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Frances Bavier (1902–1989)


Frances Bavier was born in New York City on December 14, 1902. Her first Broadway appearance was in April 1925 in "The Poor Nut", the start of a successful Broadway career. She traveled with the USO to entertain the U.S. troops in the Pacific during World War II. Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1951 play, "Point of No Return" starring ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Day the Earth Stood Still
(1951)
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show Aunt Bee Taylor / Aunt Bee
(1960-1968)
Man in the Attic
Man in the Attic Helen Harley
(1953)
The Stooge
The Stooge Mrs. Rogers
(1951)

Filmography

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 1974 Benji
Lady with the Cat
 1968-1970 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
Aunt Bee Taylor
- The Mynah Bird (1970) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
- The Sculptor (1970) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
- Millie and the Great Outdoors (1970) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
- The Mayberry Road (1970) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
- Emmett and the Ring (1970) ... Aunt Bee Taylor (credit only)
 1960-1968 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Aunt Bee Taylor / Aunt Bee
- Mayberry R.F.D. (1968) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
- Opie and Mike (1968) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
- Sam for Town Council (1968) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
- Helen's Past (1968) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
- Aunt Bee's Big Moment (1968) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
 1967-1968 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Aunt Bee / Aunt Bee Taylor
- Gomer Goes Home (1968) ... Aunt Bee (uncredited)
- A Visit from Aunt Bee (1967) ... Aunt Bee Taylor
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Ellen Ferguson
- Incident of the Dust Flower (1960) ... Ellen Ferguson
 1960 Make Room for Daddy (TV Series)
Henrietta Perkins
- Danny Meets Andy Griffith (1960) ... Henrietta Perkins
 1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Nancy Thomas
- Trial of the Canary Kid (1959) ... Nancy Thomas
 1959 It Started with a Kiss
Mrs. Tappe
 1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Grandma
- The Grandma Caper (1959) ... Grandma
 1959 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Sister Joseph
- The Sister Rita Story (1959) ... Sister Joseph
 1957-1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Miss Trimingham
- With Malice Toward One (1957) ... Miss Trimingham
 1959 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Sara Doone
- Black Wind and Lightning (1959) ... Sara Doone
 1959 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Mrs. Wallace
- Johnny Moves Up (1959) ... Mrs. Wallace
 1958 Colgate Theatre (TV Series)
 1958 Target (TV Series)
- The Unknown (1958)
 1957-1958 The Eve Arden Show (TV Series)
Nora / Nora the Housekeeper
- Liza's Nightmare (1958) ... Nora
- Liza and the Bombshell (1957) ... Nora
- White Elephant Sale (1957) ... Nora
- Cover Girl (1957) ... Nora
- Housework (1957) ... Nora
 1957 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Louise Marlow
- The Case of the Crimson Kiss (1957) ... Louise Marlow
 1952-1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- One Left Over (1957)
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
- Strange Hostage (1956)
 1953-1956 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Mrs. Hayes
- The Blessed Midnight (1956) ... Mrs. Hayes
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
 1956 The Bad Seed
Woman in dinner party scene (uncredited)
 1954-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Martha
- The Chase (1954) ... Martha
 1954-1956 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
Mrs. Amy Morgan / Amy Morgan
- The Housekeeper (1956) ... Mrs. Amy Morgan
- Passport for Amy (1956) ... Mrs. Amy Morgan
- The Charity Drive (1956) ... Mrs. Amy Morgan
- Old Soldiers Never Die (1956) ... Amy Morgan
- Operation for Earl (1956) ... Amy Morgan
 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mrs. Fergusen
- Revenge (1955) ... Mrs. Fergusen
 1953-1955 Dragnet (TV Series)
Hazel Howard
- The Big Confession (1955) ... Hazel Howard
- The Big False Make (1954) ... Hazel Howard (as Hazel Howard)
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Abigail
- It Comes Up Money (1955) ... Abigail
 1955 Soldiers of Fortune (TV Series)
Amelia Lilly
- Cut Charlie In (1955) ... Amelia Lilly
 1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Aunt Maggie Sawtelle
- Sawtelle Saga's End (1955) ... Aunt Maggie Sawtelle
 1954-1955 Waterfront (TV Series)
Amy Jackson / Martha Chapman
- Ferry Boat Ride (1955) ... Amy Jackson
- Sea Bells (1954) ... Martha Chapman
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
Thelma / Helen Collins
- Fie, Fie, Fifi (1954) ... Thelma
- Don't You Remember? (1954) ... Helen Collins
 1953-1954 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Aunt Meg / Aunt Marty / Mrs. Logan
- The First Man to Ask Her (1954) ... Aunt Meg
- Son, This Is Your Father (1954) ... Aunt Marty
- Hotel Irritant (1953) ... Mrs. Logan
 1953-1954 City Detective (TV Series)
Louella / Olive / Mrs. Blake
- The Lonely Hearts (1954) ... Louella
- Blindman's Bluff (1954) ... Olive
- Melody in 'F' Flat (1953) ... Mrs. Blake
 1953 Man in the Attic
Helen Harley
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
 1953 McCoy of Abilene (TV Movie)
Lou Bloor
 1953 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
Sarah Cummings
- Faith (1953)
- Incredible Luck (1953)
- The Better Half (1953)
- The Green and Gold String (1953) ... Sarah Cummings
 1952 My Wife's Best Friend
Mrs. Chamberlain
 1952 Horizons West
Martha Hammond
 1952 Racket Squad (TV Series)
Martha Carver
- The Family Tree (1952) ... Martha Carver
 1952 Sally and Saint Anne
Mrs. Kitty 'Mom' O'Moyne
 1952 Bend of the River
Mrs. Prentiss
 1951 The Lady Says No
Aunt Alice Hatch
 1951 The Stooge
Mrs. Rogers
 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still
Mrs. Barley
 1943 O, My Darling Clementine
Mrs. Asbury - talent show tryout
 1931 Girls About Town
Joy - Party Girl (uncredited)
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Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
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Stage Play: Native Son. Drama. Written by Paul Green and Richard Wright. Based on the novel by Richard Wright. Directed by Orson Welles. St. James Theatre: 24 Mar 1941- 28 Jun 1941 (114 performances). Cast: Jacqueline Ghant Andre, Frances Bavier (as "Peggy"), John Berry, C.M. Bootsie Davis, Philip Bourneuf (as "Buckley, D.A."), Eileen ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Frances Bouvier | Hazel Howard
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Personal Quote:

[speaking in the 1970s] I had played Aunt Bee for ten years and it's very, very difficult for an actress or actor to create a role and be so identified that you as a person no longer exist and all the recognition you get is for a part that's created on screen.

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Despite her good-hearted image on screen, cast members of The Andy Griffith Show (1960) often remember her as difficult, temperamental and somewhat cold. Griffith himself said "There was just something about me she did not like.". See more »

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