John Barrymore and daughter Diana, 1942.
John Barrymore and daughter Diana, 1942.Eliot Elisofon—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
John Barrymore and daughter Diana, 1942.
Alfred Hitchcock and daughter Patricia, 1942.
Orson Wells, Rita Hayworth and daughter Rebecca, 1945.
Michael Redgrave and daughter Lynn, 1946.
Gary Cooper and daughter Maria, 1949.
Jackie and Rachel Robinson with their infant daughter, Sharon, Los Angeles, 1950.
Pablo Picasso and daughter Paloma, 1951.
Harry Truman and daughter Margaret, 1952.
Desi Arnaz with daughter Lucie, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Jr., 1953.
Richard Burton and daughter Kate, 1957.
John F. Kennedy with daughter Caroline, 1958.
Dean Martin with daughter Gina Caroline, 1958.
John Glenn with daughter Lyn, 1959.
Henry Fonda with daughter Jane, 1960.
Ann-Margret with her father Gustav Olsson, 1961.
Burt Lancaster with daughter Sighle (pronounced Sheila), 1961.
Al Hirschfeld with his daughter Nina, 1961.
Astronaut Scott Carpenter with daughter Candy, 1962.
John Mills with daughter Hayley, 1962.
Steve McQueen kisses his daughter Terry goodnight in 1963.
Robert F. Kennedy with daughter Mary, 1963.
Lyndon Johnson with daughters Lucy and Lynda, 1964.
Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton and daughter Hayley, 1965.
Frank Sinatra and daughter Nancy (with Yul Brynner), 1965.
Charlie Chaplin and daughters Josephine and Victoria, 1966.
Charles M. Schulz and daughter Jill, 1967.
Paul Newman with daughter Clea and wife Joanne Woodward, 1968.
Robert Redford and daughter Shauna, 1969.
Dustin Hoffman with his daughter Karina, 1969.
Jack Nicholson and daughter Jennifer, 1969.
Donald Sutherland and daughter Rachel, 1970.
Richard Nixon and daughter Patricia, 1971.
Bill Clinton with daughter Chelsea and wife Hillary, 1993.
John Barrymore and daughter Diana, 1942.
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Father's Day Special: LIFE With Famous Dads and Their Daughters

May 26, 2014

Back in 1995, the singer-songwriter — and excellent cartoonist — Peter Blegvad released a song later made semi-famous when a cover version by Loudon Wainwright III was featured on the soundtrack for Judd Apatow's Knocked Up. The song, "Daughter," is as sweet and true as any song ever written by a parent to a child, and manages to capture in relatively few words the intense, tender, exasperating and, through it all, loving relationships that dads and daughters enjoy -- or, at times, simply endure.

(Wainwright, interestingly, enough, is the father of Rufus Wainwright and the son of a longtime LIFE magazine writer and editor, Loudon Wainwright, Jr.)

Here, in a special Father's Day gallery, applauds that unique familial bond with photos of famous fathers and their daughters — and, for a little variety, one famous daughter and her dad.

Blegvad's lyrics to "Daughter," meanwhile, are worth celebrating in their own right. See them below. You can also buy the song itself, or get the whole CD, Just Woke Up, on which "Daughter" originally appeared. Go. Now. Buy it.


© 1995 Peter Blegvad

Everything she sees
she says she wants.
And everything she says she wants
I see she gets.

That's my daughter in the water,
everything she owns I bought her,
Everything she owns.
That's my daughter in the water,
Everything she knows I taught her.
Everything she knows.

Everything I say
She takes to heart.
And everything she takes,
She takes apart.

That's my daughter in the water,
Every time she fell I caught her,
Every time she fell.
That's my daughter in the water
I lost every time I fought her.
Yeah, I lost every time.

Every time she blinks
she strikes somebody blind,
And everything she thinks
Blows her tiny mind.

Happy Father's Day, everyone.

[MORE: See the LIFE gallery, "LIFE With Famous Moms."]

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