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What Oprah And 7 Other Celebrities Learned From Their Grandparents



After premiering in March, Justin Timberlake's recent music video, "Mirrors," gained attention for celebrating a somewhat unlikely subject: his grandparents' marriage.

The video for "Mirrors," which is the second single off his album, "The 20/20 Experience," chronicles his grandparents' 63-year love, with actors depicting their romance from courtship through old age. The beginning of the eight-minute-long clip features a dedication to the couple, which reads: "for William and Sadie."

Timberlake, who married actress Jessica Biel last October, has cited his recently deceased grandfather as a major role model, saying he taught him that "chivalry doesn't have to die with the birth of the Internet." This made us curious about what other celebrities have learned from their grandparents -- and how these lessons have contributed to their personal and professional success.

[My grandmother] taught me a lot about forgiveness, loving my enemies ... spirituality, faith, strength as a woman ... The one thing she wants me to do is marry someone who loves me more than I love them, because a woman will always give even more than they need to ... [a husband will] only meet you half way if they love you a little more.
– Rihanna

[My grandmother] taught me about hard work. She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me.
– President Barack Obama

I am where I am today because my grandmother gave me the foundation for success.
– Oprah Winfrey

[My grandparents] never told me, 'You can be whatever you want to be.' I think that's a great lie, a horrible lie. But they told me to try, have a right go for it, see what happens. It was always just a bit practical. I think I'm quite a practical person as a result.
– James McAvoy

I learned from both my stepdad and my grandfather -- that there is a thing called chivalry and it doesn't have to die with the birth of the internet.
– Justin Timberlake


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