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Mavis Spencer is Miss Golden Globe 2010

December 9, 2009 | 11:54 am


Will Mavis Spencer follow in the footsteps of Laura Dern, Rumer Willis, Melanie Griffith and, um, Candace Savalas?

Could be -- she's the latest celebrity offspring to be named Miss Golden Globe. Mavis' parents are Oscar nominee and multiple Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodard (also a Golden Globe winner for 1997's "Miss Evers' Boys") and writer-producer Roderick Spencer, so clearly she has a leg up on this talent business already. She's also an accomplished model and a champion equestrienne — and did we mention that she's only 18? You may officially feel bad about your misspent teen years right now.

The Miss Golden Globe title -- as well as its male counterpart, Mr. Golden Globe (natch) -- has afforded early exposure to a sizable number of future performers. Among the celeb kids who held the positions before blossoming into stars are Anne Archer (1971), Melanie Griffith (1975), Laura Dern (1982), Joely Fisher (1992), Freddie Prinze Jr. (1996), "L Word" star and Cybill Shepherd offspring Clementine Ford (1998), Susan Lucci's daughter Liza ("Passions") Huber (2000), Lorraine (daughter of Jack) Nicholson (2007) and last year's title holder, Rumer Willis. There's even been a legacy Miss Golden Globe in Dakota Johnson, whose folks are Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. So if Mavis plans to follow her mom into the acting biz -- which may be the case, since it's her chosen major at Columbia next year -- she's certainly in the right company to make something of her career. 

The nominations for the 2010 Golden Globes will be announced on Dec. 15, with the ceremony taking place Jan. 17.

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Mavis Spencer. Credit: Getty Images. 

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