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Two Chairs No Waiting 151: Betty Lynn

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:16:02

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This episode we’re going to celebrate Betty Lynn’s 85th birthday.  Why, you may ask?  Well, the day I’m recording is August 29, 2011 which just happens to be Betty’s birthday and I though it would be fitting to tell “Thelma Lou” we all said “hey” on this, her special day.

The interview with Betty can be found on YouTube and was done several years ago at Mayberry Days by “Charles.”  I don’t know Charles who but hopefully somebody listening to Two Chairs will be able to let us know so I can give proper credit.

Born Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn on August 29, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri, Betty began acting in radio. She was later discovered in a Broadway production and signed to 20th Century Fox. She made her film debut in the 1948 film Sitting Pretty opposite Robert Young. That same year, she appeared in June Bride with Bette Davis followed by roles in Mother Is a Freshman (1949), Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), and Payment on Demand (1951).

In the 1953-1954 television season, Betty was cast as June Wallace, the fictitious sister-in-law of the Ray Bolger character in the ABC sitcom Where’s Raymond?

After guest starring on various television series Betty won the role of Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show. She portrayed the role regularly from 1961 until 1965 and made a final guest appearance in one episode during the sixth season(1965–1966).

Following the end of The Andy Griffith Show, Betty continued appearing in various television and film roles. In 1986, she reprised the role of Thelma Lou in the reunion television movie Return to Mayberry in which Thelma Lou and Barney Fife were finally married. In 2006, Lynn retired from acting and relocated to Mount Airy, North Carolina, the hometown of Andy Griffith and the town on which Mayberry was loosely based.

Betty Lynn currently makes monthly appearances at the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy to sign autographs and meet with her fans.

Follow me on Twitter if you use twitter. I’ve been posting all kinds of Mayberry things there as another way to let folks know about The Andy Griffith Show.

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Related Links:

  • Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou) from the Andy Griffith Show (YouTube) – Interview with Betty Lynn best known as Thelma Lou from The Andy Griffith Show. Recorded at “Mayberry Days” in Mount Airy, NC. Produced by Jimmy Wentz.
  • Betty Lynn (From Wikipedia) – Much of the show notes came from this article.
  • Andy Griffith Museum – The museum opened on September 26, 2009 with an official ribbon cutting during the 20th celebration of Mayberry Days. The items on display have been collected over nearly a lifetime by Emmett Forrest, who grew up in Mount Airy with Andy Griffith.
  • Andy Griffith Museum (Follow on Facebook)

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Video Version of this podcast on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1ncJ86vgbU

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:53

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This episode is actually about news of the week.  It was hard to ignore that Mayberry’s very own Betty “Thelma Lou” Lynn was robbed this past week so tonight I’ll be giving you a report about that AND an update from Ms Lynn about how she’s doing.

We’re also going to talk about the fact that CBS will be sponsoring an actual NASCAR commemorative racecar paying tribute to The Andy Griffith Show’s 50th Anniversary! That’s BIG!

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Related Links:

  • WXII 12 Betty Lynn Robbed Story – Video of interview with Betty about her wallet being stolen.
  • Mayberry Comes to NASCAR – The Andy Griffith Show is returning to North Carolina with the debut of an original commemorative racecar that pays tribute to the iconic series.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #82: Jeff Koontz

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:19:53

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This is the final segment of the 1991 Opryland press conference. I took a couple of weeks off between the third segment of the press conference and this one. If you missed any of the first 3 part, or have forgotten them, you’ll want to drop back by and give a listen to episodes 73, 76, & 77.

George Lindsey, Don Knotts, Betty Lynn, Maggie Peterson, Rodney Dillard, and Jack Prince all have things to say during this segment.  Some of the question are hard to hear and the audio isn’t perfect but we’re just lucky to have this tape recording of the press conference.

Many thanks to Jim Clark, Presiding Goober of “The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club (TAGSRWC) headquarters for allowing us to have this piece of history to share with all the fans.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:17

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We continue, from Two Chairs No Waiting #73, our visit back to 1991 when Opryland in Nashville, TN held a Mayberry Reunion.

In this episode we’ll hear from George Lindsey, Don Knotts, Hal Smith, Betty Lynn and Maggie Peterson as they look back and remember time spend on the set and how The Andy Griffith Show touched their lives.

There’s fly catching, impersonating, cartoon voices, and laughter so this episode has what you’re looking for in one way or another.

I hope you enjoy the show.

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  • Burke on Mayberry -Dr. Kevin L. Burke of Illinois State University discusses the cultural relevance, morals and just plain fun embodied by The Andy Griffith Show.

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Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #76: Bob Bravetti

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:10:39

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Opryland in Nashville, TN presented a Mayberry Reunion back in 1991.  In this episode we hear from some of the cast of The Andy Griffith Show that were present for a press conference held just before they began the reunion shows held over the course of a weekend.  We’ll have more clips from this press conference in the coming episodes so be sure to stick around.

The question being addressed in this show is, “Do you feel you were typecast because of your role on The Andy Griffith Show? Also, address any negatives or positives related to your role.”

You’ll hear the following folks answering these questions in this order: Rodney “Darling” Dillard, George “Goober” Lindsey, Betty “Thelma Lou” Lynn, Maggie “Charlene” Peterson, Hal “Otis” Smith, and Jack “Rafe Hollister” Prince.  George and Betty speak more than one time each but I’m sure you’ll recognize their voices as you listen.

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  • George Lindsey UNA Film Festival – The George Lindsey UNA Film Festival was founded in part by alumnus and celebrated entertainer George Lindsey. He is well known for his role of Goober Pyle on the “Andy Griffith Show” and many other credits in television

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Executive Producers of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #73: Joey Fann

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