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Frances Yarborough


Facts of Frances Yarborough

Full NameFrances Yarborough
First NameFrances
Last NameYarborough
ProfessionCelebrity Wife
Birth CityOconee County, Georgia
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameDonald Howard Yarborough
Mother NameCharity O’Connell Yarborough
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual Orientationstraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseDon Knotts
Date of Birth1927
Married Date2002

Frances Yarborough was the wife of Don Knotts. She was recognized for being the third spouse of Don

Professionally, she was a former actress who served as an executive secretary in the United States of America. 

Originally, she belonged to Oconee County, Georgia. By nationality, she was an American and of white ethnicity. 

Frances Yarborough with husband Don Knotts
Frances Yarborough with husband Don Knotts. Source: Pinterest

An insight into Frances’ Family life

Frances was born to dad Donald Howard Yarborough and mom Charity O’Connell Yarborough

Professionally, her dad served as a liberal Texas Democrat who ran for the position of governor in the year 1962 and also supported John F. Kennedy

Not only this, but Donald also was in the position of a Marine Corps officer portraying the role of a company commander in the country China at the ending period of WWII. 

Sadly, her father died in September 2009, due to Parkinson’s disease. 

Furthermore, he was also a lawyer who advocated and stand out for the right of Mexican immigrants and blacks. 

Lastly, he also was the owner of his own law firm as well. 

Coming to her paternal grandfather, he was serving in the role of president of a bank which sadly got failed. 

While her father was just 12 years of age, his entire family relocated to Houston

Frances Yarborough father during his time in an army comedy troupe during WWII
Frances Yarborough father during his time in an army comedy troupe during WWII. Source: Instagram 

All to know about her marriage with an actor

Starting from the very beginning, Frances and Don were friends for almost two decades before being officially together. 

The individual's first meeting was in the late 1980s. During that meeting, Frances was in her twenties while her former husband Don was in his sixties. 

The age gap between them was not a problem and had created a strong bond then. 

They tied the knot in the year 2002 in an intimate way with the presence of only his close friends and family members. 

The pair were together until the demise of Don. However, despite being together for a long, they don’t have any kids of their own. 

Other than that, as mentioned earlier, Frances wasn’t his first wife as Don had married twice before. Going into detail, his first wife was Kathryn Metz

They married in the year 1947 but departed their ways in 1964. Thomas Knotts and Karen Knotts were their children. 

Later in the year 1974, he tied the knot with Loralee Czuchna. Sadly, they also went their own way after being together for whole nine years. 

Frances Yarborough with her husband Don Knotts
Frances Yarborough with her husband Don Knotts. Source: Pinterest

Death bed to laugh?

Her daughter shared that while her dad was on his deathbed, she had to run out of the room in order to laugh. 

Sadly, Don passed away due to suffering from pulmonary and respiratory complications. 

Currently, his daughter is writing a memoir and is preparing for a show which is titled Tied Up in Knotts

She recalled that her dad has funniness which was totally natural. She remembered how his late dad made everyone laugh until his last breath too. 

Karen told that Don was dying there but still he said something for which she and her stepmother had to go out of the room in order to laugh. 

But she did realize that she has one regret about one of her final moments with his father. 

Howard Storm had told her that when his dad was saying a joke, Karen should have stayed back and laughed out loud as it is the thing that all comedians want. 

Don Knotts didn’t feel free. Why?

It’s been said that his home life had been a constant terror, however, things got better when he entered his teenage years. 

Karen shared that when her dad was thirteen years old, his father died. At that point in time, that big burden lifted him off. 

Nevertheless, he was old enough, that he was able to control his other brother, so as a result he was no longer terrorized. 

But Don recalled his youth in a different way. He shared he felt like a loser, and unhappy more often. He hated being terribly poor. 

During his early teens, he turned toward a friend named Danny. Danny is said to be a ventriloquist's dummy, and with that same dummy, he began performing. 

Frances Yarborough husband Don Knotts with a dully named Danny ‘Hooch’ Matador
Frances Yarborough husband Don Knotts with a dully named Danny ‘Hooch’ Matador. Source: Instagram

Net worth

Since her income details are not précised properly, her late husband had a total estimated net worth of $20 million

Net worth$20 million
Income sourceAmerican actor and comedian


  1. Her husband was 81 years old when he took his last breath.
  2. She was born in 1927. She took her last breath on October 13, 2013, when she was 86 years old.

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Updated On Wed Mar 01 2023 Published On Wed Mar 01 2023 By shaumya

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