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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson | Source: Getty Images | instagram.com/ritawilson
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson | Source: Getty Images | instagram.com/ritawilson

Rita Wilson Affirms Love to Tom Hanks on His 67th Birthday - They Fought Cancer Together despite Love Not Being ‘Magic’

Dorcus Osongo
Jul 10, 2023
03:00 P.M.
  • Tom Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, wrote an emotional tribute to the actor on his birthday.
  • Hanks and his wife met on set and were friends first before going public with their relationship in 1986.
  • Hanks and Wilson raised their two kids exceptionally well. The actor was present for their blended family.
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Tom Hanks was born on July 9, 1965, in Concord California. Besides a prolific Hollywood career, the actor and filmmaker is married to Rita Wilson, a singer and actress.

Wilson recently celebrated Hanks' 67th birthday on Instagram, with a sweet tribute dedicated to her husband of 35 years.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks during the filming of "Volunteers" on January 1, 1985 | Source: Getty Images

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks during the filming of "Volunteers" on January 1, 1985 | Source: Getty Images

The actress began her post by describing Hanks, "Happy Birthday to this man who is my lover, my best friend, my family, the father of my children."

Wilson added a few fun facts about Hanks, including that he loves a typewriter and inventing cocktails "like Diet Cokecaine (Diet Coke mixed with Champagne) or a Cokearita (Diet Coke mixed with margarita)."

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The actress also revealed that her husband sometimes dabbled up as a DJ on Boss Radio 66, and that he was happiest when surrounded by family and friends. Wilson said the actor has dedicated his career to telling stories of veterans and has created his own coffee brand that supports them. She wrote:

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"He is one of the smartest people I know, has made me laugh everyday for 38 years, can nap anywhere at anytime. Happy happy birthday my love! 🎂💕🌸💐💕🎂🌸💐💕🎂🌸🎂💕🌸.”

Wilson's birthday tribute to her husband comes after the couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in April 2023.

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Hanks' and Wilson's Love Story

Hank and Wilson's love story started over three decades ago when the two met while shooting "Bosom Buddies," an ABC sitcom that aired in 1981.

Wilson said when she and her husband met, they got along instantly. She added that Hanks was a great storyteller, and because she loved a good storyteller, he would make her laugh all the time.

The "Mamma Mia!" actor said he was proud of his special blended family when he received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2020 Golden Globes.

The couple started off as friends because Hanks was married to Samantha Lewes, his college sweetheart. In 1985, Hanks and Wilson featured in "Volunteers," their first feature film together.

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Hanks revealed that the two just looked at each other, and everything fell into place. The actor said he asked Wilson if her feelings were real, and they both just couldn't deny their chemistry.

When Hanks and Lewes parted ways, he and Wilson informed the public that they were dating in 1986. Hanks and Lewes divorced in 1987.

The pair dated for two years and got married on April 30, 1988. For their nuptials, Hanks donned a black tuxedo while Wilson was in an untraditional short wedding dress. The two have been together for 38 years.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in London, England on February 16, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in London, England on February 16, 2014 | Source: Getty Images

Hanks later opened up about their relationship to Oprah Winfrey. He noted that its success was determined by timing, maturity, and their willingness to form a connection:

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"I won't deny that providence was part of us finding each other, but our relationship isn't magic — the way it's shown in movies."

The "Elvis" actor added that as much as their connection was real, marriage wasn't easy, but the two of them knew that they'd be there for each other and get through each challenge no matter what.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in New York City on June 13, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in New York City on June 13, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

A couple of years after they wed, Wilson and Hanks welcomed their first child, Chester Hanks, on April 4, 1990. On December 26, 1995, the duo welcomed their second child, Theodore Hanks.

Besides a successful relationship, the two have worked together on several productions over the years. In 1993, they both starred in "Sleepless in Seattle," which was nominated for two Academy Awards.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in Hollywood, California on March 29, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in Hollywood, California on March 29, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

They have also supported each other's achievements. In 1992, Wilson was by her husband's side when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And when the actress made her Broadway debut in 2006 on "Roxie Hart in Chicago," Hanks came to support her. He also attended Wilson's Walk of Fame ceremony in 2019.

Hanks and Wilson have also seen each other through hard times. In 2015, the actress was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

Wilson said she was blessed to have the love and support of her husband and family during the entire process. She added that her husband was by her side and noted that she was getting better each day.

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in Hollywood, California on June 30, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in Hollywood, California on June 30, 1992 | Source: Getty Images

Wilson and Hanks supported each other when they both contracted Covid-19 at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Wilson admitted that having the virus at the same time made it easier for them to take care of each other.

The couple have not only done a good job taking care of each other, but they have also raised their kids well and ensured their blended family thrived.

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2023 | Source: Getty Images

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Tom Hanks' Blended Family

Hanks' first child is Colin Lewes Hanks. The actor had his first child with his first wife, Lewes. Colin, who attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, was born on November 24, 1977.

Colin is a director and voice-over actor. He is married to Samantha Bryant, and the lovebirds have two kids, Olivia Jane, born in 2011, and Charlotte Bryant, born in 2013.

The 45-year-old admitted that when he started his career, he thought being Hanks' son wasn't a big deal and that people would view him as his own person, but that didn't happen.

Samantha Bryant, Colin Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Chester Hanks, and Truman Theodore Hanks in Beverly Hills, California on January 05, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Samantha Bryant, Colin Hanks, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Chester Hanks, and Truman Theodore Hanks in Beverly Hills, California on January 05, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

The "Cast Away" star's second child, Elizabeth Ann Hanks, was born on May 17, 1982. She is Hanks and Lewes' second child. The 41-year-old graduated from Vassar College.

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After graduation, she started writing under the name E.A. Hanks. She is now an accomplished writer who has been featured in Time magazine, The New York Times, and Huffington Post. Elizabeth is set to publish her first novel in 2024.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Truman Theodore Hanks, and Elizabeth Hanks on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Truman Theodore Hanks, and Elizabeth Hanks on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Hanks' third child, Chester, is his first with Wilson. Chester, whose stage name is Chet Hanks, launched his music career while he was a student at Northwestern University.

In 2014, Chester went to rehab to treat substance abuse. He is also a dad to daughter, Michaiah Hanks, whom he shares with his ex-Tiffany Miles.

The 32-year-old opened up about growing up with famous parents, revealing that having Hanks and Wilson as his parents made him privileged but not spoiled. He noted that his parents didn't just give him money or allowance; he had to work and earn everything.

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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Truman Hanks in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 13, 2022  | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Truman Hanks in Stockholm, Sweden, on December 13, 2022 | Source: Getty Images

Truman is the youngest of Hanks' kids. He is also the second child of Hanks and Wilson. Truman, 27, graduated from Stanford University in 2018, and while he isn't primarily an actor, he starred in the 2022 film "A Man Called Otto," where he played the younger version of Hanks' character.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Truman Theodore Hanks, and Elizabeth Ann Hanks in Paris, France on May 19, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Truman Theodore Hanks, and Elizabeth Ann Hanks in Paris, France on May 19, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

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The "Mamma Mia!" actor said he was proud of his special blended family when he received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2020 Golden Globes.

Hanks said he has been blessed with a wonderful family made up of brave, strong, and wise kids. He added that he has a fantastic wife in Wilson, who has taught him what love is.

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