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Tom Hanks secrets unearthed

The Hollywood actor has been revealed to have harassed and attempted to kill his ex-wife.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 13:10 IST

Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks has been revealed to have harassed and attempted to kill his ex-wife Susan Dillingham.

According to, the revelations came about when court papers were found and published in David Gardner's upcoming book The Tom Hanks Enigma. Dillingham had written to a LA court asking for a restraining order against Hanks and said: "My husband has repeatedly verbally abused and humiliated me during the past 90 days in my home. This caused me to suffer great emotional distress."

Dillingham's stage name was Samantha Lewes and she died from bone cancer in 2002. The prolonged and agonising divorce began in 1985 and went on for three years and Lewes starred in a series of plays in that time.

In one legal missive she wrote: "It's designed to harass and upset me at a time when I should be focusing all of my energies on my job." During the time she took on these roles Hanks tried to force her into depositions.

Gardner writes: "Tom was spending less and less time at home -- and with two children to care for and a husband who was away for long stretches -- it was difficult for her to get work."

Hanks is now married to actress Rita Wilson.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 13:10 IST