54-Year-Old Adopted Woman Goes in Search of Her Birth Mom Before Realizing She’s Been in Front of Her All This Time

Thu Jul 01 2021

Every adopted person is different. While some love their adopted parents unconditionally and never feel the urge to look for their biological parents, there are others who are intrigued to learn more about their biological genealogy. And thanks to sites like Ancestry.com and 23andMe, it’s now easier than ever for adopted people to go in search of those who share their DNA. All it takes is a genetic test and a leap of faith…

That’s exactly what 54-year-old Lisa Wright did when she started to think about her biological heritage. She went in search of her birth mother and prayed that she would find answers to the many questions she had, but she had no idea that the woman who gave birth to her over five decades earlier had been closer than she thought for all that time. In fact, Lisa had set eyes on her many times before.

While Lisa Knew That She Was Adopted, She Had Never Really Thought About Finding Her Biological Mom

Lisa Wright hails from Los Angeles, works as a radio presenter, and has known since she was a child that she was adopted. Her adoptive parents always wanted to stay as open and as honest as possible when it came to her life and how she came to be a part of their family, and so they told her everything they knew about her birth mom – but that wasn’t a lot. In fact, they only really knew that she was just 18 years old when she gave birth to Lisa.

Because she had such a wonderful relationship with her adoptive parents, and because they had been so open with her, Lisa had never really felt the need to search for her biological mom. She felt like she belonged in her family, and she felt at home with the people in her life. But in the back of her mind, she did know that there were many questions that needed to be answered.

Lisa’s Adoptive Mom Assured Her That She Was Not Abandoned as a Baby and That Her Birth Mom Loved Her

While, sadly, many adopted children struggle with abandonment issues as they grow up, this wasn’t the case for Lisa. Her adoption was just a technicality for her and her family, as Lisa was her parents’ daughter through and through – adopted or not. They also reassured her that her birth mother loved her and that putting her up for adoption was the right thing to do.

During an interview with Today, Lisa noted that “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.'” And this was enough for Lisa…until she was struck by tragedy.

After Lisa’s Adoptive Mother Passed Away, She Began To Think About the Woman Who Had Given Birth to Her

In 2010, Lisa’s adoptive mom passed away – leaving Lisa without a mom and Lisa’s teenage son without a grandmother. This came as a tough blow to the whole family, and it left Lisa absolutely heartbroken. She felt as though a part of her had been ripped out of her body, and she tried to come to terms with the fact that she was no longer around.

Of course, grief never goes away, but it does become more manageable as time goes by. And while Lisa continued to watch her son grow up with pride in her heart, she also continued to miss her mom at the same time. But what she didn’t imagine was that she would begin to think about the woman who had given birth to her with intrigue… whoever she was.

Lisa’s Adoption Was a Closed Adoption so She Couldn’t Contact the Agency for Her Birth Mom’s Details

Due to the fact that the adoption process can be extremely emotional and is a very private matter, adoptions can either be open or closed. In today’s day and age, it’s fairly common for adoptions to be open – where the adoptive family and birth family stay in contact for the benefit of the child – but this hasn’t always been the case. A few decades ago, almost all adoptions were closed. And this was the case for Lisa’s adoption.

This meant that Lisa could not get in contact with the adoption agency and ask for her birth mother’s name or personal details. The information was completely sealed and the agency couldn’t help her in any way. She then relayed this information to her son, and just assumed that her quest to find answers was over. But then her son Nicky had an idea.

Her Son Encouraged Her To Take a Different Route and To Use 23andMe To Find Her Birth Mom

Nicky could see that his mom was feeling slightly lost since ever since his grandmother passed away. And while his mom had never really spoken about her adoption too much in the past, he could tell that she was really starting to wonder about her roots. So, Nicky racked his brains and realized that while Lisa was looking for her birth mom, her birth mom could also be looking for her…

And if her birth mom or any of her blood relatives were also looking for her, the most logical course of action would be to test their DNA using a genealogy service. So, Nicky convinced his mom to sign up for 23andMe and to send off her sample. They crossed their fingers and hoped that they would get some kind of match. They never expected what happened next, though.

Shortly After Sending off Her DNA Test, Lisa Received the Results and Learned That There Was a Family Match

When using a service like 23andMe or Ancestry.com, you often have to rely on other people also using the service. This is what creates a family match and ultimately puts together a family tree that connects people together – even if they don’t know each other. Because of this, Lisa and her son knew that sending off her DNA test was a long shot. If her birth mom didn’t want to be found, it was unlikely that she had signed up for the service.

But then, completely out of the blue, Lisa got an alert from the genealogy service. She learned that they had found a direct family match, and Lisa was eager to learn more. Was it her birth mom? Would she finally be able to connect with the woman who had given her up because she was just too young? Countless thoughts were racing through her mind.

Lisa Matched With Her Uncle, Her Birth Mom’s Brother, and so She Decided To Reach Out to Him

While Lisa didn’t match with her birth mom, she did match with her birth mom’s brother. The service confirmed that the match was indeed her uncle – and relief and apprehension flooded through Lisa’s veins. While she was upset that the service hadn’t linked her directly to her birth mom, she felt confident that she was one step closer to answering her questions once and for all.

On a whim, Lisa even decided to reach out to her uncle and to send him a message. She wrote, “If you’re open to it, I would love to chat with you to see what it all means.” Her heart flipped as she pressed send but felt as though she was finally connected to the woman who had given birth to her. All she had to do was wait and see if he would respond.

First of All, Lisa and Her Uncle Spoke on the Phone and She Told Him a Little More About Herself

A few days after Lisa sent the message to the man she learned to be her uncle, he gave her a call and they spoke on the phone. This was the first time Lisa had ever spoken to a blood relative aside from her son, and she was overcome with emotions she couldn’t quite place. She was happy, she was nervous, and, of course, she was still grieving her adoptive mom.

Her uncle asked her to tell him about herself, and “So I said, ‘Well, I was born on December 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 at that moment, she was stopped in her tracks. Her uncle asked her to stop talking because he had something important to say.

Her Uncle Stopped Her Mid-Conversation, and She Thought He Was Going To Tell Her To Leave His Family Alone

Lisa had been on such a high during the first half of the conversation that she was incredibly taken aback when her uncle stopped her mid-conversation. She was confused and she wondered what was so important that he had to interrupt her. In her mind, their conversation was off to a bad start, and her thoughts went into overdrive.

Lisa told Today that “So then I’m thinking, ‘Ok, here it comes. He’s going to say don’t ever call me again.'” She had a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach that the family wanted nothing to do with her and that he wanted her to leave them all alone. But the next words that came out of his mouth were nothing of the sort.

Instead, He Told Lisa That the Whole Family Had Been Searching for Her for Years

In an instant, Lisa’s life was turned upside down. Instead of shutting her down or telling her to leave his family alone, Lisa’s uncle wanted her to know that she was a part of that family. He said, “Lisa, you’re my niece. We’ve been looking for you. We’ve all been looking for you.” And Lisa couldn’t believe it.

As she took in her uncle’s words, her head was full of thoughts whirling around and around. She had found her biological family! But more than anything, they had also found her. It was amazing to learn that her blood relatives had also been looking for her after so many years, but she still had one question. Who was her birth mom?

Much to Lisa’s Surprise, She Learned That Her Birth Mom Lived Just a Short Distance Away From Her Also in Los Angeles

Lisa was still trying to get her head around the fact that she had a biological family who had been asking themselves the same questions when her uncle decided to tell her a little more about her birth mom. He told her that her birth mom actually lived in Los Angeles – and Lisa couldn’t believe it. Not only did they live in the same city, but they were only a short distance away from each other!

Alongside this, Lisa’s uncle also gave her the name of her birth mom. For the first time in 54 years, Lisa could finally put a name to the woman she had often thought about, and it was a momentous occasion for her. But little did she know that she had actually seen this woman’s name before without realizing it.

Lisa Decided To Search Her Birth Mom’s Name Online and She Was Finally Able To See Someone Who Looked Like Her

After the heartwarming conversation with her uncle, Lisa was armed with new information about her biological family that filled her with joy. She finally had a name for her birth mom, and she knew that with this name she could unearth more information about her. So, she decided to search that name online, hoping that she would at least come across a social media profile.

When Lisa found a photo of her mom, she felt a fuzzy feeling inside of her. She told Today that “I just could not believe it. For the first time ever, other than looking at my son, for the first time I’m looking at somebody who looks like me.” And while taking in this incredible moment, Lisa’s phone rang again.

Before She Knew It, Lisa Was on the Phone With Her Birth Mom in an Emotional Reunion

When Lisa answered her phone, she listened as the woman on the other end of the line asked “Is this my daughter?” She was hit by a wave of emotions and couldn’t believe that after so many decades she was finally talking to her birth mother on the phone. All Lisa could say in response was “Oh, my God, is this my mother?”

To this question, her mom replied “Yes, sweetie, this is your mom.” Lisa has noted that at that moment she felt “just the most indescribable feeling.” While she had been so happy with her adoptive parents throughout much of her life, it wasn’t until this moment that she realized how much she wanted to know her birth mother. But the biggest surprise of all was just about to come.

Lisa Learned That Her Mom Was the Famous Actress Lynne Moody, the Star of a Show She Had Watched Religiously Growing Up

Speaking to her birth mom on the phone was one of the most incredible moments of Lisa’s life, and as she learned more about her she realized that she was, in fact, talking to someone famous. That’s because her birth mom is Lynne Moody, a famous actress. Lynne moved to Los Angeles during the late 1960s where she got a job as a Playboy Bunny before making her way into the world of acting.

Over the course of her career, Lynne has starred in movies such as Roots and Nightmare in Badham County and even worked on TV shows like All in the Family, Soap, and ER. But when Lisa looked upon her birth mom with fresh eyes and this new information, she realized that she had seen her before. In her favorite television show growing up, no less!

Lisa Couldn’t Believe That While Watching That’s My Mama She Was Actually Watching Her Mama

Perhaps one of Lynne Moody’s most famous acting roles to date came in the form of the TV sitcom That’s My Mama. This show ran from 1974 until 1975 and Lynne appeared in 22 episodes as one of the main characters, Tracy Curtis Taylor. But what was so wild was that this was actually Lisa and her adoptive parents’ favorite show back in the day.

When speaking to Today, Lisa noted that “I grew up watching my mother on TV and didn’t even know it. 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!” So while her birth mom may have seemed like a stranger, she had actually been a major part of her life growing up.

Amazed at Their Incredible Connection, Lisa and Her Birth Mom Decided To Meet up the Next Day

After speaking on the phone and realizing that Lisa was already familiar with her birth mom, the two women decided to meet up in person. Lisa asked Lynne when she was free to grab a coffee, and Lynne noted that she wanted to see her daughter as soon as possible. So, they met up the next day.

Both women were apprehensive about meeting each other, but this nervousness was mixed with excitement. And while Lisa was once worried that her birth mom wanted nothing to do with her, it seems as though the opposite was true. Lynne had been looking for her for many years and was over the moon that they had finally connected.

Lisa’s Mom Hadn’t Had Anymore Children and Couldn’t Stop Thinking About the One Baby She Had Given Birth To

When the mother-and-daughter duo met up, they had a natural connection that bonded them together – and it was clear that they had lots to talk about. As Lisa and Lynne caught up on each others’ lives, they got to learn everything they possibly could about each other. Lynne was sad to learn that both Lisa’s adoptive mother and adoptive father had passed away, and Lisa was intrigued to learn that Lynne hadn’t had any more children after her.

When Moody spoke to Today about her life and the adoption that took place over five decades ago, she noted that she had always dreamed of getting back in touch with her birth daughter. But just like Lisa, she knew that it was a closed adoption and that it would be almost impossible to track her down.

Lisa’s Mom Enlisted the Help of Her Whole Family in an Effort To Try and Track Down Her Daughter

As the years went by and technology advanced, Lynne Moody began to wonder even more about her daughter and tracking her down. So, she enlisted the help of her whole family – including her brother, the one who matched with Lisa on 23andMe. She hoped that by using alternative methods they would be able to find her, but she had little hope.

Because of this, Lynne couldn’t believe it when she learned that her brother had matched with her biological daughter on the genealogy service. And when she finally met up with Lisa it was like a dream come true, especially as the process of giving her over had been so traumatizing for her.

Lynne’s Face Was Covered When She Gave Birth to Lisa, and After That Moment She Didn’t Know Whether Her Baby Was Okay

As Lynne told Lisa about her birth, she didn’t scrimp on the details. She confirmed once again that she was just too young to bring a child into the world and that she wanted her daughter to have a better life with parents who could really take care of her. But the closed adoption process made the whole ordeal almost unbearable for her.

Lynne told Today that “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.”

Lynne Tried To Focus On Her Career and Simply Hoped That Her Daughter Was Being Well Looked After

Although Lynne Moody had no idea where her daughter was, what she was doing, or whether she was okay, she knew that she had removed her right to be involved in Lisa’s life when she chose to give her up for adoption. Because of this, she had no choice but to carry on with her life and to continue pursuing her dreams of becoming a star.

Of course, Lynne’s wish came true and she managed to make a real name for herself in Hollywood. She had a great life and a great career and she knew how lucky she was. However, at the back of her mind, she always thought about her daughter. And she just hoped that she was alive and being taken care of the way she deserved.

When Lynne Finally Met Lisa After Over Five Decades, It Felt Like She Was Giving Birth All Over Again

Despite the fact that Lynne had buried her feelings and tried to move on with her life, she realized when she met Lisa 54 years later that she had never gotten over the pain of handing over her child. When she heard Lisa’s voice and then visited her in person, she realized how much it had hurt her.

In fact, Lynne spoke to Today about the feeling she felt when she learned that her brother had tracked Lisa down. She noted that “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.”

Now That They Are Together Again, the Two Women Are Trying To Make Up for Lost Time

Just as Lisa had no idea that she was watching her birth mother on television while she watched That’s My Mama as a child, Lynne also had no clue that her daughter was watching her on the screen. But through a mix of fate and sheer perseverance, the two women were together again. And they had some serious catching up to do.

Both Lisa and Lynne wanted to know everything they could about each other so they could fully integrate into each other’s lives. And while Lynne was just happy to have her daughter back, she realized things were going to be even better for her now that there was another addition to her family. After all, Lisa wasn’t alone.

Lynne Was Also Over the Moon To Learn That She Was a Grandma and Had a Grandson

Considering she didn’t have any more children after giving Lisa up for adoption, Lynne had no more chances to have a son or daughter – or even a grandson or granddaughter. But when Lisa and Lynne were reunited she was over the moon to learn that she was, in fact, a grandmother! And she couldn’t wait to meet Nicky.

Lynne really did feel as though she had hit the jackpot. Sure, her life hadn’t turned out the way she probably planned it to. But she had a successful career under her belt, she had her incredible daughter back, and now she had a grandson to utterly spoil. But what did Nicky think of his new grandma?

Lisa’s Son Can’t Believe That He Has Another Grandmother After Losing His Adoptive Grandmother 10 Years Ago

More than anything, Nicky was just happy to know that his own mom felt happy and was at peace with her situation. He knew that she had often wondered about her birth mom, and he was relieved that Lynne had opened her arms out wide to Lisa. That was all he needed, but having a new grandma was the cherry on top.

Of course, Nicky still misses his adoptive grandmother dearly and often posts about her on his Instagram page. However, he now has another woman in his life who wants to care for him and love him the way that his grandmother did, and Lynne is more than happy to fit that bill.

Lynne and Lisa’s Two Separate Families Have Been Joined Together, and Lisa Has Welcomed Cousins, Nephews, and Nieces Into Her Heart

But it turns out that Lisa, Lynne, and Nicky haven’t just found each other. In reconnecting with her birth mother, Lisa has been introduced to countless other blood relatives. From cousins to nieces and nephews, she has found a whole different section of her family – and thankfully, they also wanted to be a part of her life.

Lisa and Nicky have loved getting to know their new relatives, and they really do feel like the luckiest people around. But that’s not all. Lynne has also been introduced to her daughter’s adoptive side of the family, and while Lisa’s adoptive parents are no longer around, the actress has loved learning more about the people who took care of her daughter during a time where she couldn’t.

While Lisa Loves This New Life, She Will Never Forget the Adoptive Parents Who Brought Her Up

Today, Lisa still hasn’t gotten over the fact that she’s found her birth mother and that she was the star of her favorite TV show growing up – and she doesn’t think she ever will. She has learned that opening your heart to new possibilities can be a magical experience, but she has been conscious not to forget about her adoptive parents.

Lisa still misses her adoptive mom and her adoptive father dearly, and will never forget what they have done for her. They brought her up, they raised her as their own, and they were always open and honest about her upbringing. They will always be her parents, but now she just has another mom to add to her collection.

More Than Anything, Lisa Will Never Get Over the Coincidence of Her and Her Birth Mom’s Situation

While Lisa had often wondered what it would be like to meet her birth mom after over five decades, she could have never imagined it to play out the way it did. More than anything, she can’t get over how surprising and ironic the whole situation was. After all, her birth mom was on a show called That’s My Mama when she was a kid!

Lynne also can’t believe how bizarre their story has been. And after living through it, she has offered some words of advice to the world. She has noted that “Life is full of surprises sometimes, so hang in there no matter what your circumstances. Be open to miracles, be open to surprises, and keep the faith.”

Lisa and Lynne’s Story Has Struck a Chord With Countless Fans Across the Globe, Who All Remember Lynne’s Show

Because their story has been so unique, it’s struck a chord with countless people across the globe. Lisa and her son have been extremely open, honest, and raw about their experience on social media, and fans of Lynne can’t believe that their favorite actress has been involved in a storyline just like one you’d watch on television.

Because of this, many talk shows and media outlets have asked to talk to the whole family. And as we learn more about them and their experiences, the more incredible the whole thing is. It’s not every day you watch the woman who gave birth to you acting in one of your favorite television shows, after all.

Their Families Cannot Wait To See What the Future Has To Bring Now They’re All Together

For now, Lisa, Lynne, Nicky, and both of their families are relishing in the fact that they have been brought together under such miraculous circumstances, and they love the fact that they have so many new relationships to explore. Their lives have certainly changed for the better, and they can’t wait to see what the future has to bring.

And for both Lisa and Lynne, they finally have their questions answered. Lynne knows that her daughter was brought up by loving parents in a happy home. Lisa knows who her birth mom really is and the story behind her adoption. And Lisa also knows that her mom was right in front of her eyes when she was just a young girl and looked just like the picture above!