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TCNW 457: Aunt Bee and Feedback

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:30:35

Randy Turner has been providing us amazing facts about Mayberry history for all of 2017 and this week he brings us some great information about Aunt Bee, Frances Bavier.

We then have five voice mail messages with questions, observations, and all around Mayberry fun for us all to enjoy. Thanks to all who called in. Some asked me to call them back but I honest can’t do that. I wish I could but there are only so many hours in a day and I seem to keep running out. “What’s your hurry?”

Bonus: This week’s installment of This Week in Mayberry History by Randy Turner featuring Frances Bavier.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:18:44

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In the past few weeks, I’ve received several requests to hear more information about Frances Bavier. As you know, Frances was Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show but she had a long career before her time in Mayberry.

She was a stage actress beginning back in 1925 and continuing for the next 25 years before she moved along to film and television.  We’ll hear all about that early career and information about the movies she appeared in as well.

I know you’ll enjoy getting got know “Aunt Bee” just a bit better.  If you want even more information, don’t miss episodes #139 and 140 of Two Chairs No Waiting which also focus on Bavier.

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Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:15:41

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Imagine my surprise when watching Joe Friday on Dragnet when who should appear but Mayberry’s own Frances Bavier as Hazel Howard.  The episode of Dragnet is from the television version of the crime drama and was first aired on May 27, 2954.  The title is “The Big False Make” (season 3 episode 39).

Strangely, the future Andy Griffith Show costar Frances Bavier is billed in the closing credits by her character name “Hazel Howard” rather than her real name. This final episode of Dragnet’s third season is based on a radio broadcast of May 17, 1953.

We also discuss a little about the 1966 Studebaker Daytona which was the personal car of Frances.  Reports are that she had people try to convince her to get a newer car but she loved the Studebaker and would never consider getting a different vehicle.

The car was purchased for $20,000 a the June 2, 1990 auction of her personal property. The proceeds of the auction went, at Frances’ bequest, to North Carolina Public Television.

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  • Aunt Bee Retires (YouTube) – See the rare interview that Carolina Camera Reporter Bill Ballard got with Francis Bavier after she retired to North Carolina.
  • Aunt Bee’s Studebaker – 1966 Studebaker Daytona was the personal car of actress Frances Bavier. Produced in the last year of the Studebaker brand, assembled in Canada with a six-cylinder engine made by Chevrolet and labeled “Studebaker Super Skybolt Six.”

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Two Chairs No Waiting 139: Aunt Bee

Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:15:18

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Frances Bavier is known to everybody as Aunt Bee from our home town of Mayberry, NC.  In 1972 Frances retired from acting and moved to Siler City, NC.  Ms. Bavier was a native of New York so when asked why she choose to retire to Siler City she said, “I fell in love with North Carolina, all the pretty roads and the trees.”

In this episode of Two Chairs No Waiting we’ll hear from Carolina Camera reporter Bill Ballard who was able to interview Frances Bavier not too long after she had moved to North Carolina.

Andy Griffith addressed the fact that the two sometimes clashed during the series’ run. Andy reported on Larry King Live – April 24, 1998, that Frances had phoned him four months before she died.  She said she was deeply sorry for being “difficult” during the series’ run.

Frances was born December 14, 1902 and passed away on December 6, 1989 at the age of 86.

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  • Frances Bavier (Wikipedia)
  • Aunt Bee Retires (YouTube) – See the rare interview that Carolina Camera Reporter Bill Ballard got with Frances Bavier after she retired to North Carolina.

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