Solica Casuto (born 1950) is a Greek-American actress, gospel singer, writer, comedian, and television producer who is widely recognized as the ex-wife of the late Andy Griffith, a famous American actor, writer, comedian, television producer, and actor.
Many may not be familiar with Solica Casuto’s name while some might recognize her name perhaps because of her marriage to the late American actor Andy Griffith. The celebrity ex-wife had been active in the entertainment industry until her divorce. Afterward, she went off the radar and has not been heard of since. Keep reading this article to find out all you need to know about Andy Griffith’s ex-wife.
Summary of Solica Casuto’s Biography
- Full name: Solica Casuto
- Gender: Female
- Year of birth: 1950
- Solica Casuto’s Age: 73 years old
- Ethnicity: Mixed
- Nationality: Greek-American
- Place of Birth: Greece
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
- Religion: Christianity
- Marital Status: Divorced
- Solica Casuto’s Ex-husband: Andy Samuel Griffith (deceased; m. 1973 – 1981)
- Solica Casuto’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 6 inches
- Solica Casuto’s Height in Centimetres: 170cm
- Solica Casuto’s Weight: 60kg
- Body Measurements in Inches: 37-25-36
- Body Measurements in Centimeters: 94-64-91
- Solica Casuto’s Net Worth: $1 million
- Famous for: Being an actress and the ex-wife of the late actor, Andy Griffith
Solica Casuto Was Born In Greece
Solica Casuto was born in the year 1950 in Greece to parents whose details such as their names, occupation, and ethnic background is not available. Her exact date of birth is not also available as she maintains a low profile and loves to keep her personal life private.
It is also not known to date if the actress has any siblings or if she is the only child of her parents and there is no information on the schools she attended. However it is known that the celebrity ex-wife is of mixed ethnicity, a Greek-American by nationality, and currently 73 years old.
Talking about her childhood, Solica was born and raised in a Christian home and lived her early life in Greece.
Solica Casuto Met Her Ex-husband, Andy Griffith, For The First Time On Set
Solica Casuto and her ex-husband, the late Andy Griffith, first met on the set of the movie they were working on and that is how they began their friendship. They exchanged pleasantries and became friends and as their friendship blossomed, they slowly began getting attached and in no time they began dating.
After some time, the then-lovebirds decided to seal their love by getting married in a simple wedding ceremony which was held in their backyard with the intention of keeping it as private as possible However, despite their best efforts, the event still drew the attention of the public.
After their wedding, the husband and wife lived together happily for years until they began to grow apart and their relationship became sour which led to them getting divorced after eight years of marriage (in 1981). Both of them were emotionally broken after their separation.
Solica Casuto was the second wife of Andy Griffith as the actor was first married to a woman named Babara Bray Edwards. They had gotten married on August 22, 1949, and stayed married for 23 before getting divorced in 1972.
Solica Casutoo and Andy Griffith Divorced Due To Individual Differences
The reason for their divorce is unclear but according to a book written by Ken Berry titled Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show, Ken revealed that Solica Casuto and Andy Griffith were two different personalities who did not have anything in common.
According to the author, the late Hollywood actor was conservative and firm while Solica on the other hand was a soft and gentle person. The fundamental difference in their personality led to their divorce.
For the eight years they spent together, Solica and her ex-husband never had any children. However, Andy had two adopted children from his first marriage, a son named Andy Samuel Griffith Jar, born in 1957, and a daughter named Dixie Nann Griffith.
Moving further from the divorce from Solica, Griffith got married for the third time to Cindi Knight on April 12, 1983. They first met on the set of Murder in Coweta County.
Andy Griffith’s Ex-wife was an Entertainer
Solica Casuto owes her fame to her marriage to the late heavyweight Hollywood actor, Andy Griffith, but be that as it may, that is not all the celebrity ex-wife is about. This is because Solica Casuto is an actress, a skilled television producer, and a gospel singer.
As an actress, she has a seven-decade career and during that period, she made a name for herself and has appeared in diverse movies and television shows. Her ex-husband, Andy Griffith, on the other hand, was also an American actor. The actor first started as a stand-up comedian but later got into acting after landing a role in Ira Levin’s production of No Time for Sergeants in 1955.
Andy moving on with his career, made his film debut in the 1957 drama, A Face In the Crowd. Although it was not a major role, it served as a stepping stone for him in his career growth and with time, he began landing many other roles.
On July 3, 2012, Solica lost her ex-husband, Andy Griffith, who died from a heart attack at the age of 86, at his coastal home in Manteo, Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina. The news of his demise came as a shock to his family members and loved ones.
What Is Solica Casuto’s Net Worth?
According to sources, Solica Casuto is said to have a net worth estimated to be $1 million which was gathered from her career as an actress, gospel singer, and TV producer. However, her late ex-husband before his death had a whooping net worth of about $60 million.
Solica Has Not Been Heard Of Since Her Divorce From Andy Griffith
Since her divorce from Andy Griffith, Solica Casuto also ended her career as an actress and has been leading a very private life far away from the spotlight which makes it quite difficult for anyone to know where she is currently and what she has been up to.