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Betty Lynn (I)


Missouri born-and-bred Betty Ann Lynn was born in Kansas City. Her name is as light, breezy and innocent as the characters she played on film and TV. She is pleasantly remembered for playing TV's sweet-as-apple-pie "Thelma Lou" who had the tough end of the bargain as the ever-patient girlfriend of Don Knotts' neurotic "Barney Fife" character on ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Andy Griffith Show
(1961-1966)
Mother Is a Freshman
Mother Is a Freshman Susan Abbott
(1949)
Cheaper by the Dozen
Cheaper by the Dozen Deborah Lancaster
(1950)
June Bride
June Bride Barbara 'Boo' Brinker
(1948)

Filmography

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 1991 Nashville Now (TV Series)
Thelma Lou / Herself
- Mayberry Reunion (1991) ... Thelma Lou / Herself
 1990 Shades of LA (TV Series)
Sister Clara
- Some Like It Cold (1990) ... Sister Clara
 1986 Matlock (TV Series)
Sarah
- Santa Claus (1986) ... Sarah
- The Angel (1986) ... Sarah
- The Don: Part 1 (1986) ... Sarah
- The Seduction (1986) ... Sarah
 1986 Return to Mayberry (TV Movie)
Thelma Lou
 1978 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Mrs. Russell
- Blind Jeopardy (1978) ... Mrs. Russell
 1976 Gibbsville (TV Series)
- Saturday Night (1976)
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Alma
- The Cutting Edge (1975) ... Alma
 1974 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
Bridget
- If I Should Wake Before I Die (1974) ... Bridget
 1969-1972 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Nurse Kearny / Mrs. Hill
- I Am My Brother's Keeper (1972) ... Nurse Kearny
- The Healer (1969) ... Mrs. Hill
 1971 The Smith Family (TV Series)
Barbara Martin
- Strangers: Part 1 (1971) ... Barbara Martin
 1967-1971 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Janet Dawson / Janice Dawson / Lois Bradley
- The New Vice-President (1971) ... Janet Dawson
- The Honeymoon Is Over (1970) ... Janice Dawson
- Double Jealousy (1970) ... Janice Dawson
- Instant Co-Worker (1969) ... Janice Dawson
- The Grandfathers (1968) ... Janet Dawson
 1959-1970 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Viola Slaughter / Viola Howell / Lottie Ladare / ...
- The Boy Who Stole the Elephant: Part 2 (1970) ... Lottie Ladare
- The Boy Who Stole the Elephant: Part 1 (1970) ... Lottie Ladare
- Texas John Slaughter: Frank Clell's in Town (1961) ... Viola Slaughter
- Texas John Slaughter: A Trip to Tucson (1961) ... Viola Slaughter
- Texas John Slaughter: A Holster Full of Law (1961) ... Viola Slaughter
 1966-1968 Family Affair (TV Series)
Miss Lee
- Family Portrait (1968) ... Miss Lee
- Mr. French's Holiday (1968) ... Miss Lee
- That Was the Dinner That Wasn't (1967) ... Miss Lee
- Jody and Cissy (1966) ... Miss Lee
 1967 The Singles
 1961-1966 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Thelma Lou
- The Return of Barney Fife (1966) ... Thelma Lou
- The Arrest of the Fun Girls (1965) ... Thelma Lou
- Barney Runs for Sheriff (1965) ... Thelma Lou
- Goober and the Art of Love (1965) ... Thelma Lou
- The Lucky Letter (1965) ... Thelma Lou
 1965 My Brother the Angel (TV Series)
Verna
- Here Comes the Bridegroom (1965) ... Verna
 1963 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Sylvia
- The Speechmaker: Part 2 (1963) ... Sylvia
 1960 National Velvet (TV Series)
Barbara Howard
- Mi's Girl (1960) ... Barbara Howard
 1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Mona
- Pen Pals (1959) ... Mona
 1959 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Mary Francis
- The Bounty Hunter (1959) ... Mary Francis
 1959 Markham (TV Series)
Helen Burke
- The Marble Face (1959) ... Helen Burke
 1959 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Alice Fenton / Sarah Sears
- The Twister (1959) ... Alice Fenton
- The Royal Raiders (1959) ... Sarah Sears
 1959 The Louisiana Hussy
Lili Guillot
 1959 The Hangman
Molly - Waitress
 1959 Bronco (TV Series)
Molly Bailey
- Baron of Broken Lance (1959) ... Molly Bailey
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Molly Richardson
- The Dick Richardson Story (1958) ... Molly Richardson
 1958 Lawman (TV Series)
Edna Phillips
- The Oath (1958) ... Edna Phillips
 1958 M Squad (TV Series)
Susan Baines
- The Trap (1958) ... Susan Baines
 1958 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Sylvia
- How to Catch a Man (1958) ... Sylvia
 1957 Sally (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1957)
 1956-1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Emmy Chase
- The Nineteenth Hole (1957) ... Emmy Chase
- The Reverberator (1956)
 1957 Gun for a Coward
Claire
 1955-1956 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Sally / Anne
- Let Yesterday Die (1956) ... Sally
- Bamboo Cross (1955) ... Anne
 1956 Behind the High Wall
Anne MacGregor
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Young Bride
 1953-1955 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Beth Shearer
- Doctor on Wheels (1955) ... Beth Shearer
- The Betrayal (1953)
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
- Emergency Case (1955)
 1954-1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Kay
- Night of Terror (1955) ... Kay
- The Last Hat (1954)
 1955 Studio 57 (TV Series)
 1951-1955 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Lois Harlow / Nan Tolland
- Fast Break (1955) ... Lois Harlow
- Spangal Island (1954) ... Nan Tolland
 1955 Many Rivers to Cross
Cissie Crawford (uncredited)
 1954 Ricochet Romance
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1954 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
Virginia Beasley
- Gracie Gives a Baby Shower for Virginia Beasley (1954) ... Virginia Beasley
 1953-1954 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
June
- Redecorate the Coffeshop (1954) ... June (uncredited)
- Find the Dog (1954)
- Find Tremont (1953) ... June
- Firing Molly (1953)
- Late to Work (1953)
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
Mary
- Lullaby (1953) ... Mary
 1952 Million Dollar Mermaid
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
Eve Smith
- The Word (1952) ... Eve Smith
 1951 Take Care of My Little Girl
Marge Colby
 1951 Payment on Demand
Martha Ramsey
 1950 Cheaper by the Dozen
Deborah Lancaster
 1949 Father Was a Fullback
Connie Cooper
 1949 Mother Is a Freshman
Susan Abbott
 1948 June Bride
Barbara 'Boo' Brinker
 1948 Apartment for Peggy
Wife (as Betty Ann Lynn)
 1948 Sitting Pretty
Ginger (as Betty Ann Lynn)
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Personal Quote:

I wanted everybody to like me. - BL, when asked why she became an actress

Trivia:

Was one of three bridesmaids at Ann Blyth's marriage to Dr. James McNulty. The other two bridesmaids were Jane Withers and Joan Leslie. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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