Andy Griffith's widow granted permit to demolish his former house

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The widow of actor Andy Griffith plans to demolish the actor's former home, the Associated Press reports. Cyndi Griffith received a permit Monday to demolish the house, a move that is upsetting to the late actor's friends. They had hoped the home would be converted into a museum celebrating Griffith, as Graceland does for Elvis Presley.

One acquaintance says he spoke with Griffith about the museum idea before he passed. Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long, whose parents were friends with Griffith, recalls a discussion with the "Matlock" star about the possibility in 2007. Long says Griffith wanted the museum to include memorabilia from his careers in both acting and music.

Griffith's will, dated two months before his 2012 death, makes no mention of the museum, or the property in question. He bought the house, smaller than the one he lived in with Cindi when he died, after experiencing his first real sucess.
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