A special report on the children of celebrities is being aired on “20/20” on Friday, Feb. 1, 2012 (10-11 p.m. ET), according to a Jan. 31 press release from ABC Television Network. The episode will include an interview with Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole’s young daughter Dannielynn. The show will be anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir.
Playboy Playmate and model Anna Nicole Smith died six years ago, following the sudden death of her teenaged son. Smith died in Florida of a drug overdose. Her daughter Dannielynn, was an infant at the time and is now six years old. After a contentious custody battle for the child, who had the potential to inherit a fortune, Larry Birkhead was shown to be the child’s father and won custody. Birkhead opens up to Deborah Roberts about his decision to let Dannielynn model for Guess jeans in the segment “Keeping it in the Jeans.” He says he wants his daughter to have a normal life, but is he exploiting her? Larry Birkhead takes Dannielynn to Kentucky Derby
“What’s in a name?” For the next generation of actors trying to make it in Hollywood the answer is, ‘A lot.’ Cecilia Vega reports on the next generation of actors trading in on their parents’ names, why it works and how it can backfire. The segment includes interviews with Ashley Hamilton, the son of actor George Hamilton and stepson of rocker Rod Stewart; Michael J. Fox’s son, Sam; and the extended Wayans family.
Shirley MacLaine’s only daughter, Sachi Parker, talks to Elizabeth Vargas about growing up with a famous mom. Parker claims MacLaine neglected her while focusing instead on her own career and life. Parker wrote a new book, Lucky Me: My Life with — and Without — Shirley MacLaine, in which she shares some of the painful stories of childhood with a celebrity mom.
Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kidd Rock and Julia Roberts are fed up with the paparazzi taking pictures of their children. Paparazzi snap shots of the kids at school, in the park and everywhere they go. Even young kids like Suri Cruise and Violet Affleck are begging the photographers to leave them alone. Nick Watt rides along with a paparazzo while he chases celebrity kids.
Biz of the bump: Chris Connelly examines the lucrative business that having a baby has become in Hollywood. Celebrities can make big money on the birth by selling the first images of the baby and even ultrasounds of the growing fetus. Fans are curious and stars can cash in, but is it too much?
David Sloan is senior executive producer and John Green is executive producer of “20/20.”