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Six surprising pairs of celebrity relatives

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In Hollywood, success often runs in the family. But sometimes it's not obvious which celebrities are related. Sometimes the reason involves a different stage name. Ideally, it's because an artist's work stands on its own.

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Elle King

Nominated for two awards at the 2016 Grammys, Elle King is best known for her breakthrough hit, "Ex's and Oh's."

Her music spoke for itself as it climbed the charts in 2015, and it wasn't immediately apparent that her dad is "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Rob Schneider.

Rob Schneider On Daughter Elle King | The Meredith Vieira Show

Former NBC host Meredith Vieira was among those who hadn't known they're related.

"[King] wanted to have her own name, because it's tough being a kid of a famous person. I'm really happy for her," Schneider said as a guest on Vieira's show in December 2015.

In an interview with Billboard magazine, King recalled a lesson she learned from her father.

When you have a big personality you can... be the life of the party or you can be in a bad mood and suck the [bleep]ing life out of it.
Elle King, recalling a lesson learned from her dad

Lily Collins

Her most recent role is in Amazon's "The Last Tycoon."

Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (Official Music Video)

Landing her big break playing the daughter of Sandra Bullock's character in "The Blind Side," the model-actress has family ties that may be obscured by her relatively common last name.

Because of this, it may be surprise to some that she's the daughter of seven-time Grammy winner Phil Collins.

In June 2016, Lily celebrated Father's Day with an Instagram tribute to her famous dad.

What I learned from my family is that if this is truly what you love to do, everything has a cost.
Lily Collins, to the Daily Mail in August 2015

Growing up in a notable family also taught her that fame comes with a price.

Last February, Yahoo asked Mr. Collins if she was dating Nick Jonas, the type of question that isn't normally posed to a dad. 

"What I learned from my family," Lily told the Daily Mail in August 2015, "is that if this is truly what you love to do, everything has a cost."

Mamie Gummer

The actress has roles on "Manhattan" and "The Good Wife."

Her mom, Meryl Streep, is one of Hollywood's most celebrated actors.

Mamie Gummer Talks Acting On Screen With Mom Meryl Streep | TODAY

Even with a stage name, once people realize she's Streep's daughter, it's impossible to shake. So, she told "Today" in August 2015, she's embraced it.

Watching a clip of herself as a kid acting beside Streep, Gummer joked to "Today" that "not much has [changed]. She still feeds me."

Martha Plimpton

The actress currently stars in "The Real O'Neals."

Martha Plimpton wins Emmy Award for The Good Wife (2012)

An Emmy winner for her guest role on the CBS drama "The Good Wife" and a nominee for her comedic work on Fox's "Raising Hope," Plimpton has a high-profile résumé dating back to her appearance in the 1985 film "The Goonies."

While it was common knowledge when she was a child, fans today may not realize her father is actor and Oscar-winning songwriter Keith Carradine.

In July 2006, Carradine told The New York Times that when he impregnated Martha's mother, Shelley Plimpton, he was 19 and scared. But he credited both of them for allowing him to be a part of Martha's life again when Martha turned 4.

"[Shelley] did a hell of a job raising Martha," Carradine said. "I was not there. I was a very young man, absolutely terrified. She just took that in, and then she welcomed me into Martha's life when I was ready."

Emma Roberts

The actress made the leap from Nickelodeon to larger roles.

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The top-billed actress on Fox's "Scream Queens," Emma's known primarily for her film work these days.

Following her big break on Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous," she parlayed TV success into film, including roles in "Valentine's Day," "Scream 4," "We're the Millers" and "Adult World."

There was a time when fans first likened her to either her dad, Oscar nominee Eric Roberts...

Emma Roberts Talks About Her Famous Aunt Julia Roberts

...and/or to Emma's aunt, Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts.

While visiting the set of the 2000 movie "Erin Brockovich," a young Emma couldn't help but try on Aunt Julia's costumes. "I would always sneak into the trailer and put them on," she told Queen Latifah in 2014.

Jessica Capshaw

She's one of the stars of "Grey's Anatomy."

Her mom, Kate Capshaw, is also an actress. But another relative found fame behind the lens.

Steven Spielberg became Jessica's stepdad when he married Kate in 1991.

Jessica Capshaw - Minority report

Jessica was directed by her stepdad for 2002's "Minority Report." Two years after that film's release, Jessica joined the cast of ABC's "The Practice," and has been working steadily ever since.

In 2010, Jessica told USA TODAY she struggled to land roles earlier in her career. 

Jessica Capshaw's Favorite Movie from Steven Spielberg a.k.a., Her Stepdad -- Is.... | People

Casting directors, she said, often rooted for actors without a legacy. She told the newspaper she's proud to have "managed to find my little piece of the pie, because that's really hard."

As for her favorite Spielberg movie, Jessica picked "E.T." when People magazine asked that question in 2013.

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