Lisa Wright never expected that her journey to find her birth mother could bring her so much joy. For the past 50 years, Wright had always felt different.
“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.
Taking advice from her son, Wright took a DNA test to discover more about her ancestry. To Wright’s surprise, her DNA was a match with another family that had also gone through the same company for DNA testing.
Wright said “I get an alert, and it says, ‘This person is your uncle, 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.’ “
A few days later, Wright and her biological uncle connected via phone.
Remarking on the call Wright said, “I said, ‘Well, I was born on Dec. 10, 1964. I was told that my biological mom was very young when she had me. She moved to L.A. because she wanted to be in Hollywood.’ And then he just stopped me right there,” she recalled. “And so he goes, ‘Lisa, you’re my niece. We’ve been looking for you. We’ve all been looking for you.’ “
After connecting with her uncle, Wright went on to hear from her biological mother,actress Lynne Moody..
“A voice on the other end says, ‘Is this my daughter?’ And then I just went, ‘Oh, my God, is this my mother?’ ” Wright said. “And then she goes, ‘Yes, sweetie, this is your mom.’ It was just the most indescribable feeling.”
As it turns out, Wright’s biological mother, happened to star in one of Wright’s favorite TV shows when she was growing up, 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!”
Because Wright’s adoption was closed, Moody was unaware about the fate of her daughter. On Today, Moody confided that she always dreamed of being able to connect her daughter with her other children.
She continued, “When I found out that she was my daughter, at that moment, it was like I was giving birth. Because I lost my legs, I was on the floor in a fetal position, screaming and crying. I didn’t know how deep that hole was.”
Reunited, Wright and Moody have begun the process of healing and getting to know each other better, making this past Mother’s Day special for this reconnected family.