We are just learning today that the mother of actor Tom Cruise, Mary Lee South, died last week. She was 80.
TMZ is reporting, South passed away in her sleep after battling a long illness. Tom, 54, and his three sisters were at her service held this weekend at her local Church of Scientology. Tom’s three sisters, Lee Ann DeVette, 57, Cass Mapother, 55, and Marian Henry, 52.
Also at the service were several close friends and family members. Mary Lee was last seen in Clearwater, Florida in 2016 using a walker and looking thinner than usual. Before that, she had not been seen since 2010. Mary split from Tom’s father, Thomas Cruise Mapother III, in 1974 and went on to marry John ‘Jack’ South in 1978, when Tom was 16. Both Mary and her husband were supportive of Tom’s dreams to become an actor, with Mary previously explaining how he told them of his ambitions after he starred in a high-school production of Guys And Dolls. h/t dailymail
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cruise family and friends at this difficult time.