TV actors don’t come as legendary as Andy Griffith. An American actor, comedian, television producer, southern gospel singer, and writer, Andy enjoyed a career spanning over decades. While his professional life reached phenomenal success, his personal life less so. He was married three times and had to wait for a long time before achieving marital satisfaction. He first tied the knot to Barbara Edwards who died due to Alcoholism. He then married Greek actress Solica Cassuto before divorcing Cassuto and tying the knot with Cindi Knight. He enjoyed 24-years of marriage with Cindi, before succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 86. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Cindi Knight.
Early Life and acting:
Cindi Knight was born on the 2nd of May 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida. Born and raised in Florida, Cindy is the daughter of Bobby Knight and Muriel Knight. Her ancestry reveals she is of Caucasian origin. Little is known about Cindi’s education and career path. While she did rose to fame following her marriage to Andy Griffith, she has a few acting credits to her name. Cindi made her debut appearance in the movie, Murder in Coweta County and played the role of Julia Turner. Her second and final appearance came in the TV series, Matt Houston. Cindi played the role of an office secretary and made a total of two appearances.
Meeting Andy and Getting Married:
Cindi met Andy while she was working as a young dancer in “The Lost Colony.” Andy had just come off his second marriage to Greek Actress Solica Cassuto. The pair began talking and began dating soon after. However, the romance between the pair was slow to develop. Talking to the Roanoke Times back in 2008, Cindi revealed,
“It was a very slow romance to develop, over years of time. … Andy is a fine man.”
The pair tied the knot in April of 1983. At the time of marriage, Cindi was 27, whereas Andy was 56 years of age. However, that did not stop the pair from tying the knot. Even though the pair were together for over two decades, they did not have any children. She became the stepmother to Andy Griffith Jr. and Dixie Griffith, both of whom were adopted while Andy was married to Barbara.
Andy’s health issues and death:
Andy had his first serious health problem the same year of his marriage to Cindi. He was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome and could not walk for seven months because of paralysis from the knees down. In May of 2000, Andy underwent quadruple heart-bypass surgery at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He also underwent hip surgery on September 5, 2007, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Andy was pronounced dead on July 3, 2012, at his coastal home in Manteo, Roanoke Island, in Dare County, North Carolina. Following Andy’s death, Cindi took to the media to honor his legacy.
“Andy was a person of incredibly strong Christian faith and was prepared for the day he would be called Home to his Lord. He is the love of my life, my constant companion, my partner, and my best friend. I cannot imagine life without Andy, but I take comfort and strength in God’s Grace.”
Following Andy’s death, Cindi decided to tear down his house. While Andy wanted it to preserve it as a museum, Cindi had second opinions. Even though most of their family friends advised Cindi against it, Cindi tore the house down in November of 2019.