Betty Lynn, the actress best known as Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” has passed away at 95 following a brief illness.
Betty Lynn, Barney’s Girlfriend Thelma Lou on ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ Dies at 95 https://t.co/su8mNO0vdI
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 17, 2021
Her long and distinguished acting career took the actress worldwide, as well as offering global acclaim through her work.
A Life Well Lived
The Andy Griffith Museum announced the news in a statement on Facebook.
“Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn was born in Kansas City, Mo., on August 29, 1926. The third generation Missouri native was raised by her mother, Elizabeth Lynn, a respected mezzosoprano and organist, and by her maternal grandparents Johanna and George Andrew Lynn, a longtime engineer for the Missouri Pacific Railroad,” the statement noted.
Lynn traveled to visit soldiers internationally in 1945, becoming one of the first Americans to visit POWs released in Calcutta.
A Dear Part of Mayberry
Lynn joined “The Andy Griffith Show” during the first season and appeared in 26 episodes, mostly during the first five seasons as Barney Fife’s sweetheart.
The actress also appeared in the NBC television special “Return to Mayberry” and appeared in episode’s of Griffith’s “Matlock.”
Actor and director Ron Howard posted a touching tribute to the Lynn on Twitter.
“She played Thelma Lou on #TAGS & brightened every scene she was in & every shooting day she was on set. I saw her last a few years ago where she still lit up the room with her positivity. It was great to have known and worked with her. She truly was 95yrs young,” he wrote.
RIP Betty Lynn. She played Thelma Lou on #TAGS & brightened every scene she was in & every shooting day she was on set. I saw her last a few years ago where she still lit up the room with her positivity. It was great to have known and worked with her. She truly was 95yrs young. https://t.co/2KMMQRz4PP
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2021
The actress will forever be remembered by those who grew up enjoying Mayberry.