Can you imagine yourself as a child tuning in to your favorite TV show without realizing that the actress playing one of the main roles was your mother? It sounds like something out of a comedy script, but that’s what happened to Lisa Wright.
The show Wright was watching? That’s my mom. (We doubt that even Hollywood can make that up!)
As with many adoptions at the time, Wright’s birth records were sealed. Having been much loved by her adoptive parents, she did not have a burning desire to search for her birth mother.
All that changed when, at age 54, Wright’s son suggested that he take a DNA test to learn more about his family’s genetics. The DNA results revealed that Wright had a match: an uncle.
In their initial conversation, Wright’s uncle asked him to tell him all the details he knew about his birth. He was able to tell her her date of birth and that her mother, who had become pregnant when she was very young, wanted a career in Hollywood.
His uncle knew much more and was delighted to tell him.
Wright’s mother turned out to be Lynne Moody, whose impressive resume includes stints on Chicago Hope, Beverly Hills 90210, Knots Landing, General Hospital, and a host of other film and television credits.
His uncle not only revealed who Wright’s biological mother was, but also let him know that his mother had never forgotten the daughter she had given up on. In fact, the family had been looking for her, hoping to reconnect one day.
When Wright Googled his mother’s name, the understanding was astonishing. He was finally seeing a face that looked like his own. I knew it belonged.
Not long after that epiphany, Wright’s phone rang again. He was an ecstatic Moody.
“A voice on the other end of the line says, ‘Is this my daughter?’ And then I said, ‘My God, is this my mother?’ “Wright said. TODAY. “And then she says, ‘Yes, honey, this is your mom.’ It was the most indescribable feeling. “
The irony of growing up watching their mother on TV and not knowing it was nothing compared to the joy they felt when they were reunited the next day. Moody compared finding her daughter to giving birth a second time, at least on an emotional level.
Of course, not everyone seeking their inheritance is going to appear as a television star in the family tree, but this mother-daughter team hopes their story will inspire other foster children and their birth parents to welcome the connection. when presented to them. .
“Life is full of surprises sometimes, so hang on no matter what your circumstances are,” Moody told TODAY. “Be open to miracles, be open to surprises, and keep the faith.”
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