Samantha Lewes: Tom Hanks Divorce Story And Cause Of Her Death

Actress Samantha Lewes was married to Tom Hanks before their divorce as the first wife. She was a talented actress and she achieved so much in her career in a very short period of time.

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Samantha Lewes being the first wife of the most successful filmmaker,Tom Hanks, graced the screens with her undisbutable talent in several sitcoms. She featured in several roles in films with a few featuring with her ex-husband Tom Hanks.

Biography of Samantha Lewes

Name: Samantha Lewes (Susan Jane Dillingham)

Date of birth: November 29, 1952

Place of birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of death: March 12, 2002

Age: 49 Years

Father: John Raymond Dillingham

Mother: Harriet Hall Dillingham

Spouse: Tom Hanks (from 1978 to 1987)

Children: Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Colin Hanks

Occupation: Actress

Who is Samantha Lewes?

Samantha Lewes was born on November 29th, 1952 , to John Raymond Dillingham and Harriet Hall Dillingham and named her Susan Jane Dillingham, in San Diego, California. Her childhood life was so private that very little was known about her.

Harriet Hall Dillingham, her mother was an elementary english teacher and also her father, John Raymond Dillingham, was a US Marine who served during the Korean War, World War II, and the Vietnam War. John Raymond Dillingham served for 26-years in military and he received the purple heart award.

Unfortunately, the parents separated and Samantha Lewes ended up being raised by one parent and she spent most of her childhood and youthful years in California, Hawahii,Florida and Virginia.

Life History

Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes were college sweethearts,and they married and were gifted with Colins Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks.By then,Tom was 21 years while Lewes was 25 years. During those times,they barely survived leading to surviving on only piecemeals.

Lewes’s beauty was mesmerising and through photos,she could be able to win so many souls of her fans. The smile was on another level,leaving the fans to keep staring because they could not get enough of her.


Hanks and Lewes married in 1979 in Sacramento and by the year 1984,they started living separately,and this was because their marriage was encompassed by misunderstandings and other complications, and they eventually divorced officially in 1987.Tom Hanks explained the reason for divorce citing “marrying at early age” was the basis of all the problems.

Samantha Lewes’ cause of Death

Samantha Lewes cause of death was bone cancer and it was diagnosed after a routine check-up. By the time realising she had cancer,time to live was very short since cancer had already spread to the lungs and brain .She passed away on March 12th, 2002, in Sacramento, California, at the age of 49.

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Tom Hanks was hurt by the news despite having divorced and the fact that they both had two children together,showed that he still cared for her.Even though Samantha died almost two decades ago,her legacy still continues and fans wish she was alive today.Up-to-date,Lewes is still honoured as one of the best actress and also a good mum.

Samantha Lewes Net Worth

Samantha spent most of her time with family but that did not deter her from growing professionally thus making a lot of money. So, have you ever wondered how rich Samantha Lewes was, at the time of her death? According to reliable sources, it has been estimated that Lewes’ net worth was as high as $15 million, from her own efforts and after divorce settlement.

Samantha Lewes Children

Colin Lewes Dillingham

Colin Lewes Dillingham is the oldest and was born on 24th November 1977 in Sacramento, California USA, following the marriage of Tom and Samantha and Colin officially became Hanks. He schooled at Sacramento Country Day School, and after graduation, he enrolled at Chapman University and later transferred to Loyola Marymount University.

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He joined entertainment industry and so far he has had roles such as Shaun Brumder in the film “Orange County”, then as a Preston in “King Kong”, and also as Gus Grimly in the TV series “Fargo”, among many others.

Colin Hanks made his first debut in the film “That Thing You Do!” in 1996, and his Father was the director.

By the end of 2018,Colin Hanks’ net worth was estimated to be around $15 million.

Colin married Samantha Bryant and have two children.

Elizabeth Ann Hanks

Elizabeth Ann Hanks was the second born to Samantha and was born on 17th May 1982 in Los Angeles, California USA.She is an actress just like her family members ,but also in her life,she pursued other interests such as writing where she has worked at Huffington Post as a Children’s book Editor.

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Elizabeth went to Archer School for Girls, and after matriculation,she attended Vassar College, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and literature in 2004.

Tom Hanks’ daughter Elizabeth made only a couple of appearances in films in which her father starred, including “Forrest Gump” in 1994, and “That Thing You Do!” in 1996. Elizabeth Hanks’ net worth is estimated to be around $3 million, as of late 2018.