Andy Griffith’s Widow to Raze His Home

[updated Dec. 2, 2013] The widow of actor Andy Griffith has demolished the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, ensuring that the site will never be used for an Andy Griffith museum, as the actor may have envisaged. >> Slideshow: Famous Child Stars – Where Are They Now? Cindi Griffith obtained a demolition permit for the Dare County home in March; the house was torn down in late May, according to county planning director …

Oscar Shame: How Could They Forget Andy Griffith?

As Gomer Pyle would have said, “Golllll-eeee!” How could Sunday night’s Oscarcast have neglected to mention the late great Andy Griffith among the stars who died in the past year? I’m not for one moment begrudging any of the film industry greats who were listed – from screen legends Ernest Borgnine, Charles Durning and Celeste Holm to songwriter Hal David and writer Nora Ephron. It’s typical of Oscar’s short memory that the evening’s organizers apparently forgot that Andy was actually …

Bye Now, Andy. Y’All Take Care, Y’Hear?

Jim “Gomer Pyle” Nabors, who owed his entire career to Andy Griffith, once told me about the first time the two ever met,  after Andy had seen his nightclub act in the early 1960s. “I don’t know what you do,” Andy told the young singer-comedian. “But you do it very well.” For Andy Griffith, who died July 3 at age 86, there may have a level of self-recognition in that observation. Ten years earlier, Andy himself had exploded into the …