Betty Lynn

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Betty Lynn
Actors Betty Lynn and Ian Oliver Martin in Mount Airy, North Carolina on April 18, 2011.jpg
Betty Lynn and Ian Oliver Martin in 2011
BornElizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn
(1926-08-29) August 29, 1926 (age 88)
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Other namesBetty Ann Lynn
OccupationActress
Years active1940-present
 
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Betty Lynn
Actors Betty Lynn and Ian Oliver Martin in Mount Airy, North Carolina on April 18, 2011.jpg
Betty Lynn and Ian Oliver Martin in 2011
BornElizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn
(1926-08-29) August 29, 1926 (age 88)
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Other namesBetty Ann Lynn
OccupationActress
Years active1940-present

Betty Lynn (born August 29, 1926) is an American actress. She is best known for having played Thelma Lou (Barney Fife's girlfriend) in The Andy Griffith Show. She and Elinor Donahue are the last surviving regular female cast members from the show.

Career[edit]

Born Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn in Kansas City, Missouri,[1] Lynn began acting in radio. She was later discovered in a Broadway production by Darryl F. Zanuck and signed to 20th Century Fox.[2] Lynn made her film debut in the 1948 film Sitting Pretty opposite Robert Young. That same year, she appeared in June Bride with Bette Davis followed by roles in Mother Is a Freshman (1949), Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), and Payment on Demand (1951).

In the 1953–1954 television season, Lynn was cast as June Wallace, the fictitious sister-in-law of the Ray Bolger character in the ABC sitcom Where's Raymond? Allyn Joslyn played her husband, Jonathan Wallace. Lynn and Joslyn left the series in its second season when it was renamed The Ray Bolger Show.[3]

After guest starring on various television series including Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, The Gale Storm Show, Sugarfoot, and Markham, Lynn won the role of Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show. She portrayed the role regularly from 1961 until 1965, then made a final guest appearance in one episode during the sixth season (1965–1966).

Following the end of The Andy Griffith Show, Lynn continued appearing in various television and film roles. In 1986, she reprised the role of Thelma Lou in the reunion television movie Return to Mayberry in which Thelma Lou and Barney Fife were finally married. In 2006, Lynn retired from acting and relocated to Mount Airy, North Carolina, the hometown of Andy Griffith and the town on which Mayberry is believed to have been based despite Griffith's repeated denials.[2]

Betty Lynn has never married, although she has said she was once engaged.[4] She makes monthly appearances at the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy to sign autographs and meet with her fans.

Honors[edit]

In 2007, Lynn was inducted of the Missouri Walk of Fame, located in Marshfield, Missouri.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1948Apartment for PeggyWifeCredited as Betty Ann Lynn
1949Father was a FullbackConstance "Connie" Cooper
1956Meet Me in Las VegasYoung BrideAlternative title: Viva Las Vegas!
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1958M SquadSusan Baines1 episode
LawmanEdna Phillips1 episode
Wagon TrainMolly Richardson1 episode
BroncoMolly Bailey1 episode
1959Tales of Wells FargoMary Francis1 episode
Mickey Spillane's Mike HammerMona1 episode
SugarfootSarah SearsEpisode "The Royal Raiders"
SugarfootAlice FentonEpisode "The Twister"
1960-1966The Andy Griffith ShowThelma Lou26 episodes
1960National VelvetBarbara Howard1 episode
1963The Farmer's DaughterSylvia2 episodes
1965The Smothers Brothers ShowVera1 episode
1967–1970My Three SonsJanet/Janice; Lois7 episodes
1965The Smothers Brothers ShowVera1 episode
1966–1968Family AffairMiss Lee4 episodes
1969The Mod SquadMrs. Hill1 episode
1974Little House on the PrairieBridget1 episode
1978Barnaby JonesMrs. Russell1 episode
1986MatlockSarah5 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Dale; Fernandes, David (1996). The Definitive Andy Griffith Show Reference: Episode-by-Episode, With Cast and Production Biographies and a Guide to Collectibles. McFarland. p. 267. ISBN 0-7864-0136-2. 
  2. ^ a b Breed, Allen G. (2007-09-28). "'Thelma Lou' moves to Mount Airy after L.A. break-ins". news-record.com. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Where's Raymond?/ The Ray Bolger Show". ctva.biz. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pat-gallagher/betty-lynn-forever-thelma-lou_b_3804328.html
  5. ^ "Marshfield, Missouri Cherry Blossom Fest". cherryblossomfest.com. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 

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