We learned recently that daytime TV’s Ellen DeGeneres Show is coming to an end next year after 19 seasons.
Her show made its debut just a couple of years after I met and interviewed her mom, Betty DeGeneres.
In 1999, Betty published a book called “Love, Ellen,” a memoir of her relationship with her famous daughter — and the challenges both mother and daughter experienced when Ellen revealed her sexual orientation.
Betty DeGeneres celebrated her 91st birthday last week.
Happy Mothers Day weekend to all the moms listening right now.
Today, the story of one exceptionally courageous mom.
Her name is Betty Mahmoody. In the mid-1980s she accompanied her her iranian-born husband back to his native country for what she thought would be a two-week vacation.
But instead of returning to the US, her husband informed her that they would be living permanently in Iran. And that was just the beginning of the ordeal for her and the couple’s four-year-old daughter Mahtob.
Betty Mahmoody tells the story of what happened over the next 18 months in her best-selling book Not Without My Daughter. Her book was later made into a major Motion Picture starring Sally Field as Betty Mahmoody.
So here now, from 1988, Betty Mahmoody…
Betty Mahmoody will be 76 next month. She is President and co-founder of One World: For Children.
Her daughter In 2015, Mahtob Mahmoody wrote her own book about her and her mother’s escape from Iran.