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Willicia Gilmore


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Full NameWillicia Gilmore
First NameWillicia
Last NameGilmore
ProfessionCelebrity Mother
Birth CountryUnited States
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpousePhillip Gilmore

Willicia Gilmore is best recognized as a mother of a popular American actor and a former rapper, Mahershala Ali

Willicia is an ordained Baptist minister.

Willicia Gilmore With Son Mahershala Ali
Willicia Gilmore With Son Mahershala Ali Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Mahershala Ali racked up more than 15 awards nominee and won many of them

Mahershala Ali is a professional actor who has credited to numbers of blockbuster films and series

His role in the films and series earned him racking up two Academy Awards for playing Juan in the film Moonlight and for playing Don Shirley in Green Book

He raked up six awards nominee in Screen Actors Guild Awards, out of which he took three of the awards. 

Similarly, he won a BAFTA award, a Golden Globe Award, and a primetime Emmy Award

These are some of the notable awards out of many awards and nominees.

Married at her teenage

Willicia married Phillip Gilmore in her teenage. During that time, they were in high school

Willicia gave birth to Mahershala, at her teen.

She was 16 years, and her husband, Phillip, was 17 when they first became parents

Willicia Gilmore's ex-husband, Phillip Gilmore.
Willicia Gilmore's ex-husband, Phillip Gilmore. Source: Instagram

She split with her husband pretty soon

The couple decided to split pretty soon. They separated when Mahershala was just three years old. 

Since her husband was passionate about dancing, he moved to New York for better opportunities after winning the dancing title.

He got into the Dance Theatre of Harlem, which allowed him to travel with larger companies and shows

Later, he started appearing in Broadway plays. He died at the age of 38, suffering from a long illness

Ali was 20 years at the time and was yet to start his acting career.

A single parent 

She became a single mom after her husband left her

After completing high school, she graduated from the beauty college and worked for many years as a hairstylist.

At the time, her sisters took care of her child.


Willicia re-married to another man in the 1980s. 

They became strict parents and forbade Mahershala to date or to go out or hang out with anyone.

Later, Mahershala moved to live with his grandparents. She did not speak to her son for almost fifteen years.

Her son became a devout Muslim 

Willicia is a devout Christian and strongly believes that Christianity is the only path to heaven

When she heard her Mahershala's desire to be a Muslim, it took her more than a decade to accept it.

However, she accepted his choice and supported his path later. 

He converted to a Muslim and changed his surname from Gilmore to Ali in 2000

Her son and daughter-in-law are a devout Muslim.

Willicia Gilmore's son, Mahershala Ali, with his wife.
Willicia Gilmore's son, Mahershala Ali, with his wife. Source: Hello! magazine

Net worth 

The net worth of Willicia is not revealed

Her son has reached a height of success in his acting career from his films and series' spectacular performances. 

Ali is admired for his down to earth nature and decency

In 2019, he was listed as one of the hundreds of influential people in the world by Time magazine

He has gathered a decent amount of money working for two decades in the field of acting. His net worth is:

 YearNet Worth 
Mahershala Ali2020$8 million 


  1. Her age is under review.

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Updated On Wed Mar 02 2022 Published On Mon Nov 09 2020 By shaumya

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