Denzel Washington Opens Up About Losing His Mother: ‘She Was There for Everything’

Regarding his close relationship with his mother Lennis, who passed away in June at the age of 97, Denzel said, “I don’t know if I was her favorite, I gave her the worst time.”

Due to his mother’s passing, Denzel Washington is in mourning.

The 66-year-old actor talked about losing his mother Lennis Washington on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday. Age 97, she passed away in June.

The Tragedy of Macbeth star thanked host Stephen Colbert for his sympathies and stated “A son’s first true love is his mother. A mother’s final true love is her son, especially her first son,” before becoming emotional.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Denzel Washington

Denzel went on, requesting a tissue, “She was there for everything, then she went home.” When Denzel won Best Supporting actor for Glory in the 1990 Academy Awards, Colbert then flashed a vintage portrait of the actor, his wife Pauletta, and Lennis.

The mother was standing by her son’s side in the picture, beaming with pride.

The two-time Oscar winner cried out, “This is terrible!” And I held back my tears during her funeral.

“What do you believe?” Colbert enquired. I suppose I had it in reserve for you. He made a joke.

Lennis was born in 1924 and raised in Harlem, New York. She married Rev. Denzel H. Washington Sr. in 1949, and the couple had three children together: sons Denzel and David, as well as daughter Lorice. Lennis, who worked as a beautician, managed many salons in the family’s hometown of Mount Vernon, New York, and was involved in her religion.

Denzel remarked of their potent bong: “I don’t know if I was her favorite because I was the most difficult for her. I can confirm that.” The actor concluded by advising the audience to “hug” and “love” their closest loved ones while they still have the chance.



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