we're the best of friends."

Mia Farrow, estranged from adopted daughter Soon-Yi.

On The Independent: June 2, 2006, "My Faith Helps Me Through Hard Times" (Link stopped working so removed.)

Mark Felt, of "Deep Throat" fame. Estranged from and later reconciled with his daughter.

Online USA Today article:

Alina Fernandez, estranged from her father, Fidel Castro.

On Wolfman Productions:

On Amazon:
by Alina Fernandez Revuelta

baseball player, estranged from his father,
Cecil Fielder,
baseball player.

Jodie Foster (1962-), actress. Estranged from her brother, Lucius Fisher "Buddy" Foster.

, a book written by Buddy Foster. Published in 1997.

Adam Yahiye Gadahn: American born in 1978 with family in California. Estranged from his family and involved with Islamists who are virulently anti-American. He appears in anti-American videos that are broadcast around the world by the media. He is being sought by the FBI.

Story by Greg Botelho and Ralph Ellis, CNN

on CNN

Edward Gingerich. In 1993 he became famous for being the first Amishman in history convicted of homicide. He killed his wife. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia. In April 2007 he allegedly kidnapped his estranged teenaged daughter who had been living with her grandparents for the past 14 years.

The Edward Gingerich Case

Rudolph Giuliani, former Mayor of NYC is estranged from his son and daughter.

March 5, 2007. CBS news article. From the article: "Giuliani's 21-year-old son, Andrew, told The New York Times that he would be too busy working on his golf game to participate in his father's presidential campaign."

by Randal D. Archibald on the
The Caucus, Political Blogging from the NY Times,
March 5, 2007. The response comments are interesting too.

David Hale and Milas Hale II, brothers:

by Murray Waas

From "Whitewater witness David Hale attempted to suborn perjury by his own brother by asking him to falsely corroborate illegal acts by President Clinton." Also quoting from the article: "Six people close to the Hale brothers confirmed that they had become estranged from each other in 1993, when David allegedly pressured Milas to lie. Three of those people said that the estrangement was directly related to Milas' refusal to do anything improper to assist David in his effort to avoid accountability for his Whitewater crimes."

by Murray Waas.

Justine Henin, tennis player. She had been estranged from her family but has reconciled.

article by the NY Times News Service, Paris, on the Taipei Times.


Interview by Donald McRae in The Guardian, June 20, 2006.

John H. Holliday, D.D.S., better known as Doc Holliday. Estranged from his father.

Found the Doc Holliday estrangement reference online in the description of his biography:
by Karen Holliday Tanner.

Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor. Estranged from his daughter, Abigail Hopkins, singer, songwriter, and actress.

"I hardly ever hear from her," he said. "She probably has good reasons. I guess we are estranged. I hope she is well. She is too busy and has to do her own thing. I think she is in England somewhere. Life is life. You get on with it."

From online article/interview (April 14, 2006)with Abigail Hopkins: Her Dark Materials by Olga Craig on
(Link no longer working so link has been removed.)

Actress Angelina Jolie estranged from and now reconciled with her father, actor Jon Voight.


February 2010:

David & Ted Kaczynski

Brothers, David & Ted Kaczynski, Unabomber, are estranged. The relationship between Ted and his family had already been strained and distant prior to the discovery that Ted was the Unabomber. After David turned his brother in, Ted became even more estranged from his brother and his mother.

Alicia Keys mends fragile relationship with estranged father. Direct link for article no longer works and searches for the article bring up pages that provide endless popup ads which is irritating. The nice thing about libraries is that they don't usually lose the books. The internet loses links!

Norma Khouri, author of Forbidden Love, a book that was supposed to be the true story of the murder of her friend, Dalia, the victim in an "honor killing" in Jordan.

Norma claimed that she had grown up in Jordan and Dalia had been her longtime childhood friend and business partner. In the summer of 2004 the book was exposed as a hoax after a newspaper did an investigation of the facts in the book.

Norma Khouri turned out to be an American citizen who grew up in Chicago where she was at the time of the incidents detailed in the book. She is estranged from her mother, Asma Bagain, who hasn't seen her since 2000 when Norma and her husband, John Toliopolous disappeared. The book, Forbidden Love, was particularly popular in Australia where Khouri had been given refuge when she was thought to be in need of protection due to her knowledge of the alleged murder. There has been no evidence that Dalia or Dalia's family ever existed.

NY Times article:

Jamaica Kincaid, writer. This article by Jamaica Kincaid about her decision to estrange herself from her mother appeared in the AARP magazine.

by Jamaica Kincaid. June 1, 2008

Esther Lederer - who was better known as Ann Landers. She was estranged for decades from her twin sister Pauline Phillips of Dear Abby fame.

The twin sister advice columnists, Ann Landers (Esther Lederer) and Dear Abby (Pauline Phillips), were estranged for decades. The estrangement was said to be resolved prior to the death of Esther (Eppie) Lederer in 2002. But all did not appear to be well between their daughters, Margo Howard and Jeanne Phillips at that time as reported in the 2002 CBS News article linked below.

CHICAGO, June 27, 2002

February 2003 issue of Chicago. Long interesting article about Eppie Lederer's life

AP article

Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.

The celebrated comedian, actor, and telethon fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy, has written a book on his relationship and estrangement with straight man, actor, and singer Dean Martin.
by Jerry Lewis

Lindsay Lohan: Estranged from her father. Recently there have been reports that they are reconciled. But that could change.

Sept. 11, 2007

By Greg Williams on

Courtney Love. Estranged from her father, Hank Harrison, her mother, Linda Carrol, and her daughter, Frances.

Estranged from her daughter Courtney Love, Linda Carroll went on a journey to find her own mother and wrote a book:

August 2010:

Oct. 2016 Daily Mail Article:
... after the 24-year-old was ordered to pay spousal support in messy divorce

Jenna MacFarlane: Estranged by her family, Jenna advertises in the newspaper for a new family and finds one! She has set up a website for people who want to find new families.


Jenna's former website: (website no longer exists)

Manganaro: The brothers Salvatore and James Dell'Orto each owned a restaurant bearing the name Manganaro on Ninth Ave. in New York City. The restaurants were next to each other. In online accounts of their estrangement and court battles it is reported that they had not spoken to each other in over 25 years. Manganaro's Gourmet Foods closed in 2012. HeroBoy continues in business to the present day.

The dispute was apparently over the use of the family name Manganaro and the name "Hero Boy" for advertising purposes. After learning of the estranged brothers several years ago, I was in NYC and discovered the restaurants. I had lunch in Manganaro's Gourmet Foods and intend to try Manganaro's Hero Boy in the future. Lunch was great! I spoke to the owner to let him know that I enjoyed his restaurant but didn't tell him what brought me to his restaurant.

When I ate in Manganaro Gourmet Foods at 488 9th Ave., I took a photo of the statement of nonaffiliation on their menu. The statement was also posted on a sign outside by the sidewalk and on signs in several places in the restaurant.

Manganaro's Gourmet Foods Statement of Nonaffliliation

Manganoro's Hero BoyThe front of Manganaro's Heroboy at 492 9th Ave. Click image to go to their website.

Online articles about the two restaurants:

Manganaro's Gourmet Foods, 488 9th Ave., NYC

Jester's Courtroom: Oh Brother! (Source: The New York Times September 27, 2002) (Scroll down in list of articles till you get to "Oh Brother".)

Tommy Martin, football all-star. Estranged from parents, adopted by aunt and uncle. Then estranged from them but reconciled years later.

Rona Maynard and Joyce Maynard, sisters and writers who had stopped speaking for several years. Their estrangement ended and their relationship has blossomed. Online articles giving each sister's perspective on their relationship are on their websites.

Rona Maynard's website:

Joyce Maynard's website:

Rona Maynard's book,
which was published in September 2007.

Boxers Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Sr., son and and father, were reported to have reconciled after an estrangement of several years and Floyd, Sr. was training Floyd, Jr. but then Jr. replaced Sr. as trainer with Sr.'s estranged brother, Roger. So it's unclear whether the reconciliation has held or not.

by D. Allan Kerr on, Dec. 14, 2007

by Ralph Rimpell on

James McAvoy, actor, estranged from his father whose name is also James McAvoy.

Sept. 1, 2007

Stefan and Christine Molyneux, husband and wife, both said to be estranged from their parents. Stefan has also estranged his brother. Stefan has a website, FreeDomainRadio, on which he makes available discussion forums on a variety of topics, podcasts, and books.

Much of what Molyneux offers online is free but he also sells subscriptions at various prices and accepts donations. His output is prodigious with hundreds of YouTube videos (user name stefbot), over 1,000 podcasts, seven books, frequent participation in his discussion forums.

He has been blamed for a number of family estrangements initiated by followers of his writings and podcasts. In late 2008 Molyneux received a lot of publicity in the media in England over the story of a young man named Tom who estranged himself from his family after participating in discussions on

A continuing analysis of the FreeDomainRadio Community

Stefan Molyneux's site

- The FreeDomain blog

Dec. 12, 2008 by Kate Hilpern, The Daily Mail

Nov. 18, 2008

Dec. 30, 2008

(in four parts), Dec. 28, 2008 (The experience of a participant in FDR who calls himself Dash. Scroll down in the page to where Part 1 begins.)

Heidi Montag, reality TV star, estranged for 9 months from her mother as of late 2010.

On Radar, Dec. 2010:

Daily Mail Article, June 14, 2012:

on Wikipedia.

Demi Moore. Estranged from her mother but reconciled prior to her mother's death.

Melba Moore Actress and singer estranged from her daughter.

Madalyn Murray O'Hair, estranged from son William, an evangelist.

Will was estranged also from his brother, John Garth, and his daughter, Robin. The disappearance in the summer of 1995 of Madalyn Murray, her son, John Garth Murray, and her granddaughter, Robin Murray O'Hair, became the subject of much speculation about their fate. Their bodies were found in 2001. All had been murdered.

On Crime Magazine:
by Lona Manning

On Wikipedia:

On Who2:

Ryan O'Neal estranged from daughter, Tatum O'Neal for 25 years. They reconciled and are appearing together in a reality show called The O'Neals that ran on the Oprah Winfrey network in the winter of 2011. This was quite a fascinating reality show that did not appear to result in a lasting reconciliation. Their estrangement seems to be continuing.

, by Tatum O'Neal came out at the end of the reality show. I suspect that she may have seen the show as an excellent opportunity to get publicity for her book.

Sharon Osbourne. Estranged from her father, Don Arden, for twenty years after she took over the career of Ozzie Osbourne. Reconciled with her father in 2002. He died in July 2007.

Daily Mail article, July 2007:

Linda Owens and Rebecca Owens.

Rebecca has estranged herself from her mother, Linda, after learning as an adult that Tookie Williams was the man who murdered her father when she was 8 years old. She had thought that her father's murderer had been put to death years ago. She hadn't known his identity until 2001. Linda acknowledges that it was a mistake not to tell her daughters the truth about their father's murder from the beginning.

Fred Waldron Phelps Sr.

A repellent individual who estranged himself from his father and sister due to his religious objections to his father marrying a divorcee. In later life Phelps was estranged by several of his thirteen children. Phelps, a preacher, went to military funerals and other gatherings where he carried signs that denigrated homosexuals. He hated Finns and Swedes among many others. He died in 2014.

Pauline Phillips, advice columnist and twin sister of Esther Lederer who also wrote an advice column. See the entry above for Esther Lederer for information and links.

Eric Roberts: Estranged for years from his sister, actress Julia Roberts, and his daughter, actress Emma Roberts, and his mother. He reported reconciling with his sister in 2004. I have no information on whether he reconciled with his mother or daughter.



Julia Roberts was estranged from her older brother, Eric. The estrangement was reported to have ended in 2004.

On Wikipedia:

Meg Ryan has been estranged from her mother, Susan Ryan Jordan, who has written a book: The Immune Spirit: A Story of Love, Loss and Healing; One Woman's Triumph over Breast Cancer, from the Mother of Meg Ryan The book is about the estrangement but also about her recovery from breast cancer.

Laura Schlesinger, radio talk show host, estranged from her mother, Yolanda Schlesinger, who was found dead in her own home in late 2002. She had been dead for some time before she was found.

April 1, 2003

General Daniel E. SicklesGeneral Daniel E. Sickles, a Civil War Veteran who had been at Gettysburg.

A New York Times article of May 4, 1914 refers to a 29 year estrangement with his son, Stanton, that was resolved in 1914 at the time of his death. (Long after I found this link and included it here, I discovered that a book had been written about Sickles. The book's title is
by Thomas Keneally.)

Anna Nicole Smith. Was estranged from both of her parents, a sister, an aunt and uncle. Mentions of the estrangements were found in the following articles.

Anna Nicole Smith Photos to Jeopardize Court Battle

Muriel Sparks, author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, died at 88 in April 2006. She was estranged from her sculptor/painter son, Robin.

Britney Spears, estranged from her mother, Lynne Spears reported in June 2007. A reconciliation was reported in October 2007.

October 2007: article

Phil Spector, estranged from adopted son, Louis Spector.

Tori Spelling, estranged from father, Aaron Spelling, now deceased, from her mother, Candy, and also from ex-husband, Charlie Shanian. Was reported to be reconciling with her mother, Candy, in the spring of 2007 but things didn't work out and they were reported to be estranged in 2009. But late in 2009 they were reported to be reconciled again and, so far, they seem to be remaining reconciled.

March 30, 2007:
by Courtney Rubin and Scott Huber

On TMZ: July 26, 2006:

Candy & Tori Spelling Reconcile, Dec. 2009 on Huffington Post. Link no longer active so removed link but left headline.

Jelaila Starr, psychic counselor. Article on a family reunion in 1999.

Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, estranged from her daughter, writer and feminist Rebecca Walker. Alice Walker was also estranged from her father.

- Alice Walker on attempting to correct the misinformation about her on Wikipedia, particularly misinformation about the estrangement of her by her daughter.

Also, on the
of is a link to a poem by Alice Walker: "Despair is the Ground Bounced Back From" which is from her book of poetry:
published by The New Press, First Edition edition (April 2, 2013).

Alice Walker:

By Stephanie Rosenbloom, NY Times March 18, 2007

"Rebecca Walker and Anne Lamott don't get that some thoughts are best kept private." By Jessica Hopper, March 30, 2007, Chicago Reader. From article: ""Oddly enough, Walker's pregnancy observations aren't nearly as embarassing as the way she unpacks her relationship with her own mother, writer Alice Walker. Without a hint of tact, she hangs their dirty laundry out for all to see."

Rebecca Walker,
By Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, March 30, 2007; Page C04

"Can I survive having a baby? Will I lose myself ... ?" By Sharon Krum, Saturday May 26, 2007, The Guardian. From the article: "In an email, Rebecca asked Alice to apologise for what she felt was years of hurt; Rebecca says Alice refused and claimed she was no longer interested in the job of mother. Today they are estranged;"

Daily Intel, May 23, 2007

Rebecca Walker's

On Amazon:
by Rebecca Walker.

On Amazon:
by Rebecca Walker

Karma Wilson's Story:

An article that was online but now the website where the article was found exists no more unfortunately. I hate to remove the mention of the article which was: "Karma Wilson: A Story of Resolution" written by a woman who reestablished contact with her mother and, subsequently, her grandmother through the internet after a 10 year estrangement. A story that gives hope for resolution.