Who is Cindy Landon?
Born Cindy Clerico under the sign of Aquarius on 27 January 1957, in Los Angeles, California USA, Cindy Landon is a 65-year-old Caucasian documentary producer, make-up artist and philanthropist of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. She is probably most known around the globe for having been married to Hollywood actor, screenwriter, director and producer Michael Landon. She has also had personal successes across a variety of professions since the late 1970’s.
Early life: A private matter
Barely any info exists about the beginnings of Cindy Landon. She was raised apparently an only child in her birthplace, by parents of unknown names and professions. She grew up with a definite interest in an entertainment career, which later led her to Hollywood. The make-up artist attended an unspecified high school in Los Angeles, from where she matriculated in 1975; she apparently never went to college.
Career: The best of multiple worlds
Cindy started working as a make-up artist at some point after her matriculation – one of the sets on which she was definitely present was in 1981, that of the Blanche Hanalis family romantic drama TV series “Little House on the Prairie,” which ran for nine years and 204 episodes, from 1974 to 1983. This is when she met her future husband, and stopped working until 2006.
Following the death of her husband in 1991, she began investing some of her inherited wealth in titles she supported. The 2006 historical documentary by Kim Kindersley about the terrible consequences of whaling entitled “Whaledreamers” was the first project Cindy was interested in, having co-produced it. Her next production venture was the 2011 documentary about the lives of young Ugandan children who tried to return to normal lives after terrorist Joseph Kony’s war, entitled “After Kony: Staging Hope,”. It was directed by Bil Yoelin and written by Paul Freedman, while Cindy was the executive producer; the film won two awards. In 2016 she produced Shannon Keith and Andria Chamberlin’s “Sanctuary” – a docudrama detailing the lives of many monkeys stolen from the wilderness and subjected to extremely unethical research, including vivisection.
Her most recent project
In 2018, Cindy was credited as one of the many executive producers of the ground-breaking documentary film detailing the effects plant-based eating has had on sports, performative arts, and even military service around the world, entitled “The Game Changers.” The film showcased famous athletes, talented scientists and special ops instructors, providing insight into the effects of increased plant eating on the human body. This is Cindy’s fourth and latest production credit, while she’s appeared in the uncredited role of Hippie Woman in Hal Ashby’s 1978 romantic war drama entitled “Coming Home,” and as herself in the documentary “Michael Landon: Memories with Laughter and Love”, which is her first onscreen appearance.
Love life: Who was she married to before?
Cindy’s only known relationship started in 1981, when she was working on the set of “Little House on the Prairie,” where she met and began dating the show’s star Michael Landon. They married on Valentine’s day of 1983 and stayed together until the actor’s death from pancreatic cancer. They had two children together – now actress Jen Landon, born 29 August 1983 in Malibu, California, and now real estate agent Sean Landon born in the same place in 1986.
Thanks to her work on “Sanctuary,” Cindy was honored with the 2016 Philanthropist of the Year Award by the non-profit organization Last Chance for Animals. After her husband’s passing, she became president of the charity they started together – the Michael and Cindy Landon Foundation, which she runs to this day. Lastly, she is a known benefactor and advocate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan), which aims to improve treatment of the disease and help sufferers cope with their condition.
Did she marry again?
Although many have wondered whether the famous producer married someone after becoming a widow, there is currently no reason to believe so. It can be seen on her Instagram page that she still misses her late husband, and laments his death to this day. Thus, it’s easily concluded that she’s not interested in anyone else. She has never been the subject of rumors or controversy.
Who is her late husband Michael Landon?
Born Eugene Maurice Orowitz on 31 October 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, also known as ‘Mike’, ‘Emo’ and ‘The Jesus of Malibu,’ Michael Landon was a legendary Caucasian actor and filmmaker of Jewish descent. He had many immense successes throughout his frequently lucrative acting career from 1955 to 1991. Of course, his most famous role was already mentioned – Charles Ingalls and Narrator in “Little House on the Prairie,” throughout all 204 episodes of the show, from 1974 to 1983. His part of Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Cartwright is almost equally as important, spanning all 430 episodes of David Dortort and Fred Hamilton’s western TV series entitled “Bonanza,” from 1959 to 1973.
Finally, his most frequently mentioned portrayal is the lead role of Johnathan Smith in every episode of his own drama fantasy series “Highway to Heaven,” which ran almost until his death, from 1984 to 1989; overall the actor had 57 acting credits. He had two marriages before Cindy, which yielded six children, to Dodie Levy-Fraser (1956-62), and to Marjorie Lynn Noe (1963-82). He passed away on 1 July 1991 at the age of 54 in Malibu, California.
What is Cindy Landon’s net worth?
As of mid-2022, most sources estimate Cindy Landon’s net worth at more than $1.5 million, which is separate from her late husband’s shared $40+ million net worth. This was additionally boosted by the sale of the highly luxurious Malibu Beach house that Cindy listed in 2018 after renovating it for a while, it sold in 2019 for $15.7 million – the listed price was $28.7 million.
She said that she meant to move back near the beach, but eventually changed her mind, deciding to stick with her 11-acre estate instead.