A mother and her long-lost daughter reunited after five decades in the most unusual way. Lisa Wright was good with going to her grave not knowing who her real mother was until her son’s curiosity to reveal her genetic makeup led her straight into the arms of her real mother.
Wright, who is now 54, said she grew up knowing her real mother gave birth to her when she was 18. Her adoption was a closed one, so her adoptive parents and biological mother never met.
“My (adoptive) mom told me, ‘Your mommy loved you, but she was really young, and she knew she couldn’t take care of you. I wanted the baby so bad, and that’s why your mom let me take care of you. You weren’t abandoned. This was just the best thing for you,'” Wright told Today in an exclusive.
Her son was curious about her genetic heritage and suggested she does a DNA test. Wright was not hesitant, and the results launched an avalanche of surprises that changed her life forever. “I get an alert, and it says, ‘This person is your uncle,'” Wright said. “So, I just reached out and said, ‘If you’re open to it, I would love to chat with you to see what all of this means.'”
She connected with her uncle immediately, who realized from the get-go when Wright revealed her birth date and the circumstances surrounding her adoption that she was the daughter of his sister who gave her up to pursue a career in Hollywood.
A few days later, Wright got the call she had been waiting for. After 50 years, she was finally speaking with her mother, actor Lynne Moody, who had given up all hope of ever reconnecting with her child. Interestingly, Moody never had another child after her.
“When she was born, they covered my face, my eyes, so that I couldn’t see her,” Moody said. “But I could hear her cry. All I could say was ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, baby, I’m sorry.’ As a mother, you never, ever, ever forget. During those 50 years, all I did was try to learn how to live with it. I didn’t know if she was hungry if she was alive if she was happy if she was adopted.”
Moody also turned out to be a character from Wright’s favorite sitcom from the mid-’70s. She starred in an ABC series ironically called “That’s My Mama.”
“I grew up watching my mother on TV and didn’t even know it,” Wright said. “‘That’s My Mama’ — that was our must-see TV. We all sat down and watched ‘That’s My Mama’ every week, and who knew? No idea. … And that’s my mama!”
Since then, Wright’s son has met his grandmother. Wright has also met her four sisters from her biological father’s side as well as more relatives from Moody’s family. Sadly, Wright’s adoptive parents did not get to witness this reunion because they had passed away.
Moody’s take home for everyone is that we “keep the faith” because “life is full of surprises sometimes.”