Dakota Johnson isn’t the only Miss Golden Globe to find fame away from her parents. In fact, Mr. and Miss Golden Globes through the years include household names, such as Laura Dern, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Melanie Griffith. For those who aren’t aware, the Golden Globe Awards choose an ambassador each year, who is usually the child of a celebrity or a celebrity couple. The tradition started in 1963 and continued until 2017, where the title of the role was changed from Mr. or Miss Golden Globes to the Golden Globes Ambassador to make it gender-neutral and more inclusive.
The Golden Globes ambassadors don’t have many duties at the awards show other than to assist presenters, hand out awards and escort winners off the stage. Still, it’s a big job that often leads to a successful career for those who fulfill it. Even some previous Mr. and Miss Golden Globes have gone one to become Golden Globe winners in their own right, such as Melanie Griffith.
Ahead of the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, 2020, we looked back at the most significant and recognizable Golden Globes ambassadors over the years, from the first one in 1963 to more recent stars on the rise. Only time will tell if 2020’s Golden Globe ambassadors, Dylan and Paris Brosnan (the sons of Pierce Brosnan), become as famous as their dad in the future.
1961: Eva Six & Donna Douglas
Six and Douglas were the first-ever Miss Golden Globes in 1961. Six, a Hungarian born, Sza Sza Gabor-type actress, and Douglas, a TV actress who was best known for her role on The Beverly Hillbillies, held the position before the tradition of the Golden Globes ambassador being the child of celebrities.
1971: Anne Archer
Parents: John Archer, Marjorie Lord
Anne started the tradition of celebrity children being the Golden Globes ambassadors in 1971. Archer, an Oscar-nominated actress who was best known for her work in Fatal Attraction, is the daughter Hollywood veterans John Archer, Western actor, and Marjorie Lord, star of The Danny Thomas Show.
1975: Melanie Griffith
Parents: Peter Griffith, Tippi Hedren
Melanie is perhaps one of the best-known Miss Golden Globes. The actress, who won a Golden Globe for Working Girl in 1988, is the daughter of former child actor Peter Griffith and actress Tippi Hendren, who also won a Golden Globe for her work in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds in 1963.