There is more here than meets the eye. The following is an article along with quotes. I have added emphasis to the quotes and Statement Analysis to the article in bold type.
Yet, is there missing information here? Some statement analysis of the author of the article might help.
Laurence Fishburne’s mother says she’s facing eviction
Laurence Fishburne, call your mother.
I hate to be the one to break the news. But the woman who gave life to the talented actor, who said she emptied her retirement savings account so her only child would grow into a star, director, producer and playwright, claims she’s down on her luck.
Note the author wrote "said" as not as definitive as the biological fact that began her writing.
Hattie Crawford Fishburne, 80, told me that, unable to pay the rent for several months, she’s received written notice informing her she’ll be evicted from her Los Angeles apartment Tuesday.
And she said she can’t reach her wealthy son, with whom she last spoke more than a year ago when his father died.
“He’s gone Hollywood!” Hattie Fishburne told me.
"He's gone" is not "he went."
Please note that Laurence Fishborne has been a Hollywood star for many years.
“For 20 years, I funded my son’s career,’’ she said. “He promised me he would take care of me. He promised me a house, a golden retriever, a calico cat. To this day, I have not got a Christmas present or a ‘Thank you, Mama’ present. He hasn’t given me a penny.
“I’m so hurt and disappointed.”
Please note the context of the article: Eviction.
Now, note the order that the mother says she has not received:
1. "house" and not a "home", nor rent paid.
b. Golden Retriever
c. Calico Cat.
d. Christmas present
e. "Thank you, Mama"
Absent is any concern for her current home's rent.
Laurence Fishburne, 53, is riding high, playing Earl “Pops” Johnson and executive producing the hit ABC-TV sitcom “Black-ish,” and appears as Jack Crawford, an FBI special agent, in “Hannibal” on NBC. He plays Daily Planet editor Perry White in the upcoming movie “Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice,’’ reprising a role he played in the 2013 flick “Man of Steel.” He was Morpheus in “The Matrix” movie trilogy, and was nominated for an Oscar for his starring role as the wife-abusing musician Ike Turner in the 1993 flick “What’s Love Got to Do with It.’’
The man sometimes called “Fish” is estimated by the website Celebrity Net Worth to possess a personal fortune of $20 million.
Rather than report his wealth, the writer gave a lengthy list of recent successes.
Fishburne said she’s received written notice informing her she’ll be evicted from her Los Angeles apartment Tuesday.Photo: John Chapple
Hattie Fishburne raised her son almost single-handedly in New York City. Mother and child settled in Park Slope, Brooklyn, moving there from Georgia after Hattie divorced her son’s dad, Laurence Fishburne Jr., when the kid was young. Now she insists that her only child, officially named Laurence Fishburne III, has forsaken her.
“I was a damn good teacher, honey,’’ said Hattie, who said she was fired as a New York City public school math and science junior high school teacher in the ’90s after getting beaten up by a little girl, then accused falsely of beating up her principal.
Note the need to boast "damn good teacher" should cause the analyst to learn if she had been legitimately terminated.
(A spokesman for the city’s Department of Education could not locate any records.)
She then moved to California, resumed teaching and retired in 2009.
Now, she said, she can’t pay her $1,500 monthly rent with her pension and Social Security benefits of $3,000 a month, and suffers from arthritis, an underactive thyroid and high cholesterol, and has difficulty walking after a “catastrophic” car accident.
“I can’t buy food, clothing and shelter, go to the theater,” she said.
Note on her list of what she cannot buy:
3. Shelter: how does one "buy shelter" if she is living in her apartment?
Note the inclusion of "go to the theater" in her complaints.
“I haven’t bought a dress since I retired. I need to find a benefactor.’’
This should cause the writer to question the mother's statements. Generally, people facing eviction have more on their mind than buying a new dress.
Laurence Fishburne started acting professionally on stage, at his mother’s urging, at age 10, was cast in the TV soap opera “One Life to Live’’ by 12, and broke into the movies at 14. As legend has it, at age 14, he conned his way into winning the role of Tyrone “Clean” Miller in the 1979 flick “Apocalypse Now” by telling director Francis Ford Coppola that he was 18. Billed as “Larry Fishburne,” the vertically gifted lad — he now stands 6 feet and a half-inch tall — traveled to the Philippines for filming with his mom in tow.
We now have a bit more insight:
body language analysts should recognize this posturing
But in 1994, Hattie made news when she said she was being evicted from her Brooklyn home — she told me she was forced to live with a female friend for two years. Laurence has not spoken publicly about this. But in 1999, he accompanied his mom to Washington, DC, for the Kennedy Center Honors awards gala. A picture of the pair posing with President Bill Clinton is one of Hattie’s most treasured possessions.
Laurence praised his mother in a 2000 interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine.
“I’ve got to tell you, my mother is very bright. I mean she’s got a really, really amazing mind. Now I’m a really smart guy. I’m bright. I know s- -t from shinola. And all that I get from her.”
Note the sensitivity about his mother being "bright" and having an "amazing mind" being connected with discernment from "s to shinola", an expression often used to show that one can discern a liar, or a scammer, or trouble.
There is, perhaps, a cleverness to Laurence Fiscborne's mother that Mr. Fiscborne may qualify as...
So what happened?
The manager of Hattie’s apartment building told me only that “things have changed.” But Hattie believes she’ll still be evicted. Laurence’s rep told me the actor is shooting “Hannibal” in Toronto and could not be reached for comment.
"Things have changed" is passive, which seeks to conceal identity or responsibility.
This may lead us to wonder:
Did Mr. Fishborne pay the back rent and not want it revealed?
One may also wonder:
Is his mother deliberately attempting to persuade media in order to get more money from him?
Laurence Fishburne has a daughter with his current wife and a son and daughter from a previous union. That daughter, Montana, has said her dad stopped speaking to her after she started acting in porn films in 2010 at age 18, a career she’s given up. She was spotted last year working as a stripper in Texas.
Can this family be saved?
I am not equipped to act as a counselor for the Fishburne clan. But somebody’s got to do it.