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Frances Bavier

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Frances Elizabeth Bavier (December 14, 1902 – December 6, 1989) was an American stage and television actress. Originally from New York theatre, Bavier worked in film and television from the 1950s. She is best known for her role of Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D. from 1960–70. Aunt Bee logged more Mayberry years (ten) than any other character. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Comedy Actress for the role in 1967. Bavier had roles in more than a dozen films, as well as playing a range of supporting roles on television. Career highlights include her turn as Mrs. Barley in the classic 1951 film The Day the Earth Stood Still. In 1955, she played the rough and tough "Aunt Maggie" Sawtelle, a frontier Ma Barker-type character, in the Lone Ranger episode "Sawtelle's Saga End". In the episode, she fights with Tonto while the Lone Ranger battles with her nephew. At the conclusion, Tonto says that he would like to trade opponents next time. In 1957, she played Nora Martin, mother to Eve Arden's character on The Eve Arden Show, despite the fact that Arden was only 6 or 7 years younger than Bavier. That same year, Bavier guest-starred in the eighth episode of Perry Mason as Louise Marlow in "The Case of the Crimson Kiss". She was in an episode of Make Room for Daddy, which featured Andy Griffith as Andy Taylor and Ron Howard as Opie Taylor. She played a character named Henrietta Perkins. The episode led to The Andy Griffith Show, and Bavier was cast in the new role of Aunt Bee. Bavier had a love-hate relationship with her famous role during the run of the show. As a New York City actress, she felt her dramatic talents were being overlooked, yet after playing Bee for eight seasons, she was the only original cast member to remain with the series in the spin-off, Mayberry R.F.D., for two additional seasons.

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Dec 14, 1902 In Manhattan, New York City, U.S
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Girls About Town 1931-11-07
Latest Project:
Movie Benji 1974-10-17
Known For
Poster of The Andy Griffith Show
Poster of Perry Mason
Poster of The Blessed Midnight
Poster of The Danny Thomas Show
Movie Benji Lady with the Cat 1974-10-17
Series Mayberry R.F.D. 1968-09-23
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series The Andy Griffith Show Aunt Bee Taylor 1960-10-03
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Movie It Started with a Kiss Mrs. Tappe 1959-08-19
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie A Nice Little Bank That Should Be Robbed Mrs. Solitaire 1958-12-01
Movie With Malice Toward One 1957-03-10
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Series The Eve Arden Show 1957-09-17
Series The Thin Man Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Movie The Bad Seed Woman in dinner party scene (uncredited) 1956-09-12
Movie The Blessed Midnight Mrs. Hayes 1956-12-18
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Mrs. Fergusen 1955-10-02
Series It's a Great Life Mrs. Amy Morgan 1954-09-07
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Man in the Attic Helen Harley 1953-12-23
Series City Detective Unknown 1953-09-07
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Series The Danny Thomas Show Henrietta Perkins 1953-09-29
Movie Sally and Saint Anne Mrs. Kitty 'Mom' O'Moyne 1952-07-01
Movie The Lady Says No Alice Hatch 1952-01-06
Movie Bend of the River Mrs. Prentiss 1952-02-13
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie My Wife's Best Friend Mrs. Chamberlain 1952-10-09
Movie The Stooge Mrs. Rogers 1952-12-21
Movie Horizons West Martha Hammond 1952-10-11
Movie The Day the Earth Stood Still Mrs. Barley, boarder 1951-09-28
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Girls About Town Joy - Party Girl (uncredited) 1931-11-07