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Danny Glover Was 'Just Blown Away' by His Only Daughter's Mom Whom He Could Not Approach Properly

Junie Sihlangu
Mar 16, 2022
09:20 P.M.
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Danny Glover only has one child, a daughter named Mandisa, whose mother was a challenge to attract. He somehow couldn't string up enough sentences to ask Asake Bomani out on a date.

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Danny Lebern Glover was born to postal workers Carrie Hunley and James Glover, on July 22, 1946, in San Francisco, California. He was the oldest of five children and was influenced by his grandparents, who lived in Georgia and spent a lot of time with them.

Growing up, the actor was a loner who had dyslexia. He later developed epilepsy at age 16, but the ailment hasn't recurred since the star was 30, and he's religious, according to reports.

Danny Glover during the "Manderlay" premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 16, 2005, with Asake Bomani at the Westwood premiere of "Beloved" on October 12, 1998. | Source: Toni Anne Barson/WireImage & Frank Trapper/Corbis/Getty Images

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One of the essential life lessons he learned was when he was around 16 or 17 and got arrested for stealing and riding around in a motor scooter. When his father went to the police precinct to collect him, he told the future actor he was disappointed.

Even though Danny was already a foot taller than his father, the future star shrunk down to two feet in regret and embarrassment. He never got himself into trouble like that again. 

Danny Glover at an art gallery on December 9, 1990. | Source: Kim Komenich/Getty Images

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Danny studied at the Black Actors' Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater and only started acting at age 28. He made his Broadway debut in "Master Harold...and the Boys" and finally received national recognition.

It led to director Robert Benton casting him in his first leading role in 1984. He starred in the Oscar Award-nominated Best Picture for "Places in the Heart" and has had a fruitful career where he worked as an actor, humanitarian, and producer for over 35 years. 

FALLING IN LOVE WITH ASAKE, WELCOMING A DAUGHTER, AND DIVORCING

Danny Glover in a scene from the film "The Color Purple," 1985. | Source: Warner Brothers/Getty Images

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However, in the 1960s, while Danny was in his junior year at San Francisco State University, he met the woman who would become his wife. Back then, he was a young activist who delivered civil rights speeches for the Black Students Union.

The future actor had no idea what direction his life would later take as he studied for a degree in economics. While on campus, he met an English major from Wilmington, Delaware, Asake Bomani, with whom he became infatuated.

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Speaking to People in 1992, Danny recalled how Bomani had a strong sense of self and morality. After seeing Bomani, the star was initially too shy to talk to her, so he waited outside her English class for her.

He greeted her, asked how she was doing and walked away when she came out of the class. Danny repeated this move several times until he mustered the courage to call her and ask her out on a date.

Danny Glover with Asake Bomani at the Westwood premiere of "Beloved" on October 12, 1998. | Source: Frank Trapper/Corbis/Getty Images

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He admitted to Independent in 2004 that he somehow got tongue-tied when he tried speaking to Bomani and couldn't get a lot of words out. The star confessed that he was just "blown away" by his love interest, while she once said that he loved people unconditionally, and she didn't want him to have any conditions.

Bomani worked as a jazz singer and supported Danny when he quit his San Francisco Model Cities program evaluator job. She encouraged him to pursue acting as a profession and join the Black Actors' Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre.

Danny Glover at the 58th Cannes Film Festival: Photo-call of "Manderlay" in Cannes, France, on May 16, 2005. | Source: Pool Benainous/Catarina/Legrand/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images

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Her undying love and support led him to star in the play "The Blood Knot and Muster Harold," in the 1987 film "Mandela," "Predator 2," and the "Lethal Weapon" series. After being married for 27, the couple sadly divorced.

Danny confessed that even though they weren't together anymore, he and his ex-wife still had a great friendship. The pair were parents, welcomed one child in their marriage, and grandparents.

DANNY GLOVER'S BOND WITH HIS ONLY CHILD

Danny Glover, Asake Bomani, and Mandisa Glover at the premiere of "Predator 2" on November 19, 1990, in Westwood, California. | Source: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection/Getty Images

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While married, Danny and Bomani welcomed their only child and daughter, Mandisa Glover, a film production assistant, according to IMDb. He and his wife raised her in a three-story Victorian house in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. 

The proud father and his daughter have a great bond and relationship, as seen in an Instagram post by Mandisa on July 22, 2020. Bomani once noted this about her daughter and husband:

“Mandisa’s a loving, generous spirit like Danny. She can talk to him about stuff you normally don’t tell your dad.”

Danny and Mandisa Glover at Showtime's annual programming preview luncheon on March 13, 2002. | Source: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images

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In her post, the star's daughter celebrated his birthday by sharing some throwback images of them. About a week ago, Mandisa also uploaded a picture of an envelope addressed to her father and revealed she sent him fruit snacks to reciprocate the joy and love she got from him.

A 2007 People article about the lessons Danny learned in life revealed where the actor lived at the time.

One of Danny's grandchildren featured in a post by his mother on September 9, 2019. In the caption, Mandisa shared how much her son had grown since he started the 10th grade on that day.

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The actor's daughter loved her father immensely as she posted a throwback image of him on June 21, 2021. She confessed to her followers that he was the "best representation of pure love," adding:

”You are gracious, generous GooD and KinD I am blessed we are blessed to have you. I hope you enjoyed your day Bless.”

DANNY GLOVER'S SECOND MARRIAGE

Danny Glover and Eliane Cavalleiro at the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

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After his marriage to Bomani ended, Danny eventually fell in love with Eliane Cavalleiro and made him his second wife. In a 2017 Facebook post, the actor shared how his wife was preparing to start a new teaching or professor job at Stanford University.

The actor's wife is originally from Brazil, and she's been married to him for over a decade. Danny and his wife are both philanthropists, with him working as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a public speaker about topics like social justice, activism, diversity, and global citizenship.

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A 2007 People article about the lessons Danny learned in life revealed where the actor lived at the time. The "Shooter" star said he still lived about seven blocks from where he grew up in San Francisco.

The "Dreamgirls" actor explained that he had a love affair with the place. He confessed how he enjoyed having his memory revitalized and shaken whenever he was back in his childhood hometown. 

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