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Sport Betty Lynn who played Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show has died

04:01  18 october  2021
04:01  18 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn (born August 29, 1926) is an American retired actress. She is best known for her role as Thelma Lou , Deputy Barney Fife's girlfriend, on The Andy Griffith Show . During the 1940s and 1950s, she appeared in many films, including Sitting Pretty (1948), June Bride (1948)

Betty Lynn , best known for playing Barney Fife's girlfriend Thelma Lou on " The Andy Griffith Show ," died Saturday, the Andy Griffith Museum stated. She was 95 years old.

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Actress Betty Lynn, best known for her portrayal of Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show, died in Mount Airy, North Carolina on Saturday at the age of 95.

Lynn, whose character was the girlfriend of the Barney Fife character by the late Don Knotts, had passed away following a brief illness, the Andy Griffith Museum said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She had lived at a retirement home in the area, which was Andy Griffith's birthplace and the location of the museum.

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From 1961 to 1966, Lynn had been in 26 episodes of the famed show.

She was written out of the show when Knotts left the series with an eye on film, as her character had gone to work as a police officer in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Betty Lynn , the actress who portrayed Thelma Lou , the wholesome girlfriend of Don Knotts’ Barney Fife, on The Andy Griffith Show , has died . She was 95. Lynn died Saturday after a short illness in Mount Airy, North Carolina, where she lived in a retirement home. She had moved to the birthplace of Andy Griffith — now home to the Andy Lynn reunited with Griffith one more time to play his secretary on a handful of first-season episodes of NBC’s Matlock in 1986. Clockwise from top left: Don Knotts, Betty Lynn , Andy Griffith and Aneta Corsaut from ‘ The Andy Griffith Show .’ CBS/Photofest.

Betty Lynn ( Thelma Lou ). Did she ever find out about Juanita down at the diner? Lynn – who played Deputy Barney Fife’s girlfriend for much of the series, now lives in Mount Airy, N.C., Andy Griffith ’s hometown and the inspiration behind Mayberry. Other kids on the show . Many actors who played children are still around. They include Keith Thibodeaux (Johnny Paul Jason), Sheldon Collins (Arnold Bailey), Dennis Rush (Howie Pruitt), Ronda Jeter (Karen Burgess), David Bailey (Trey Bowden), John Reilly (Billy), Ronnie Dapo (Arnold Winkler) and Ron Howard’s real-life brother, Clint Howard, who

She was back in The Andy Griffith Show fold for the 1986 TV film Return to Mayberry, in which her character wed Barney Fife's.

Lynn worked again with Griffith on his 1986 show Matlock on NBC for four episodes, playing his secretary Sarah.

The actress was born in Kansas City, Missouri August 29, 1926, and began singing at the age of five with the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, according to THR.

She was a singer for the USO after she turned 18, where she performed internationally for the troops.

Prior to her run on The Andy Griffith Show, Lynn had also appeared on Broadway and in a number of motion pictures. Among them include 1948's June Bride and Sitting Pretty; the 1950 film Cheaper by the Dozen and 1956's Meet Me In Las Vegas.

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If you are a fan of The Andy Griffith Show , then you'll remember Betty Lynn . Betty played Thelma Lou , the long-suffering girlfriend of Andy 's bumbling sidekick, Deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts). Betty Lynn is one of the few surviving members of the show 's cast. At 93 years of age, she is still with us. Although Betty is best known for her role as Thelma Lou , she has enjoyed a noteworthy career on stage and on screen. Betty was born Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn on August 29, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri. She was an only child.

He walks Thelma Lou home from Andy 's house, but he's so tongue-tied, he prattles on in a boring way instead of successfully wooing this woman who ’s already winning his heart. Luckily, after a lot of hilarity, Andy helps Barney and Thelma Lou make it to the end The actress said she came in to audition for Thelma Lou for "Cyrano Andy ," and after that, the other television series to which she was contracted was canceled and she became available any time The Andy Griffith Show called her up. "I didn't have any contract," Betty Lynn said, explaining that her appearances on The Andy Griffith Show simply

In addition to her work on The Andy Griffith Show, Lynn had also appeared on TV shows including Family Affair, The Magical World of Disney, My Three Sons and Mod Squad.

She retired and relocated to Mount Airy, North Carolina in 2006.

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She past told THR that her work on TV had caused issues with her film career.

'The studios hated television. When they asked me what I had been doing, I said, "I’ve been doing live television, it’s absolutely wonderful, it’s like doing a play!"' she said, according to the outlet. 'They’d all just freeze. I didn’t understand that they were having great difficulty because people were staying home instead of going to the movies. I was making a complete fool of myself.'

A private service will be held in Culver City, California, according to the museum, with a memorial service set for announcement in the future.

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