Drug busts, legal wars and countless displays of nudity. Foreign incidents to some, just another average week for some famous Hollywood moms. But in a world of questionable parental decision-making, which celebrity could use a class in motherhood? TMZ tackles that burning question.
Anna Nicole Smith: She's got a bun in the oven, but Anna is no novice -- she's been a mother since 1987. Her son, Daniel, has endured his fair share of family drama with Anna. First, she was an exotic dancer, then a Playboy Playmate, she married a wrinkly oil tycoon 62 years her senior, and then entered a seemingly never-ending court battle over a vast fortune. If that wasn't enough, Daniel also put up with Anna's reality show on the E! channel, where her "odd" behavior, we think, must have left this seemingly well-adjusted kid wondering, "Why me?"
Britney Spears: The former sex symbol has had a difficult time transitioning into motherhood. The pop tart has become the posterchild for how not to transport your newborn, after a series of incidents that landed her on the radar of Child Services, though the agency found no wrongdoing on Brit's part. She's driven with her son on her lap, almost dropped the kid while walking in New York, and she's been caught on tape driving her convertible Mini with Sean facing forward. Britney is taking safety far more seriously these days, especially with the impending birth of her second child. The "Oops" star was recently spotted dropping -- no, not the baby -- $1,500 on child safety products at Babies "R" Us. Way to go Britney.
Courtney Love: Being the child of one the most important musical artists is hard enough, but being Courtney Love's kid -- wow. From her marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain to her latest legal problems, Courtney's life has been, well, interesting. All the while, her daughter, Frances Bean, has been in the eye of the storm. A 1992 Vanity Fair article quotes Love talking about her alleged heroin use during the first few months of her pregnancy. That got the attention of Child Services and Francis was removed from the home for a short time.
After the suicide of Cobain, Courtney seemed to straighten up, even glamming it up for a few years. But everything came crashing down in October, 2003, when she lost custody of Frances Bean yet again. While Child Protective Services did not release an official reason, we can only speculate that it had to do with Love's ongoing drug problems and regular appearances in criminal court. Love regained custody of Frances in January 2005. Lets hope for both their sakes Courtney can pull it together.