Rita Wilson is a multi-faceted American entertainer who has made a name for herself in both the film and music industries as an actress, producer, singer, and songwriter. She is popular for her roles in various movies and television series, some of which are It’s Complicated (2009), Now and Then (1995), Jingle All the Way (1996), The Story of Us (1999), Runaway Bride (1999), The Good Wife and Girls.
She has also played on Broadway and has also produced several films, such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002. In addition to her acting career, Rita has also been very active in the music industry since 2012 and has released four albums.
Although she is a celebrity herself, Rita Wilson is also popular as the wife of actor Tom Hanks. The duo met for the first time on the set of the Bosom Buddies series, which ran from 1980-1982, and they reunited on the set of the Volunteers in 1985, but nothing happened because Tom was married at the time.
However, Tom Hanks and his then-wife Samantha Lewes divorced in 1987, and the following year Rita made the Covenant of Life with him.
Rita Wilson – Tom Hanks’ Wife – Bio (Age)
Rita Wilson was born on 26 October 1956 in Hollywood, California, as Margarita Ibrahimoff and is the daughter of Dorothea (mother) and Halilov Ibrahimoff (father). Her mother was Greek, while her father was Pomak (Bulgarian Muslim). Rita’s father moved from Bulgaria to the United States of America in 1949. There he married her mother and then converted from Islam to Orthodox Christianity.
After his conversion, he dropped his former name and took the name Allan Wilson in 1960. Consequently, Rita Wilson, who grew up in her birthplace, was also raised in the Greek Orthodox faith.
Her Acting Career
Rita Wilson began her acting career in 1972 with a guest appearance as Pat Conway in the episode “Greg’s Triangle” in The Brady Bunch. She also appeared twice in 1982 as Nurse Lacey in M*A*S*H and played in the sitcoms Three’s Company and Bosom Buddies.
Rita was also featured in the NBC sitcom Frasier, which ran from September 16, 1993, to May 13, 2004, and featured the character of Hester Rose Crane, Frasier Crane’s late mother. She also appeared in many other series, including Tales from the Crypt, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bosom Buddies, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order: Special Victims and Evidence Unit. The actress also had a recurring role in The Good Lady, where she played the character of Viola Walsh, and also appeared in five episodes of Girls in 2013.
Aside from television series, Rita Wilson has also appeared in many films, including the romantic comedies of 2009 and 2011, It’s Complicated, and Larry Crowne, starring her current husband Tom Hanks. She also starred in the teenage music drama “Raise Your Voice” (2004) and the Christmas family comedy “Jingle All the Way” (1996).
Her other films include Now and Then (1995), Sleepless in Seattle (1995), Mixed Nuts (1994), Barbarians at the Gate (1993), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Volunteers (1985), and many others. On television, the actress played the role of Susan Borman in the 12-part HBO television series “From the Earth to the Moon” in 1998.
As a producer, Rita Wilson has the most profitable independent romantic comedy of all time, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), under her belt. While developing the film alongside actress and author Nia Vardalos, Rita Wilson produced two stage productions of the play. The 2016 sequel of the film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, was co-produced by Rita Wilson, who also starred in a supporting role as Anna.
Rita Wilson was also the producer of the jukebox musical romantic comedy Mamma Mia! from 2008 and its sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which was released in 2018.
Many years after working on the big screen, Rita Wilson took her acting skills to the theater and made her Broadway debut in 2006 as Roxie Hart in the revival of the Chicago musical. She then continued to act in films and series, returning to Broadway in 2015 to play the role of Brenda in Larry David’s play Fish in the Dark. Off-Broadway, the talented actress appeared in many plays, including Love, Loss and What I Wore and Dinner with Friends.
In 2016, the Greek postal service ELTA honored Rita Wilson and five other people with a stamp.
Because of her interest in singing, Rita recorded her debut solo album AM/FM and released it on May 8th, 2012 on Decca Records. On December 4, 2014, she performed for then-US President Barrack Obama and his wife Michelle at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, DC, and was also the co-host of the event.
Also in 2014, she released her second album, Rita Wilson. With the help of co-author Kara Dioguardi, Rita began writing her own songs in 2016. The first was “Grateful”, which she sang together with Kara and Jason Reeves.
On September 28, 2018, Rita’s third album was released with the title “Bigger Picture”. The versatile entertainer followed the next year with her fourth album “Halfway to Home”, which was released on 29 March 2019.
Having worked in the entertainment industry for more than four decades, it is no surprise that Rita Wilson’s productive and successful acting and music career has earned her a net worth of over $20 million.
Rita Wilson’s marriage to Tom Hanks produced two sons named Chester Marlon “Chet” Hanks and Truman Theodore Hanks. She is the stepmother of Tom’s two children, Colin Hanks and Elizabeth Hanks, who were both born in 1977 and 1982 respectively by his first wife, the American actress Samantha Lewes.
Their son Chester is an actor and rapper, while their stepson Colin is also an actor. Rita is a grandmother with one grandchild from Chester and two step-grandchildren – Olivia (born 2011) and Charlotte (born 2013) – from Colin.
Quick Facts About Rita Wilson
|Date of Birth:||26 October 1956|
|Age:||63 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 Feet 7 Inch|
|Birth Name||Rita Wilson|
|Birth Place/City||Los Angeles, California|
|Net Worth||$ 20 million|
|Hair Color||Light brown|
|Shoe Size||9 US|
|Famous for||Producer, singer|
|Married to||Tom Hanks (m. 1988)|
|Education||London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Hollywood High School|
|Movies||Jingle All the Way|
|TV Show||My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2|