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 country when she married Tommy Chong. Where is Maxine from and is she the mother of Rae Dawn Chong?
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 not known. sources with reference to Sept. 23.
Not much is revealed about her childhood meaning no information about her parents, siblings or education. However, she is known to be of African American, Cherokee, and Canadian descent. She holds both Canadian and US citizenship.
Sneed worked for Black Radio Magazine as an editor for a while. She published readership and produced high quality content for the public. The exact time of her affiliation with the magazine is not known.
She also worked as a proofreader for large corporate houses. Other than that, not much is known about her professional endeavors.
Married 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 due to 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 unknown if Sneed remarried or not as she disappeared from the public eye after the divorce.
Chong is known for his comedy films and albums that promote the use of marijuana. He suffered from cancer twice, but this did not stop his cannabis use, he even claimed that marijuana helped him to heal. His native country, 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.
Some time after the birth of their first daughter, rumors began that Sneed was not the biological mother of Rae Dawn Chong.
Tommy Chong himself later even revealed that early in his relationship with Sneed, he had an affair with a woman named Abigail Toulson, 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 custody battle 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 twelve.
Many mistakenly believed that this revelation was the cause of the end of Chong and Sneed’s marriage.
When asked about her parents, Rae Dawn said that she has two mothers and she doesn’t like to talk about it: ‘Because what if I say something about one mother and not another? Both are very responsible for who I am.’
Sneed is not active on social media and has no profiles on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Since her divorce, she has avoided any interaction with the media.
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 performed in “Soul Man”, and to one of the founders of Xootr, Nathan Ulrich, but divorced both for unknown 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 never discussed her earnings, so her net worth is only estimated to be less than $1 million as of early 2020. However, her former husband, Tommy Chong, has one estimated net worth of around $8 million which he earned during his acting career. Her daughter, Rae Dawn Chong, has also made a small fortune as her net worth is estimated to be 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.