Sherry Dyson biography

Sherry Dyson - Ex Wife of Chris Gardner


Sherry Dyson quick facts

Full nameSherry Dyson
Birth DateNovember 11, 1949
Age[show-my-age birthday=”7/02/1998″] years old. (If she was alive)
Birth PlaceVirginia, USA
Dating / MarriedChris Gardner
Net worthUnknown

Sherry Dyson physical stats

Height (Tall)Not known
WeightNot available
Eye ColorBlack
Hair Color Black
Dress SizeN/A
Shoe sizeDon’t know
MeasurementsNot known

Who is Sherry Dyson?

Sherry Dyson is an American mathematician who was born on November 11, 1949. She met her future husband Chris Gardner and the couple decided to tie the knot on June 18, 1977. Sherry was 28 years old when she got married.

It is not known when they first met, but Chris wrote about her in his book “The Pursuit of Happyness.” It was a memoir published in 2006.

In the same year, Will Smith acted in a movie based on the book. The film has received 8 out of 10 ratings on IMDB and is a highly referenced, motivational, rags to riches movie.

While Sherry was a scholarly mathematician, Chris happened to have a lot of contacts and decided to pursue a career in medicine. He was well on his way to become a physician, but at the age of 26, he decided to quit. This decision caused a rift in his relationship with Sherry because she wanted him to continue. 

Her son Christopher Jarrett Gardner Jr.

On January 28, 1981, their son Christopher Jarrett Gardner Jr. was born. Everything seemed to be going fine, but then a new development took place. Chris started getting attracted to a student under his care. Her name is Jackie Medina.

At the time, Chris was still living with his wife. A few months into their secret affair, Jackie gets pregnant. So Chris decided to leave Sherry and chose to move in with Jackie. Four years later in 1985, the couple had a daughter and named her Jacintha Darlene Gardner.

All this took place within three years of Chris’s marriage with Sherry. Sherry must have felt agonized, but she waited for nine long years before filing for divorce. It finally happened in the year 1986.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Fast forward to about 20 years later, Chris decided to write a book about his struggles with homelessness while living with his son, Christopher. That is where he mentioned Sherry Dyson. That memoir has turned into what we now know as a memorable, uplifting movie.

The Pursuit of Happyness released in Canada on December 15, 2006. It raked in over $307 million at the box office and went on to win several awards. Some of the awards it won are MTV movie award, 3 Teen Choice Award and a few more.

Will Smith played Christopher Gardner, and Jayden Smith (Will’s son) played his on-screen son Christopher. Chris went on to become extremely wealthy, and his net worth is estimated to be around $60 million. This wealth came mainly from the sale of a real estate business that he owned.

How did Sherry Dyson die?

We do not know much about Sherry’s life after the divorce. What we do know is that she was from Virginia in the United States and was a Christian by religion.

She passed away on April 7, 2000, in the state of Texas. At the time, Sherry was 50 years of age. Dyson was laid to rest at a cemetery in Denton county named Flower mound cemetery. The cause of her death is still a mystery.

Sherry’s trivia and other news

  1. Born on November 11, 1949, in the state of Virginia.
  2. Married at the age of 28 on June 18, 1977, to Chris Gardner.
  3. On January 28, 1981, their son Christopher Jarrett Gardner Jr. is born.
  4. Files for divorce in 1986, about nine years after marriage, due to Chris’s infidelity.
  5. Passes away on April 7, 2000, in the state of Texas. May she rest in peace.

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