Enquirer: Morgan Freeman set to marry 27-year-old step-granddaughter

Morgan and E’Dena on 7/14/08. Credit: WENN.com

About three weeks ago, we reported on a National Enquirer story that made a lot of us sick. The Enquirer alleged that Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman, 72, had been engaged in a decade-long affair with his step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines. Morgan was married to his second wife Myrna during the scope of the alleged affair, and the affair was supposed to have started when E’Dena was seventeen. She is now 27 years old. E’Dena and Morgan have no biological connection – she is the granddaughter of Morgan’s first wife, but Morgan and his second wife helped raise E’Dena, so it’s still pretty gross. After the Enquirer’s report, there was no formal denial from Morgan’s camp or anything, and I began to suspect that maybe his now estranged wife Myrna had leaked the information as an attempt to perhaps get more money in their divorce proceedings.

The Enquirer’s follow-up report is just as gross. They’re now alleging that the E’Dena’s goal was to “become Mrs. Morgan Freeman” and that Morgan has “led her to believe that he wants to marry her.” According to sources, Morgan and E’Dena have an open relationship – they are both seeing other people – but they seem to want to marry each other for real:

In a blockbuster World Exclusive The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively that Morgan Freeman plans to marry his step-granddaughter, family sources reveal.

In our June 29 issue, we revealed that sources close to the 72-year-old actor claim that he had carried on a shocking, nearly decade-long affair with his 27-year-old step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines. She is the granddaughter of Morgan’s first wife – whom he and his estranged second wife Myrna raised since she was a young child.

The long-secret relationship led to the breakup of Morgan’s marriage, say sources close to Freeman and his wife.

Now, The ENQUIRER has learned that Morgan and E’Dena are planning to wed after Morgan’s contentious divorce battle is over!

“Morgan has led her to believe that he wants to marry her,” a family insider told The ENQUIRER.

“Becoming Mrs. Morgan Freeman has been E’Dena’s goal,” revealed another family source.

Wife Myrna, 68, has admitted that she and Morgan have not shared a bed since 2001, and that they had an open marriage – with both Morgan and Myrna having other partners. For years, Morgan carried on an affair with former schoolteacher Mary Joyce Hays at the same time he was romancing E’Dena.

Years later, when Myrna realized they were still intimate, she became so enraged that she threatened to sue E’Dena as “correspondent, as an adulterer, in my marriage”.’

[From National Enquirer]

So, is this just more pseudo-dirty laundry being leaked to the Enquirer by Myrna’s camp, or is there the whiff of truth? I truly don’t know. I want to think so highly of Morgan, but I sort of believe that some of this may be possible. Morgan has brought E’Dena as his “date” to many events throughout the years… but that could mean anything. The Frisky is asking aloud if the rumors of this scandal are enough to destroy Morgan’s career – what do you think?

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  1. Lem says:

    when is the last time you went to the aquarium, with your daughter, on a Tuesday?
    I was a big big fan and one silly rumor was enough to give me the creeps during his incest commercial

  2. Kaiser says:

    OMG Lem! The same thing happened to me! I heard that commercial and dry heaved.

    Jesus, I hope this isn’t true.

  3. viper says:

    Oh fucking hell no.

  4. n says:

    YES –i do think this will affect his career.
    it’s creepy to think he took her virginity — creepy and nasty. it’s got to affect how people see him — it’s got to get in the way.

    And are those $$$$$ signs we’re seeing in his step-grandaughter’s eyes? Let’s face it, he’s 72 and will soon need eldercare, and that is not fun for the spouse.

  5. ditzee says:

    he’s an old man, with fewer years left to live than he’s already spent in this lifetime.

    he’ll probably also have more money than he can use up even after his divorce…

    what more use does he have for a career, realistically?

  6. Cinderella says:


  7. manda says:

    I hate that freaking commercial

  8. Taminy says:

    Let’s get real here for a moment….there is NOT a man out there that would not trade in for a young lady if he had the chance!! It’s her who is nasty…she’s would trade sucking wrinkle @#!* for money…..the problem lies in who raised this girl to think money is so important that she should sacrifice her self worth for it! As far as his career…he’s probably most of Hollywood’s hero now and will get bigger, better roles! Maybe even play Romeo in a new addaptation! LOL

  9. Renee says:

    The mutual hatred of that commercial cracks me up, I mute the television every time it comes on.

  10. javelin says:

    If it wasn’t true, wouldn’t his people have said so? I’m inclined to believe it is true, and that Morgan hopes he can marry her, say “All is fair in love…” and sweep it under the rug.

  11. Kayleigh says:

    I didn’t notice that was him, but now that I know ><

    Also Woody Allen kinda got away with it. But I could never in a million years justify what he did, yuck.

  12. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Creepy, is the word I would choose, mostly due to the vast age difference.

  13. (The Original) Blondie says:


    I agree that older men trade in their wives for a newer model all the time. But the sick part of this story is that he’s romantically involved with a woman he raised as his own daughter.

  14. Tia C says:

    Loved and admired his work for years, and now this. Eeeuuww. Just eeeuuww.

  15. I Choose Me says:

    Still don’t believe this is true. I’m not ready to throw him under the bus just yet just because his ‘camp’ hasn’t responded.

  16. Tazina says:

    Is his idol Woody Allen? There’s no fool like an old fool – P R E N U P- She will probably want children so even with a prenup would get a lot of monthly support money for them. She’ll have it made.

  17. lala says:

    what commerical r u guys talking about. im in canada. did it air here or just in the states. can someone post a link or something. after reading what everyone is saying i want to see this.

  18. Maddie says:

    Lala it’s a credit card commercial with the Moody Blues’ Tuesday Afternoon song.

    I find this so distasteful and think most of these movie stars live in some kind of a bubble that decent people cringe and shake their heads at.

  19. nelly says:

    This is gross, not because of the age difference, let´s face it, now is totally normal old guys taking younger girls instead someone of his own age, but because parental links. I can even imagine those two having sex. Is like incest or something.

  20. sandy says:

    yes, very similar story to woody allen –
    and soon yi!!!
    “Electric Company” will never be the same, Morgan 🙁

  21. GrnMtGirl says:

    I just don’t know what to think about this.

    Morgan Freeman has always been at the top of my favorite actors list and now what? The fact that he raised her as a daughter is the part that really gets to me.

  22. TaylorB says:

    Taminy wrote: “the problem lies in who raised this girl to think money is so important that she should sacrifice her self worth for it!”

    Well it sounds like he is the one who, at least in part, raised her since she was a small child. So I guess that if in your estimation her moral compass isn’t pointing due north, it is in no small part thanks to Morgan himself. Basically a pretty disgusting scenario if it turns out to be true.

  23. Ella says:

    How come people are only talking about the creepy age and $$ thing? What about the fact that she was a little girl in his home- his “grandaughter” (!!!) for years and years?!
    How do you go from looking at a little girl as your grandaughter- to having a physical relationship with her… Does the thought INCEST come to mind?

  24. Shelly Shellz says:

    “E’Dena and Morgan have no biological connection – she is the daughter of Morgan’s first wife, but Morgan and his second wife helped raise E’Dena”

    Wouldn’t that have made her his step daughter…not step grand daughter???? Am I missing sumthing or reading this wrong??

  25. Sam says:

    “she is the daughter of Morgan’s first wife, but Morgan and his second wife helped raise E’Dena, so it’s still pretty gross”

    My education must be off, but if she is the daughter of his first wife , then she is not a step granddaughter, but in fact, a step-daughter. Is there a mis-print somewhere perhaps, Celebitchy? Should it perhaps be the daughter of Morgan’s first wife’s daughter?

  26. Rosie says:

    oh gross and he probably thinks she’s with him for love. **er**

  27. wow says:

    It’s more concerning that his spokesperson is not issuing a public denial of this. I mean, I can understand celebrities brushing off the BS and not commenting, but this time should be an exception…if there’s no truth to it.

  28. Prissa says:

    I agree #23. How does one raise someone as their granddaughter and then be able to “be with” them that way? Yuck. Also, where was the girls MOTHER all these years and why did she let the girl go with Morgan and his 2nd wife??? That is weird to me too. I’ll be damned if I’m gonna let my daughter go with my ex-husband who’s not even her father! Also, is she really a gold digger? I’m sure she’s considered family and as such would get an inheritance, but I guess it wouldn’t be as much as a wife/widow would get.

  29. smith says:

    I think it’s really hot.

  30. gg says:

    I think it’s really not hot. Disgusting! Morgan has ruined his rep now with any decency-minded fans.

  31. Kaiser says:

    Shelly – sorry about that, I corrected it. E’Dena is Morgan’s first wife’s granddaughter, not daughter.

  32. ! says:

    If this is true, I hope it *does* kill his career. I’ll never be able to look at or listen to him again.

  33. MeowBea says:

    *GROSS* YUCK PUKE Disgusting- Ewwwww- :S

  34. dubdub2000 says:

    argh! Damn it! I don’t want to hear this crap about him! I want to live in la la land where he is a dignified older statesman and not a slimy perv.

    As many others have said, it isnt so much the age of the woman, I mean it’s Hollywood, we’ve ssen worse (think Hugh Hefner and his 19 yo girlfriends) it’s the fact that he is for all practical purposes her FATHER! He raised her as his own. So it IS like incest. It is 100% like Woody Allen. It is DIS-GUS-TING!

  35. b says:

    Why are people blaming his step daughter for the incestual sexual abuse??? Seriously,if this is true, HE was the responsible adult and she was his teenage”step daughter. EWWWWWWWWWW!

  36. jeannified says:

    No, I sincerely doubt that this will affect his career at all, but it DOES make me think less of him…what a weirdo! I liked him so much too!

  37. daniel says:


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  39. jill says:

    Wow this really shocks me. I loved his work and thought he was generally a nice guy

  40. Ophelia says:

    @ ella- I totally agree. She was raised as his own! At what point does that just change?

    @smith- I laughed so hard at your comment, I choked on a piece of cheese. XD

  41. velcrodots says:

    And now, the winner of the WTF awards…drumroll please…
    Morgan Freeman and his 27 y/o step-grandaughter/wife!

    Seriously, just because they aren’t blood relatives doesn’t stop it from being wrong on many many levels

  42. Mimi says:

    You people are really discussing a revised information generated by the enguirer? Really?

  43. Mimi says:

    You people are really discussing a information generated by THE ENGUIRER? Really? Even if the PR has not answered it is no reason to believe. Besides if the actors had to answer all the stories that the tabloids invent them would make a speech denial every week with another actors probably 1 per day. Not to mention that some stories are so absurd that the actors / actresses often Simply ignore those stories and that is what we should do. You guys go on a TABLOID that word is equal to FALSE STORIES AND SOURCE INVENTIVENESS. What you say will be correct when a PROOF that the story is true COME OUT. Meanwhile, maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt and change the comments. AND until we prove otherwise He IS A GOOD PERSON AND EXCELLENT ACTOR

  44. Jaycee says:

    I’m not sure if this is true about Morgan or not, but they ARE holding hands in the photo, which is kind of creepy in itself. I can see holding a toddler’s hand, but really, do you hold hands in public with a 27-year-old woman if nothing is going on? I really don’t want it to be true…. I think about half the movies I own have Morgan Freeman in them….but nothing surprises me anymore. Sad, sad, sad.

  45. paranel says:

    I find this news disturbing. How could they do this ? The girl is as disgusting as Morgan.

  46. Jazz says:

    This is so many shades of wrong!!

  47. j. ferber says:

    The Enquirer has turned out to be right on so many stories, so I don’t think their name alone suggests a false story. They know how to dig up the dirt, not too nicely, of course, but they get the scoop.

  48. Pott54 says:


    The Enquirer better PRAY that this ugly mess is true…because if it isn’t–MORGAN FREEMAN won’t only own blues clubs and real estate–HE’S GOING TO OWN THE ENQUIRER! If this isn’t true, he owes it to his granddaughter to SUE their a$$es off–not remain SILENT. IF HE DID THIS…UGH! That explains those “creepy” pictures of him and that 25-year old ugly model Lara Dern (I think that’s her name) in Vogue Magazine. UGH!

    ALSO, even though the report of his affair with Mary Joyce Hays was true, the Enquirer claimed they would be married by the end of 2008 or early 2009. No marriage because ACTUALLY, by the time the Enquirer got a hold of those pictures, THAT AFFAIR WAS ALREADY OVER. Those pictures were originally posted on some obscure, home-made web page long before the Enquirer got a hold of them. They then showed up in the Daily News in the UK. Then they claimed SHE dumped HIM because “he didn’t love her anymore and was pushing her away.” Then they came back and claimed SHE found out about E’Dena and dumped him. Go figure.

    The Enquirer gets it right–but they are prone to embellish the facts as well. They’re the best when it comes to WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S FIRE!

    Let’s hope they’re wrong in this case or MORGAN FREEMAN’S CAREER IS GONE WITH THE WIND.

  49. Mary Jane says:

    Electric Company Reunion Skit Part 1:

    (Closeup of Val and Morgan in silhouette focusing on tehir mouths…)

    Val: yuck…
    Morgan: …oh?
    Both: Yucko!

  50. Parker says:

    I met them many years ago when He was 52 years old and she was 7 years old. They were at the beach. His wife was there too. They told me they were raising HIS daughter’s child because his daughter had problems and couldn’t properly care for the child. I played with the little girl – jumping in the waves. I thought they looked like caring grandparents. His daughter (adopted) must be horrified that he molested her child after she trusted him to raise her. If this is true, it is beyond disgusting.
    And STOP blaming the child; you have no idea the kind of brainwashing that takes place in these incestuous situations and those of you who are blaming the child, sound like idiots!

  51. jean says:

    I blame his wife as much as I blame him because she knew about it all along and stayed with him and covered it up for the money. If he makes another movie and I want to go see it I will.

  52. chip monk says: