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Betty Lynn
Born Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn
August 29, 1926 (1926-08-29) (age 83)
Kansas City, Missouri
Other name(s) Betty Ann Lynn
Occupation Actress
Years active 1940-1990

Betty Lynn (born August 29, 1926) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Thelma Lou (Barney Fife's girlfriend) in The Andy Griffith Show.



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). 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-'66).

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]


In 2006, Lynn was inducted of the Missouri Walk of Fame, located in Marshfield, Missouri.[3]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1948 Apartment for Peggy Wife Credited as Betty Ann Lynn
1949 Father was a Fullback Constance "Connie" Cooper
1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas Young Bride Alternative title: Viva Las Vegas!
Year Title Role Notes
1958 M Squad Susan Baines 1 episode
Lawman Edna Phillips 1 episode
Wagon Train Molly Richardson 1 episode
Bronco Molly Bailey 1 episode
1959 Tales of Wells Fargo Mary Francis 1 episode
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer Mona 1 episode
1960 National Velvet Barbara Howard 1 episode
1963 The Farmer's Daughter Sylvia 2 episodes
1965 The Smothers Brothers Show Vera 1 episode
1966-1968 Family Affair Miss Lee 4 episodes
1969 The Mod Squad Mrs. Hill 1 episode
1974 Little House on the Prairie Bridget 1 episode
1978 Barnaby Jones Mrs. Russell 1 episode
1986 Matlock Sarah 5 episodes


  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. pp. 267. ISBN 0-786-40136-2.  
  2. ^ a b Breed, Allen G. (2007-09-28). "'Thelma Lou' moves to Mount Airy after L.A. break-ins". Retrieved 2009-05-10.  
  3. ^ "Marshfield, Missouri Cherry Blossom Fest". Retrieved 2009-05-10.  

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