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Meet widow of late American actor and filmmaker, Michael Landon



Cindy Landon is an American film producer. But she is best known for being the wife of late actor, director and producer, Michael Landon.

Landon has also made a successful career for herself since her husband’s demise.

Cindy Landon biography

Cindy Landon

Cindy Clerico Landon was born on January 27, 1957, in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity. Information about her childhood and education is unavailable for now.

Cindy Landon career

Cindy Landon at an event

Landon began her career as a make-up artist in Hollywood. After she married her husband, Landon appeared in his 1991 documentary, Michael Landon: Memories of Laughter and Love. She also appeared in the 2004 movie, The Last Shot, and made guest appearances in Unity and Eyes of Thailand. 

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In 2006, she co-produced the documentary, Whaledreamers. She also produced After Kony: Staging Hope (2011) and Sanctuary (2016).

Cindy Landon’s net worth

Reports estimated Landon’s net worth at $1.5 million. However, her net worth could be higher than that as Forbes reported that she listed her Malibu home with her late husband, Michael, for sale at $18 million. It took a while for Landon, who had found another home in the same Malibu, to take that decision, as she did not want to leave the house she and Michael built together.

“I had every intention of moving into the home but when it came time to move I realised I wasn’t ready to sell and move from the home Michael and I built together—and where [our] children were raised,” she said.

Meanwhile, her late husband reportedly had an estimated net worth of $40 million as at the time of his death.

Cindy Landon family

Cindy Landon's family
MALIBU, CA – JULY 29: Actor Michael Landon, wife Cindy Landon, daughter Jennifer Landon and son Sean Landon attend the Third Annual Moonlight Roundup Extravaganza to Benefit Free Arts for Abused Children on July 29, 1989 at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Landon has two children from her marriage with her late husband. Her daughter, Jennifer Landon, is her firstborn and she was born on August 29, 1983. She began acting when she was five years old, appearing in the movie, Highway to Heaven, alongside her father. Jennifer later attended New York University, where she studied drama. She is currently following her father’s footsteps in acting and has appeared in several successful movies and television series such as The Young and Restless (2012), Rabid Weight Loss (2014), I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine (2015), Banshee (2016), Days of our Lives (2017), Chicago Med (2017), among others.

Landon’s second child is Sean Landon. He was born in 1986. Unlike his father and sibling, Sean has opted for a career outside entertainment as he is a real estate agent. He is reportedly successful at it too. Forbes reported that he helped his mother list their Malibu home for sale.

Landon also has seven step-children from her husband’s previous marriage. They are Mark Landon, Shawna Landon, Josh Fraser Landon, Cheryl Ann Pontrelli, Christopher B. Landon, Leslie Landon and Michael Landon Jr.

Meanwhile, both Jennifer and Sean are advocates for people living with pancreatic cancer, a disease that their father passed from. The siblings create awareness for people living with the disease to get a better diagnosis and manage their health well.

Cindy Landon and Michael Landon

Cindy Landon and Michael Landon on their wedding day

Michael Landon, whose real name is Eugene Maurice Orowitz, was a popular American actor and filmmaker. He was known for his roles as “Little Joe Cartwright” in Bonanza (1959–1973), “Charles Ingalls” in Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983), and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven (1984–1989). He was married twice before he married Cindy.

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Both Michael and Cindy Landon met on the set of Little House on the Prairie in 1974. Cindy was a stand-in make-up artist at the time while Michael was the actor. When they began dating, Cindy was 20 years younger than Michael. She was 28 years old, while Michael was 46. However, they kept their relationship private but when rumours began to filter to the public, people made speculations that their relationship would not last due to the huge age difference.

The couple got married in a private ceremony in 1983. On April 2, 1991, Michael suffered a severe headache while he was on a skiing vacation in Utah. Three days later, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer known as exocrine adenocarcinoma, which had affected the tissues and blood vessels around his pancreas. The cancer was inoperable and terminal.

Michael died in Malibu, California, on July 1, 1991, with Cindy by his side. He was 54 years old.

Cindy Landon age

Landon is 66 years old in 2023.

Cindy Landon now

There is no report of her remarrying or dating someone else following her husband’s death. However, she is actively involved in overseeing the Michael and Cindy Foundation. She also reportedly supports other foundations to fight against cancer.

Cindy Landon is also active on social media, with over 5,000 followers on Instagram and over 8,000 followers on Facebook.

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