Before Tom Hanks was the heart robe of Rita Wilson, he was knocking strings with his high school sweetheart Samantha Lewes. For those who don’t know anything about Lewes, she is the mother of the American filmmaker, Colin Hanks, and Elizabeth Ann Hanks. She is the woman who helped Hanks streamline his priority and focus on career. Lewes is one of the reasons why this veteran actor is at this stage of his career. In a rare interview, he mentioned the responsibility of feeding his kid at an early age of 21. This definitely made him a better man. The lovebirds were married for almost a decade before calling it to quit. Whether it’s through legendary performance in movies like Forrest Gump or from his geeky character, the guy has won every fan’s heart.
While it’s easy to say that we know everything about our favorite actor, there are few chapters of his past life that remains a mystery. Samantha Lewes is one beautiful chapter of that book. Here we dethrone the biography of Tom Hanks first wife.
A Glance at Tom Hanks First Wife
- 1 A Glance at Tom Hanks First Wife
- 2 A Little glimpse on her Early Background
- 3 Samantha’s Career and Professional Life
- 4 Before Divorce How was Samantha’s Relation with Tom Hanks?
- 5 Samantha’s Life After Split-up
- 6 Shocking News: “Tom Hanks harassed her Ex-wife, Samantha”
- 7 Samantha Lewes Children: Colin & Elizabeth Hanks
- 8 Reason Behind Samantha Lewes Death
Samantha Lewes, a well-known lady for being the former wife of renowned Hollywood star, Tom Hanks. With almost four decades in the film industry, Hanks is unarguably one of the most renowned actors in Hollywood. Still, to this date, most people refer to Hank’s ex-wife as Samantha Lewes. But actually, her real name is Susan Jane Dillingham. She is a semi-retired American actress most likely known for her work like Mr. Success (1984) and bosom buddies (1980). She has appeared in a TV show, “Bosom Buddies” with her then-husband Tom Hanks. She is one of the highly popular actresses of the 80s. Apart from this, today this beautiful lady is no more with us due to her health issues. She left us at the age of 50 on 12 March 2002 in Sacramento, California because of bone cancer.
A Little glimpse on her Early Background
Born on November 29, 1952, in San Diego, California, the United States of America, Susan Dillingham took her stage name at the late stage of her career. Being native of San Diego, Late Lewes belongs to white ethnicity and holds an American nationality. Since her childhood age, she was raised by her American parents, father John Raymond Dillingham and mother Harriet Hall Dillingham. Remembering her early days, she was interested in acting and wanted to choose acting as her career. And marvelously she chased a career in filming.
Lewis’s educational details haven’t been revealed to the media yet. However, the two couple first met at the University of Sacramento. From this, we can predict that she was enrolled in University for her further study. That’s why we can say that she was well-educated and hardworking person due to her achievement in life.
Samantha’s Career and Professional Life
Samantha is mostly known for her relationship with Tom Hanks and is the mother of Colin Hanks. However, he has done a few cameo gigs during her career. Starting her career in theatres, she landed few cameo roles in TV shows.
In the second season of Bosom Blossom, she played the role of Waitress. Through this, she debuted herself in the film industry in the year 1980. This is the same series where her husband Tom starred alongside Rita Wilson. This is the first time Tom met Rita. And She also made a special appearance as a customer in 1984’s Mr. Success.
Before Divorce How was Samantha’s Relation with Tom Hanks?
Before having in a relationship, Hanks and Lewes were school friends. Together they joined the Sacramento State University for their acting career. After knowing the long life friendship till University level, the beautiful pair started dating while studying at University. After dating for a few years, the couple married on January 24, 1978, in a small function. Hanks was just 21 and Lewes was 25 at the time of marriage and they were viewed as the perfect couple at that time.
In an interview with Desert Island Discs, Hanks revealed that the prime cause of marrying Susan was his inability to fight loneliness. He said “I was too young and insecure. I was 23 and my son Colin was already two when I married for the first time.” He also added, “I was looking for something I had not found as a kid, and a broken marriage meant I was sentencing my own kids to the sort of feelings I had at their age.”
Earlier to their wedding, the beautiful couple had already welcomed their first baby, Colin Hanks and after five years a beautiful baby girl came into their life. From the start of his career from a theatre production, The Taming of the Shrew, Samantha stood side by side her husband. She also led her to the red carpet of various movie premiers like the Splash.
Everything was going well however since 1984 the couple began to live apart due to some personal issues. After almost a decade of marriage, the couple separated on 19 March 1987. Even after the separation the duo remained friends and took dual custody of their kids.
Samantha’s Life After Split-up
Although for every couple divorce is one of the biggest fear sometimes relations come to an end. The same state happened in the life of Samantha and Tom. Tom at a very early age had to face the condition of his parent divorce. And had to go through a very lonely and challenging life. In an interview, he told that “I was looking for something I had not found as a kid, and a broken marriage meant I was sentencing my own kids to the sort of feelings I had at their age.” For Tom, it was really a hard decision and felt guilty for his children.
Even though, the charming couple decided to separate almost spending 9 years together. After one year of their separation, Hanks then went on to marry Rita Wilson in 1988. He told Kristy Young the host of Desert Island Discs that he doesn’t feel lonely anymore. And Rita completes him like nobody. They two were blessed with two sons named Chester Hanks and Truman Hanks and they all were having an enjoyable life. Well, for Samantha all situations were the worst part of her life however, she decided not to marry anyone rather spent her life by taking care of her children. After Divorce, Lewis kept herself a little bit away from the limelight.
Shocking News: “Tom Hanks harassed her Ex-wife, Samantha”
Well, after getting a divorce the couple were spending life in their own way. She gave her full time in raising her children. However, after their divorce news, the other shocking news was reported in front of the public. The reports were Tom Hanks harassed and even tried to kill his ex-wife, Samantha Lewes. She told that “My husband has repeatedly verbally abused and humiliated me during the past 90 days in my home. This caused me to suffer great emotional distress.” That’s why she had written to an LA court asking for a restraining order against Hanks.
Samantha Lewes Children: Colin & Elizabeth Hanks
Samantha and Hanks together have a son named Colin Hanks (Born on 1977) and daughter Elizabeth Ann Hanks (Born on 1982). Colin was born before the couple tied knot in 1978.
Just like his father, Colin took acting as his career. He has starred in various A listed movies like King Kong and Orange County. He was also nominated for MTV movie awards for his performance in Orange County. Sadly, Sam wasn’t alive to witness the first breakthrough moment of his son’s career. Along with acting, he has also taken the step to film making. his first documentary All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records that was released in 2015 were critically acclaimed.
Samantha’s daughter Elizabeth Ann Hanks, however, shares an outcast relationship with the public. She isn’t into entertainment industry like her brother. But she does have a profound image through her editorial positions in news outlets like Huffington Post. Having success in their own career, if Samantha were alive then she would have been one of the proud mother. But her blessings are always to their children although she was not anymore for them.
Reason Behind Samantha Lewes Death
After the separation from her beloved, she had to face a rough time in her life. She had to often pay a visit to the medical facilities due to her ongoing health issues. She later discovered that she was suffering from bone cancer. This news was shocking for everyone, especially for Tom Hanks. Although the veteran actor tried his best to keep her ex-wife alive, she passed away on March 12, 2002, in her residence at Carmichael, Sacramento County, California.