The subject of this article:

  • is not mentioned in the Forrest Gump novel canon (including Gump & Co.)
  • exists in the Forrest Gump film canon

Mrs. blue

Mrs. Blue is a character in the film Forrest Gump. She is the mother of Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue and 5 other children. She is played by Marlena Smalls in the movie. She is not depicted in the novel, in place of Bubba's father.


In the movie Bubba tells Forrest that his mother cooks shrimp for wealthy people, and Bubba decides to go into the shrimping business himself after he gets discharged from the Army.

When Bubba dies in the Vietnam War Forrest decides to go into shrimping for himself, keeping a promise he made to Bubba during the War to be his first mate, Forrest goes to Bayou La Batre to meet Bubba's family.

When Forrest tells Mrs. Blue that he's bought a shrimping boat she asks "Are ya crazy or just plain stupid?" to which Forrest answers, "Stupid is as stupid does, Mrs. Blue."

When Forrest finds many shrimp and makes the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, he gives Bubba's share to his mother, causing her to faint when she receives it in the mail; now rich, she quits her job cooking for wealthy people and moves with her kids into a condo in Florida, and has a white woman serve her shrimp, to which she politely tells the woman that her shrimp smells wonderful.

When Forrest and Jenny are married near the end of the movie, Mrs. Blue and her kids come to the wedding.


In real life, Marlena Smalls, who plays Mrs. Blue, has a severe allergy to shrimp.

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