We can all spot funny-lady Kym Whitley from the numerous amount of film and sitcom appearances the actress has made over the years, but few of us probably knew she was from Cleveland originally -- and even less of us perhaps knew she was the mother of a son she had one hour to decide if she would adopt, preventing him from entering the system.
Thanks to the below video preview of 'Raising Whitley,' a docu-series -- set to premiere on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network on Saturday, April 20th at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. Central -- we can now see a much more serious yet hopeful side to the humorous woman, who spoke of going to Hollywood on $50 and the positive promotions of her mother.
(Her father, meanwhile, seemed more apprehensive about the whole acting thing initially.)
Alas, Whitley's comic genius paid off -- and in giving back her gifts to mentor others, she met a young woman who became pregnant, and decided that Kym would be the perfect guardian for her son.
With only one hour to decide whether or not to let the little boy enter the system or take him into her home, Whitley recounts how she hilariously said quickly into the phone to bring him over and hung up -- before she could change her mind.
We see video footage from January 2011 of the little baby in the car seat, now in the home of a woman who’s never raised a child. Thankfully, her parents were there to help, purportedly on what they thought was a 3-week vacation -- one that turned into a three-month stay to help their daughter raise this unexpected gift.
The one time Kym grows more serious and cries in the video snippet is in speaking about her mother, who blessedly got the chance to bond with Joshua before she died unexpectedly of a stroke.
'Raising Whitley' documents the journey of Kym and her friends caring for the beautiful baby boy.