If you know the late American actor Andy Griffith, you probably know his children as well. Well, today we are going to talk about the adopted daughter of the legendary actor, Dixie Griffith. Dixie’s father Andy was widely known for his work in movies like A Face in the Crowd and No Time for Sergeants.
Well, how is Dixie Griffith’s life as the daughter of such a successful father? What does she do for a living? Is she married or dating a boyfriend? Not only this, but we will also discuss her age, net worth, and a lot more interesting details.
Let’s get started.
Dixie Griffith Is Not The Biological Daughter Of Andy Griffith: Her Childhood
She was born in 1960. Many of you might not know, but Dixie Griffith is not the biological child of the late actor Andy. She was rather adopted by him from a foster home. If sources are to be believed, she was born somewhere in North America, in an orphanage.
Despite being an adopted child, she shared a great relationship with both her parents. Talking of her mother Barbara Griffith, she was also a successful actress.
Her father Andy was most probably the busiest man on planet earth around the time he adopted Dixie. After all, his most notable performance in the series, The Andy Griffith Show aired from 1960 to 1968. Still, the doting dad used to take out a lot of time to spend with his family.
In an interview, Dixie recalled how she used to enjoy playing with her father. While mentioned what kind of activities the father-daughter duo would do together, she said,
“I would play with him in the pool, and he’d put me up on his shoulders. He’d always stop what he was doing to play with me.”
Her Mother Died When She Was Young
Though there are no details on her biological mum, her adoptive mother Barbara Griffith died when she was still very young. She died on July 23, 1980, in Beverly Hills, California, USA. Unfortunately, the reason behind her death is not known.
Dixie is not the only child in the family, she also had a brother Andy Griffith Jr., who was also reportedly adopted by her parents. Her brother was a film producer and is recognized for his work as an executive producer in Dying Game.
Unfortunately, he died at the age of 37, on January 17, 1996 (age 37) in Universal City, California, USA. He was an alcoholic and died because of complications caused by years of alcoholism.
Her father was incredibly strict about their privacy
From the beginning, Dixie had a childhood outside the spotlight. In an interview, Dixie mentioned how her dad always tried to hide them from the prying eyes of the media.
She said, “I didn’t grow up in the spotlight,”
Dixie Griffith Is Famous Because Of Her Actor-Father Andy
The only reason Dixie is so popular is that her father Andy was a successful actor, singer, & producer. The Tony-nominated actor Andy Griffith is hugely famous for his works in movies including A Face in the Crowd (1957) and No Time for Sergeants (1958).
Later, he gained immense fame for his role as Andy Taylor in the TV sitcom The Andy Griffith Show. He was part of the show for over 8 years from 1960 to 1968. Likewise, he was also appreciated for his appearance as Ben Matlock in the dram series Matlock from 1986 to 1995.
Some of his other successful works include The Strangers In 7A, Go Ask Alice, Winter Kill, Pray for the Wildcats, Deathwatch, Roots: The Next Generations (1979), and Centennial, to name a few.
Her Dad’s Marriage And Divorce
Dixie Griffith’s father Andy was married thrice in his life. His first marriage was to actress Barbara Bray Edwards. The couple married on 22nd August 1949, however, their marriage was not long-lived as they got divorced in 1972.
He tied the knot for the second time to a Greek actress Solica Cassuto. The duo was married for eight years from 1973 to 1981. Eventually, he got married for the third time to Cindi Knight, a former actress, and teacher. They walked down the aisle on April 22nd, 1983, and were married until his death.
Dixie Griffith Father’s Death
Unfortunately, the legendary actor Andy is no more among us. He died at the age of 86, at around 7 a.m. Tuesday, on July 3rd, 2012, in Manteo, Roanoke Island, North Carolina. He died of a heart attack. Andy was hospitalized after he was found unconscious in his beautiful coastal home in Dare County, N.C.
The family members buried him within 5 hours of his death in Roanoke Island at around 11:30 a.m. ET, as per his family’s wish. In conversation with CNN, the executive director of the state’s Funeral Directors Association Larry F. Stegall stated that burying in such a short time after death is unusual. He stated,
It’s not very common, I don’t recall having heard of it, and I’ve been here 32 years.
Further, the family has also not revealed wherein the island Andy is buried. On the matter, the spokesperson, who declined to reveal the burial place said,
“It had been planned for some time. This was the wish of his family.”
Dixie Griffith Boyfriend, Marriage, Husband
Despite being a star kid, Dixie has kept all the details regarding her love affairs and relationships completely away from the media. There is no information on her marital status as well.
Also, she has not revealed if she ever dated a boyfriend. Moreover, ever since the death of her father, she has become a recluse and barely makes any public appearance. Thus, it is extremely hard to pinpoint if she is in any sort of a romantic relationship.
Did Dixie Griffith Inherit Her Father’s $60 Million Net Worth?
Reportedly, Dixie and Andy’s third wife Cindi Knight is the only member of the family who is alive. So logically, they are the only members who are eligible to inherit the wealth they owned. Judging by that, Dixie is likely to have a net worth of at least $30 million.
However, as per some tabloids, the What It Was, Was Football singer Andy had objected an inheritance of his net worth to any of the off springs of either Dixie or his adopted son Sam.
Dixie is not on any social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. It looks like she does not enjoy being on social media like most celebrities these days.