America’s Sheriff Andy Griffith Dies At 86

Andy Griffith, the beloved Sheriff Andy Taylor of TV’s iconic The Andy Griffith Show and dramatic defense attorney on Matlock, died at his North Carolina home Tuesday morning. He was 86. Andy’s close friend, former UNC President Bill Friday, broke the news to North Carolina’s WITN News, saying Griffith died at his Dare County home around 7:00 a.m.

A native of Mount Airy, N.C., Griffith originally wanted to be an opera singer, then a preacher, before turning to acting in college. In the late ’40s, he and his new bride, the former Barbara Edwards, set out with song-and-dance act that eventually evolved into his delivering folksy monologues on early TV variety shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show.


In 1954, Griffith’s star was launched when he starred as the bumpkin army draftee in Broadway’s No Time for Sergeants, and he repeated the role in the 1958 movie version, which also starred his later TV sidekick, Don Knotts. The two achieved immortality playing Sheriff Andy and Deputy Barney Fife from 1960-68 on The Andy Griffith Show, which also helped launch actor (and later Oscar winning movie director) Ron Howard, as Andy’s son Opie. The show was set in Mayberry, and America lapped it up.

As folksy in person as he was on screen, Griffith was married three times. His first, to Edwards, ended in divorce in 1972. They had three children, two daughters and a son who died in 1966. Griffith’s second marriage ended after five years, in 1981. He is survived by his third wife, Cindi.

What are your fondest memories of Andy Griffith? Share your thoughts with us in the comment box below!

Source: People

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Cher’s Mom Looks Unbelievably Young And Gorgeous!

Ever wonder how Cher manages to look so great at age 66? Look no further than her genes, as evidenced by a photo the singer/actress tweeted of her beautiful mother, Georgia Holt, on Wednesday.

The shot was taken en route to meet President Obama–Cher took Mom along as her “date”–and it appears even he was impressed by Holt’s slender and youthful appearance: ”Told him mom’s 86,” Cher tweeted of the meeting. “He said ‘Georgia, tell me what u eat’ & smiled!”

Holt’s reaction to the President’s admiration? “Mom was all ‘OMG!’” Cher said. Can’t blame her–it’s not every day a girl gets compliments from the Commander in Chief!


Cher also noted on Twitter that President Obama was “warm, funny,” and “so sweet.” Cher’s mom wasn’t the only family member who got to come along for the special occasion. Cher also tweeted a photo with her son Chaz, who was suited up for the meeting in dress slacks, tie, and a big smile.

We can’t deny the very close resemblance that Cher has with her mom. Still, we can’t resist asking… Do you think the pair just has good genes.. or good doctors? Tell us your opinions in the comment box below!

Source & Image: Yahoo News