Samantha Lewes was born Susan Jane Dillingham in San Diego, California USA, on 29 November 1952, so her zodiac sign was Sagittarius and she held American nationality. Samantha was an actress who rose to prominence after she married Tom Hanks, a famous actor. She died in Sacramento, California USA on 12 March 2002 at the age of 49, from the effects of bone cancer.
Early Life and Education
Samantha was raised in San Diego by her parents who were a middle-class family, her mother was a housewife while her father was a factory worker.
She grew up wanting to become a model and an actress, and after she matriculated from high school, she began taking acting classes and simultaneously worked two jobs so that she could support herself.
Career as an Actress
Samantha launched her acting career in 1974 at the age of 22, but only played several uncredited roles before she appeared in a single episode of the “Bosom Buddies” comedy TV series in 1981. The series stars Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari who play two men who have to disguise themselves as women so that they would be allowed to live in the only apartment they can afford.
The second role which Samantha will be remembered for was in “Mr. Success”, a film released on 23 June 1984. It stars James Coco and Patrick Cochran, and follows the story of a man who leaves his family to pursue his dreams and his career.
Love Life and Marriage With Tom Hanks
Samantha and Tom Hanks met while they were both working on their acting, careers and were cast to appear in the same film. They began dating in 1976 and married on 24 January 1978, while Samantha gave birth to their son Colin Hanks in 1977, and their daughter Elizabeth Hanks followed in 1982 – both Colin and Elizabeth have become actors. Tom and Samantha divorced in 1987.
Tom first met his future second wife, Rita Wilson on the set of “Bosom Buddies” in 1981, while he was married to Samantha. The two met once again in 1985 when they were shooting for the “Volunteers” comedy film, and it is believed that the reason behind his divorce from Samantha was him falling in love with Rita. They married in 1988, and Tom converted to her faith – Greek Orthodox – before the wedding. She gave birth to their two sons, Chester Marlon ‘Chet’ Hanks (an actor) in 1990, and Truman Theodore who was born in 1995. The family of four is living together in Los Angeles in California while they also spend some time in Ketchum, Idaho.
Hobbies and Other Interests
Samantha was a huge fan of movies, and her favorite actors and actresses were Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Angelina Jolie while some of her favorite films were “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Titanic”, and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”. She always enjoyed spending her free time with her children, and after the divorce, she won the custody over her and Tom’s two children and raised them on her own. She was keen on reading, and some of her favorite writers were Nicholas Sparks and Gillaume Musso, and their books “The Notebook” (October 1996) and “Skidamarink” (2001) respectively.
She was a gardener who enjoyed spending her spare time in her garden or in a park reading a good book. Samantha liked drinking tea and was not a smoker, did not drink alcohol, and didn’t have tattoos.
Appearance and Net Worth
Samantha had long brown hair and blue eyes, was 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall, and weighed around 132lbs (60kgs). Her net worth was over $400,000 at the time of her death.
Who is Tom Hanks?
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California USA, on 9 July 1956 – his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds American nationality. Tom is an actor and a filmmaker, best known for appearing in movies such as “Forrest Gump” in 1994, “Apollo 13” in 1995, and “The Green Mile” in 1999 among numerous others.
He was raised in Concord by his mother Janet Marylyn who was a hospital worker, and who died in 2016 at the age of 84, and his father Amos Mefford who was an itinerant cook and who died in 1992 at the age of 68. Tom has three siblings named Sandra, Larry, and Jim – their parents divorced in 1960. Tom started acting while attending Skyline High School in Oakland in California, and after matriculation, he enrolled at Chabot College, switching to California State University after two years. He launched his career by appearing in plays at the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland in Ohio.
He moved to New York City in 1979, and made his debut film appearance in “He Knows You’re Alone” in 1980. He appeared in numerous movies before he played in the movie that made him famous – “Turner & Hooch” in 1989,. In 1993, he was praised for his performance in the films “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Philadelphia”, while his movie “Forrest Gump” shot in 1994 became a hit worldwide, grossing more than $600 million at the box office. Nearly all of his movies after “Forrest Gump” were successes, such as “Apollo 13” shot in 1995 and “Toy Story” animated film in which he voiced Sheriff Woody, the main character.
Working alongside Steven Spielberg in the making of the “Saving Private Ryan” film, which was shot in 1998 turned out to be very successful, and the movie has remained popular to this day. In the same year, he played the lead role in the “You’ve Got Mail” film and was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 2000 for his performance in the film “Cast Away”.
He starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Catch Me If You Can” in 2002, and with his wife Rita, then produced the “My Big Fat Greek wedding” movie in the same year. He appeared in three films in 2004 – “The Ladykillers”, “The Terminal”, and “The Polar Express” and then portrayed Robert Langdon in “The Da Vinci Code” released on 19 May 2006, which eventually grossed over $750 million worldwide.
He appeared in numerous movies from 2006 to this day, with some of the most notable being “Angels & Demons” released in 2009, “Cloud Atlas” released in 2012, and “Bridge of Spies” released in 2015.
On 7 October 2013, Tom announced that he’d been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. On 27 December 2019, he became a Greek citizen after Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the President of Greece, signed the official papers. He is a supporter of same-sex marriage, and of alternative fuels, and has donated to many Democratic politicians such as Barack Obama. In 2016, he supported Hillary Clinton in the presidential elections.
Tom has released a single book, on 17 October 2017 which is a collection of short stories entitled “Uncommon Type”. His net worth is over $350 million as of early 2020.