Star Moms Over 40

From Tina Fey to Nicole Kidman, see which actresses found motherhood worth the wait

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TINA FEY

TINA FEY
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After giving birth to daughter Alice in 2005, the 41-year-old 30 Rock star agonized over having a second child (she welcomed daughter Penelope in August 2011), before it was too late. In the end, Fey came to the decision by asking herself: "What's so great about work anyway? Work won't visit you when you're old. Work won't drive you to get a mammogram and take you out after for soup."

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MARIAH CAREY

MARIAH CAREY
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The singer and husband Nick Cannon are the beaming parents of a healthy boy and girl – born on the couple's third anniversary, April 30! "My wife just gave me the most incredible anniversary gift ever in life!" the new dad Tweeted April 30, hours after the birth of his twins, and before he and the pop star capped of the happy occasion by renewing their vows with Rev. Al Sharpton.

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MARISKA HARGITAY

MARISKA HARGITAY
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"I'm deliriously happy," the Law amp Order: SVU star told PEOPLE of welcoming her second child, Amaya Josephine, via adoption in April. Soon after, Hargitay, 47, and husband Peter Hermann had another announcement: the adoption of son Andrew six months later. Both little ones join Hargitay's 4-year-old son August, who "is over the moon," she said. "He's going to be a great big brother."

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NICOLE KIDMAN

NICOLE KIDMAN
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What a wonderful holiday gift! In January, Kidman, 43, and husband Keith Urban revealed their second daughter, Faith Margaret, was born on Dec. 28, 2010 via surrogate. Later that month, the proud papa shared an iPhone photo of Faith and Kidman at the SAG Awards, gushing, "She just looks like her, don't you think?"

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CHRISTINA APPLEGATE

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE

"I'm more in love with her every minute of the day," the Hall Pass actress told PEOPLE of daughter Sadie Grace, born on Jan. 27 – 10 months before her 40th birthday. "She's healed me in so many ways," says Applegate, who battled breast cancer in 2008 and underwent a double mastectomy. "She's opened my whole soul."

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KELLY PRESTON

KELLY PRESTON
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After three years of trying for another child, Preston and husband John Travolta were shocked to discover the actress was pregnant – at age 47. "[We were] completely blown away," she told PEOPLE of her pregnancy with son Benjamin, born on Nov. 23, 2010. "Holding him for the first time was magical because he looked right at me. My heart melted."

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JENNIFER CONNELLY

JENNIFER CONNELLY
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At 40, the Oscar-winning actress announced her third pregnancy, the second with husband Paul Bettany. "The first three months were no fun," Connelly told David Letterman of combating nausea. But in the end, the happy parents welcomed daughter Agne Lark on May 31, 2011.

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CéLINE DION

CéLINE DION
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Following five unsuccessful IVF attempts, Dion, 43, announced her pregnancy in May 2010, and delivered twin boys Eddy and Nelson on Oct. 23. "The

love and what I feel inside, what we have accomplished – I don't know how to put it into words," she told PEOPLE. "It's bigger than life itself."

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PENNY LANCASTER

PENNY LANCASTER
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Talk about an early birthday present! Just one month shy of turning 40, Lancaster welcomed her second child with husband Rod Stewart on Feb. 16, a boy named Aiden. "We were thrilled and delighted to be able to tell [our son] Alastair that he was going to be a big brother," the couple said.

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CYNTHIA NIXON

CYNTHIA NIXON
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The Sex and the City star, 46, became a mother for the third time on Feb. 7, 2011, when fiancée Christine Marinoni gave birth to son Max Ellington. He joins Nixon's children from her previous relationship, daughter Samantha, 14, and son Charles, 8.

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THALéA

THALéA
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The singer, who turns 40 in August, and husband Tommy Mottola will welcome their second child later this year. "I feel doubly blessed," Thaléa, who is already mom to 3-year-old daughter Sabrina Sakaë, told HOLA! magazine.

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JANE KRAKOWSKI

JANE KRAKOWSKI
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Joining 30 Rock's baby boom, the 42-year-old actress gave birth to son Bennett, with fiancé Robert Godley, on April 13. "Bennett is an amazing, healthy sweet boy and we are both just crazy in love with him," Krakowski said.

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