Two Chairs No Waiting 250: Betty Lynn Interview Part 1

by Floyd on September 3, 2013

Two Chairs No Waiting

Two Chairs No Waiting

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:26:18

The celebration began last episode when we matched the episode total of The Andy Griffith Show and continues this week the first part of our interview with Betty Lynn. Mayberry fans know Betty as Thelma Lou but Betty has done so much in her career.

Interviews usually focus on Betty’s experience on The Andy Griffith Show and while that is understandable, I wanted to focus a bit more on things about Betty that you may not have heard.  She was very young when she started in show business. We get to hear about her time as a USO performer, early career in New York, moving to Hollywood with her mom to work for FOX, and so much more.

You will  enjoy this special episode and come back next week for the conclusion of Betty’s interview.

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Janet September 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Allan, I *LOVED* part one of your interview with Betty Lynn!! I have had a special fondness for her for a long time, and I’ve often thought that I would like to read a book about her life, but nothing was available. Though I am, of course, quite familiar with her character of Thelma Lou on TAGS (and she is one of my favorite characters, by the way), I also enjoy watching her movie performances from when she was a very young woman. “June Bride” is probably my favorite, and Betty seems a natural for the role of Boo Brinker, the teenager who is in love with the boy her older sister plans to marry. Betty has a rather substantial role in that film and does a great job. I’ve also seen “Sitting Pretty,” “Father was a Fullback,” “Cheaper by the Dozen,” and “Million Dollar Mermaid.” I think Betty was just perfect for the role of Thelma Lou on TAGS, and it was a shame that her character was eliminated after Don Knotts left the show. I had the privilege of meeting Betty briefly at a Mayberry event in New Castle, Indiana. She was so friendly and gracious, even though her hand must have been aching from all the autographs she signed for fans that day! I am hoping one day to visit Mt. Airy and see her again at the Andy Griffith Museum. I can’t wait for part two of your interview!

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Janet September 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Allan, I was anxiously awaiting part two of your interview with Betty Lynn, and I was not disappointed! She really has an interesting life story. I wish she’d consider writing an autobiography. I would certainly buy it!

While listening to your interaction with Betty, I was reminded of an expression I used to hear my mother use. Sometimes she would refer to someone by saying they were “just as common as an old shoe.” Now, that may seem like a derogatory comment, but it’s not. Actually, it is a compliment. It means that someone is down to earth and doesn’t make him- or herself out to be better than others, someone the average person can relate to and feel comfortable with. I think that describes Betty perfectly. She is really a sweetheart, isn’t she? Thanks again!

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