Dinah Mattingly, Wife Of NBA Legend Larry Bird: Family, Married Life And Children

By Aarone Hernandez | Published on: February 4, 2024 | Updated on: February 4, 2024
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Dinah Mattingly, better known as the second wife of legendary basketball player Larry Bird, has been together with her beau for more than 3 decades. The couple, who attended the same college, are the parents of two adoptive children.

Even if many expect Mattingly to take a rightful place in the spotlight, the reality faces the other way. Instead, the famous celebrity spouse prefers to avoid media interaction. Probably, it raises concerns about her whereabouts & insights into her personal life life. Here we are with the details.

Key Takeaways

  • Dinah Mattingly is the second and current wife of NBA legend Larry Bird.
  • They married in 1989, at a friend’s house in attendance of only 7 guests.
  • She and Larry didn’t have any biological children but two adopted kids.
  • Before Dinah, her basketball player husband was married to his childhood sweetheart Janet Condra.
  • Mattingly is stepmother to Corrie Bird, born from the union of Larry & his ex-wife Janet.

Who Is ?

Mattingly may not have professional recognition of her own but is famous as the wife of former NBA player Larry Bird, considered one of the greatest basketballers of all time.

Born on November 16, 1954, Dinah is a native of Vigo County, Indiana. As of 2024, she is 69 years old. She is an American by nationality and comes from a white ethnic background.

Dinah Mattingly with her NBA player husband Larry Bird
Dinah with her 3-time NBA champ husband Larry Bird

Nothing much about her family is out, except she grew up with a brother named Doug Mattingly.

High School And College

After attending Schulte High School in Terre Haute, Indiana, Mattingly enrolled at Indiana State University and completed her undergraduate degree in the 1970s.

What Does Do?

Mr. Bird’s professional venture never came to light, but she was nothing less than a motivator, matriarch, and family keeper. Dinah’s spouse Larry often openly admitted her role in the prosperity of his career and a balance in the family. Currently, she resides in West Baden Springs, Indiana, with her husband.

Dinah Is Married To Larry Bird For Three Decades

Dinah and Larry got married in 1989 in a simple ceremony. They got married in a friend’s house in Terra Haute where only 7 people were present.

Dinah Mattingly is the famous wife of the NBA player Larry Bird
Dinah Mattingly with her husband watching a game

The duo didn’t do anything glitz and glamour considering Larry was already a multi-millionaire. They didn’t even get married in suits ties and white gowns. They got married in a very chic way wearing stonewashed jeans.

She Is Larry Bird’s Second Wife

Dinah isn’t his only wife, Larry was married to Janet Condra previously. Their marriage however didn’t even last for a year. Whereas, In an attempt at reconciliation, they had their daughter Corrie Bird.

Mattingly And Bird Adopted 2 Children

Dinah and Larry don’t have a child of their own, but two adopted children, Mariah Bird, whom they adopted in 1991, and Connor Bird, adopted in 1992. Both of the children live their own adult lives and have made their names.

Dinah Mattingly adopted her daughter Mariah Bird
A rare picture of Dinah together with her daughter Mariah and her husband

Daughter Mariah Bird

Mariah was just a few months old when she was adopted by Dinah and Larry. She used to serve as a cheerleader when she was in high school.

Now, Bird works as a professional events manager employed at Pacer Sports & Entertainment. Mariah like her mother has a degree from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation.

Son Conner Bird Nearly Saw Jail Time

Dinah’s son Conner Bird (born on July 2, 1991) made headlines in 2013 after being charged with the attempted murder of his then-girlfriend.

As reported, his former flame accused him of trying to mow her down with the car he was riding.  In 2014, he pled guilty and came with a deal of dismissal of battery charges against him.

As a part of the plea deal, his 12-month-long sentence was deferred, on the condition that he records no criminal offenses, enrolls in a mentoring program & keeps away from possession of firearms.

Dinah Is Stepmother To A Daughter From Larry’s First Marriage

She has one stepdaughter Corrie Bird, who is the biological daughter of Larry from his failed marriage to his first wife Janet. She was born in 1976. It is said that she never had a proper relationship with her father as her parents had split before her birth.

Corrie tried everything to have a relationship with her dad. But nothing worked, her emails went unanswered and he never made any effort to even know her. Furthermore, the only thing her dad ever did for her was give child support and send Christmas Gifts.

What Is Net Worth?

Mattingly’s net worth is estimated to be about $1 million as of 2024.¬†Her significant half Larry Joe Bird, a retired basketball player-turned-business executive, has a $75 million fortune. From his 13 NBA seasons, the 3-time NBA MVP earned $26 million.

FAQs

Who is Larry Bird Currently Married to?

Bird has been married to Dinah Mattingly, his second wife, since 1989.

Is Larry Bird’s Wife related to Don Mattingly?

No, his current spouse Dinah is not related to Don Mattingly, an MLB player-turned-coach, despite sharing the same surname “Mattingly.”

How did Larry Meet Dinah Mattingly?

The former NBA player met his future wife Dinah at college at Indiana State University but got into a relationship with her only after his divorce from Janet.