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Timeline and Marriages of Andy Griffith

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Cindi Knight and Andy Griffith Marriage Profile
Andy Griffith in 2004

Actor Andy Griffith poses backstage at the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held on March 7, 2004 at The Hollywood Palladium, in Hollywood, California.

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Andy was 56 and Cindi was 27 when they married, but their May-December marriage lasted until his death in 2012.

Born:

Cindi Knight: Abt. 1956.

When Cindi and Andy Met:

Andy first met Cindi when she was an understudy and dancer in "The Lost Colony" which was an outdoor drama that was staged near Griffith's estate. Cindi also worked with Andy in Murder in Coweta County.
Andy: "Over the years I would call her whenever I could find her," Griffith said. "I started to see her. We fell totally in love."
Source: "Andy Griffith ties the knot." Roswell (N.M>) Daily Record. 4/8/1983. pg. 2.

Wedding Date:

After having a five-year romance, Andy and Cindi were married on April 2, 1983 at his estate in Manteo, North Carolina.
Cindi: "We didn't want a big deal made."
Source: "Andy Griffith married again." The Lethbridge Herald. 4/9/1983. pg. B9.

Just over a month after his marriage to Cindi, Andy was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. He was paralyzed from the knees down and could not walk for eight months.

Occupations:

Cindi: Actress.

Quotes About the Marriage of Cindi Knight and Andy Griffith:

Andy: "She [Cindi] and I are not only married, we're partners," Griffith said of his wife in 2007, according to The Associated Press. "And she helps me very much with everything."
Source: "Andy Griffith dead at 86." CBSNews.com. 7/03/2012.

Andy: "[Cindy is] the light of my life. I'm not just saying that 'cause I have to. This woman is something else. Always has been."
Source: Mal Vincent. "The real Andy Griffith lives among us, quietly." The Virginian-Pilot. 2/17/2008.

Cindy: "It was a very slow romance to develop, over years of time.... Andy is a fine man."
Source: Mal Vincent. "The real Andy Griffith lives among us, quietly." The Virginian-Pilot. 2/17/2008.

Andy: "I couldn't walk for some eight months. When I did walk, it was with braces. I don't know how I could have made it without Cindi. She was by my side."
Source: Mal Vincent. "The real Andy Griffith lives among us, quietly." The Virginian-Pilot. 2/17/2008.

Andy Griffith's Marriages

Andy Griffith and Barbara Edwards
Andy Griffith and Solica Cassuto
Andy Griffith and Cindi Knight

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