Gretchen Johnson is the most popular TV game show Family Feud participant who rose to fame after marrying Richard Dawson, the show’s host. Richard Dawson was a prominent actor, comedian, and panelist who was known for his impeccable movie roles.
Gretchen Johnson is the second Richard Dawson wife who caught Richard’s eye while appearing on the TV show and remained in contact with him for a long time.
Gretchen Johnson biography
Gretchen Johnson was born on September 22 1955 in Manhattan Beach, California, USA. She is currently 66 years old as of 2022 and her zodiac sign is Virgo. Gretchen Johnson is currently a widow as her husband Richard Dawson died in June 2012.
Gretchen Johnson has two siblings named Weidi Johnson and Heidi Johnson. She is the youngest child of her parents named Bob Johnson and June Johnson. Gretchen Johnson and Richard Dawson share a daughter named Shannon Nicole Dawson born on August 31 1990 in Beverly Hills.
Shannon Johnson is also a popular model and actress following in her father’s footsteps. Richard Dawson announced his daughter’s birth by sharing her picture on the inaugural episode of Feud.
Gretchen Johnson education
The exact details regarding her college and schooling are not known but it is reported that Gretchen Johnson moved to San Diego, California to pursue higher studies as a teen.
Gretchen Johnson appearance
Gretchen Johnson, Richard Dawson’s wife measures approximately 5 feet 7 inches and has brown hair.
Gretchen Johnson net worth
Since Gretchen Johnson is not a celebrity, not much is known about her net worth. However, her husband Richard Dawson was a popular British-American actor and TV host who appeared in many famous movies like The Running Man, Treasure Island, and The Devil’s Brigade.
At the time of his death, Dawson’s net worth was estimated to be around $100,000.
Gretchen Johnson habits
In an interview with Paul Brownstein in 2012, Richard Dawson revealed that his wife Gretchen Johnson had a strange habit of avoiding foods beginning from the letter A.
He also told him how he had cooked certain foods including Asparagus for Gretchen when he invited her for dinner. She later revealed to Richard that she avoids foods starting from the letter A.
How did Gretchen Johnson meet Richard Dawson?
Gretchen Johnson met Richard Dawson on his TV show Family Feud. In 1981, she appeared on the show with her parents and two sisters. At that time she was 26 years old. Gretchen’s beauty and attractiveness caught Richard’s eye and he asked for her number at the end of the show.
Richard kept on calling Gretchen Johnson for days but she couldn’t attend the call as her wisdom tooth had fallen out.
Richard Dawson invited Gretchen johnson for dinner and that’s where their relationship was pursued. Gretchen Johnson and Richard Dawson dated for ten years. Gretchen johnson became Richard Dawson’s wife in 1991 and their daughter was born in 1990.
Richard Dawson and Gretchen Johnson lived beautiful life until they faced a serious tragedy. Richard Dawson had a habit of smoking four packs of cigarettes a day until he was 61 years old. He loved his daughter very much therefore he gave up smoking just for the sake of his daughter’s health.
In 2012, Richard Dawson was diagnosed with esophageal cancer which ultimately took his life on June 2 while admitted into Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Since then, Gretchen has devoted her life to taking care of her children and has remained single ever since.
Before meeting Gretchen, Richard Dawson was married to the actress of yesteryear Diana Dors for eight years from 1959 to 1966. He met Diana on set and began the relationship. They exchanged wedding vows in 1959 and got blessed with a son named Mark Richard Dawson on February 4 1960 in London.
Mark Dawson is currently an entertainment manager based in Los Angeles. He is also the CEO of Dawson, Reeves, and Zutaut entertainment group.
They were blessed with another son named Gary Richard Dawson who was born on June 27 1962 in Los Angeles. Richard Dawson and Diana Dors had a perfect marriage until things started to take an ugly turn. Diana Ross decided to divorce Richard accusing him of beating her.
In 1966, they were legally separated and Richard Dawson was awarded the custody of their sons. However, Dawson denied such claims and used to send Diana flowers on her birthday after the divorce. Diana Dors died of ovarian cancer in 1982 at the age of 52.
Gretchen Johnson is the famous Richard Dawson’s wife who rose to fame after marrying the popular TV show host Richard Dawson. Currently, she is living a simple life with her family away from the limelight.