Who is Cindy Landon?

Cindy Landon (née Clerico) was born on 27 January 1957 under the sign of Aquarius, in Los Angeles, California USA. She is a 62-year-old former make-up artist, documentary film producer, and philanthropist, but is probably best recognized for being the wife of the late Michael Landon, a popular actor, screenwriter, producer and director.

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How rich is she, as of now? Cindy Landon Net Worth and Assets

Cindy Landon’s net worth is over $1.5 million, earned from her successful career in the film industry, and from the shared wealth of over $40 million of her late husband Michael Landon. Her net worth also includes such assets as an 11-acre estate, and a 6,900-square-foot beach house, both of which located in Malibu, California.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Appearance

Cindy Landon spent her early years in her hometown of Los Angeles, where she was raised by her parents. She is American by nationality and belongs to Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity. Cindy has long blonde dyed hair and blue eyes.

Professional Career

Cindy Landon was initially involved in the film industry as a professional make-up artist, then following the death of her husband, she made her debut appearance in the 1991 video documentary “Michael Landon: Memories With Laughter And Love”, directed by their son, Michael Landon Jr.

Thereafter, she became interested in producing, and helped in the production of Jeff Nathanson’s romantic comedy “The Last Shot” (2004), which was followed by her work as a co-producer on the 2006 documentary “Whaledreamers”. Cindy’s next major project came in 2011, when she was an executive producer of the documentary “After Kony: Staging Hope”. She then worked on the documentaries “The Eyes Of Thailand” in 2012, directed by Windy Borman, and “Unity” in 2015. In the following year, Cindy produced the documentary “Sanctuary”, and most recently, she was an executive producer for Louie Psihoyos’ documentary “The Game Changers” in 2018.

Charity Work

Cindy Landon is also known for being a philanthropist, and collaborates with various charitable organizations. The non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals (LCA) rewarded her with the 2016 Philanthropist of the Year award. Cindy runs and serves as the President of the family’s charity, the Michael and Cindy Landon Foundation. Moreover, she advocates for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan).

Popularity through Marriage to Michael Landon, Death, Current Relationship Status

Cindy Landon met Michael Landon in 1981, while they were filming the TV series “Little House on The Prairie”, on which she worked as a make-up artist and he starred in the series.

The couple eventually tied the knot at a ceremony held on 14 February 1983, and remained together until his death from pancreatic cancer. She has apparently remained single since then.

Michael Landon Short Wiki/Bio

Eugene Maurice Orowitz, better known by his stage name Michael Landon, was born on 31 October 1936 in Forest Hills, New York City USA, and passed away on 1 July 1991 in Malibu, California USA at the age of 54. He was the son of Peggy O’Neill and Eli Maurice Orowitz, and had a younger sister named Evelyn. He went to Collingswood High School.

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Career Beginnings

Michael Landon was spotted by local agent Bob Raison, while he was working as an attendant at a gas station. He made his acting debut as Caspar Hauser in an episode of the CBS anthology drama series “Telephone Time” in 1956, after which he started getting more serious roles. So, he starred as Tony Rivers in the 1957 horror film “I Was A Teenage Werewolf”, and played the title role in the 1959 western “The Legend of Tom Dooley”, directed by Ted Post.

“Bonanza”, “Little House on the Prairie”, “Highway to Heaven”

Michael came to prominence after being chosen to portray Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright in the western series “Bonanza”, starring next to Dan Blocker, Lorne Greene and Pernell Roberts, which aired on the NBC network from 1959 to 1973, becoming the network’s longest-running western, with 14 seasons and 431 episodes.

When the series ended, Michael won the role of Charles Ingalls in the NBC western drama series “Little House On The Prairie”, broadcast from 1974 until 1983, and based on the “Little House” books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The role led him to a Golden Globe Award nomination in the Best TV Actor – Drama category. Thereafter, he was cast as Jonathan Smith in the fantasy drama series “Highway To Heaven”, between 1984 and 1989 on NBC as well. He made his last appearance in the role of Jeff Hayes in the made-for-television film “Us” in 1991.

Other Projects

Michael was also involved in the film industry as a producer, writer and director. He contributed to the filming of “Bonanza”, serving as the director for 14 episodes and writing more than 20.

He even directed “Little House On The Prairie” and “Highway To Heaven”, for which he also served as a producer and writer. In 1990, Michael wrote and directed “Where Pigeons Go To Die”, based on R. Wright Campbell’s novel. Thanks to his accomplishments, Michael received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984, while he was posthumously inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame and National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 1998.

Personal Life before Cindy Landon

Michael was married twice before Cindy. His first wife was Dodie Levy-Fraser from 1956 to 1962 – they adopted two sons named Josh Fraser and Mark Fraser Landon, who was an actor who died in 2009. Afterwards, he married Marjorie Lynn Noe and adopted her daughter Cheryl Lynn.

They also welcomed four children, film director, producer and writer Christopher Beau Landon, actor Michael Graham Landon Jr., Shawna Leigh, and former actress Leslie Ann.

Mother of Two Children

Cindy Landon has two children with her late husband Michael. She gave birth to their daughter named Jennifer Rachel in August of 1983, while the couple welcomed a son named Sean Matthew in June of 1986.

Their daughter Jennifer Landon is a noted actress, known for portraying Gwen Norbeck Munson in the CBS soap opera “As The World Turns” (2005-10), which led her to win Daytime Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Author

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