Host: Allan Newsome
Running time: 0:15:18
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.
Executive Producer of Two Chairs No Waiting Episode #139: Jay Hicks
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