Comedian Kevin Hart, 41, Continues to Achieve Success after His Mother’s Passing from Ovarian Cancer; ‘Fatherhood’ Hits Number One Spot on Netflix

Published Jun 21, 2021

Abigail Seaberg

Kevin Hart's Latest Success

  • Kevin Hart lost his mother, Nancy, to ovarian cancer in 2007.
  • Hart’s mother supported his dreams, and he’s made it a point to go after them in full force since her death. His most recent project, a film he produced and starred in, has reached number one for comedies on Netflix.
  • Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the “cancer that whispers” because of its subtle symptoms. One of our experts recommends women look out for a variety of possible symptoms. When in doubt, consult your doctor if something feels off.

Comedian Kevin Hart lost his mother to ovarian cancer in 2007. She left a lasting impact on her son, and knowing he had her support when his career was just beginning surely must make Hart’s ongoing success in the film industry even sweeter.

Hart’s new film, Fatherhood, is his latest success story.

Inspired by a true story, the film shares the raw experience of a widowed man coping with heartache and all things, well, ‘fatherhood’ as he raises his little girl in the best way he can. Hart produced the film and plays the starring role, so there are many laughs to be had as the heartfelt story unfolds.

Richard Roeper gave the film three out of four stars in his review for the Chicago Sun Times saying it “isn’t the deepest of dead-parent movies and we’re never sucker-punched by any unexpected setback — so there’s something eventually soothing and uplifting about the experience.” Roper also said Hart’s performance was “understated and authentic” – something we’re not always accustomed to when it comes to the stage-commanding comedian.

In a recent Instagram post, Hart shared his excitement for the film and its early success as it earned the number one spot for comedies on Netflix.



“All I can say is I love you guys….thank you for riding with me & thank you for the love & support over the years….This is amazing,” he wrote in his caption. “I busted my ass on this project because I wanted to do everything in my power to nail this performance….This was a really important movie for me ….I knew I had this in me…I was just waiting for the right project to come along so that I could put it on display. Fatherhood was the perfect project. Once again thank you guys!!!!! Go watch Fatherhood on @netflix NOOOOWWWW !!!!!!”

The Cancer that Whispers

Ovarian cancer is when the ovaries – which produce the sex hormone, estrogen, as well as eggs – become cancerous. Women have two ovaries, one on either side of the uterus.

The fallopian tube, which brings the egg from the ovary to the uterus for fertilization, is actually where many ovarian cancers begin. First, a few cancerous cells develop on the fallopian tubes, then these cells stick to the ovaries as the fallopian tubes brush over the ovary. From there, the cancerous cells grow to form a tumor.

Dr. Beth Karlan, a gynecologic oncologist at UCLA Medical Center, says the term ovarian cancer refers to a number of different tumors that reside in the ovary. She also says that ovarian cancer can be difficult to recognize as its symptoms may be subtle.

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“Ovarian cancer does not have any specific symptoms,” Karlan said in an earlier interview with SurvivorNet. “It’s often referred to as the cancer that whispers, in that it has symptoms that are really very vague…and nothing that may bring your attention directly to the ovaries.”

Ovarian Cancer: The Cancer That Whispers

Dr. Karlan advises women to keep an eye out for a variety of possible symptoms.

“The symptoms include things like feeling full earlier than you usually would when your appetite is strong,” she said. “Feeling bloated,” is another symptom, she added. “Some changes in your bowel habits. Some pain in the pelvis. These are symptoms women may have every month. These are not very specific. But what we’ve found from multiple studies, it’s this constellation of symptoms.”

Losing a Parent to Cancer

Losing a loved one to cancer can cause immeasurable pain, as Hart can surely attest to. In his mother’s absence, Hart has been determined to stay motivated and achieve things that will make his mom – and himself – proud. Doing things to keep yourself motivated and happy are incredibly important, but seeking outside resources can also be a huge help. One to place to begin can be therapy.

In an earlier interview with SurvivorNet, Camila Legaspi shared her own advice on grief after her mother died of breast cancer. She credits therapy for saving her life.

“Therapy Saved My Life”: After Losing A Loved One, Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

“I was dealing with some really intense anxiety and depression at that point,” Legaspi said. “It just changed my life, because I was so drained by all the negativity that was going on. Going to a therapist helped me realize that there was still so much out there for me, that I still had my family, that I still had my siblings.”

“When you lose someone, it’s really, really, really hard,” Legaspi said. “I’m so happy that I talked to my therapist. Keep your chin up, and it’s going to be OK. No matter what happens, it’s going to be OK.”

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Abigail Seaberg, a recent graduate of the University of Richmond, is a reporter based in Denver. Read More