Betty Lynn Biography – Betty Lynn Wiki
Betty Lynn (born Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn) was an American actress. She was best known for her role as Thelma Lou, the girlfriend of deputy Barney Fife, on The Andy Griffith Show. She appeared in 26 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show over a span of five years from 1961 to 1966.
Barney and Lynn returned for the January 1966 episode “The Return of Barney Fife,” in which Barney hopes to rekindle his love affair with Thelma Lou but is crushed to be introduced to her husband. It would mark her final appearance on the series. However, on the 1986 NBC telefilm Return to Mayberry, Thelma Lou (now divorced) and Barney finally do get married.
Betty Lynn was born on Aug. 29, 1926, in Kansas City, Missouri. Her mother, Elizabeth, was a singer who performed with the Chicago opera. Her mom enrolled her in the Kansas City Conservatory of Music at age 5, and she sang on the radio and in supper clubs as a teenager.
When she turned 18, Lynn was hired by the USO and sent to New York and then to China, Burma and India to perform in a variety show for the troops. After eight months with the USO, she appeared in the Broadway-bound comedy Park Avenue, where she was spotted by a Fox talent scout and signed by the studio. She moved to Los Angeles with her mom and made her big-screen bow in the family comedy Sitting Pretty (1948), starring Robert Young, Maureen O’Hara and Clifton Webb.
Prior to her most famous role, Lynn appeared in such films as Sitting Pretty (1948), June Bride (1948) the original Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) and Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956). Shewas starring as the wife of Tom Tryon’s title character on Texas John Slaughter, when she auditioned to potray Thelma Lou.
She had small parts in such films as Gun for a Coward (1956) and Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956) and guest-starred on series including Wagon Train, Lawman and Tales of Wells Fargo before her gig on Texas John Slaughter.
Lynn also had recurring roles on Family Affair and My Three Sons and showed up on episodes of The Farmer’s Daughter, Mod Squad, Little House on the Prairie, Police Story and Barnaby Jones.
Betty Lynn Age
Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn was born on August 29, 1926, in Kansas City, Missouri. He died on October 16, 2021, in Mount Airy, North Carolina.
Betty Lynn Husband
Was Betty Lynn married? She never married.
Betty Lynn Death
Betty Lynn passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 16, 2021, after a short illness, at age 95, The Andy Griffith Museum announced. A private burial service is planned in Culver City, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty’s memory may be made to the Betty Lynn Scholarship Endowment (for students pursuing a career in dance or acting) or the Barbara and Emmett Forrest Endowment Fund (for the Andy Griffith Museum and Mayberry Days), both in care of Surry Arts Council, or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Betty Lynn Cause of Death
A cause of death was not revealed. She died in Culver City, Calif. of an undisclosed but brief illness.
Betty Lynn Net Worth
Betty Lynn’s net worth is estimated to be $3million.