Lynda La Plante nearly gave up on having kids

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 April 2021
Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante

Lynda La Plante almost gave up on her hopes of having children

Lynda La Plante suffered "so many miscarriages" she nearly gave up on her dream of having children.

The 78-year-old star suffered a series of miscarriages with her ex-husband, Richard La Plante, and at one point in the 90s, she was prepared to give up on her hopes.

She explained: "I had so many miscarriages and there was a point where I said, ‘No that’s it, over. It’s finished.'

"And I got a great dane. Then one day I was on a beach in the Hamptons with some friends and I saw this young mother with a two-year-old on her hip with her little legs dangling … and the emotion I felt… because I thought, ‘I will never know what that is like.’ And the pain was still there. And then I got the call that night [from an adoption agency]. There is a baby. It was extraordinary."

Lynda – whose adopted son is called Lorcan – was given 24 hours to get to Florida to attend the birth of her son back in 2003.

She told The Independent: "Off I went. All by myself. No backup. Nobody there. I went to the birth. The fear was unbelievable. That was it."

Lynda thinks she was judged harshly for being an older mother.

She said: "It’s a fascination – particularly if you are semi-famous. You’re not a normal woman at a school gate – oh, you are Lynda La Plante, the crime writer."

Lynda admits that parenting provides plenty of "trials and tribulations".

And the actress – who also wrote the TV series 'Prime Suspect' – admits to being overly protective of her son.

She said: "There is a lot of unpleasantness out there ready to seep into you. I just find the unkindness so exasperating."

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