Who is Cindy Landon?
Cindy Landon (nee Clerico) was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 27 January 1957 – her zodiac sign is Aquarius, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress, film producer and make-up artist, but who’s probably known best for having been the wife of the late American actor and moviemaker Michael Landon.
Early life and education
Cindy was raised in Los Angeles by her parents, about whom little is known as she respects their privacy; it’s believed by some of her fans that her father was a car mechanic, and that her mother was a nurse. Because Cindy hasn’t mentioned having any siblings, most people believe that she’s an only child.
She grew up being interested in various activities, while she initially dreamed of becoming a famous model. Cindy became interested in acting when she was around 15 years old, and was a member of her high school’s drama club, and appeared in various plays performed there.
She matriculated in 1975, and although she hasn’t spoken of her further education, most of her fans believe that she enrolled at college, and that she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1979.
Cindy has only a single acting credit: she played Hippie Woman in the 1978 romantic war movie “Coming Home”, directed by Hal Ashby, and which starred Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern.
It follows a woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam, while she has fallen in love with a man who has already been there, and has returned to the US wounded; the movie won 17 awards, including three Oscars for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, while it was nominated for 16 other awards.
Cindy then began working as a make-up artist on the romantic family series “Little House on the Prairie”, created by Blanche Hanalis, and which starred Michael Landon, Melissa Gilbert and Karen Grassle. It follows the Ingalls family who are living in the 19th century American Midwest, aired from 1974 to 1983 and won 21 awards, including four Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 42 other awards.
Cindy disappeared from the film industry for the following two decades, returning in 2006 when she co-produced the historical documentary movie “Whaledreamers”. She has since produced three other documentary movies: the 2011 “After Kony: Staging Hope”, the 2016 “Sanctuary”, and “The Game Changers” in 2018.
Cindy was featured in the 1991 documentary video “Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love”.
She has received special thanks for three movies: the 2004 romantic comedy “The Last Shot”, the 2012 documentary “The Eyes of Thailand”, and the 2015 documentary “Unity”.
Love life and marriage with Michael Landon
Cindy met Michael while she was working on the series “Little House on the Prairie”, which he starred in, and they married in 1983 in a private ceremony attended by only the closest of their friends and family members. On 29 August of the same year, Cindy gave birth to their daughter Jennifer Landon, and their son Sean Matthew Landon followed in 1986.
Michael had been married twice prior to meeting Cindy; he exchanged vows with Dodie Levy-Fraser in 1956, but they divorced in 1962. He then married Marjorie Lynn Noe in 1963, and she gave birth to their four children, but they divorced in 1982.
Michael died from pancreatic cancer on 1 July 1991, and Cindy hasn’t spoken of any men whom she has perhaps since been with; some of her fans believe that she was so in love with Michael that she chose to remain single following his death.
As of March 2022, Cindy seems to be single, was married to Michael Landon, and has two children.
Hobbies and other interests
Cindy is physically highly active, and occasionally uploads pictures onto her Instagram account which feature her working out with her son; she’s quite active on the network, and has uploaded close to 1,500 pictures, most of which have been taken during her everyday life.
Cindy likes to travel, and has been all around the world, for both work and pleasure; her dream travel destination is Indonesia.
She’s interested in fashion, and is trying to keep up with all the latest trends by reading magazines such as “Elle” and “Vogue”; Cindy’s also a shopaholic, as she goes shopping for clothes at least once a week.
She enjoys watching movies late at night – her favorite actor and actress are Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, while a couple of her favorite films include “Saving Private Ryan”, “You’ve Got Mail”, and “Catch Me If You Can”.
Age, height and net worth
Cindy’s age is 65. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of March 2022, her net worth has been conservatively estimated at more than $1.5 million, while Michael’s net worth at the time of his death was estimated at over $40 million.
Who was Michael Landon?
Michael was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz in Forest Hills, New York City USA, on 31 October 1936 – his zodiac sign was Scorpio, and he held American nationality.
He appeared in more than 50 movies and TV series, and still remains remembered for his portrayal of the main character Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright in the western series “Bonanza”, created by David Dortort and Fred Hamilton, and which also starred Lorne Greene and Dan Blocker. It follows the lives of the ranch owner Ben Cartwright and his sons, aired from 1959 to 1973, and won 12 awards, including three Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 16 other awards.
Michael was raised in Forest Hills alongside his older sister Evelyn, by their Roman Catholic mother Peggy (nee O’Neill) who was a comedian and dancer, and their Jewish father Eli Maurice Orowitz. Michael grew up worrying about his mother committing suicide, and once saved her after she had tried to drown herself; because of the stress, Michael had problems with bedwetting during his early teenage years.
He studied at Collingswood High School, and became interested in javelin throwing during his four years there, because he was good at it! Thanks to that, Michael received a scholarship to the University of Southern California, but dropped out after having torn his shoulder ligaments.
Michael then began attending auditions for roles in both movies and TV series, and launched his career with his portrayal of Clyde Meacham in the 1955 episode “The Boston Kid” of the western comedy series “Luke and the Tenderfoot”. It was four years later that he was cast to star in “Bonanza”, appearing in more than 430 episodes through 1973, while he concurrently made guest appearances in numerous other series, including the crime comedy drama “Playhouse 90”, the family western “The Rifleman”, and the mystery crime drama “Johnny Staccato”.
Between 1974 and 1983, Michael starred in all the 186 episodes of the series “Little House on the Prairie”, and his three final roles were in all 111 episodes of the fantasy drama “Highway to Heaven” between 1984 and 1989, the 1990 drama movie “Where Pigeons Go to Die”, and the 1991 drama film “Us”.
Michael won seven of the 12 awards for which he was nominated, and received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984.