Gretchen Johnson (second wife of Richard Dawson) Relationship/ Husband and Children

Gretchen Johnson

Gretchen Johnson was the second wife of American Legendary Family Feud host Richard Dawson. She attained popularity after appearing in the show Family Feud.

Gretchen Johnson Wiki/ Bio

Gretchen Johnson is popularly known as the second wife of Richard Dawson, who was an Actor, Comedian, and Television host. She is a celebrity spouse. Talking about her academic details, not much is revealed about it.

GretchenJohnson Height/ Weight/ Age

Her height and weight measures are not revealed. She was born on Thursday, 22nd September 1955 in Manhattan Beach, California, USA. Gretchen Johnson’s age is 65 years (as of 2021).

Gretchen Johnson Net worth

There are no details available about her profession and hence Gretchen Johnson Dawson’s net worth cannot be estimated. On the other hand, Richard Dawson’s net worth was around $100,000 at the time of his demise.

Gretchen Johnson Boyfriend/ Husband/ Family

Her father’s name is Bob Johnson and her mother’s name is June Johnson. She has two siblings Wendy Johnson and Heidi Johnson. Gretchen is the youngest of the three.

Gretchen Johnson with husband Richard Dawson
Gretchen Johnson with husband Richard Dawson

Gretchen’s relationship started when she was 26 years old. She met Richard at his game show Family Feud Gretchen Johnson Richard Dawson met for the first time in 1981, when Gretchen and her family had participated in Family Feud. It was love at first sight for Richard.

After the show, the former Family Feud host asked her for a phone number. She gave him the number but did not answer the call for a few days, upon which he thought the number was wrong. But he kept trying and one day she received the call and said she had some medical issue and hence was unable to attend the call.

After they started talking on the call he invited her for a dinner and cooked a few items for her. She liked the food. Soon they started dating each other and after some years got married. Richard Dawson and Gretchen Johnson’s wedding photos are not available. It took place in 1991 but it remained secret for many of their fans as they were not active across television. This was his second marriage.

Gretchen Johnson's daughter Shannon Nicole Dawson
Gretchen Johnson’s daughter Shannon Nicole Dawson

Gretchen Johnson Dawson gave birth to their first child before marriage on 13th August 1990. Their daughter name is Shannon Nicole Dawson. They lived a happy married life for more than two decades until Richard Dawson died in 2012.

Richard Dawson Death

Richard Dawson died on 2nd June 2012 (age 79 years) at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from Esophageal cancer. This was announced by his son Gary on Facebook after his death. He was buried in Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles.

Richard Dawson and his first marriage

He was earlier married to Diana Dors, who was an Actress. They met on the sets and started a relationship. Their wedding took place in 1959.

Richard Dawson with his sons Mark and Gary
Richard Dawson with his sons Mark and Gary

The couple shares two sons together Mark Richard Dawson born on 4th February 1960 in London. He is an entertainment manager based in Los Angeles and also the CEO of Dawson, Reeves, and Zutaut Entertainment Group (DRZ Entertainment Group). The second son is Gary born on 27th June 1962 in Los Angeles. The couple later had difficulties and hence separated. Their divorce took place in April 1967. Richard got custody of both of his sons and Diana died of Ovarian cancer in 1984 at the age of 52 years.

NameGretchen Johnson
Date of Birth22nd September 1955
Age65 years (as of 2021)
BirthplaceManhattan, California, USA
Zodiac SignVirgo
ReligionNot Known
HometownNot Known
Net worthNot Known
SchoolNot Known
CollegeNot Known
HeightNot Known
WeightNot Known
Body MeasurementsNot Known
Eye colorNot Known
Hair colorLight Brown
Shoe sizeNot Known
Father nameBob Johnson
Mother nameJune Johnson
BrotherNot Known
SisterWendy Johnson and Heidi Johnson
BoyfriendRichard Dawson (later married)
Marital StatusMarried
HusbandRichard Dawson
ChildrenShannon Nicole Dawson


There aren’t any details available about her profession. Hence, Gretchen Johnson’s career details are not known. On the other hand, Richard had a successful career. He played Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes in the late ’60s and was a panelist on Match Game in the mid-’70s. In the year 1987, he played an evil, slimy game show host in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The Running Man. In spite of all this, he is famous as the old Family Feud host.

Facts/ Trivia

  • Richard Dawson’s wife Gretchen Johnson became famous after marrying him.
  • She had one daughter and is also stepmom to Dawson’s two sons from his previous marriage.
  • She was 26 when she met Richard on the show Family Feud in 1981.
  • Gretchen didn’t eat anything beginning with “A”.
  • She became a widow at the age of 57 years. At that time her daughter was 22 years.
  • She lived in Beverly Hills, California.
  • Her relocation to San Diego was to complete her higher studies.
  • She still uses her husband’s last name.
  • Richard Dawson kissing was a usual tradition on the show Family Feud, where he kissed almost 20,000 female contestants. Those kisses made the show warm and friendly.