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Birthdate :August 29, 1926
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Betty Lynn Timeline
1948She was nicknamed "Boo", by actress Bette Davis during their filming of June Bride (1948) because there were two Betty's on the same set, of filming, which often caused confusion during the film's shootings.
1950Her home in West Hollywood, where she had lived since 1950, was broken into twice in the same year. She decided to move more than 2,100 miles to Mount Airy - Andy Griffith's hometown and one of the inspirations for the fictional town of Mayberry.
1960With her girl-next-door charm and beauty, she was a consistent favorite among Mayberry fans everywhere, and she remains popular with "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960) fans at conventions and various get-togethers to this day.
1960Perhaps best known for her role as Barney Fife's girlfriend, "Thelma Lou", in the television series "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960). She dated Barney (played by Don Knotts) throughout his entire 1960-1965 run on the show, and left the show as a regular when Knotts left. When Knotts left the show and, subsequently, made a return as a guest star, the producers of the show made the controversial decision to reunite Barney and Thelma Lou at a class reunion party, but with Thelma Lou married to another man. It was her only appearance in a color episode of the series, and it was also her final appearance on the series. The Barney/Thelma Lou story does have a happy ending, as she and Knotts reprised their roles in a 1986 TV movie, Return to Mayberry (1986) (TV), where Thelma Lou returned as a divorcée and promptly went back to Barney. The two-hour movie ended with Barney marrying Thelma Lou, a sight which pleased most every fan of the original show.
1960As of May 22, 2012, after the death of Don Knotts on February 24, 2006, and then George Lindsey (Goober) on May 12, 2012, Betty Lynn is not only the only surviving female cast member, but she is one of only four regular or recurring (over 20 episodes portraying the same character) surviving cast members of "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), along with Andy Griffith, Ron Howard (Opie), and Jim Nabors (Gomer).
1970She was asked to play the mother of Christine Jorgensen in the film The Christine Jorgensen Story (1970), but turned it down.
2007In July 2007, she was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina along with Jacqueline Scott, Lynn Borden, Lana Wood, Joyce Meadows, Brett Halsey, Robert Dix and Rick Lenz.