Tom Hanks pays tribute to his 'beauty' of a mum


Tom Hanks has paid an emotional tribute to his mother following her death at 84.

The Forrest Gump star shared a portrait of Janet Marylyn Frager on Instagram, writing in the caption: "This beauty? My mom. She was the difference in many lives. Many lives. We say goodbye to her today. Safe crossing."

The double Oscar-winner, who celebrated his 60th birthday on Saturday, later posted another photo on Twitter of the State Theatre in Red Bluff, California.

"Saw many movies here with our Mom," he wrote. "Thanks for all who came to see her off. Hanx."

Tom's wife, actress Rita Wilson, also took to social media to pay tribute to Ms Frager, a former hospital worker.

Sharing a picture of Tom with his mother on Instagram, Rita wrote: "This wonderful lady gave birth to my husband, and three other children. Thank you for bringing my love into the world. She is at peace now."

Hanks broke down in tears on Desert Island Discs in May as he discussed his nomadic childhood after he went to live with his father Amos following his parents' divorce.

After hearing the theme to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Hanks said the piece of music helped him as he struggled with the "vocabulary of loneliness" in his head.

He and his siblings, Larry and Sarah, went to live with their father following the divorce, staying in 10 houses in five years, while their younger brother Jim stayed with their mother.