Actress Jennifer Beals, best known for her role in "Flashdance," is the daughter of an African-American businessman and an Irish Catholic educator.
"My mother was of a darker complexion. ... My father was a white man," abolitionist Frederick Douglass wrote in the autobiography, "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave."
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is the first female, African-American and Asian-American lawyer for the state. Her mother is Indian, and her father is Jamaican-American.
Actress Lisa Bonet, best known for her role as Denise Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and "A Different World," is the daughter of a white Jewish mother and an African-American father.
Actor Wentworth Miller is the son of a black father and white mother. "It's very easy to be the young Tom Cruise, because Hollywood knows what to do with you," he told People magazine in 2006. "But if you're someone who's bringing something slightly left of center to the table