ByMichelle Siouty, writer at

Do you recognize that twinkle in this little boy's eyes? I don't think a young Robert De Niro had any inkling that he would go on to act in such amazing films as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Casino just to name a few. I am also sure he never expected to grow into being one of the most celebrated actors of our day.

A quality we treasure about children is their purity, and as I gaze into the eyes of the following well-known figures, I see that although the following kids were destined for greatness, they started off as adorably innocent lambs.

Can you guess who these kids grew up to be?

One of the Richest People in the World

Sweet little Oprah Winfrey would grow up to be one of the most influential people in the world.

From Baby to Genius

Stephen Hawking would go on to become theoretical physicist and cosmologist, while further uncovering more about black holes, quantum mechanics, and the theory of relativity.

The Queen B

Does this cute photo predict that this baby would go on to have amazing pipes, hot choreography, and would sell over fifteen million records? Surely not, but look at that excited expression in baby Beyonce's eyes.

The King of Pop

Although Michael Jackson's appearances differed as an adult, baby Michael's beaming smile and pose is an absolute hint that Jackson would become one of the greatest pop artists of all time.

Grunge King

This little blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy left us too early when he was found dead in 1994 at the age of 27 at what appeared to be a suicide. Regardless, during his short time on Earth, Kurt Cobain changed the face of music with his band Nirvana, whose music can still be heard on the radio to this day.

The Face of Charity

Mother Teresa was known for her philanthropy and charitable works for the sick, the hungry, the poor, and the old. As a child, you can still sense a strong will emitting from her in this photo.

Yes He Can

This little tyke would grow up to graduate from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, serve as Senator, only to become be President of the United States of America. I wonder if anyone saw that coming when gazing down at precious baby Barack Obama.

Do You Even Lift?

It might be difficult to imagine that Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't come out of the womb with ginormous muscles and that he had to work out to get those. He may be crying in this photo here as a young babe, but Schwarzenegger was all gain, no pain as he became known for his muscles and his wins as Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia.

Voo Doo Child

You probably can't tell by the coat and stalkings, but this baby boy traded this get up for some bellbottom pants and silk button ups to become one of the most celebrated musicians known as Jimi Hendrix. His ability to shred and create the most groovy sound on his guitar is still mind-blowing to this day.

The Mistress of Magic

As a chubby cheeked cherub, J.K. Rowling looks as normal as a Muggle. How could anyone have guessed that this highly imaginative woman would become one of our most distinguished author's of modern time?

Smallie Smalls

Before he was Biggie Smalls, Christopher Wallace was a little boy enjoying the slide at a playground like any other kid. Biggie grew into his role as one of the fearless leaders of the East Coast hip hop scene. Let's be honest: we all still blast his music on the regular, and for obvious reasons.

Some may have passed on while others still walk among us. We look up to them, hoping to learn something from our idols. However, it is reassuring to remember that they started out as wee little babies, just as we did. Perhaps we aren't all that different after all.


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