Celebs Share Their Moms’ Best Advice

Behind every great woman is another woman—her mom. To celebrate Mother’s Day, here are some slices of wisdom that our favorite leading ladies learned from their moms

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Hoda Kotb

“My mom was the mom with two pom-poms in hand. No matter what I did, she thought it was the best. If I drew a line on a piece of paper, she was like, ‘You're Picasso.’” —Hoda Kotb on her mom Sameha

 

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Kate Hudson

"Be happy. That's the best thing you can tell your kids. Be happy—if not, get drunk and then you'll really be happy." —Kate Hudson on mom Goldie Hawn

 

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Kyra Sedgwick

"My mother taught me that family will always be there for you, and you always need to be there for them. My mom and I are very close and even more so after going through some hard stuff. There's a real open communication between us about what's not working." —Kyra Sedgwick on mom Patricia Rosenwald

 

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Penelope Cruz

“My mother, Encarna, was only 21 when she had me. I learned from her how complicated and wonderful we women can be. She worked in a beauty salon and, between the ages of 5 and 13, I would sit there each day after school. It became like an acting school, because women were sharing their deepest, most intimate secrets. I was hooked on the way these women talked ... so very frank ... and the way my mother dealt with them. I also appreciated different sides to women’s personalities.” —Penelope Cruz, on mom Encarna Sánchez

 

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Laura Bush

“My mother loved to read and she read to me all the time. And stories became a big part of my life. My whole life. I made my career out of it. I became a librarian.” —Laura Bush on mom Jenna Hawkins

 

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Audrey Hepburn

 “ ‘Manners,’ as [my mother] would say, ‘don’t forget, are kindnesses. You must always be kind.’” —Audrey Hepburn on mom Ella van Heemstra, How to be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

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Olivia Wilde

“She taught me that a real feminist doesn’t apologize for her beauty. You can be a sexy, beautiful woman and be the smartest person in the room.” —Olivia Wilde on mom Leslie Cockburn

 

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Jennifer Garner

“She always says, 'Happiness is your own responsibility.' That's probably what I quote from her and live by the most. If you have a tough road in front of you, it's your responsibility to make it as joyful for yourself as you possibly can." —Jennifer Garner on mom Patricia Ann Garner

 

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Eva Longoria

“‘Don’t shave with soap. And never forget where you came from.’ That’s why I do so much work in the Latino community and the special-needs community. I have a sister with special needs.” Eva Longoria     on mom Ella Eva Mireles

 

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Keeping a sense of humor about life. My parents divorced when I was 8, and whenever I felt down, my mom would remind me that a sense of humor gets you through just about anything." —Julia Louis-Dreyfus on mom Judith Bowles

 

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