Samantha Lewes Biography: All you need to know about Tom Hanks’ first wife


Samantha Lewes Biography

Samantha Lewes was a popular Hollywood actress of her era; although she is late, her legacy lives on.

For those who don’t know, Samantha Lewes was popular actor Tom Hanks first wife before he married his current wife, Rita Wilson.

Lewes and Tom married when they were very young and had two children together. While Tom Hanks is always in the news, many may, however, not know who Samantha Lewes is.

This article will open you up to what you show know about the late movie star.

Profile Summary

Full name Susan Jane Dillingham
Also known as Samantha Lewes
Date of birth November 9 1952
Age 50
Date of death March 12 2002
Zodiac sign Sagittarius
Parents John Raymond Dillingham and Harriet Hall Dillingham
Spouse Tom Hanks (from 1978 to 1987)
Children Elizabeth Ann Hanks and Collins Hank
Profession Actress

Samantha Lewes’s Biography

Her real name is Susan Jane Dillingham; she was born on the 7th of November 1952 to John Raymond Dillingham and Harriet Hall Dillingham in San Diego, California, USA.

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Samantha Lewes’s mother was an English teacher, while her father was a US Marine who served during the Korean War, World War II, and the Vietnam War.

Things became complicated when her parents went their separate ways as she had to stay with her mother. She had her childhood in California, Hawaii, Florida, Virginia and Northern Carolina.


She was an acting student at the Sacramento State University where she met Tom Hanks


Before venturing into acting full time, Samantha Lewes spent one year as an exchange teacher in England. Some of the popular films, Samantha featured in included, an episode of the ABC sitcom Bosom Buddies and the movie Mr success released in 1981 and 1984, respectively.


The reports revealed that Samantha Lewes and Tom Hanks had known each other well before marriage as school friends at Sacramento State University. However, after a while, their friendship became a relationship that led to the altar.

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Tom Hanks and Samantha Lewes got married in 1978 at a young age. Tom at the time was 23, while Samantha was 27.

Things were going smoothly until 1984, when they started leaving separately and finally divorced in 1987. Tom Hanks would later reveal that their divorce was because loneliness was a dominant reason he got married at a very young age, and he felt it was too early to make such commitments.

Their union was blessed with two children named Elizabeth Hunks, who is now a writer, and Collins Hanks, who is now an actor.

How did she die

The actress was diagnosed with bone cancer, a news which broke down Tom Hanks even though he was her ex at the time.

Tom supported Samantha Lewes by paying all her medical expenses, but it was not enough to save her as cancer had affected her brain and lungs. She died on the 12th of March 2002.

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks is a renowned American comic and drama actor. After his divorce from Samantha Lewes, he went on to marry Rita Wilson in 1988. Samantha, however, chose not to remarry till her death.

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