Denzel Washington Breaks Down Paying Tribute to His Late Mother, His ‘First True Love’

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The beloved American actor, director, and producer Denzel Washington recently broke down paying tribute to someone very special to him…

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His mother.

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And it was heart-melting to see.

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Now, Denzel was born in 1954, just 3 days after Christmas Day.

He was brought up in New York and when his parents divorced when he was fourteen, he was sent to a military academy school which completely changed his direction in life.

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Denzel was torn between attending college or taking a semester off.

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But whilst he worked as creative arts director of an overnight summer camp at Camp Sloane YMCA, he participated in a staff talent show for the campers and a colleague suggested he try acting.

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And so, that’s exactly what he did.

Next to his studies, the aspiring actor performed at many summer theatre projects to fill out his resume.

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Shortly after graduating, Denzel was cast in the 1977 film Wilma.

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His first Hollywood appearance came in the 1981 film Carbon Copy, and things were only onwards and upwards from there.

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His major career break came when he starred as Dr. Phillip Chandler in NBC’s television hospital drama St. Elsewhere.

He was one of only a few African-American actors to appear on the series for its entire 6-year run between 1982 to 1988.

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And Denzel went on to land himself some major roles over the years…

Including movies such as Mo’ Better Blues (1991), Philadelphia (1993), The Hurricane (1999), and Training Day (2001).

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And he truly is a fantastic actor.

Denzel has starred in award-winning movies such as Flight (2012), The Equalizer (2014), and The Magnificent Seven (2016).

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In 2016, he directed the movie Fences

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And he also starred in it, which nominated the actor for even more awards.

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Yep, he has a lot to show for his career path.

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He has been nominated for and won countless Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Primetime Emmy Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and NAACP Image Awards. Yep, he’s the real deal.

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Denzel shares his life with Pauletta Washington, his beloved wife.

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And together they have 4 children and share a very happy marriage.

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He’s a role model for a lot of people.

And he isn’t the type to turn away a stranger in need – which demonstrates his strong Christian values.

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But lately, he’s faced a huge controversy.

People are not loving his latest movie.

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The Little Things has a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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But that’s not its only problem …

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The movie centers around 2 cops who firmly believe a man is committing serial murders.

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The problem is – he’s just taunting them, and in frustration, 1 of the cops kills him.

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Many feel that in the current climate, this ending just doesn’t sit right.

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Especially considering the police violence many have spent the year protesting against. But, either way, people still love Denzel.

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And now, Denzel has come out about someone he has a lot of love for, and it truly is heart-melting.

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In an interview with talk show host, Stephen Colbert, Denzel talked about a woman who went through thick and thin with him…

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His mother.

And in the interview, he said some things that were pretty heart-melting.
His mom, Lennis Washington, ninety-seven, passed away this year, and Denzel didn’t cry at the funeral, but he did get a little bit emotional with Stephen.

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“She didn’t get cheated,” he said of her time on Earth.

“She was there for everything, and she went home,” he continued.
And he got a little emotional when he paid tribute to her with something he said.

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But first, he said that he “didn’t cry at her funeral.”

And when Stephen asked why that might be, he jokingly said: “I don’t know, I guess I saved it up for you.”

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But the thing that got him all choked up was when he talked of his first true love.

“A mother is a son’s first true love,” he began. “A son, especially that first son, is a mother’s, last true love.”

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He really is the sweetest. And if you want to see the interview for yourself, here it is.

We love you, Denzel. And we’re so sorry for your loss.

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