December 7, 2021
Don Knotts and Betty Lynn

Andy Griffith Show star Betty Lynn dies at 95

Betty Lynn, the actress finest recognized for enjoying Barney Fife’s (Don Knotts) girlfriend Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show has died at 95.

The Andy Griffith Museum, which the Surry Arts Council operates in Mount Ethereal, N.C., introduced the information in a Facebook post on Sunday

“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce the passing of Betty Lynn,” learn a put up on the museum’s social media page. “Thank you to all for your prayers, cards, and love. Betty will be dearly missed by all of us. We love you, Betty.”

Don Knotts and Betty Lynn | Credit score: Frank Carrroll/Getty

Tanya Jones, govt director of the Surry Arts Council, launched a press release about her pal Lynn on Sunday.

“It has been my tremendous honor and joy to work with Betty and to be her friend for many years. It was clear from our first encounter that faith, family, friends, and — very, very importantly — her fans are the things that meant the most to her,” Jones’ assertion learn. “Betty brought so much joy and love to so many people. Betty’s performances onscreen and the memories of her by those who were fortunate to meet her and know her will enable those feelings to continue.”

Lynn started appearing professionally in TV and movie within the late Nineteen Forties, together with in Sitting Fairly (1948), starring Robert Younger, Clifton Webb, and Maureen O’Hara.

Within the run-up to her most outstanding function on Andy Griffith, Lynn had elements on the large display screen in 1950’s Cheaper by the Dozen (once more, with Webb), and the short-lived The place’s Raymond? tv sequence, starring Ray Bolger from 1953-1954.

She additionally appeared in seven episodes of the sitcom My Three Sons, enjoying completely different characters between 1967-1971.

Through the years, Lynn appeared in in style reveals together with The Mod Squad (1969 and 1972), Barnaby Jones (1978), and a personality known as Sarah within the authorized drama Matlock.

She was born in Kansas Metropolis, Mo., on August 29, 1926. She studied dance at an early age and commenced appearing in her teenagers. At 18, she started performing as a part of the USO and was despatched to China, Burma, and India. 

After the conflict, she signed a contract with twentieth Century Fox and commenced appearing in numerous movies, together with ones for different studios like Common and MGM.

In accordance with a syndicated piece from The Charlotte Observer in 2016, she grew to become mates with Bette Davis throughout her profession, with the display screen legend nicknaming her “Boo.”

The Andy Griffith Museum stated in its Sunday put up that Lynn could have a non-public burial service in Culver Metropolis, Calif., with a memorial for the star to be introduced at a future date.