More often than not, spouses of famous people, although famous in their own right, chose to operate under the radar. One of those who has chosen to have the spotlight on their significant other is Dinah Mattingly, the wife of the former basketball player and Hall of Famer, Larry Bird. She is the second wife of Larry Bird and the two has been married since 1989. Together, they adopted two kids – discover more facts about Dinah below; from her early life to her family and other facts worth knowing about the woman.
Dinah Mattingly Bio
Dinah Mattingly is an American national born on November 16, 1954, under the zodiac sign Scorpio. In a typical Dinah’s covert manner, the celebrity’s wife has not revealed any detail about her early years or her family background. It seems she is content being the wife of the NBA great. It is also not known what she does by way of a career.
Following her high school education, she enrolled at Indiana State University where she graduated from in 1975. What she studied or even what degree she bagged is unknown. That is however inconsequential as Dinah has proven to be a good wife and mother both to her stepdaughter and kids.
She attends most of the Indiana Pacers games alongside her husband and has been a mainstay in the box for some time.
Family – Husband and Children
Dinah Mattingly became Larry Bird’s missus in 1989 after they tied the knot in a private ceremony in Indiana. It is said that the duo met at Indiana State University where they were both students. While this is Dinah’s first marriage, her husband has been married once before making her his second wife.
His first marriage was shortlived and lasted for only two years. He was married to Janet Condra, his high school sweetheart and they had a daughter named Corrie who was born on August 14, 1977, before their marital walls collapsed. Their relationship timeline, as well as the reason for their divorce, has remained privy only to both parties.
It is not a secret that Larry Bird is a famous basketball player and one of the greatest small forwards in the history of the game. He played his entire career with the Bolton Celtics and following his retirement in 1992 after suffering from back injuries, he became a coach. As a player, he won three NBA championships, three MVP Awards, with twelve NBA All-Star appearances, among many other accolades. With his playing and coaching days firmly behind him, Bird is the current executive and president of the Indiana Pacers basketball team. Moreover, he is celebrated as the only person to be named Rookie of the Year, MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year in the NBA.
Dinah Mattingly adopted two children alongside her husband; their daughter Mariah and their son whom they named Conner. Their son made it to the headlines in February 2013 but for all the wrong reasons. He was arrested after he allegedly attempted to hit his ex-girlfriend with a car at Indiana University. They were embroiled in several arguments and after she got off the car, he tried to hit her. He pled guilty to the charges including battery with injury, criminal mischief, intimidation with a deadly weapon, and possession of marijuana. His sentence was deferred and he was subsequently released.
On the other hand, Mariah was in the news back in 2014 after some publication mistook her to be Bird’s girlfriend. The two were pictured at a basketball game with Mariah’s hand on his leg. Funnily awkward right? That’s what Dinah Mattingly must have thought at the time.
Facts about Larry Bird’s Wife
1. She is his second wife.
2. Her Hall of Famer husband towers far above her at 6 feet 9 inches. Dinah comes in at 5 feet 5 inches.
3. Her net worth has been estimated to be around $1 million. Meanwhile, her husband has a fortune worth a whopping $55 million which he made as a professional NBA player, coach, and executive.
4. Dinah Mattingly has blonde hair and light blue eyes.
5. Being a private person, Dinah doesn’t have a social media presence. She is seemingly more concerned about looking after her family and supporting her husband.