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Samuel and his wife, LaTanya Richardson, were college sweeathearts and have been married for 25 years. While working on Freedomland together, LaTanya witnessed her husband's superstar treatment firsthand. "I've got my quadruple pop-out [trailer] and my big-screen televisions in there. ... She wasn't used to that," Samuel says.

But LaTanya isn't fazed by Samuel's celebrity status. Instead, having stuck by Samuel's side through his years of drug addiction, LaTanya saw his potential. "He has a mandate to be the best [to me and our daughter] ... beyond what he could dream."

"I finally grew into the man that she always thought I could be," Samuel says.
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FROM: Oprah's Embarrassing Night with Legend Neil Diamond
Published on January 16, 2006

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