'Matlock' Star Nancy Stafford's Life After the Show and Her Incredible Look Today

Nancy Stafford may not be front and center in Hollywood today, but she still looks great and is involved in a lot of cases that allow her to travel the world.

Since finishing "Matlock," Nancy Stafford has only taken breaks of a year or two from her film career. Her consistency has mostly been under the radar because the actress has a lot going on. 

Remembering her days on "Matlock"

From 1986 to 1992, Stafford starred as Michelle Thomas on the crime drama series about a high-end defense attorney who tracked down killers in order to successfully exonerate his own clients. 

Michelle was Ben Matlock's efficient and intelligent law partner who stunned with her honey blonde hair, long, slender legs, and bright-eyed gaze. 

Her career after the show

When she left the show, Stafford was not without offers for new roles. Right away, she was in the tv movie "Moment of Truth: A Child Too Many," according to her IMDb.

She then appeared in the hit series "Saved by the Bell: The College Years." A two-year break from the screen followed before Stafford restarted her career with "Deadly Invasion," another tv film. 

She went on to appear in other hit shows like "Frasier," "Baywatch," "ER," and "Judging Amy." Afterward, Stafford had a run on the big screen with films including 2007's "The Wager," 2013's "Assumed Killer," and 2016's "Heritage Falls." 

Her missions in faith

In addition to continually appearing on our screen, Stafford is also a staunch Christian and is very outspoken about her faith. She wrote two spiritual books in addition to doing public speaking. 

"Beauty by the Book: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You," was last released in 2007, and her other book, "The Wonder of His Love: A Journey into the Heart of God," was originally published in 2004. 

Stafford was also on the US Board of SAT-7 — at least until 2017 — according to Belhaven University's site. SAT-7 is a Christian network created for Middle Eastern and North African Christians. 

A combination of show business and religion

Additionally, the "Heritage Falls" serves on both the Dove Foundation Advisory Board and the Biola University Studio Task Force. Both organizations are focused on areas in show business. 

Stafford serves on several other faith-focused boards and travels regularly to speak at colleges, churches, and women's groups. The former host of "Main Floor" also contributes to magazines like Shine Magazine.

Other shows she's hosted include "Great Day America," "Hands of Mercy," and "At Home Live." The former Miss America Pageant contestant is part of a range of organizations but one thing can't be denied. 

Her personal life and retreat home

Her good looks haven't faded over time. Stafford, who has been married to pastor Larry Myers since 1989, is as gorgeous as ever at 65 years old. Clearly, she's beautiful inside and out. 

Stafford and her husband have opened their Los Angeles home, a ranch called Rancho Monte Nido, as a retreat for others looking to get closer to God.

The "Faith, Hope & Love" star does not share much of her personal life, but we know that she has at least one child. We also are in awe that she's been able to manage her home, faith, and work-life over the years. 

Her reaction to Griffith's death

The elegant blonde has also gone through many losses. When her former "Matlock" co-star Andy Griffith passed away in 2012, Stafford managed it with grace. 

In an interview with Jim Longworth, Stafford honored Griffith, who died from a heart attack at age 86. Stafford described the late actor as "amazing" and said the show covered the "best five years of [her] career."

She continued

"He was a joy, we had a party every day, he was a consummate professional, I absolutely adored him. We got along famously and the whole tone of the show was set by Andy." 

Stafford said Griffith kept things calm and collected. He wanted others to be as prepared as he was. Surprisingly, Griffith was not a fan of appearing in front of cameras except on the show. 

In comparison, Stafford has traveled the word using her platform as both a celebrity and a strong-willed Christian. We hope she continues to do whatever it is that keeps her life fulfilled and her body youthful.

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