Behind every male icon is someone behind the scenes driving and inspiring that person to be greater than who they ever thought they could be; for Tom Hanks there were two someones.
Rita, Tom’s wife is a huge inspiration in his life, helping lead the house along with leading the family spiritually, praying daily with Tom and the family. The original spiritual leader in his life was his mom, Janet Frager, who just passed away at the age of 84.
Tom took to his Instagram to pay tribute to the late hero of his life:
“She was the difference in many lives.”
A powerful statement that’s so true of the impact a parent has on their child. Because of her leadership, Tom is not only one of the most talented actors in Hollywood but he’s also remained scandal free both on screen and in his personal life. In a recent interview with Closer magazine, Tom and his wife, Rita Wilson, talk about how faith “saved their family” especially in the midst of Rita battling breast cancer.
His wife of 28 years also posted a beautiful tribute to Tom’s late mother on her Instagram:
Tom Hanks’ mom is now dancing with the King. Our prayers are with the Hanks family as they mourn her absence.