‘Andy Griffith Show’ star Betty Lynn dead at 95

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(*95*)MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) — Betty Lynn, the movie and tv actor who was finest recognized for her position as Barney Fife’s sweetheart Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died. She was 95.

(*95*)Lynn died peacefully Saturday after a quick sickness, The Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy, North Carolina, introduced in a press release.

(*95*)Lynn appeared as Thelma Lou on the present from 1961 till 1966. She reprised her position within the made-for-TV film “Return to Mayberry,” by which Thelma Lou and Barney received married.

(*95*)Born Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn on August 29, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri, Lynn started learning dance and appearing at a younger age. In 1944, she began performing as part of USO Camp Shows.

(*95*)Lynn took her skills abroad, performing within the USO for servicemembers throughout World War II. She was “thought to be the only American woman to have traveled the dangerous Burma Road during the war,” based on the museum’s assertion.

(*95*)She moved to New York within the late Nineteen Forties and started appearing in movie, and later, tv. Her career spanned a long time, however followers got here to know her finest for her position in “The Andy Griffith Show.”

(*95*)In her later years, Lynn participated in reunions with fellow cast members and varied Mayberry-themed festivals.

(*95*)Director and actor Ron Howard, who performed Sheriff Andy Taylor’s son, Opie, paid tribute to Lynn in a tweet Sunday saying she “brightened every scene she was in & every shooting day she was on set.”

“The Andy Griffith Show” reunion in 1986: Betty Lynn (far left), Don Knotts, Andy Griffith, Ron Howard. Rear from left: Jim Nabors, George Lindsey, Aneta Corsaut, Jack Dodson, Hal Smith and Richard Lineback.
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(*95*)Lynn moved from Hollywood to Mount Airy in 2007 following a sequence of break-ins at her house. She expressed her love for town to The Associated Press in 2015.

(*95*)“I think God’s blessed me,” Lynn stated at the time. “He brought me to a sweet town, wonderful people, and just said, ‘Now, that’s for you Betty.’”

(*95*)Lynn had been engaged on an autobiography earlier than her loss of life, which is now anticipated to be launched posthumously, the museum acknowledged.

(*95*)Lynn is survived by a number of cousins. A memorial service will happen in Culver City, California. Details are to be launched at a later date.