Quantcast

Tom Cruise’s 80-Year-Old Mother Tragically Dies

Celebrity Tom Cruise suffered a blow last week when his 80-year-old mother passed away. Mary Lee South had been suffering from health problems and finally lost the battle. She died peacefully in her sleep, according to reports.

South aspired to be an actress herself once. The Kentucky native found her talents were more suited to working as a special education teacher. “You know, women have dreams of having careers and being whatever,” she said. “I had a dream of raising children and enjoying them and having a good family life.”

South claimed she saw the talent in her famous son budding at an early age. “I guess I was [Tom's] greatest audience,” she said in a 1986 interview with Rolling Stone. “He had it in him then. But as he got older, he was more into sports, and it stopped completely."

South divorced Tom's father, who she says was a bully and the kind of man who would 'kick you' when you were down. She married Jack South four years later. Cruise was 16 years old at the time.

Tom Cruise had a knee injury that put an end to his dreams of being a sports hero. He even considered becoming a priest for a while. His mother encouraged him to pursue acting.

Cruise told his mother and stepfather that he wanted to give acting a try for 10 years, and asked for their blessing. They gladly gave it. South said, "We both wholeheartedly agreed... We both felt it was a God-given talent... We gave him our blessing - and the rest is history."

Ms. South converted in the early 2000’s to her son’s infamous religion, Scientology. A memorial service was held at South's Church of Scientology. She is survived by her son and daughters Lee Ann DeVette, Cass Mapother and Marian Henry. She divorced her husband in 2010, and he passed away in 2016.

Source: The Huffington Post
Photo: TMZ

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

Eight-year-old Carmine McDaniel has a special relationship with his mailman. So when temperatures topped out at 105 degrees in his town of Newport...

A disturbing scene was playing out in a quiet neighborhood in Ada, Oklahoma, and neighbor Cash Freeman was faced with a split-second decision....

In Mississippi, Wyatt McCaskill a 7-year-old boy from Horn Lake was playing in his yard when he found a puss moth caterpillar and picked it up....

Bear Taliferro, Jr., from South Florida, was shopping at Wal-Mart on Nov. 4. He stopped by on his way home from two 14-hour shifts to purchase...

Some folks hit the proverbial jackpot when they enter the real world. They know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, and...

Latest News Stories

Dani Mathers, Playboy’s 2015 Playmate of the Year, has experienced a serious backlash after she violated a woman’s privacy by posting a photo of...

International standards for military engagement are handcuffing U.S. troops and interrogators, according to Donald Trump.

“The problem is...

With many businesses feeling the wrath of using the words "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays," it's a surprise when a global...

As with all employees of the charitable organization, Salvation Army workers in Grove City, Ohio have their hands full at times with all of the...

The Trump administration has begun to fulfill the president’s campaign promise to step up illegal-immigration enforcement by conducting more raids...