Reneé Taylor and Ann Guilbert became famous embodying "Fran Fine's" mother and grandmother in the sitcom The Nanny. In real life, the two actresses are just three years apart from each other. Would you have guessed that?!
Almost everybody knows Holland Taylor due to her part in the successful sitcom Two and a Half Men. The actress celebrated her biggest success playing "Alan" (Jon Cryer) and "Charlie's" (Charlie Sheen) selfish mother "Evelyn Harper".
Cloris Leachman was featured in eleven episodes of the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle, playing "Lori", the grandmother of "Malcolm" (Frankie Muniz), "Reese" (Justin Berfield), "Dewey" (Eric Per Sullivan) and "Francis" (Christopher Masterson). The next actor even has a famous son in real life...
In King of Queens, Jerry Stiller played the eccentric father of "Carrie Heffernan" (Leah Remini). As "Arthur Spooner" he constantly picks fights, especially with his son-in-law, "Doug" (Kevin James). In real life, however, Jerry is the father of the very successful actor, Ben Stiller.
Actress Rosetta LeNoire was best known as "Estelle Winslow" in the sitcom Family Matters. Playing the mother of "Carl" (Reginald VelJohnson), she often made ironic jokes about sporting activities such as parachuting, as some may remember. Unfortunately, Rosetta passed away in 2002 - way too early.
Clarice Taylor made a name for herself playing the role of "Anna Huxtable" in the sitcom The Cosby Show. She played the mother of the obstetrician and gynaecologist "Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable", who was played by Bill Cosby.
As the stern and strict "Emily Gilmore", Kelly Bishop played the mother of "Lorelai" (Lauren Graham) and grandmother of "Rory" (Alexis Bledel) in the successful series Gilmore Girls. While her character has a difficult relationship with her daughter in the series, the relationship with her granddaughter "Rory" is way better. On the next screen, however, you will find another classic sitcom...
"Sophia Petrillo" was the perfect addition to the dream team around her daughter "Dorothy" (Beatrice Arthur) and her friends "Rose" (Betty White) and "Blanche" (Rue McClanahan). The iconic part in Golden Girls was played by the one and only Estelle Getty.
Doris Roberts held the role of "Marie Barone" in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Her character is obsessed with cooking and a clean household and she simply cannot leave her adult sons "Raymond" (Ray Romano) and "Robert" (Brad Garrett) alone.
Mary Beth Peil played the role of "Evelyn Ryan" in the series Dawson's Creek. She's the grandmother of "Jen Lindley" (Michelle Williams) on the show..
Estelle Parsons played "Beverly Harris", the mother of "Roseanne" in the sitcom of the same name. The role of her own mother "Nana Mary" was played by Shelley Winters. On the next screen, you will find another famous grandmother!
In the television series The Sopranos, Nancy Marchand played the mother of the mafia boss "Tony Soprano" (James Gandolfini). Again and again "Livia" is the reason for "Tony's" panic attacks...