Laurence Fishburne’s 80-year-old mother says she’s facing eviction, and she can’t seem to track him down. Hattie Crawford Fishburne spoke with the New York Post about her strained financial situation.
Besides giving him life, Hattie bankrolled the Blackish star’s career (which is something that a parent would do, right?) years ago, and now he won’t even call. As Hattie puts it, “He’s gone Hollywood!”
Hattie says Laurence promised to hold her down. “For 20 years, I funded my son’s career,’’ she said. “He promised me he would take care of me. He promised me a house, a golden retriever, a calico cat. To this day, I have not got a Christmas present or a ‘Thank you, Mama’ present. He hasn’t given me a penny. I’m so hurt and disappointed.”
The last time these two spoke was more than year ago when his father, Laurence Fishburne Jr., died. It’s unclear how they fell out for the second time in the last couple of decades.
In 1994, when Hattie was getting evicted from an apartment in Brooklyn, she blasted her actor offspring for turning a cold shoulder.
This current apartment is a $1,500 a month apartment in Los Angeles. The retired teacher says she can’t cover the rent with the $3,000 a month she gets from a pension and Social Security (a landlord told the Post that the apartment situation has since “changed,” but Hattie still thinks she’s getting booted).
Hattie says she’s suffering form arthritis and other ailments, and is basically broke. “I can’t buy food, clothing and shelter, go to the theater,” she said.“I haven’t bought a dress since I retired. I need to find a benefactor.’’
Laurence’s net worth of $20 million. He hasn’t commented on his mother’s interview.
His last family-related issue to go public involved his daughter, Montana, exploring a career in porn. He obviously didn’t take that well.