Late ‘Andy Griffith Show’ Actress’ Estate Goes To Auction
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Fans of The Andy Griffith Show were saddened when Betty Lynn, the beloved actress who played Barney Fife’s girlfriend Thelma Lou, passed away in October. But, now fans have the opportunity to own some of Lynn’s personal items as they are set to be auctioned from now until the end of the year.
Betty Lynn was 95-years-old when she passed away in Mount Airy, North Carolina, the hometown of actor Andy Griffith that served as inspiration for the fictional town of Mayberry. She never married or had children, instead devoting her life to the fans of the television show that made her a household name. Up until two years ago, Lynn made regular appearances at the Andy Griffith Show museum where she interacted with fans, took photos and signed autographs.
Now 118 items belonging to the actress are up for auction. Items include furniture, china, fine art and collectibles that include photos of Lynn with her on-screen beau Barney Fife and a framed illustration of the pair.
Ms. Lynn joined The Andy Griffith Show at the end of its first season in 1961. The episode featured Sheriff Andy Taylor playing matchmaker between Barney and Lynn’s character, Thelma Lou.
Lynn exited the series after Don Knott’s departed, even though she was given the opportunity to remain with a role as the owner of a hairdressing salon. But, Lynn declined.
“I didn’t think Thelma Lou made much sense,” Lynn said of her role without Barney.
Even though Betty Lynn only appeared in less than 30 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, she was easily one of the most recognizable and beloved characters during her acting years up until her death.
See the full auction listing a register for your chance to win some of Betty Lynn’s prized possessions HERE.