Jeanette Adair Bradshaw Biography: Morgan Freeman’s Ex-Wife

April 18, 2024
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Jeanette Bradshaw is notably known as the estranged wife of the legendary Academy Award-winning American actor Morgan Freeman, best-known for appearing in “Shawshank Redemption,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Invictus,” and many more.

Age, Early Life, and Education Background

Jeanette Adair Bradshaw was born in America in 1940, which makes her 82-years-old as of 2022 – the exact date of her birth as well as her other childhood details are unknown to the public.


Jeanette stood by Morgan during thunder and blossom, and was a strong pillar from the time he made his debut until he became a globally-recognized name.

Not much is available on the internet regarding her career, but without a doubt she’s contributed to the growth of her ex-husband, both as a homemaker and a wife.

Personal life

Jeanette met Freeman in early ‘60s when he was at the beginning phase of his career, and they began dating shortly afterwards – Adair was in her mid-twenties then, and had a child from a previous affair. After dating for around five years, the duo tied the knot in a private wedding ceremony on 22 October 1967. They welcomed their first child,  Morgana Freeman, famous for her role in the movie “Death of a Prophet,” shortly afterwards, and she was raised opposite Jeanette’s daughter, Deena Adair Freeman.


The couple also brought up their children together with Alfonso Freeman, born to Loletha Polk-Adkins in 1959, who is prominent for appearing in “Seven” and “Shawshank Redemption”, and Saifoulaye Freeman (born in 1960) both of whom were born from Morgan’s previous affair.

Before he married Jeanette, Morgan had affairs with several ladies: he allegedly continued with the relationships even after tying the knot, which eventually resulted in his divorce. Jeanette avoided the spotlight after they separated, and she next made a public appearance during her granddaughter’s funeral. Adair remained single while her ex-husband met and married Myrna Colley, but they called it quits a few years later.

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Jeanette’s Granddaughter’s Murder and Other Rumors

Deena Freeman’s daughter and Bradshaw’s granddaughter E’dena Hines was brutally murdered by her lover, rapper Lamar Davenport, on 16 August 2015. The accused stabbed the victim 25 times and the tragic event seemed to have been committed deliberately despite her boyfriend being on medication. The court slapped Davenport – who confessed that he had murdered her because he suspected that she was having an affair with her grandfather – with 20-years imprisonment for his crime.

There were rumors that Jeanette’s ex-husband was secretly dating his grand-daughter, the late E’dena Hines. The allegation surfaced following Hines’ homicide investigations, when Lamar’s lawyer reprimanded Freeman for his alleged atrocity.


However, Freeman denied the allegations terming them as fake, and further stated that they were disrespectful and terrifying to his family.

Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance

Jeanette is of Afro-American ethnicity and has greying hair and dark brown eyes. She is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall – her weight details are under review.

Net Worth

While her career details aren’t available on the internet, Jeanette was the wife of an iconic Hollywood actor, which plays a huge role when it comes to her net worth, estimated at over $1 million by credible sources. Morgan is reputedly worth a whopping $255 million, as of early 2022.

Who is Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman is an American actor, narrator, and director, who has featured in dozens of box-office hit films, and TV shows. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, under the Gemini zodiac sign on 1 June 1937,  to Morgan Porterfield F., a barber who succumbed to cirrhosis in 1961, and his wife Mayme Edna who was a teacher. Freeman, who is 84 years old as of early 2022, was raised together with his three siblings by his parents who are of Niger and Senegalese roots., but the award-winning American actor was also partly brought up by his paternal grandparents in Mississippi, Indiana, and in Illinois. Sources reveal that when he was a teenager, he suffered from severe pneumonia and almost died.


Morgan started expressing interest in acting when he joined Broad Street High, now called Threadgill Elementary School, and began participating in the school’s plays. He received a scholarship from the renowned Jackson State University, but turned it down. He joined the US Air Force, serving for 96 months with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot, but contrary to his expectations, he was assigned on-the-ground tasks as a radar technician and a mechanic – he left the Air Force shortly afterwards, realizing that being in te military wasn’t his passion. He relocated to Los Angeles, to pursue acting and dancing lessons.

Career Beginning and Rise to Stardom

Morgan’s career grew gradually but steadily since he started performing in 1967’s “Hello, Dolly!”, up to the time he began landing prominent roles in productions such as “Street Smart” (1987), “Shawshank Redemption” of 1994, 1998’s “Deep Impact,” among others.  Some of his recent major roles are in the hit films “Olympus Has fallen” (2013) and its sequel “London has fallen” in 2016,  2014’s action “Lucy,” and 2015’s “Madam Secretary” among others. He has featured in a dozen commercials, documentaries, and worked on multiple voice-over projects.

Interesting Facts

Freeman is keen on bee keeping, and in 2014 he transformed his 123-acre ranch into a bee sanctuary and started-off with over 25 hives.


At over 80 years, Morgan still holds a private pilot’s licence, and is the owner of several private aircraft.

When in 2012 TheWrap asked him about his religious opinions, and whether he was agnostic or atheist, he said ‘It’s a hard question because as I said at the start, I think we invented God. So if I believe in God, and I do, it’s because I think I’m God.’

He suffered a controversy in 2018, when multiple women accused him of sexual harassment; he was also accused of inappropriate behavior on movie sets. He denied the allegations later, and publicly apologized to anyone he might have disrespected or made uncomfortable.

Olivia Wilson

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