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Halle Berry shocked us all when she announced in April that, at 46, she's expecting her second child. But she's not the only star who's had kids after 40. In fact, the Oscar winner gave birth to her first child, daughter Nahla, when she was 41 in March 2008. Check out other stars who became parents later in life.
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The actress, who suffered from post-partum depression after having her first daughter, Rowan, gave birth to her second daughter, Grier, at 41 in April 2006. "This was nothing like the first one," Shields, who's married to producer Chris Henchy, told People afterward. "I was like, 'You know what? I think I'm OK now.'"
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The American Beauty star was very pregnant with her and husband Warren Beatty's fourth child at the Oscars in March 2000. Just two weeks after losing Best Actress to Hilary Swank, Bening, 41 at the time, gave birth to a baby girl named Ella.
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The Italian beauty welcomed her second daughter, Leonie, with Vincent Cassel at 45 in May 2010. Less than six weeks later, Bellucci resumed modeling.
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The singer, who's been open about her fertility issues, became pregnant with twin boys in 2010 at age 42 after her sixth round of in vitro fertilization. The boys, Eddy and Nelson, were born that October. Dion and her husband, Rene Angelil, also had their first child, son Rene-Charles, in 2001 via in vitro.
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The bombshell had two of her children after 40. She gave birth to son Jack, with second ex-husband Richard Taubman, in 1995 at 41 and daughter Sailor, with third ex-husband Peter Cook, in 1998 at 44.
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Seventeen months after marrying her husband, plastic surgeon Reza Jarrahy, Davis gave birth to their daughter, Alizeh, at 46 in April 2002. Two years later in May, she delivered twin boys, Kian and Kaiis.
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D'Angelo was 49 when she delivered her and Al Pacino's twins, Anton and Olivia, in January 2001. The couple conceived via in vitro and broke up two years later.
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The Oscar winner gave birth to twin boys at 47 in January 2006. Hunter and her longtime boyfriend, actor Gordon MacDonald, are intensely private and have never revealed the boys' names.
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The model was 45 when she and David Bowie welcomed their daughter Alexandria in August 2000. Alexandria, who was conceived via in vitro, is 22 years younger than Iman's first daughter Zulekha with her first husband Spencer Hayward.
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The Malcolm in the Middle star gave birth to all three of her and then-husband Bradley Whitford's children after 40. Kaczmarek had daughter Frances at 41 in January 1997, son George two days after her 44th birthday in December 1999 and daughter Mary at 46 in November 2002.
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The actress and her estranged fourth husband James Keach had two failed in vitro pregnancies before an attempt took. Seymour, who had two children in her 30s, delivered twin boys Johnny and Kristopher (named after friends Johnny Cash and Christopher Reeve) at 44 in November 1995 six weeks premature. She detailed the pregnancy in her 2002 book Two at a Time: Having Twins: The Journey Through Pregnancy and Birth.
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The Oscar winner had her youngest child, daughter Agnes, in May 2011 at 40. Connelly and husband Paul Bettany also have a son, Stellan (named after Stellan Skarsgaard), and she has an older son, Kai, from a previous relationship.
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Moore delivered her mini-me daughter Liv at 41 in April 2002. She and husband Bart Freundlich also have a son, Cal, born in 1997.
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The Desperate Housewives star and her husband Tom Mahoney underwent in vitro a week after their June 2006 wedding and conceived twin girls. After being put on bed rest (during which she filmed her Housewives scenes in her house) and being diagnosed with preeclampsia, Cross gave birth to Eden and Savannah at 44 in February 2007.
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In November 2010, 22 months after her and husband John Travolta's 16-year-old son Jett died from a seizure, Preston gave birth to son Benjamin at 48. (The couple also has a daughter, Ella.) "We had been trying for quite a few years, and then of course there was a time when we weren't, and then we started trying again," Preston told Health. "When I found out I was pregnant, I was floored. I'd snuck out of bed and then came back and woke Johnny up in bed. We both started crying. It was wonderful."
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Being pregnant with twins didn't stop the Oscar winner from making the promotional rounds for Mystic River. Harden attended the Oscars at seven months pregnant before giving birth to Julitta and Hudson in April 2004 at 44. She and her now-ex-husband Thaddaeus also have an older daughter, Eulala.
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Just five days before her 42nd birthday in August 2000, the singer gave birth to her and Guy Ritchie's son Rocco. Madonna also has an older daughter, Lourdes, and two younger children, David and Mercy, both of whom she adopted from Malawi.
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After suffering a miscarriage, Carey underwent fertility treatments. She gave birth to twins, daughter Monroe and son Moroccan, at 42 in April 2011 on her three-year wedding anniversary with Nick Cannon. The singer had a difficult pregnancy, suffering from high blood pressure, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. " I couldn't go even to the loo by myself," she told 20/20. "It was just like, 'What are we doing? Are we going to the hospital?' No, I'm gonna stick it out, I'm gonna keep taking this medicine to keep these babies in... I made it to 35 weeks and then the doctor said it wasn't safe anymore."
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The Law & Order: SVU star gave birth to son August at 42 in June 2006. In 2011, she and husband Peter Hermann adopted two children, Amaya and Andrew, six months apart after paperwork processing for Andrew went faster than expected. "We never in a million years thought it would happen this quickly, but something inside of us knew that this was right, and we said, 'Yes, yes, yes!'" she told People.
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The three-time Oscar winner gave birth to her youngest child, Louisa, 10 days before her 42nd birthday in June 1991. Streep and her husband Don Gummer have three older children, Henry, and actresses Mamie and Grace.
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The Oscar winner had two of her and husband Christopher Backus' four children after 40. Son Holden was born in June 2009 when Sorvino was 41 after a difficult pregnancy. Sorvino developed placenta previa and a blood clot, and she was hospitalized for nine weeks during the pregnancy. "He is my miracle baby," she told People afterward. "With everything that threatened this pregnancy and both of our lives, he came out of it completely unscathed: perfectly healthy, beautiful and wonderful!" At 44, Sorvino welcomed daughter Lucia in May 2012 — a pregnancy she kept under wraps until the birth announcement.
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The '80s teen icon welcomed twins Roman and Adele in July 2009 at 41. After giving birth to her first child, Mathilda, with husband Panio Gianopoulos in 2003, Ringwald had surgery to remove fibroids. "That made it easier to get pregnant again," she told People. "There were some other issues too. But I was so, so lucky to be 41 and to be so healthy during this pregnancy."
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Watts gave birth to her second son, Samuel, with longtime partner Liev Schreiber at 40 in December 2008. Their first son, Sasha, was born only 17 months earlier.
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The Oscar winner struggled with fertility issues before giving birth to daughter Sunday Rose at 41 in July 2008. "I've had an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriages and I've had fertility treatments. I've done all the stuff you can possibly do to try to get pregnant," Kidman, who adopted two children, Isabella and Connor, with ex-husband Tom Cruise, told Australia's Who magazine. "So the way it just happened with Sunday was like, 'What?' The percentages were so low. It is the miracle in my life." Kidman and husband Keith Urban welcomed a second daughter, Faith Margaret, in December 2010 via gestational surrogate.
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The HLN host and her husband David Linch welcomed twins Lucy and John two months early in November 2007, less than two weeks after Grace's 48th birthday. The babies were born via C-section after Grace suffered a pulmonary edema and developed fluid in her lungs. Grace later revealed that she and Lucy nearly died. "When Lucy and I almost died in childbirth, I promise you I thank God every day for this," Grace told People in 2012. "I just can't believe this miracle in my life."
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The model gave birth to her first child, Zack, with third ex-husband Tony Peck, at 44 in October 1991. Nearly nine years later in July 2000, Tiegs became a mother again at 52 when she and her then-fourth husband Rod Stryker welcomed twin boys Jaden and Theo via surrogate.
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Nineteen days after her 41st birthday, Hayek gave birth to her and husband Francois-Henri Pinault's daughter Valentina in September 2007. Before meeting the French billionaire and PPR CEO, Hayek said she had contemplated having children on her own, but is now glad that she became a mom later in life. "I think if you are young and you have children, you still have so much to prove," she told Marie Claire. "When you have children later in life, you lose a bit of that urge for working."
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Sarandon had her two sons with ex-partner Tim Robbins after 40. She gave birth to Jack at 42 in May 1989 and then Miles three years later. She also has an older daughter, actress Eva Amurri, with director Franco Amurri.
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The 30 Rock creator revealed in her book Bossypants that she agonized over having a second child as she neared 40. "I laid it all out for [my gynecologist], and the main thing I took away from our conversation was the kind of simple observation that only an impartial third party can provide: 'Either way, everything will be fine,'" Fey, who's married to composer Jeff Richmond, wrote. In August 2011, four months after Bossypants came out, their daughter Alice got a sibling: At 41, Fey gave birth to daughter Penelope.
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In July 2012 at age 42, Thurman had her third child, the first with fiancé Arpad Busson, Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence — or Luna for short. Her daughter Maya came up with the idea for the lengthy moniker. "[Maya] came up with the best excuse, [which] was that I probably wouldn't get to have any more children, so I just put every name I liked into [this one]," Thurman said.