So, he said, 'Okay.' Thelma Lou appears in the 1986 television reunion movie Return to Mayberry. You don't need a last name.' Beautiful, Lighthearted Fox Star Suffered Many Real-Life Tragedies, The Best "Girl Next Door" in Classic Films, Texas John Slaughter: Frank Clell's in Town, Texas John Slaughter: A Holster Full of Law, Gracie Gives a Baby Shower for Virginia Beasley, The Andy Griffith Show Reunion: Back to Mayberry. Allyn Joslyn played her husband, Jonathan Wallace. [7] She recounted, "I didn't want to leave Thelma Lou. Thelma Lou what?' [16], "The secret life of Mayberry's Thelma Lou", "Actress Who Played Thelma Lou Reminisces About Andy Griffith", "Marshfield, Missouri Cherry Blossom Fest", Betty Lynn helping to donate Andy Griffith show articles to Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, North Carolina, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Betty_Lynn&oldid=985472235, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 October 2020, at 04:04. After making additional television appearances, she played housekeeper Amanda Allison on the sitcom The Hathaways during the 1961-1962 season. "[4], Betty Lynn began her acting career in radio as a member of the cast on a daytime drama on a station in Kansas City. [9], Lynn replaced Patricia Kirkland in the role of Betty Blake in the CBS comedy, The Egg and I (1951-1952),[10] and she played Pearl in the ABC comedy Love That Jill (1958). She is apparently self-sufficient; her occupation is never revealed despite references to a never-seen "office", yet she lives in a roomy and well-decorated house of her own. [7] 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). Elizabeth Ann Theresa "Betty" Lynn[1] (born August 29, 1926) is a retired American actress. [8] A clause in her contract allowed the studio to drop her at six-month intervals, leading to recurring concerns for Lynn. Every third Friday of the month, she makes a personal appearance in the town to speak to fans. KAZADT (723). "[4], Her activities on the tour included visiting patients in hospitals and singing requests from a repertoire of 725 songs. Thelma Lou or Thel by boyfriend Barney Fife is a character on the American television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968). After Lynn's birth, her mother once took shelter in a locked closet with the baby as her husband threatened the two. Betty Lynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri. [5], On Broadway, she appeared in Walk with Music (1940), Oklahoma! Thelma Lou lives in the community of Mayberry, North Carolina. [1] Thelma Lou is portrayed by Betty Lynn. In 2006, Lynn retired from acting and relocated to Mount Airy, North Carolina, the home town of Andy Griffith and the town on which Mayberry is believed to have been based despite Griffith's claims to the contrary. [1] Like most Mayberry ladies, she is an accomplished cook, being especially celebrated for her "cashew fudge" (a favorite of Barney's). Thelma Lou is portrayed by Betty Lynn. Betty Lynn began her acting career in radio as a member of the cast on a daytime drama on a station in Kansas City. KAZA (023), Thu, Nov 05 She said, "I was a redhead with freckles and didn’t have a bosom. She is best known for her role as Thelma Lou, Deputy Barney Fife's girlfriend, on The Andy Griffith Show. In 1986, she reprised the role of Thelma Lou in the reunion television movie Return to Mayberry, in which Thelma Lou and Barney Fife are finally married. Barney met Thelma Lou at Wilton Blair's funeral in 1960.

Her marriage in 1965 is revealed to have lasted only a year before ending in divorce. Thelma & Louise (1991) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Her name is as light, breezy and innocent as the characters she played on film and TV. Betty Lynn has never married, although she has said she was once engaged.

And he turned to me during rehearsals, and Bob Sweeney was directing, and he said, 'Well, what's your last name? [13], As of July 2019, Betty Lynn resides in an assisted-living facility in Mount Airy. 4:00 AM PST

I really loved her. She thus took on the off-screen roles of breadwinner and caretaker. Betty came from a musical background as the daughter of a singer and began her career as a young teen performing in both supper clubs and on Broadway in such musical productions as \"Walk with Music\" (1940) and \"Oklahoma!\", the latter as a dancing replacement. She was sweet and kind, she was so fun to play, and I loved working with Don Knotts - he was so wonderful. [10]:1064 In the 1953–54 television season, Lynn was cast as June Wallace,[10]:1171 the sister-in-law of the Ray Bolger character in the ABC sitcom Where's Raymond?