Who Is Shannon Dawson? Her Personal & Profession Life in Detail

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Shannon Dawson is the daughter of late comedian and popular game show host Richard Dawson. Her father had also acted in a number of movies and TV shows, most notably Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, Hogan’s Heroes, and more.

Shannon herself is also famed in her own rights. The star kid is the founder of The Richard Dawson Esophageal Cancer Research Fund.

Besides, what about her love life? Is Richard’s daughter married to anyone? Find out about her love life, parents, career, and other interesting facts!

Shannon is the only child of Richard Dawson with His second wife Gretchen Johnson

Shannon Nicole Dawson was born on 13th August 1990, Beverly Hills, California to Richard Dawson and Gretchen Johnson. Dawson announced the birth of his daughter showing her picture during the inaugural episode of Family Feud in 1994. She has an American nationality and belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity.

Dawson also has two older half-siblings Mark Dawson and Gary Dawson from her father’s first marriage with Diana Dors. Richard married Diana on 4 February 1960 in London. However, their marriage dissolved after seven years in April 1967.

Richard Dawson daughter Shannon Dawson
Richard Dawson with his first wife Diana and son, Source: Pinterest

Her brother Mark is the CEO of the DRZ Entertainment Group.

A Glance at Shannon’s Parents’ Married Life

Dawson married Gretchen in 1991. The two first met when Johnson was around 26 and appeared in his game show, Family Feud. After some time, the couple began dating.

The two lived a blissful conjugal life for over two decades until her husband Dawson’s demise on 2 June 2012. He was later buried in Westwood Memorial Park.

Shannon Dawson’ Age and Height

Richard is 30-year-old as of 2021. She stands at 5 ft 3 in (1.61 m) tall.

Is a Vanderbilt University Graduate

Dawson attended a private school in LA before joining Vanderbilt Univesity to study political science in 2009. She graduated with a major in International Relations and Affairs in 2012.

The same year, Dawson went on to enroll at the University of California, Los Angeles, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government.

Did Internship at CBS Television

Shannon Dawson began her internship at CBS Television in May 2010. She spent four months at the network arranging its Emmy TV Legends interviews, managing weekly schedules for the team, and more.

From May to August 2011, Dawson also interned at CBS Television Studios. There she worked as a writer and editor for shows like Hogan’s Heroes and CSI Miami as well.

Shannon Spent a half-year at Channel 7 News

According to her Linkedin boi, Dawson had various roles while working at Channel 7 News. She joined the network in Jan 2014 and worked for six months for the channel. The journalist covered several breaking news stories during the time. She also provided updates on its Yahoo webpage.

Shannon Dawson is the daughter of Richard Dawson.
Shannon Dawson is the daughter of Richard Dawson.
Source: Inside Edition

Besides, Shannon worked for a few on-screen projects like The Strip (2003) and Cruel and Usual (2008).

Shannon is the Founder of The Richard Dawson Esophageal Cancer Research Fund

Shannon Dawson’s father Richard passed away from complications of esophageal cancer at age 79, on 2nd June 2012 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She subsequently started spreading awareness about the disease across the world through her non-profit organization, The Richard Dawson Esophageal Cancer Research Fund.

Dawson often organizes fundraiser campaigns to collect funds for the foundation. She also frequently attends awareness conferences.

Is Shannon Dawson Married? Has two kids

Shannon has kept most part of her love life behind closed doors. So, it is yet to confirm whether the star kid is married or not. But, Dawson has two amazing children. She has posted a few posts of her kids on her Twitter account. The young lady is quite confidential when it comes to her love life.

Dawson has even yet to reveal any further identity of her children. She also kept private the details of her kid’s biological father.


Sagar Chand, who goes by Cannon, is a founder at celebsuburb.com. With an aim to cover the life of celebrities, he started the website in 2020 and has been continuously working as an author, editor, and administrator. He has over 6 years of work experience in the entertainment field. Further, he is also one of the Co-Founders at Pandora Group of Companies. Contact: sagarchand242@gmail.com