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Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show”, has died aged 95

Although she was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and spent most of her career in Southern California, in 2006 Lynn moved to Mt. Airy, North Carolina, the city that inspired the Mayberry by Griffith.

She has served as an ambassador for the Andy Griffith Museum, appearing regularly at the museum to speak to fans and sign autographs.
“I love watching old shows and I always laugh out loud,” Lynn told HuffPost in 2013. “These have been some of the happiest days of my life.”

After a number of small roles in films like “Cheaper by the Dozen” and small roles in television series like “Disneyland”, Lynn first appeared as Thelma Lou in 1961.

Her character was often troubled by the tightly wounded personality of boyfriend Barney Fife, played by Don Knotts, but they continued to hang out for most of the series.

After two decades of relentless romance, they finally married in the reunion TV movie “Return to Mayberry” in 1986, the characters’ last appearance on screen together.

“I last saw her a few years ago where she was still lighting up the room with positivity,” said director Ron Howard, who played Opie, Sheriff Andy Taylor’s son, posted on twitter Sunday. “It was great to have known her and to work with her.”



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