It’s difficult to hide from the spotlight once you marry a superstar. This happened to journalist Maxine Sneed, who became the talk of the country once she married Tommy Chong. Where is Maxine from, and is she the mother of Rae Dawn Chong?
Early life and Education
Maxine Sneed was born in Canada most likely in the early 1940s, but the exact day and year of her birth aren’t known, with some sources stating 23rd September.
Not much is disclosed about her childhood, which means that there is no information about her parents, siblings, or education. However, it is known that she is of African-American, Cherokee and Canadian descent. She holds both Canadian and American citizenship.
For a while, Sneed worked for “Black Radio Magazine” as an editor. She published readership and produced quality content for the public. The exact time of her affiliation with the magazine isn’t known.
She also worked as a proof-reader for big corporate houses. 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, sometimes during the ‘50s, and the couple married in 1960. They welcomed their first daughter, Rae Dawn Chong, on 28 February 1961, in Alberta, Canada, and their second daughter, Robbi Chong, was born four years later, in 1965.
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The two divorced in 1970, apparently because of Chong’s alleged infidelity with the American actress, comedian and producer Shelby Fiddis, who was the couple’s neighbor at the time.
After the divorce, Chong tied the knot with Fiddis, in a wedding held in Los Angeles, California US 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 isn’t known whether or not Sneed remarried, as she disappeared from the public’s eyes after the divorce.
Chong is well known for his comedy movies and albums that promote the use of marijuana. He’s suffered from cancer twice, but this didn’t stop his cannabis use, in fact he claimed that marijuana helped him get cured. His birth country, Canada, legalized the use of marijuana on 18th October 2018, and he was among the biggest supporters of this decision. As of April 2020, he is often seen posting photos of cannabis on his social media accounts, most notably on Twitter, which has almost 500,000 followers.
Sometime after the birth of their first daughter, rumors started that Sneed wasn’t the biological mother of Rae Dawn Chong.
In fact, Tommy Chong himself later revealed that he had an affair with a woman called Abigail Toulson early in his relationship with Sneed, and that Rae Dawn is, in fact, Toulson’s daughter.
Toulson, who was underage at the time of the affair, brought the girl to Chong and Sneed’s wedding so Chong could meet his daughter. This lead to the long custody battle, and in the end 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 didn’t know about her biological mother until she was 12.
This revelation was falsely thought by many to be what caused the end of Chong’s and Sneed’s marriage.
When asked about her parents, Rae Dawn said that she has two mothers and that she doesn’t like to talk about them, ‘Because what if I say something about one mother and don’t say something about another mother? Both are very responsible for who I am.’
Sneed is not active on any social media, and doesn’t have profiles on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. She’s 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 two more times, to actor C. Thomas Howell with whom she acted in “Soul Man”, and with one of the Xootr founders, Nathan Ulrich, but divorced both for undisclosed reasons.
Her younger 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 movie written by her father and his friend and colleague, Richard Cheech Marin, named “Cheech and Chong’s The Corsican Brothers”
Sneed has kept her salary private and never talked about her earnings, so her net worth is only estimated at less than $1 million, as of early 2020. However, her former spouse, Tommy Chong, has an estimated net worth of around $8 million that he earned during his acting career. Her daughter, Rae Dawn Chong, has also earned a small fortune as her net worth is estimated at around $4 million.
As Sneed was rarely seen in public, there is no known or even estimated information about her height and weight. However, she had a deep skin tone, with black, curly hair and dark, brown eyes.