It’s hard to hide from the spotlight once you’ve married a superstar. This happened to journalist Maxine Sneed, who became the talk of the town when she married Tommy Chong. Where is Maxine from and is she the mother of Rae Dawn Chong?
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Early life and education
Maxine Sneed was most likely born in Canada in the early 1940s, but the exact day and year of her birth are unknown. sources stating Sept 23.
Not much is revealed about her childhood meaning there is no information about her parents, siblings or education. However, she is known to be of African American, Cherokee, and Canadian descent. She has both Canadian and American citizenships.
Sneed worked for a time as an editor for “Black Radio Magazine”. She published readers and produced quality content for the public. The exact time of her affiliation with the magazine is unknown.
She also worked as a proofreader for large companies. Other than that, not much is known about her professional endeavors.
Marriage to Tommy Chong
Sneed met Tommy Chong, the famous Canadian-American cannabis rights activist and entertainment personality, sometime in the 1950s, and the couple married in 1960. They welcomed their first daughter, Rae Dawn Chong, on February 28, 1961, in Alberta, Canada, and their second daughter, Robbi Chong, was born four years later, in 1965.
The two divorced in 1970, apparently because of Chong’s alleged infidelity with American actress, comedian and producer Shelby Fiddis, who was the couple’s neighbor at the time.
After the divorce, Chong married Fiddis in a wedding in Los Angeles, California, USA in 1975. The couple has three children, a daughter named Precious Chong and two sons, Gilbran Chong and Paris Chong. Tommy also has an adopted son, Marcus Chong. It is not known whether Sneed remarried, as she disappeared from public view after the divorce.
Chong is known for his comedy films and albums that promote the use of marijuana. He has suffered from cancer twice, but this did not stop his cannabis use, he even claimed that marijuana helped him heal. His native Canada legalized the use of marijuana on October 18, 2018 and he was one of the strongest supporters of this decision. As of April 2020, he is often seen posting photos of cannabis on his social media accounts, particularly on Twitterwhich has nearly 500,000 followers.
Sometime after the birth of their first daughter, rumors began that Sneed was not the biological mother of Rae Dawn Chong.
In fact, Tommy Chong himself later revealed that he was having an affair with a woman named Abigail Toulson early in his relationship with Sneed, and that Rae Dawn is in fact Toulson’s daughter.
Toulson, who was a minor at the time of the affair, brought the girl to Chong and Sneed’s wedding so that Chong could meet his daughter. This led to a long battle for custody and eventually Rae was taken away from Toulson. This is how Chong and Sneed became the legal guardians of the girl who was born out of wedlock. Rae herself did not know about her biological mother until she was 12.
Many mistakenly believed that this revelation caused the end of Chong and Sneed’s marriage.
When asked about her parentsRae Dawn said she has two mothers and she doesn’t like to talk about it: ‘Because what if I say something about one mother and nothing about another mother? Both are very responsible for who I am.’
Sneed is not active on social media and does not have profiles on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. She has avoided any interaction with the media since her divorce.
Her daughter, Rae Dawn Chong, is a former actress, famous for her roles in feature films such as “Beat Street”, “Quest for Fire”, “The Color Purple” and “Time Runner”.
She has a son named Morgan with her former husband, stockbroker Owen Bayliss. She was married twice more, to actor C. Thomas Howell with whom she appeared in “Soul Man”, and to one of the Xootr founders, Nathan Ulrich, but both divorced for undisclosed reasons.
Her youngest daughter, Robbi Chong, is a former model and actress. She was in several feature films such as “Shelter”, “Far Out Man”, “Jimmy Hollywood”, as well as in the comedy film written by her father and his friend and colleague, Richard Cheech Marin, called “Cheech and Chong’s The Corsican Brothers”
Sneed has kept her salary private and has never talked about her earnings, so her net worth is estimated to be less than $1 million as of early 2020. However, her former husband, Tommy Chong, has a estimated net worth of about $8 million he earned during his acting career. Her daughter, Rae Dawn Chong, has also made a small fortune as her net worth is estimated at around $4 million.
Since Sneed was rarely seen in public, there is no known or even estimated information about her height and weight. However, she had a deep complexion, with black, curly hair and dark brown eyes.