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Full NameMary Lee Pfeiffer
First NameMary
Middle NameLee
Last NamePfeiffer
ProfessionCelebrity Mother
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
No Of Children4

Mary Lee Pfeiffer is the special education teacher known as the mother of renowned and first-rate actor, Tom Cruise.

Tom Cruise, from rigs to riches

Mary Lee Pfeiffer has given birth to a gifted child, whose acting has captivated massive fans worldwide. 

Tom Cruise was raised in near poverty in his early days but now in the list of richest actors of Hollywood. 

This transformation from rags to riches was possible because of his high box office success movies he acted over time. 

Some of the breakthrough performances that let him win several awards and made him one of the highest-paid actors were 'Risky Business,' 'Mission: Impossible' film series, 'Edge of Tomorrow', Oblivion, and many other.

Net Worth

As Mary Lee has already left this world, her net worth is not available. Her talented son net worth is as follows:

YearNet Worth
2018$ 550 Million
2019-2020$ 570 Million

Tom Cruise is continuing his work, and the next two series of Mission: Impossible movies, which are one of the biggest hit movies of Tom, are waiting to be released in the coming year 2001 and 2002, respectively. 

His next movie 'Top Gun: Maverick' is also set to release in 2021. Thus, it's likely that Tom's net worth is going to increase in the coming days.

Mary Lee Pfeiffer with her son, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and second husband, John.
Mary Lee Pfeiffer with her son, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, and second husband, John. Source:

Tumultuous married life

Mary got married to Thomas Cruise Mapother III, who was an electrical engineer in 1974

She has not said anything about her husband, but her son Tom has revealed that Mary lived a tumultuous married life with Thomas

He failed to support his family and fulfill his responsibility towards them. It's far for Thomas to nourish and guide family; rather, he had made their life harsh. 

Mary alone used to work three jobs per day to give a suitable life to her children. That's why Tom kept praising Mary and was very close to her. 

Finally, to end one of her sufferings, she separated from him and went through a divorce in 1974. Now, Thomas is no more with them. In 1984, he died because of Cancer.

The husband was a bully

Mary's husband was not there for her when she needed him most. She endures all the sufferings and hardships to raise her four kids without the support of her husband. 

She also became father to their children and gave the necessary inspiration to fulfill their dream. 

Her children, especially Tom, used to consider him an abusive husband who was like a bully. Tom even described him as a merchant of chaos who beat his children.

Wedding with World War II veteran

After separating from her first husband, Mary again found a new man to cherish her life. 

Mary held her second wedding with John Jack South, a World War II veteran in 1978. Unfortunately, this wedding also could last for long. 

She got divorced from him in 2010. However, the reason for this separation is still unknown. After battling with chronic pulmonary disease, the South died in July 2015

But the surprising fact is that both Mary and his son Tom were not present at his funeral. 

Cause of death

Mary was 80 years old when she left this world in February 2017 peacefully while she was sleeping in her bed. 

Different sources claimed that she was struggling with health problems for a long time, and the illness became the cause of her death. 

However, what type of illness she was suffering is still unknown. She was honorably farewell by the family and friends at her local church of Scientology.

After appearing in Golden Globe Awards function in 2009, she did not make public appearances for long. 

The media started speculating that she was dead and different news spread out in 2015, claiming that she was dead already. 

But all this news was dismissed when she was seen in Clearwater, Florida, at the headquarter of Scientology in 2016

As per, she was spotted with two nurses using a walker and was seen much thinner than her last appearance.


Mary has four children altogether. One son, Tom Cruise, and the next three are his daughters Lee Ann Devette, Marian Henry, and Cass Mapother.


  1. She passed away in 2017 at the age of 81.

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Updated On Sat Feb 27 2021 Published On Thu Sep 24 2020 By shaumya

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