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.
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.